“Diamond Ring might be the best sports romance I have ever read.” —Rachel Reid, USA TODAY bestselling author of Heated Rivalry and The Long Game
"[A] home run of a romance." —New York Times Book Review
Teammates reunite to give love another shot in the third installment of KD Casey’s riveting Unwritten Rules series.
Jake Fischer has been here before: pitching for the Oakland Elephants, hiding his worries behind a smile, hoping to win it all. Ten years ago, it didn’t turn out the way he wanted. Nothing in his life did. But now he’s back—and so is the one teammate tied inexorably to his past.
It doesn’t matter how many times catcher Alex Angelides replays that moment during the Fall Classic over in his mind, the outcome never changes. He’s not sure what happened to make that pitch glance off his glove, or what happened with his relationship with Jake—and he’s not going to be the one to ask.
A whole lot may have changed in the last decade, but some things have stayed the same. Jake and Alex still can’t stay out of each other's faces on the field, or out of each other's beds off of it. They’ve got a second chance to win it all…but only if they realize what they lost.
Book 1: Unwritten Rules
Book 2: Fire Season
Book 3: Diamond Ring
Casey's satisfying third Unwritten Rules romance (after Fire Season) revisits the fictional MLB team Oakland Elephants, as two rookies, catcher Alex Angelides and ace-in-the-making pitcher Jake Fischer, fall in love while competing in the World Series. Then a bad pitch costs the team the big game—and the men their relationship, which flames out in a fight over who is to blame. Worse, after Jake suffers an injury, his career in the majors is tabled. Ten years later, struggling with new heartbreak and some mental health problems, Jake finally returns to the Elephants, where Alex—once his partner, now his enemy—is finishing out his career. With the help of a mental skills coach, the stubborn teammates work to resolve their issues. Meanwhile, they unknowingly resume their flirtation through anonymous chats on a dating app. Will their second chance at both love and winning the pennant play out better than their first? Casey includes cameos from familiar characters, which series fans will appreciate, but she also mines similar plotlines from earlier books, making some of Alex and Jake's training scenes, for example, feel like retreads. Still, the protagonists are strong enough to carry this. Readers will have no trouble rooting for their connection.