You’re invited to join the Dial Press staff and other early readers virtually on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00PM ET for a fun book club chat and to get a behind-the-scenes look at how THE PROSPECTS got published.
THE PROSPECTS is an exhilarating, sexy, and triumphant rivals to lovers debut romance that follows Gene Ionescu, the first openly trans player in professional baseball. When his former teammate and current rival gets traded to his team, the tension between them starts to turn electric…
This book is on sale April 9, 2024 but you can get early access to the read when you register! We will contact you with a Netgalley e-widget that you can use to read the book digitally. We’ll also send the Zoom meeting information if you’ve been selected to attend.
All are welcome! Hope to see you there!
-The Dial Press Team
“Tenacious, sexy, effervescent, doggedly hopeful, and endlessly charming, with characters to root hard for and an irresistible voice—I completely adored it.” —Casey McQuiston, author of Red, White & Royal Blue
Hope is familiar territory for Gene Ionescu. He has always loved baseball, a sport made for underdogs and optimists like him. He also loves his team, the minor league Beaverton Beavers, and, for the most part, he loves the career he’s built. As the first openly trans player in professional baseball, Gene has nearly everything he’s ever let himself dream of—that is, until Luis Estrada, Gene’s former teammate and current rival, gets traded to the Beavers, destroying the careful equilibrium of Gene’s life.
Gene and Luis can’t manage a civil conversation off the field or a competent play on it, but in the close confines of dugout benches and roadie buses, they begrudgingly rediscover a comfortable rhythm. As the two grow closer, the tension between them turns electric, and their chemistry spills past the confines of the stadium. For every tight double play they execute, there’s also a glance at summer-tan shoulders or a secret shared, each one a breathless moment of possibility that ignites in Gene the visceral, terrifying kind of desire he’s never allowed himself. Soon, Gene has to reconcile the quiet, minor-league-sized life he used to find fulfilling with the major-league dreams Luis inspires.
This triumphant debut romance reveals what’s possible when we allow ourselves to want something enough to swing for the fences.