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review 2020-03-22 06:48
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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 2020-03-13 17:57
Audio Review: Stiff Drink (Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, Book 1) by Blair Babylon (Author), John Lane (Narrator)
Stiff Drink (Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, Book 1) - John Lane,Blair Babylon

 

 

 

It took me a minute to wrap my head around the accent, but once I did my heart was lost. Babylon lures you in with a slight of hand and leaves you craving more. TROUBLE is the game and Arthur is his name. He knows how to break a heart, but if he's not careful he might just lose his own.

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review 2020-03-13 17:31
Audio Review: Hard Liquor (Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, Book 2) by Blair Babylon (Author), John Lane (Narrator)
Hard Liquor (Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, Book 2) - John Lane,Blair Babylon

 

 

 

Prepare to be seduced by a dashing drink of water with a sexy accent and a bad boy reputation. Arthur and Gen find themselves caught up in a romance as tempting as it is dangerous. Babylon teases the senses with forbidden love and sparks the brain with a intriguing twist. Step into a world where nothing is as it seems and love can be only a heartache away. Sexy, captivating and unpredictable.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-03-09 10:47
The Vital Question by Nick Lane
The Vital Question - Nick Lane

TITLE:  The Vital Question:  Why Is Life the Way It Is?

 

AUTHOR:  Nick Lane

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2016

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9781781250372

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BLURB:

“There’s a black hole at the heart of biology:  we do not know why life is the way it is.  Bacteria evolved into complex life just once in four billion years of life on earth, and all complex life shares many strange properties, from sex to ageing and death – but why?

 

In The Vital Question, award-winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a cogent solution to conundrums that have troubled scientists for decades.  The answer, he argues, lies in energy:  how all life on Earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a lightning bolt.  In unravelling these scientific enigmas and making sense of life’s quirks, Lane’s explanation provides a solution to life’s vital question:  why are we as we are, indeed, why are we here at all?”

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REVIEW:

 

This is a nicely written science book for intelligent people.  No interviews or fashion commentary.  Lane examines the fundamental requirement of life, namely energy.  The starts off with examining what life and living is and then takes a look at how (and where) the first cells possibly evolved.  Many hypotheses are examined, discarded or elaborated upon.  Lane also takes cell evolution further by examining the evolution of complex cells, why most eukaryotes have two different sexes, how cells die, what powers a cell, and a host of other interesting goodies.  There is a fair amount of physics, biochemistry and chemistry in this book, along with several illustrations and diagrams.  Lane tends to be a bit repetitive, but with a complex subject like this, it probably helps to recap previous points.  This is a fascinating book that makes a great addition to his previous book Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life.

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