Book Reviews

Late-Inning Home Run by Stella K. Jefferson at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 23-June-2013

Book Blurb

Widower Jay Parker hasn’t seen his high school boyfriend, Craig Myers, in thirty-five years—not that they ever used the word “boyfriend.” When Craig turns up at a baseball game where Jay’s seventeen-year-old son is playing, Jay discovers the old attraction is still alive. It feels natural to invite Craig home to catch up, but reigniting their flame isn’t easy for anyone involved.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".

Book Review

High school baseball is a major treat for the players and the families that come out to the park and root the team on. So much energy and love of the game pours out from the field and the stands making this a flat out “love fest”. Then, two ex-high school players bump into each other at the end of the game thirty-five years since they last played together. Oh, the memories and current good feelings simply overwhelm them. What a perfect place for this reunion to take place, too.

Jay Parker’s son, Mitchell, plays outfield and Jay never misses any game, even the away games when his son is playing. Jay was part of a great short stop/second base combo that is often the heart of the breathtaking ‘double play’ when he played baseball. Jay is completely overwhelmed when his high school pal calls out to him after Jay’s son’s team. Suddenly Jay feels seventeen again.

Craig Myers was Jay's double play combo partner. He is currently a scout for UC checking out a phenomenon—this team Mitchell plays for. However, when he sees Jay, he feels like a teenager again. 

Both men share their highs and lows from the intervening years. They head back to Jay’s place for beer and some chow. Will this “late-inning home run” re-kindle their teenage passions and how will Jay’s children, especially his son, handle that? I wish the story didn’t rush through that last part, leaving me to feel this needs a sequel or a longer rendition. However, all the love, the history, and this unplanned reunion made me feel smack dab behind home plate, the most exciting place to enjoy a baseball game.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 29 pages/6596 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $3.99 ebook
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