Unwritten Rules by K D Casey
Release Date: October 12, 2021
Zach Glasser has put up with a lot for the sport he loves. Endless days on the road, playing half-decent baseball in front of half-full stadiums and endless nights alone, pretending this is the life he’s always wanted.
The thing is, it could have been everything he ever wanted—if only he’d had the guts to tell his family, tell the club, that he was in love with his teammate Eugenio Morales. Well, ex-teammate now. When Zach wouldn’t—couldn’t—come out, Eugenio made the devastating choice to move on, demanding a trade away from Oakland. Away from Zach.
Three years and countless regrets later, Zach still can’t get Eugenio out of his head. Or his heart. And when they both get selected to play in the league’s All-Star Classic, those feelings and that chemistry come roaring back.
Zach wants a second chance. Eugenio wants a relationship he doesn’t have to hide. Maybe it’s finally time they both get what they want.
I love sports romance and I cannot remember the last time I read one focused on baseball. Unwritten Rules is a second chance romance and deals with coming to terms with your sexuality, especially when you’re an athlete.
Zach and Eugenio have a connection from their first meeting and their chemistry is palpable. It is written entirely from Zach’s POV, alternating between past and present. I liked the format as we can see both romance in parallel. I felt the book to be a bit slow and it took me a while to get into it.
Zach is gay and Jewish with hearing loss and deeply in the closet while Eugenio is bi, Venezuelan and also playing the same position as Zach, i.e, catcher.
So usually when I read sports romances, even though I know pretty much nothing about the sport, I can enjoy the novel very well. And I know even less about baseball than say ice hockey or football. But for this one, baseball is equally important as the romance and that impaired my enjoyment. I think you’d love this even more if you’re a fan of baseball.
*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review