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review 2020-03-22 06:48
Blindsided
Out On The Ice - Lane Hayes

This is book #5, in the Out In College series.  This story can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Colby meets Sky in a summer class.  They start as enemies, or so Colby thinks.  Once they do get to know each other, the attraction intensifies and nearly burns him up.  

 

Sky has no idea how to fix this confusion with Colby.  It does not seem he will ever have a chance to be more.  Is what he is feeling enough to take a chance on someone for a future?

 

This was a solid addition to the series.  In the long awaited Hockey version, the MC's are both busy with their own sports and schedules when they meet in class. I loved the banter.  I found the pace good, the heat at a good level, and the story read so good I could not put it down.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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text 2020-03-21 07:10
New Release Blitz - Out On The Ice
 
Title: Out on the Ice
Series: Out in College, Book 5
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: March 19, 2020
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 63k
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, Enemies to lovers, College romance, Athletes, Hockey, Baseball, Humor
 

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Synopsis

 

Colby Fischer is a bad boy with attitude and a chip on his shoulder. As a senior at a Southern California college, he knows this may be his last shot. He doubts he’ll ever become the hockey legend he dreamed of being as a kid, but he definitely doesn’t want to be an accountant. Things get interesting when he’s asked to train the new intern at his step-dad’s firm, who happens to be the troublemaker from his econ class. And the one guy Colby can’t stand.

Baseball is Sky Jameson’s life. He’s happy to be back at Chilton for his senior year, but he’s burned a few bridges and has a bit too much free time off-season. He could use the money and something to keep him busy until his season begins. But his accidental crush on his prickly coworker could be a problem. Colby is straight and Sky is in the closet. Their timing isn’t great, but the intense attraction is hard to deny. With his final season on the hockey team in the balance, Colby may have to decide if he’s ready to come out on the ice.

 

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“What position do you play?” Sky asked, pealing the label off his water bottle.
 
“Right wing. Forward. Think of soccer where the front line moves the ball down the field. We do the same with the puck.”
 
“I know how it works. I’ve watched a lot of hockey.”
 
“Have you ever played?” I asked.
 
“No. Baseball was always number one for me. Besides, hockey is kind of…rough. There’s always a fight. And the game moves so fast, it’s hard to see the puck sometimes.”
 
“Not if you pay attention.” I raised my beer bottle in a mock toast and grinned. “And I like it rough.”
 
Sky pursed his lips and stared at me…or maybe he was staring at my throat. I couldn’t tell. “Me too. But not on the field. It distracts from the game.”
 
“In hockey, it’s part of the game. If you can’t defend yourself, your teammates, and the ice, you have no right to be out there. Might as well take up ice dancing or something,” I snarked, only half kidding. “And no offense, but ice dancing is a hell of a lot more entertaining than baseball. Trust me, I know. I played Little League for a couple of years. I used to beg the coach not to put me in the outfield. Geez, you could take a fuckin’ nap out there some days, you know?”
 
Sky laughed. “Fuck you. You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. Baseball is a game of strategy.”
 
“Strategy my ass,” I huffed, smiling to take the sting from my words…even though I kinda meant it. “It’s one of those weird sports where everyone gets pumped when nothing happens. ‘Oh, it’s a no-hitter. That’s amazing!’ Sure…but nothing fuckin’ happened! No one hit the ball, no one rounded the bases, no one slid to home plate. No one had to even wash their damn uniforms! And you know why?”
 
“Why?”
 
“’Cause nothin’ fuckin’ happened,” I replied, taking a long sip of my beer as I let the sweet sound of Sky’s laughter wash over me.
 
God, he had a great laugh. It made me like him a little more. And yeah, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, I liked Sky. He was smart, talented, easy on the eyes, and he had a sense of humor.
 
“That just proves baseball players are smarter than hockey players,” he taunted.
 
“Said no one anywhere ever.” I held my hands up in surrender when he flipped me off. “Hey, I’m kidding. I like baseball fine. I told you I follow the Tigers. I still have the jersey my dad bought me when I was ten. Dude, I’d wear it if I still fit in it. What’s your position?”
 
“Shortstop. I’ve played almost every position at one time or another but I like it the best. You gotta be quick, have a strong arm, and good instincts. I also have a long wingspan. That helps.”
 
“Makes sense. I don’t know about wingspan, but you gotta be quick in lightning fast hockey too with quick reflexes. Big ol’ quads help.” I smacked my thighs and chuckled. “Mine are kinda huge.”
 
Sky gave me a lopsided smile. “I noticed. It’s hot.”
 
“You think muscular legs are hot?”
 
“I do. Believe it or not, it wasn’t your sweet personality that made me look twice. It was your thighs.”
 
I snickered. “That’s weird.”
 
“Maybe, but it’s true. You always wore shorts to summer school. I used to come in a little late so I’d get a good look at you before I sat down. I purposely didn’t sit next to you because I knew I’d get caught staring. And the one day I did, you were the one who got caught.”
 
“Are you telling me that all this started because of my thighs?” I asked, narrowing my gaze suspiciously.
 
Sky nodded. “Basically…yes.”
 
We held eye contact for a moment then busted up.
 
And when our laughter faded, the mood changed all over again. I felt that same crackle of heat and sexual energy I always did when I was around him, but this time I knew what it was. And though I might have been unsure, I wasn’t afraid.
 
I leaned forward on my barstool and motioned for Sky to close the distance. He brushed his nose against mine. I held my breath and waited for him to make a move. Any move at all. When he blinked, I licked the corner of his mouth then pressed my lips to his and closed my eyes.

 

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Purchase the other books in the Out in College Series

 

Out in the Deep (Out in College, Book 1) 
Out in the End Zone (Out in College Book 2)

Out in the Offense (Out in College Book 3)

Out in the Field (Out in College Book 4)

 

 

Meet the Author

 

 

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were First Place winners in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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review 2020-03-06 04:44
Catch-Up Quick Takes: The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin; Bloody Acquisitions (Audiobook) by Drew Hayes, Kirby Heyborne; Dark Harvest Magic (Audiobook) by Jayne Faith, Amy Landon
Dark Harvest Magic - Jayne Faith,Amy Landon
The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues - Ellen Raskin
Bloody Acquisitions: Fred, the Vampire Accountant, Book 3 - Tantor Audio,Drew Hayes,Kirby Heyborne

The point of these quick takes posts is to catch up on my "To Write About" stack—emphasizing pithiness, not thoroughness.
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The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues

The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues


by Ellen Raskin
Paperback, 170 pg.
Puffin Books, 1975
Read: January 7-8, 2020
Grab a copy from your local indie bookstore!


I've never claimed to have an exhaustive knowledge of Ellen Raskin novels, yet I was surprised to find a passing reference to this one last fall. So I grabbed it up and jumped into it with relish. It's been since I was in MG that I've read other works by her that aren't The Westing Game, so I can't say for certain if this is her usual kind of thing or not (I think this is closer to her norm than Westing, though). There's an over-reliance on funny names (frequently some sort of wordplay involving food) and outlandish eccentricities as a source of humor, but that's a minor thing.

 

This is really 3-4 short stories linked together with an overarching narrative to make a novel—which actually works pretty well. The pair have a few smaller mysteries to solve while a bigger one builds. This reads like a collaboration of Donald J. Sobol and Daniel M. Pinkwater—which absolutely would've been up my alley when I was the right age, and is still amusing enough right now for me to enjoy the quick read.

 

Is it my favorite thing ever? No. But it's a clever read that's entertaining enough.

 

This is a little more mature than usual for MG books (especially given its publish date, I'd think), but it's not mature enough for YA. Not that it matters, that's just me trying to categorize it. I think it's probably appropriate for MG readers, though (there's one scene that might push it over the edge, but...I'd risk it).

(the official blurb)
3-4 paragraphs
3.5 Stars

 

 

Bloody Acquisitions

Bloody Acquisitions


by Drew Hayes, Kirby Heyborne (Narrator)
Series: Fred, The Vampire Accountant, #3
Unabridged Audiobook, 9 hrs., 52 mins.
Tantor Audio, 2016
Read: January 31-February 4, 2020
Grab a copy from your local indie bookstore!


(the official blurb)
I continue to enjoy these lighter UF books about the world's dullest Vampire and his supernatural friends. Of course, the joke is that he's not really that boring at all, Fred just thinks of himself that way.

 

The core of this novel is Fred dealing with a group of vampires coming to town to set up shop. The big question is: can they share the city with him? Typically, the answer is no, and he'll either have to join with them or leave. The last thing that Fred wants to do is to leave his home and business==he'll just have to figure out a way.

 

I think this works better as a novel than the previous two installments and is overall just a touch more entertaining. I'm not sure that I have much else to say—these are fun reads/listens.

3 Stars

 

Dark Harvest Magic

Dark Harvest Magic


by Jayne Faith, Amy Landon (Narrator)
Series: Ella Grey, #2
Unabridged Audiobook, 8 hrs., 32 mins.
Tantor Audio, 2017
Read: February 22-25, 2020
Grab a copy from your local indie bookstore!


(the official blurb)
I have even less to say about this one. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the previous one, maybe because just about all of it felt like Faith was setting things up for the next book or two in the series more than telling a story now. This does mean that the next book or two should be really good, because I liked most of what she was setting up.

 

Aside from that, Dark Harvest Magic really feels a lot like it could be the next several chapters in Stone Cold Magic. Which means that pretty much everything I said about it applies here. An entertaining read/listen, I still like the characters and really want to see where Faith is taking this all, even if I wasn't gaga over this sequel.

3 Stars

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2020/03/05/catch-up-quick-takes-the-tattooed-potato-and-other-clues-by-ellen-raskin-bloody-acquisitions-audiobook-by-drew-hayes-kirby-heyborne-dark-harvest-magic-audiobook-by-jayne-faith-amy-landon
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review 2020-01-07 07:32
Desire
Stick to the Script - Lane Hayes

This is book #13, in the Ace's Wild series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  This series is a whole lot of fun.  Comes highly recommended, and not just by me.

 

Jamie has made it through the storm, only to find out he is the only one of his party to get there.  When he finds himself alone with the proprietor's son, he figures he will wait it out.  The storm is raging both inside and out.  Can he resist?

 

Wyatt had been helping his parents remodel, and decided to stay on and see this event through.  Little did he know the hottest man he has seen in a while would step through the doors and be his alone for a couple days.  Should he resist when a gift like that appears?

 

Such an amazing connection is shared by these characters!  I was hooked and could not wait for the final pages.  Always bittersweet.  I was enjoying every laugh and every touch.  This was a great story to read over the holidays.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2019-11-28 17:08
Starting from Zero (Starting From #1) by Lane Hayes 3.5 Stars!!
Starting from Zero (Starting From #1) - Lane Hayes

ustin Cuevas is going through a rough patch. A broken relationship, a scandal, and the demise of his band have shaken the aspiring rock star’s confidence. Working two jobs and sleeping on his friend’s sofa isn’t ideal, but Justin isn’t ready to give up yet. With a little luck, he’s hoping to re-launch his music career in LA with his new band, Zero. The key is to stay focused, and not get distracted by his past…or the sexy songwriter he can’t get out of his head.

Gray Robertson has written dozens of hits and worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. But he’s never met anyone like Justin. The younger man is fiery, passionate, and smart. A powerful voice for a new generation. Other than an unforgettable one-night stand and a passion for music, the two men have nothing in common. Or do they? Justin knows the out-of-the-blue challenge to write a quintessential love song is a huge opportunity. And it’s the ultimate test for someone who’s doesn’t believe in happily ever after. When sparks fly, Justin and Gray realize they have a shot something special if they start from zero together. Maybe even love.

 

Review 

 

The start to a good series set in LA music culture. The romance is really sexy and the age difference is well handled. I like the bisexual rep in this book particularly.

Good chemistry here and good secondary characters that should make for great heroes.

The drama with the older hero's ex is really will done but the drama with the younger hero's ex and the music business is way less engaging.

I am looking forward to the next book with Charlie as the lead.

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