The only thing extroverted Nate loves more than baseball is his quiet, reserved Casey. The feeling’s mutual, thanks–but it isn’t all fun and games. A wedding planner, Casey’s booked solid during the summer months and thanks to a certain poem about the Mudville Nine, cringes at the thought of ball games. Fair’s fair–with seven older sisters who redefined “wedding drama”, Nate freezes at the thought of tying the knot. Casey might wish things were different, but he wouldn’t trade Nate, his big heart, or his skills between the sheets for a wedding worthy of a Rockefeller.
After losing a strip poker bet, Casey’s promised forfeit is spending a full day at a softball tournament. He’s sure there’s more going on than a simple sports wager and wonders what Nate’s up to, but he’s curious enough to jump in and commit. And so, finally, is Nate, who’s planning a surprise involving an engagement ring and a proposal from the pitcher’s mound.
But things don’t go quite according to scheme for the odd couple when Nate takes his lover out to the ball game. And who knows what might happen when Casey’s called up to bat?
We start this book with an established couple, Nate and Casey. Casey hates all things baseball/softball related due to an old poem about the Mudville Nine. Nate has 6 older sisters who have pulled him in to all their wedding non-sense over the years and hates all things wedding centered. Nate loves baseball. Casey is a wedding planner. Yup. Oil and Water. Right?
On the day the book describes, Casey is fulfilling an obligation to a bet he lost by attending a day’s worth of softball games that Nate has organized. He does so with a fair amount of grace and humor and the day is punctuated with sexy interludes in semi-public places.
Casey gets to see why Nate loves baseball so much through the eyes of Nate’s friends and co-workers and ends up actually having a pretty good time.
It’s no secret that Nate has something special planned for Casey and most of the day is a build up to this main event.
When the time comes, it is suitably sweet and touching with just the right amount of humor.
I liked this short story quite a lot. Normally I am not a fan of established couple books, unless I’ve been following the couple from the beginning. But in this case, the chemistry between the two is really hot and sweet and the story is fun and sort of exciting.
The baseball as background was cute. The secondary characters were funny and had their own stories to add, which gave depth to what could have been a fairly flat telling of one day in the life of this couple.
If you like baseball, sweet love stories of compromise and growth and frequent bouts of semi-public sex – you’ll love this short story by Willa Okati.
I really liked it and give it 4.5 of 5 stars
Copy provided by Loose Id for an honest review