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Four Corners

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  499 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Since childhood, Jake, Adam, Kyle, and Brendan have been teammates, best friends, brothers. Then one day, when they were twenty-five, Adam disappeared without a word, devastating his friends-none more so than Jake, who had secretly loved Adam since they were teenagers.

Now, five years later, Adam is back, and he has his mind set on Jake. But those years of anger, hurt, and
ebook, 220 pages
Published August 8th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published August 7th 2012)
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2.5 stars
On the surface, this story has my favorite elements that excite me: (1) best friends turn lovers and (2) reunion of the one that got away. Unfortunately, the story doesn't really work. There are several things that I love and there are that I don't. I will try to be fair and mention them all.

So, on the plus side, I really like the secondary characters, namely Jake's two other best friends. Kyle the oversexual bi-sexual with an adorable daughter a result of one night of passion and Brend
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I have dueling feelings about this story.

On the one hand, I left the story thinking that Kate McMurray is a really excellent writer. I got an immediate sense for these characters, these childhood best friends, and the atmosphere of the story. I liked the way the author wove in the flashbacks and kept up the pace of the book. It held my interest the entire time. I also loved the secondary characters, perhaps more than the main characters... which leads me to one of my main issue with this book:

Val Kovalin
Three thirty-year-old men in Chicago, who used to be best friends in their childhood baseball days, find their world shaken when Adam the fourth member of their group returns after an unexplained five-year absence, for which they still understandably resent him.

Our first person narrator Jake is gay and has always been in love with Adam. But Adam used to be seriously conflicted about being gay and still seems to be deeply in the closet. When Adam indicates he wants to start a romantic relationsh
Aug 09, 2012 Snowtulip added it
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Still thinking on the rating....

I really have enjoyed the last few McMurray books I've read and was anxious for this book. As with authors I enjoy, it doesn't always mean I like all their books, some I love, some I don't like...just happens sometimes.

This story didn't work for me. It had the components that I normally love (friends to lovers, coming together after a long separation), but the story was flat for me and very repetitive in the beginning. I just couldn't believe the story...there wer
So I LOVED this book...Did it annoy me at times? YES it id!! Did I feel like I wanted t sit these boys down and get them to talk because they frustrated me, as it happens in so many gay romances? No, I didn't

Why?...Because I was perfetly happy (if irritated at times) to let them figure it out. This just felt so authentic to me. It just made sense. This relationship was SO complex, so much history and heartache between these two men, that I just truly enjoyed watching them work it out and let t
I thought I was going to give this book 5 stars when I started. I got completely suckered in by the excerpt, so I bought it and didn't put it down until I was done. The beginning was great; but, when I got to the end, I felt like I had been waiting for the big climax only for there to not really be one. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Well written but not entirely comfortable to read, kind of like being a guest at a dinner party where the hosts have a big argument. I loved the friends-to-lovers angle, but as late as 90% into the story, I wasn't convinced that this couple would last. Thankfully, it all worked out (believably so, I thought), and I loved the epilogue.
Dec 04, 2012 Anke rated it liked it
I liked it enough to finish it. The story flowed along quite nicely, but somehow everything felt distant and I as a reader wasn't really involved.
Sep 02, 2016 Jacq rated it it was ok
The storyline, was on track. Love that one was in a suit. But the writing style was off...perhaps just dry. I could not find good chemistry, or the feel for the MC's.
Aug 10, 2012 Dumbledore11214 rated it it was amazing
Kate McMurray became a must buy author for me couple of her works ago, so I really should not be surprised that I liked her book so much, but I am surprised nonetheless. I did love the building romance between Jake and Adam, and I loved how the writer makes it so *not* easy for them to reconnect after Adam left and at the same time how she made it so true to who they both were and who they became before they reconnected. I however also liked just as much how the writer showed the non sexual frie ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Lana rated it liked it
This book started very promising, I was on team Jake, because Adam seemed to be the idiot who run away from his friends and love interest without reason. So I was feeling with Jake about Adam's sudden appearance, his issues with his sexuality and was wondering why Jake gave in so quickly, truly if he was so hurt, why did he let Adam in his life and bed so easily?

Then came New York and well this turned the whole dynamic, while I disliked Adam at first and the way how he behaved towards Jake in Ne
Aug 12, 2012 Perpetua rated it it was ok
The two MCs pissed me off so much and they just seemed wrong for each other. I just wanted Jake to get over Adam and both of them find somebody else!!
4.25 stars. In Four Corners we meet boyhood friends Kyle, Brennan, Adam and Jakey - a friendship like the four corners of a baseball diamond. But when Adam basically disappears for five years (after passionately kissing Jake), Jake can't get past his longing for Adam, paired with his anger. When Adam returns, he and Jake try to come to terms with the possibility of a life together, but they disagree about what it means to be gay and live openly. I loved how the plot places Adam and Jake in confl ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
incerta fino all'ultimo tra le 3 e le 4 stelle ma la scrittura e la buona introspezione dei personaggi mi ha convinta alle 4 stelle. a tratti commovente a volte irritante nel descrivere i 2 protagonisti e anche gli altri 2 amici che compongono le 4 basi, mi sembra un buon libro anche per riflettere.
Kade Boehme
May 06, 2013 Kade Boehme rated it it was amazing
Wowee! Now that there was a good love story right there. Probably the best ive read in months. Had you on edge hoping they worked thru their shit til the end yet wa just sweet and perfect. The memories killed me... And that epilogue! Wow! 5 plus stars. Good lord. Off to find more by this author.
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader for Kate McMurray Week!

4.5 stars

Whew, this was a doozy for me -- an intensely personal read and one that's particularly difficult for me to review. The basis of the story is a bit of a Big Chill setup. Four childhood friends (the Four Corners because of the bases they all played on their high school baseball team) are split up when one of then, Adam, disappears for 5 years. Jake has been in love with Adam since they were in their early teens. Actually, probab
Aug 23, 2015 liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
While I enjoyed this story, the plot felt circular. "I love him, do I trust him, but I love him" and repeat. I was honestly a bit sick of being inside of Jake's head. I'm not sure I would have liked it more with an alternating POV, but maybe so. Adam certainly has a lot swirling around inside of him. The first person from Jake's perspective had me alternating feeling sympathy for Adam and wanting to kick him in the shins. Which I think is how Jake felt and is reflected in the circular p
4.5 Kisses

I love a friends-to-lovers themed romance. There’s something very special about watching two people who have always be friends and depended on each others relationship evolve into love and romance. I admit that after I read the blurb to this book, I was pretty excited to read it, so it wasn’t long before I found myself pushing aside my daily chores so I could finish it once I started it. Believe me when I say I wasn’t disappointed. Four Corners immediately swept me up into the lives of
Oct 08, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting look at the relationship between two men, Adam and Jake as they deal with the emotions of meeting again, five years after Adam left without a word.

I enjoyed the exploration of Adam's acceptance of his own sexuality and the response Jake had to his friend's perspective. "It was okay for me to be gay but not for him. I wondered how his own self-loathing affected what he thought about me. I'd worried for a long time that any judgments he held about himself applied to ga
Grade: C-

I didn’t want his words to make my heart soar. I didn’t want my skin to tingle where his palms rested. I didn’t want to get aroused by the way he smelled. I didn’t want the proximity of our bodies to make me shiver. All of those things happened anyway.

A no-go on this one too. The writing mechanics are good (sometimes really good), but I found the high school flashbacks to be really intrusive, the present-day interactions were repetitive, and Jake (The One Who Stayed) was a whiny, self
Pete W
Aug 16, 2012 Pete W rated it really liked it
It was a well written story.

I find that Jake seems to take things way too personal whenever he talked to Adam. I supposed Ms. McMurray intended for Jake to be the nice guy but way he kept thinking that Adam's behavior or way to live means he didn't think Jake was good enough made me think of Jake as rather self-centered. Especially when Adam was simply *telling* Jake what happened and didn't asked for opinion.

Perhaps it stemmed from the feeling of being abandoned.

On reflection, Adam also have a
Nov 27, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Mandy
3.5 stars

I don't know why but the fact that Jake pined away for Adam for 5 years without moving on seems more pathetic to me than romantic. A few months, maybe a year, that I could believe or understand. Five years of stunted emotional growth and unhealthy relationships? Nope. Not romantic at all.
Gaby Franz
Oct 15, 2014 Gaby Franz rated it liked it
Un libro bien escrito pero al que creo le faltó sentimiento. Recién en el último capítulo pude sentir emoción. La trama es algo plana y poco original. Las partes relatadas del béisbol me parecieron sumamente pesadas y no añadieron algo sustentable a la novela en general.
Creo que un libro debe dejarte algo, alguna enseñanza o un sentimiento de satisfacción y este no ha sido el caso.
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Page Crusherz
Aug 14, 2012 Page Crusherz rated it really liked it

Great read...great primary and secondary characters. Really well developed story.
I'ma Reader
Sep 26, 2015 I'ma Reader rated it it was ok
I ended up not giving any fucks about the characters in this book.
Solitamente mi piace leggere libri di autori nuovi, ma a volte si è così affezionati a quelli già conosciuti che affrontare autori diversi mette un po’ in difficoltà. Si è un po’ prevenuti e ci si domanda: mi farà ridere come Tj? Mi farà dire tante volte nel corso della lettura “Awwwwwww” come Cardeno? O sarà appassionato e sensuale come la Calmes? Parliamo quindi di questo libro. “Alle quattro basi” di Kate McMurray che, in effetti, non è niente di tutto ciò. Faccio subito una precisazione: non ...more
Oct 04, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I read until about 40%, then skimmed the rest. The reason? Boredom. I didn't care for either MC, and I didn't get a sense that they belong together.
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Charnel's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4 Stars

A great group of friends Jake, Adam, Kyle, and Brendan have grown up together. Then suddenly Adam changes things. At 25 Adam leaves the close knit group, not to be seen or heard of for 5 years. The only person who has any idea why is Jake; Jake thinks he’s the blame for putting his feelings on Adam but with Adam being gone for 5 years no one really knows but Adam.

Told from Jake’s perspective we see what happens when the love of your
Eric Renoult
Nov 24, 2014 Eric Renoult rated it liked it
Alors ici nous allons avoir une romance qui sera vraiment basée sur l’acceptation d’être gay et la manière de l’être. C’est le fil conducteur de toute l’histoire.

Nous aurons en opposition un homme qui est fier d’être gay et qui le revendique et un autre qui a appris à accepter de l’être mais qui n’est pas pour autant pour la revendication. Le jeu entre les deux est assez étrange. En fait c’est surtout l’impression que j’ai eu qui était étrange, j’ai eu de la sympathie au départ pour le personnag
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Kate McMurray is a nonfiction editor. Also, she is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, and she dabbles in various other pursuits. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a presumptuous cat.
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