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Bane of Boston

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The day Jonathan “Jack” Young caught that foul ball was the worst day of his life. Instead of seeing his beloved Red Sox hold the lead, he watched in horror as his mistake cost them the first real shot they’d had at the World Series for nearly one hundred years. Jack left Boston in disgrace and moved to Chicago to start over. Instead, he finds Ryan Levine, who shatters the ...more
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Published June 1st 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 31st 2013)
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Mandy*reads obsessively*

Now to be honest I'm not much of a sports fan, but I do know that a lot of people are very very serious about 'their' teams, so I guess it really is likely that Jack's situation is portrait pretty realistically.
Jack, as he is now known, lost everything important to him when he caught a ball at a game and his team lost because of this..his boyfriend of 8 years left him, his brother hates him, he had to move from his beloved Boston, leave his mother, lost his job, he even changes his name, he was
Apr 23, 2015 Gigi rated it liked it
June 1 release of 2013 Daily Dose: Making a Play.

A sweet little love story that I found incredibly unrealistic and kind of ridiculous, not being a die hard sports fan. But suspend disbelief and enjoy, as we are supposed to when reading M/M romance fiction. It's all good. A nice start to the anthology.
This was a nice quick read, not particularly realistic to me, but that's ok, I am looking for a little escapism when reading these anyway!

The two main characters meet and have a "one-afternoon-stand" (sort of like a one-night-stand). There is attraction between the characters with Jack/Jonathon being particularly interested in Ryan given he had been alone for so long and was longing for some human touch.

Jonathan had caught a ball at a baseball match 3 years previously which resulted in his team
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
The premise of the story is one that I actually like. Jack is plagued by being the Bane of Boston for catching a foul ball eight years ago that would have won the game for his beloved Red Sox. Since then his life has been miserable - his partner has left him, his family hates him, he's had to constantly move and he ended up changing his name. Now in Chicago, he feels like he's found somewhere he can stay. When he meets Ryan, he's lonely and thinks life is starting to look up. Ryan, on the other ...more
Serena Yates
Jun 02, 2013 Serena Yates rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
We all make mistakes. Some of them we can learn from and move on, others haunt us the rest of our lives. And in the worst cases, they strangle us to the point of desperation not because the mistake as such was so terrible, but because others won't let us forget. This is the story of one such mistake and Jonathan, the man who had to leave his home town and change his name – and is still haunted by the consequences.

Jack used to be a baseball player, until he made a colossal mistake that lost his t
Eli Easton
Jun 01, 2013 Eli Easton rated it it was amazing
Yay! DSP's "Make a Play" started today. I've really been looking forward to it. And kicking it off is J.P. Barnaby with "Bane of Boston". I had to read this first thing Saturday morning with a few nice cups of coffee.

It's a strong start to the anthology with good writing, cuts MCs, a little angst and some hot sex. The story involves a man, Jonathan aka Jack, whose life was ruined after he caught a ball at a Boston Red Sox game and caused the team to lose a chance at the play-offs. The exposure a
Jun 13, 2013 Kazza rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This short was not for me. Too much baseball talk in a short story. I read Out in the Field and not once did I feel overwhelmed by the baseball components in that book. Here, it was too much for me in too short a space. Plus, it has one huge pet peeve of mine....deception. Ryan, you blow chunks. I don't care about the outcome.

The writing itself is fine and I'm sure others will love the look at Boston to Chicago through the eyes of baseball fanaticism. Review at On Top Down Under Boo
Mar 28, 2014 Kristie rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how she does it, but J.P. is always able to drag me into a character, love them and feel for them, almost immediately. Nothing different here. This is a really short story, and half way through I wondered how it would turn out because, really, I wasn't seeing the ending I wanted, in the way I wanted it. Not with so few pages left.

I was wrong.

I should have had more faith.

I should be ashamed of myself for doubting.

Yeah, the wrap up is quick, but it is clean, sweet, and perfect.

Pat Nelson
Jun 04, 2013 Pat Nelson rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story! JP Barnaby has written a great story that packs a lot of punch into a short tale.
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happy sigh

Chicago. Wrigley field. Baseball at its most historic, romanticized best. The idea for this story was right up my homerun alley.

Full disclosure: I’m a Clevelander, born and raised, so to 1) invoke the Indians and 2) pen a tale from the perspective of the poor soul who caught that foul ball, well, I have no choice but to fall in love a bit right from the git go. However, I shall do my best to remain objective.

Now then, back to the game…

I enjoyed the sligh
Sep 09, 2013 Kel rated it really liked it
I want to start out by saying that I immediately developed a soft spot in my heart for poor Jack. To be the one person that caused a major league baseball team from going to the World Series could be nothing short of devastating! Hounded by the press non stop, losing your boyfriend and your own brother not talking to you all because of an innocent mistake. That kind of treatment would make anybody want to crawl into a hole and never come out.

What I loved most about Jack is that he got through al
Jul 02, 2013 GayListBookReviews rated it it was amazing
Beans: This was a great novella. Ms. Barnaby does a tremendous job showing us the lonely man Jack is. He is tired, alone, shamed and just in need of a friend, someone who will touch and love on him. He meets Ryan and falls fast and hard. Ryan is more than just a diehard baseball fan like Jake, he is handsome, fun and seems to push all of Jakes buttons in bed. I got angry for Jake, with Ryan’s deception. Ryan screwed up and Jake was so strong. In the end I cheered them on and left the story with ...more
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Jun 17, 2013 LiveYourLife BuyTheBook rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This was a wonderful little read! I love sports stories - even about sports I don't fully understand. Like Baseball. I had to phone a friend regarding the "foul catch rule" and I still think it is bizarre. Simply not cricket, what?

The story is about Jack Young who did know Baseball through and through and yet he still instinctively caught that damn ball and his life was changed forever. His 5 year relationship went down the pan, reporters pestered him, regular punters hounded him - even h
May 30, 2015 Arlyn rated it really liked it
I really liked this. This is the second book I've read from this author and they were both good. While not a sports fan, I've actually heard of the baseball incident that he theme is loosely based on...I love that the author tells the story from the POV of a person who's life has been dramatically changed for the worse since his day of infamy. What blows my mind is that somebody that's not a professional athlete can almost have their life ruined by a frggin' baseball! Anyway, good character ...more
J.P. Barnaby
Sep 16, 2013 J.P. Barnaby rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: romance, m-m, __mybooks
Interesting facts: This story is based on a catch that actually happened here in Chicago in 2003 when the Cubs were in the playoffs. Even ten years later, we all remember the name Steve Bartman. The poor man finally moved to Florida to escape all the attention. I felt so bad for him, when the sports anthology came up, I thought I'd give him a little love. :)
Jun 06, 2013 Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, short-story, funny
Think I'm going to love the DSP Daily Dose this summer!! This is my first of the Dose and it started off strong!

This was a tight well paced and fluid story, which is hard to do with a shorty but JP did.

Pamela Su
Aug 24, 2013 Pamela Su rated it really liked it
Sweet little story which leaves the door open to possibilities. Jack is an interesting character and I felt so sad for him after the experiences he had because of a mistake. A little too brief to be wholly satisfying.
Jun 08, 2013 Meggie rated it it was ok
Shelves: shorts, romance
I can't imagine that a fall would destroy someone life, just because he was the unlucky person, who caught the ball, but okay, in this story it happened.
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Reviewed by: Mandy
Genre: M/M Sports
Rated: 3 hearts

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I wish this had been a full length novella or novel. I liked both MCs and would have liked to read a bit more about them.
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An award-winning, best-selling novelist of over a dozen books, J. P. Barnaby is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is often described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica which is, of course, far more ...more
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