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The Prospects

UK Publisher: Sphere

Enemies. Rivals. Teammates.
It’s going to be a hell of a season.

Gene Ionescu is content to play in the minor leagues. He’s seen teammates get their big breaks, but as the first openly trans man in the world of competitive baseball, he has nearly everything he’s ever let himself dream of.

When his former teammate and long-time time rival, Luis Estrada, is unexpectedly drafted onto the team, the careful equilibrium of Gene’s life is destroyed. Luis is standoffish, talented and inconveniently gorgeous, and the two men can barely get through a game together. This is war, and the team pays the price.

So when Luis surprises Gene with a softer side to his haughty demeanour, Gene offers an olive branch – for the sake of his teammates. Soon they discover that their chemistry on the pitch might lead them all the way to the playoffs. And their chemistry off the pitch . . . well, that could be enough to change the game for ever.


‘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 and Royal Blue

‘The Prospects is the book I will reread every time I want to go back to a world where I feel safe, and loved, and like big-hearted underdogs can rule the world. I can’t even express how much I adore this beautiful, joyful book’ Alicia Thompson, author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers

‘The Prospects is optimism and grit, dedication and unbridled joy – an absolute delight!’ Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk

‘A gorgeously written tale of queer joy and trans possibility, a heart-stealing romance and a loving tribute to the art of baseball – particularly the beauty, struggle, and camaraderie of the minor leagues. But what I love most of all about this book is how much it is a story about hope, how deeply comforted and at home I felt in both its honesty and its optimism. This is my favourite book – of this and any year.’ Anita Kelly, author of Something Wild & Wonderful

‘The queer romcom I’ve been waiting for! Gene is the short king of my dreams and Luis is the secret cinnamon roll I want to wrap in a warm hug! The Prospects is a love letter to baseball, the Pacific Northwest, and trans joy. I adored every second of it!’ Alison Cochrun, author of Kiss Her Once for Me

‘KT Hoffman has written a thrillingly swoony and big-hearted love story between two baseball players who you can’t help but root for, even as they root against each other . . . The Prospects is a beautifully resonant appeal to a future where gay and trans peopleare celebrated, and even expected, in sports.’ Sabrina Imbler, author of How Far the Light Reaches

‘Funny, tender, and hot, this book made me feel like I could dream bigger for myself. KT Hoffman’s debut is, pardon the sports analogy, a homerun. If you liked Ted Lasso, you will love The Prospects.’ J. P. Brammer, author of Hola Papi!

KT Hoffman is an author of queer romance & historical fiction. His debut rom-com, The Prospects, will be published by...