Title: The First Morning After
Author: Marie Lark
Release Date: June 6, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 139
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5
For as long as he can remember, Danny Rojas has wanted all-star first baseman Mitchel Finch. And he could swear that in high school, Mitchel was maybe interested, too. But the baseball team made Danny’s life a living hell back then, and the moment he was able, he got out. Five years later at a friend’s wedding, Danny finally has the chance, and more importantly, the courage, to act on his years-long crush.
Mitchel Finch used to have it so good–a brilliant athlete with lots of friends, a gorgeous girlfriend, and a place of importance in his home town. All he had to do was play it straight. But when an injury ends his baseball career, and his best friend’s wedding reminds him of everything he lost, Mitchel jumps at the opportunity Danny gives him–a night to be honest with himself. A night to finally feel wanted for exactly who he is.
The trouble is, neither of their circumstances has changed by morning. Mitchel is still closeted, and Danny is still the town pariah. Can a connection, building for years and forged in one night, survive the first morning after?
It’s an interesting book, the opening got my attention with its humor. I didn’t expect a lot of baseball moments so I wasn’t disappointed when baseball was mentioned a few times. The attraction between Danny and Finch (Doesn’t like being called that but I will anyway) was there. I’m still pissed at the ending, I mean surely there’s a book 2 coming? Danny and Finch’s story can’t end like this. please gimme closure there’s so much that still needs to be resolved.
Anyway, this book was great, there’s an awkward sex scene where Finch finally gets off his fucking high horse and realize he’s not as great as he thinks. Okay, now I’m projecting but really, that scene was one of the most important moments in the book, I’m pretty sure awkward sex is now one of my favorite things to read.
I love his mild character growth even though it came late in the book, I’m hoping there’s a book two coming because Danny still has issues he needs to resolve and Finch needs to be happy, No seriously, it didn’t seem like it at first but he’s so unhappy and the ‘thing’ with Danny is not strong enough to convince me that his issues are resolved. You can probably tell that the ending did not make me happy.
In terms of storyline, the book brings a unique spin on the geek/jock trope, I would explain but that would ruin the book for you. Also, Finch’s ex-girlfriend needs a hug, I don’t mind giving her one.