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review 2019-01-30 07:10
Audio Blitz - Out in the Deep/Out in the End Zone

 

Both Now Available in Audio!

 

 
Title: Out in the Deep, Out in College #1  
Author: Lane Hayes  
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Narrated by: Michael Pauley  
Release Date: January 17th, 2019  
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex  
Pairing: Male/Male  
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins  
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, College romance, Water Polo, Coming out

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Synopsis:

 

Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type A control personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team… also known as his nemesis.

Gabe Chadwick has big Olympic dreams. His transfer between Southern California universities has nothing to do with scholastics. The degree is his backup plan. He’s not there to party or make friends. And he certainly isn’t going to announce his sexuality. But he can’t deny there’s something special about the uptight team captain. However, when an unwitting friendship and mutual attraction collide, both will have to decide if this is the real thing or if they’re about to lose it all in the deep.

 

 
 
 

Out in the Deep (Out in College, #1)Out in the Deep by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gabe has changed schools for the benefit of getting ready for the Olympics. With finishing his last year of college, he knows it is time to get ready to move on and make his life happen. Being attracted to the team captain was not in his plan.

Derek wants his last year of college to be full of great memories. He plans to do his best, to be the best, and a new teammate that he does not get a long with was not in his plan. Gabe changes things for Derek. Almost right away he is not the same.

Being explosive right from the start, these two men are in each others pockets almost right away. No wanting to get along, and not wanting to be attracted to one another, they cannot find chemistry that is nearly electrocuting themselves. With decisions to make, and places to be they finally give in to their feelings and must decide how to tackle the future if they are to be together.

Narrated by Michael Pauley, I love the voice inflections and changes that tell you that there are new voices talking. I really loved listening to the book even more than reading it. It made me feel like I was right there in the room with the characters. This is the beginning of a great series, and I am excited to listen to the rest of the books that are coming.


***This early copy has been given in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Out in the End Zone, Out in College #2
Author: Lane Hayes  
Publisher: Lane Hayes  
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Release Date: January 23rd, 2019
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex  
Pairing: Male/Male  
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins  
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, College romance, Football, Coming out
 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Evan di Angelo is an upbeat, good-natured goofball who loves his friends and family… and football. A traumatic accident may have ended his hopes of playing professionally, but he’s made the most of his four years on the field at a small Southern California college. He’s learned the hard way to embrace change, take chances and try things outside of his comfort zone...like agreeing to play fake boyfriends for someone else’s senior project.

Mitch Peterson knows that being his authentic self is the path to true happiness. He’s grown from a shy, quiet kid from a broken home to an out and proud budding internet sensation bound for grad school. An awesome senior project is the key. It’s unlikely anyone will believe the hunky, straight athlete is Mitch’s new lover, but it’s worth a shot. However, as their tentative friendship blossoms into unexpected attraction, the lines between reality and fiction blur for both men. Evan is forced to face old demons and decide if he has the courage to take the next step and come out in the end zone.

 

 

 

 

Out in the End Zone (Out in College #2)Out in the End Zone

by Lane Hayes

This is book #2 in the Out In College series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding of the series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Evan and Mitch have mutual friends. They are often at parties and places together with their friends in common. When Mitch's project gives them reason to be together more often, Evan jumps at the chance.

Mitch is not sure what to think. He is grateful he has found someone open enough to the possibilities that he can finally get the test results for his project to be done. At the same time, he is incredibly attracted to Evan.

This to me, is a wonderful add to the series, as well as this author's finest book yet. I found the characters charming. Their story felt very real. I sure hope this is made into a movie. Would love to see this on the big screen. Narrated by Michael Pauley, it is a joy to listen to. He changes the sounds of the voices and makes it easy to tell whom is speaking. I found this to be a great addition to the Out In College series.

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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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 won First Prize 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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Meet the Narrator:

 

Michael has well over 50 audio book titles currently available for purchase on Audible.com. He is versed in multiple styles and genres including fiction (novels and short stories) ranging from romance to science fiction to crime dramas to thrillers; business strategy books; health and wellness books; and even an occasional children's book.

 

 

Fans of Michael's narration are welcome to follow him on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

 

 

If you are interested in working with Michael to produce your next audio book, you can contact him directly at voice@michaelpauley.info.

 

 

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review 2019-01-27 05:05
Aware
Out in the End Zone - Lane Hayes

This is book #2 in the Out In College series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding of the series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Evan and Mitch have mutual friends. They are often at parties and places together with their friends in common. When Mitch's project gives them reason to be together more often, Evan jumps at the chance.

 

Mitch is not sure what to think. He is grateful he has found someone open enough to the possibilities that he can finally get the test results for his project to be done. At the same time, he is incredibly attracted to Evan.

 

This to me, is a wonderful add to the series, as well as this author's finest book yet. I found the characters charming. Their story felt very real. I sure hope this is made into a movie. Would love to see this on the big screen.  Narrated by Michael Pauley, it is a joy to listen to.  He changes the sounds of the voices and makes it easy to tell whom is speaking.  I found this to be a great addition to the Out In College series.

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2019-01-27 04:45
Growing Up
Out in the Deep - Lane Hayes

Gabe has changed schools for the benefit of getting ready for the Olympics. With finishing his last year of college, he knows it is time to get ready to move on and make his life happen. Being attracted to the team captain was not in his plan.

 

Derek wants his last year of college to be full of great memories. He plans to do his best, to be the best, and a new teammate that he does not get a long with was not in his plan. Gabe changes things for Derek. Almost right away he is not the same.

 

Being explosive right from the start, these two men are in each others pockets almost right away. No wanting to get along, and not wanting to be attracted to one another, they cannot find chemistry that is nearly electrocuting themselves. With decisions to make, and places to be they finally give in to their feelings and must decide how to tackle the future if they are to be together.

 

Narrated by Michael Pauley, I love the voice inflections and changes that tell you that there are new voices talking. I really loved listening to the book even more than reading it. It made me feel like I was right there in the room with the characters. This is the beginning of a great series, and I am excited to listen to the rest of the books that are coming. I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Book Spot!


***This early copy has been given in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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review 2019-01-12 07:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Out In The Offense

 

Title: Out in the Offense

Series: Out in College #3

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Lane Hayes

Release Date: January 10, 2019

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 54k

Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, College romance, Football, Coming out

 

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Synopsis:

 

Christian Rafferty is a talented quarterback with a big secret. He’s determined to make the most of his final season on the football field, and if possible, avoid any confrontations with his conservative parents about his future. It shouldn’t be difficult; he’s become adept at keeping his public and private lives separate. However, when a math class threatens to derail his plans to graduate on time, he realizes he may need outside help. Rory Kirkland has a reputation for being a tough guy. He’s a former wrestler and recent college graduate who needs a real job. Until he finds one, tutoring is a decent temporary gig. Luckily, his brain is his biggest asset.

 

Rory is a genius. He credits his sport for helping him deal with angst and rumors about his sexuality when he was younger, but he doesn’t care what others think anymore. He likes his new status as an out and proud bi man; and he recognizes something of himself in Christian. But Rory didn’t count on falling for him. When an unlikely friendship collides with intense attraction, both men begin to realize that coming out on offense just might be the surest path to love.

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

 

"Can I do anything to help?” I asked, setting my backpack on one of the two barstools at the narrow counter space.

 

“Nope. As soon as the veggies are sautéed, we’ll be ready to eat. Want something to drink?”

 

“Yes, please. Water is fine. Where’s Buttons?”

 

Rory pulled a water bottle from the small fridge behind him and handed it over, then pointed at a basket next to the sofa.

 

“She’s hiding behind that basket. She’ll make an appearance if she decides you’re worthy. In the meantime, there’s bread in that basket on the counter next to your bag. Help yourself. I’ll bring dinner out.”

 

I thanked him, then twisted the cap from the water bottle and took a generous sip before rounding the corner in search of the bread. I was ravenous. I bit into the baguette with gusto before turning to check out my surroundings.

 

Rory’s apartment was tiny. Probably half the size of mine and much older. But unlike the rough exterior, it was…pleasant. Surprisingly so. A short wall delineated the narrow kitchen from the main living area. There was just enough room for a sofa, an ottoman, a TV console, and a smallish television. Two barstools were tucked under the small peninsula by the cut-out in the kitchen wall. The palette was basic “dude”…dark leather against stark white walls, though a large red throw rug anchored the room and provided a nice splash of color. It was simple—but tidy and very clean.

 

“Your place is cool,” I commented when he entered the room, carrying two plates and a large bowl.

 

“Thanks. Let’s sit on the sofa. We have more room to eat there,” he said decisively as he set his burden on the coffee table. “Help yourself. I’ll get some forks, napkins, and extra veggies.”

 

I obeyed and quickly got to work, scooping chicken fettucine Alfredo onto both plates. Rory joined me a minute later, handing over the silverware before taking a seat next to me. I shot a bashful sideways glance at him as I reached for a napkin.

 

“Do you eat like this every night?”

 

“It’s really nothing special. I make sauces in bulk and freeze them. Then it’s just a matter of adding protein and veggies. By the way, this Alfredo is a healthy version. If you want to drown it in parmesan, feel free. I won’t be offended. Cheers.” He tapped his water bottle against mine and winked.

 

“Cheers. And thanks again. This is incredible and very unexpected.” I smiled as I twisted the pasta around my fork.

 

“You’re welcome. You sounded anxious, but you said we’re cool. Are we?”

 

“Of course.”

 

Rory tilted his head and shot me a challenging look. “Then kiss me.”

 

“Um…now?”

 

“Yeah, now. The other night could have been a fluke. Instead of wondering, let’s get it over with. One kiss should be enough to tell. C’mere,” he commanded, leaning sideways.

 

I set my fork down and met him halfway until our noses brushed. Then I waited for him to make the next move. He stayed stubbornly still. When I couldn’t stand the growing tension, I pressed my lips to his. And wow…amazing.

 

Rory was a great kisser. He had the simple art of give-and-take down to a science. He molded his mouth to mine and gently pushed his tongue inside. The connection was sweet but bold. It was more about discovery than possession. I hummed as I snaked my arm around his neck, pulling him closer. He sucked my tongue, then bit my bottom lip playfully before pulling back.

 

“Definitely not a fluke," he said with a devilish grin.

 

 

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Out in the Offense (Out in College, #3)Out in the Offense by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is #3, in the Out In College series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Christian has been keeping secrets. When he meets his new tutor, and has a wild and almost uncontrollable reaction to him, it makes keeping secrets harder. Can he grow and learn it is easier to just be honest?

Rory has been hurt before. His wanting Christian does not change the status quo - nor the fact it is basically forbidden. He cannot stop feelings once they start.

This was another great addition to the series. These amazing characters have such depth and courage. I loved devouring each page and could not wait to finish the story.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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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 won First Prize 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.

 

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |Amazon

 

 

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review 2019-01-12 04:42
Growing
Out in the Offense - Lane Hayes

This book is #3, in the Out In College series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Christian has been keeping secrets.  When he meets his new tutor, and has a wild and almost uncontrollable reaction to him, it makes keeping secrets harder.  Can he grow and learn it is easier to just be honest?

 

Rory has been hurt before.  His wanting Christian does not change the status quo - nor the fact it is basically forbidden.  He cannot stop feelings once they start.

 

This was another great addition to the series.  These amazing characters have such depth and courage.  I loved devouring each page and could not wait to finish the story.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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