Title: What There Is
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press. July 2013
Rating: B List
Blurb: Former professional baseball player Justin Piersol needs a new life after a career-ending injury, and his job as a high school baseball coach isn’t exactly fulfilling. Still, things are looking up: he finds the perfect room in an apartment in Brooklyn with Mark, who writes a popular column on sports statistics.
Mark is nerdy and socially awkward and intensely shy, and he immediately develops a terrible crush on Justin, who barely seems to notice him. As they get to know each other, Justin admits he misses playing baseball, that coaching doesn’t scratch the itch. Mark confesses he thought he’d be married by now, that he wants a serious relationship. So they make a pact: Justin will help Mark find a man, and Mark will help Justin find something he loves more than baseball.
They put their plan into action… and then life gets complicated. Mark meets a nice guy named Dave, and Justin is suddenly crazy with jealousy. Justin realizes he wants to let go of the past and focus on the present, but as Mark and Dave become an item, Justin fears he’s too late.
Review: A cute, sweet and quick read. I really liked that it was told from both men’s perspective, it allowed me to see who each man was and what they brought to the table. I loved that there was no unnecessary drama or misunderstanding causing heartache.
Mark is absolutely adorable and I found myself rooting for him and Justin to make it. He had such a sweet heart and I liked that while he struggled with his confidence he knew his worth and didn’t settle. He’s shy and a little socially awkward, but once he gets comfortable he was great. I love a man with a big brain, so sexy!
I loved that Justin wasn’t a conceited jerk. He didn’t fall straight into lust with Mark, but he didn’t think he was too cool for him either. I felt bad for the pain he was in over losing his dream, but he wasn’t bitter or choosing to stay in the past forever. I’m glad that I got to see his thoughts and feelings and the development of his interest in Mark.
While this isn’t a new storyline I really enjoyed this telling. Charming and leaving me wanting more. A fun and fast read about finding what you love and makes you happy.
Reviewed by Nina Reads