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Out in the Field

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,324 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Ignacio Rodriquez, Iggy to his friends, has been dreaming about playing baseball for the Brooklyn Eagles ever since he was a boy. His dream comes true and then some; he finds himself playing alongside his idol, first baseman Matt Blanco, who is everything he dreamed of and more.

Matt Blanco is entering the twilight of his career, plagued by injuries and two decades of lyin
ebook, 246 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Loose ID, LLC (first published April 23rd 2012)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 6/4/19**

*4.5 stars*

Kate McMurray really shines with this story combining baseball and New York, two topics that she knows inside and out, with a HOT, compelling romance. She really hit this one out of the park! (<--- see what I did there??!)

I've read some Kate McMurray in the past, but I haven't been wowed by her until now. And I sort of didn't expect it. First of all, I'm not really a huge fan of sports romances, though I have to say, closeted men coming
This was THE BOOK! The one that I've been wanting, wishing, dreaming (and at times begging) for since the moment I discovered M/M romance. A baseball story, two professional players, one Dominican, in NYC, written by a true fan.

But it was BETTER than what I wanted, because I could not have come up with two characters as dear, engrossing, dignified and truly in love as Iggy and Matt, nope, I could not have wished for a better book than this. I LOVED IT!...I shall say it again I LOVED IT!

Matt Blan
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
I love a good sports themed romance....

And I quite enjoyed the baseball aspects in this one!

Just for fun, here's some baseball eye candy...

The romance between Matt and Iggy was a bit on the forbidden side, with them being teammates. And Iggy was quite a bit younger than Matt.

But I really loved them together.

The angst in this one centers around them having to keep their relationship a secret. But it wasn't drama filled. There weren't a bunch of break-ups and fights.

There was some nice steam.

Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Out in the Field was one of those books that had languished on my get-your-ass-in-gear shelf for over a year. That is a shelf of books I am 90% sure I will love, but I just need to find the perfect time to read them, preferably when I can read them in one sitting since I have a super scattered brain and hate taking breaks in the middle of a good book because I always forget stuff. Well, I had that opportunity last night and after reading two books this week that had absolutely NO romance in them
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ami by: Lauraadriana
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
One of my favorite M/M romances and my ABSOLUTE favorite baseball M/M romance, Out in the Field, will be re-released on May 16! I was fortunate enough to get a copy to review and I can tell you that it tops the 2011 version with new scenes and updated to reflect the more progressive society we now live in. (Yes! And we'll keep fighting the good fight Tea Party assholes.)

Kate's own description of the differences:

This new edition has been thoroughly reedited. I’ve expanded some scenes and trimmed
Heidi Cullinan
Okay, it would be nice to have a big old academic and intelligent review, but mostly this book made me SO GODDAMN HAPPY and nervous and excited and sad and tense and euphoric and giddy and giggly and all the things books are supposed to do. It takes a real problem and puts it in very real terms, and you ride their ride through trying to be out players in the big leagues. Or majors or whatever it is. I don't know sports but who cares, they were dear darlings, and I just wanted to wrap them up and ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to .Lili. by: John The Cosmic Wanderer
Shelves: john-s-shelf, m-m
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This is one of those books that came out of nowhere and pleasantly surprised me. This is the two story of two men who find each other at opposite ends of their baseball careers. Matt, is nearing the end of his successful one. Iggy, on the hand is just beginning his.

This book is a slice of life type of story. There's no villain or big twists- it's simply the story of two men who fall in love. It's about the dynamics of a relationship. I loved these two men together- they just fit.

Things I loved
Julio Genao
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Swing Batta Batta Swing.

My annoyance with this built steadily from "a good editor would have fixed that" to "maybe they already did."

It began nicely; first lines are important, and of the three books I picked up last night, this one had the best.

Things progressed, and all was well—with an occasional niggle with repetition (they both taste metallic), or general tone (vaguely overwrought in some places, strangely lifeless in others).

To the 30 percent mark, I had a decent list of positives and nega
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
In the interest of full disclosure I'm just going to own up to being a sports junkie, for those who don't already know this.

I'm also a die hard Red Sox fan so of course I pounced on a baseball book. It took me about a minute to realize this was thinly veiled Jeter/A-Rod fic. Nothing but respect for Jeter, but A-Roid Rod? I've actually met him and he's a box of rocks so, I spent the majority of this read thinking Jeter a.k.a. Matt Blanco could do sooooooooooo much better.

But I pressed on, tried
I liked it a lot.

-It was sweet, hot and feel good book.

- Easy, quick read about baseball.

- The Mc's were likable.

- No unnecessary drama, just two men in love trying to balance playing baseball and keeping their love for each other intact.
Heather C
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather C by: Lauraadriana
I ♥ Matt and Iggy!

Why I loved it:
♥ It was sweet
♥ It was smexy
♥ It was honest
♥ It was real
♥ It had sexy athletes
♥ There was no ridiculous breakup
♥ It spans for several years
♥ It had a perfect balance between the baseball and the romance 
♥ It wasn't too angsty 
♥ Closet doors were opened
♥ There were some LOL moments
♥ A happy moment made me cry 
♥ I couldn't put it down
5 Stars Recommended!
Cole Riann
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Baseball Fans!
Recommended to Cole by: Lauraadriana
Second Read - 6/4/13 to 6/6/13

Review posted at The Armchair Reader for Kate McMurray Week!

I can't help it -- this is still my favorite book from Kate McMurray!

Matt Blanco is a Brooklyn boy, born into a crazy Italian family and famous as a top professional baseball player, nearing the end of his long career with the Brooklyn Eagles. He is also gay. There's never even been a rumor of his sexuality, though he's a perennial bachelor, because of his complete dedication towards discretion. If baseba
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
2.5 stars

Plenty sexy with two hot athletes, but: too much baseball, too much focus on the "outing" vs. the relationship, and too much angst. I would have preferred more build-up and sexual tension. I had envisioned these two dancing around each other a bit, lusting, questioning, but, no, they go at it almost immediately. I slogged through part 2 (I almost DNF); thankfully, part 3 provided closure.
MsMiz (Tina)
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-mobi, glbt-all
4.5 oh what the hell 5. I loved everything about this book. There are those books that hit you just right in every way. That is what Out in the Field was for me. I could read about Iggy and Matt forever.

What I want to see now is a short of Matt and Iggy taking Tango lessons;)
5 Encouraging Stars

What a story


Amazing males


And hope and future and everything

Review to come...
I Loved this book!! Just a feel good book with a HEA!!
Can I just say, I. Loved. This. Book! It hit all my buttons, Sports Romance, Check. Angst, Check. Romantic Couple, Check. Hot Sex, Double Check. Coming out, Check. Happily Ever After, Hell Yeah - Check. So yeah, it is no surprise to me that I cannot rate this book high enough - where is my option for 10 Stars? Kate McMurry hit this one way out of the park!

This is a book about baseball and love and the awesome story of Matt Blanco who is an a
Kaje Harper
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story about two men who are forced to be in the closet by the pressures of playing professional baseball. Matt is nearing the end of a highly successful career, and Iggy is the newly-acquired hot rookie, when they have their first moment of "I wonder if he's gay; I wonder if he can tell I am..." across the locker room. From that moment their relationship develops in a slow organic way that feels natural and believable and sweet.

The baseball in this story is just about perfect
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Although I like sports, baseball is not a sport played in my country and I don't understand the rules properly. But it wasn't baseball that hooked me to this story! It was two baseball players! Both gay, both deep in the closet, but so in love with each other that my heart melted with these men!

Matt and Iggy are both famous baseball players and they have a secret relationship! Nobody knows and they try as much as they can to keep it hidden! But life circumstances lead on a dif
GAAAAH THIS WAS SO AMAZING !!! Iggy and Matt were so fucking perfect together! Actually, everything about this book was perfect; I loved it so, so much! I was so sad when it ended, cause I could've read 100 more pages about them. Honestly, I feel like nothing I could write here could do justice to how great this book is so I invite you to read Lauraadriana's review, a perfect review for a perfect book.

The only thing I want to add is, never in my life I've been interested in baseball (never even
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars

Unfamiliar with baseball the sports part was lost upon me but the touching how-it-should-be romance made it worth reading.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I'm conflicted about my feelings for this book. On one hand, I liked it but on the other I was frustrated by the lack of everything else aside from sex.

What attracted me to this story was the different elements within it. Matt and Iggy have a fourteen year age difference and I've always been fond of age gap stories. I also loved the fact this is based around baseball because I am a (somewhat) baseball fan. Add into it that these boys were both hot and intense and it makes for a good read.

Eli Easton
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent m/m romance. The love story and characterization were all here, and very well done. But what raises this book above the noise for me was the very detailed and realistic depiction of both men actually coming out to their friends and the public. So many romance books reach the point where the 2 guys have committed to each other but never detail the fallout of that, or the difficult aspects of coming out. This book was never truly angsty but dealt with issues in a realistic way. Very n ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debra by: Lauraadriana
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

4.5 stars

Matt Blanco is the ultimate aging baseball star. He’s loved by the Brooklyn Eagles’ fans and his teammates and is destined for the Hall of Fame. At almost 40 he’s had an amazing career, but he knows his stats aren’t what they were and his time is limited. He’s just hoping that his knee will hold out for a few more seasons.

Iggy Rodriguez is the hot young third baseman. Already expected to be Rookie of the Year he is living his dream of playing major l
4 Stars
To be completely honest, when I started reading this book I was thinking that it was going to be a miss for me. It took me awhile to connect with both of the MCs, and to be one invested in their journey. Matt is an All-Star baseball player who has played at the top of his sport for years, won just about every award but is aging fast and keeping a big secret. Iggy Is the new phenom on the scene, on track to make Rookie of the Year, and he too is keeping a secret.

This book is broken up in
LOVED it. Looooooved it. Lauraadriana's review says it better than I can, but basically this is the sports romance I've always wanted. Kate McMurray clearly knows her baseball, and balances it beautifully with wonderful characters, a compelling coming-out plot, and great writing. Highly recommended.
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites
Currently experiencing an Iggy & Matt withdrawal.

Perfect 5 stars!
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sport
4,5 stars.
It was a very sweet book. There is a complex of themes that usually calls to my heart in sports m/m: having to stay in closet/choosing to come out, inside homophobia, potential backlash from fans. Also, the shortness of a professional sportsman carrier, and how all-consuming this kind of life is, and risk of traumas... the anguish of losses and the joy of victories. There is all this in Kate McMurray's 'Out In the Field', so it was completely satisfying this way.
It was also a pretty he
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
DNF @31%

It's not bad but I am bored. It's like the watered down version of Keira Andrews' Reading the Signs. Nothing wrong with it but it's definitely lacking that spark. I may come back to it at another time.
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, m-m, sports
Oh, I get it! Out in the field.

So... three stars for this one. I liked it but for some reason the chemistry between these characters didn't ever ignite for me. It was an easy read and I didn't get bored or have to put it aside, but it just didn't quite hit the right notes.

This was more about Matt and Iggy coming out than it was about the romance. The actual "getting together" happened very quickly, so I think I kind of missed the falling in love stuff.

And for all the reviews touting McMurray as
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Kate McMurray writes smart romantic fiction. She likes creating stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities. She advocates for romance stories by and for everyone. When she’s not writing, she edits textbooks, watches baseball, plays violin, crafts things out of yarn, and wears a lot of cute dresses. She’s active in Romance Writers of Amer ...more