September readings | Highly Trained Characters, Magic, Hockey, Aliens, and Ghosts

Title: On The Wings of War
Series: Soulbound #5
Author: Hailey Turner
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Romance (MM), Shapeshifters, Vampires
Page count: 395 (ebook)
Published: 2 Sept 2020

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Title: Summertime Butt Slut
Series: Fully Loaded Creampie Adventures #1
Author: Malcolm Van
Genre(s): MM Smut
Page count: 94 (ebook)
Published: 10 July 2019

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Title: Cemetery Boys
Author: Aiden Thomas
Genre(s): Fantasy, Ghost, Young Adult, Queer, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Page count: 352 (ebook)
Published: 1 Sept 2020

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Title: Decker and the New Guy
Series: Fully Loaded Creampie Adventures #2
Author: Malcolm Van
Genre(s): MM Smut
Page count: 163 (ebook)
Published: 25 Aug 2019

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Title: Burn Zone
Series: Hotshots #1
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance (M/M), Fiction, Firefighters,
Page count: 336 (ebook)
Published: 27 April 2020

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Title: Return to Zero
Series: Lorien Legacies Reborn #3
Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Aliens, Fiction, Dystopia, War,
Page count: 464 (ebook)
Published: 25 June 2019

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Title: Trade Deadline
Series: Hat Trick #3
Author: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance (M/M), Sports, Hockey, Lgbt,
Page count: 304 (ebook)
Published: 17 Aug 2020

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Title: Classified
Series: The Elite #3
Author: Brooke Blaine, Ella Frank
Genre(s): Contemporary, Military Fiction, Romance, Lgbt,
Page count: 228 (ebook)
Published: 23 June 2020

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Title: Holiday Hijinks: Escape from the Holidays
Series: Hounds of the Hunt #3
Author: Toni Griffin
Genre(s): Paranormal, Christmas, Romance (M/M), Shapeshifters,
Page count: 154 (ebook)
Published: 23 Dec 2018

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Title: Common Goal
Series: Game Changers #4
Author: Rachel Reid
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance (M/M),
Sports, Hockey, Lgbt,
Page count: 282 (ebook)
Published: 21 Sept 2020

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August readings | Magical Fantasies with a Dash of Paranormal and Crime

Title: The Prince and his Bedeviled Bodyguard
Series: Paranormal Princes
Author: Charlie Cochet
Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance (M/M), Fantasy
Page count: 134 (ebook)
Published: 19 Sept 2019

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Title: Where There’s Fire
Series: Panopolis 2
Author: Cari Z
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (M/M), Sci-fi
Page count: 113 (ebook)
Published: 13 July 2015

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Title: Midnight Sun
Series: Twilight Saga
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Genre(s): Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page count: 675 (ebook)
Published: 04 Aug 2020

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Title: A Discovery of Witches
Series: All Souls Trilogy
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre(s): Paranormal, Fiction, Romance, Magic
Page count: 579 (eBook)
Published: Feb 2011

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Title: Zero Divergence
Series: Zero Hour #3
Author: Aimee Nicole Walker
Genre(s): Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Romance (M/M), Contemporary
Page count: 295 ebook
Published: 17 March 2020

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Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Series: Legacy of Orïsha 1
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magic, Fiction, Adventure
Page count: 537 eBook
Published: 6 March 2018

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Title: Love Bleeds
Series: Thicker Than Water #2
Author: Ann-Katrin Byrde
Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance (M/M), Supernatural, Vampires
Page count: 342 (eBook)
Published: 19 March 2020

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Title: Shadow of Night
Series: All Souls Trilogy 2
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre(s): Paranormal, Fiction, Romance, Magic
Page count: 584 (eBook)
Published: 10 July 2012

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Title: The King’s Dragon
Series: Fire and Valor #1
Author: W.M. Fawkes, Sam Burns
Genre(s): Fantasy, Magic, Dragons, Romance, Historial
Page count: 295 eBook
Published: 26 Sept 2019

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Title: The Book of Life
Series: All Souls Trilogy 3
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre(s): Paranormal, Fiction, Romance, Magic
Page count: 564 (eBook)
Published: 15 July 2014

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Title: The Marked Prince
Series: The Darkest Court #2
Author: M.A. Grant
Genre(s): Paranormal, Fiction, Romance (M/M), Magic
Page count: 305 (eBook)
Published: 5 August 2019

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Assist | L.A. Witt

Assist (Pucks & Rainbows #2) by L.A. Witt Published 26 December 2019

Seattle Snowhawks rookie Justin Reid has it bad for his teammate Shawn Kelleher. It’s just his luck that Shawn’s got a crush too… on Justin’s best friend, Vancouver Narwhal center Keith Adams.

When Shawn lets it slip at the worst possible moment that he wants Keith, Justin is hurt, but what can he do? He steers Keith in Shawn’s direction and lets chemistry do the rest.

What Justin doesn’t know is that while Keith is into Shawn, he’s also secretly wanted Justin since forever. After some stumbling, they realize there’s something very hot and very mutual going on between all three of them. It’s fantasies coming true left, right, and center, and it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Except this scorching hot triad is anything but simple. Not while the closeted son of a hockey legend is fighting to make his own name in the shadow of his deeply homophobic father’s legacy. Not in the midst of grueling schedules and a team’s fraternization rules. Throw in pesky emotions showing up where they aren’t wanted, and it’s a play that’s doomed from the start.

Shawn, Keith, and Justin all fought their way into professional hockey. Is what they have together worth fighting for too? Or will fear let heartache win this game?

How was it? This book starts with a bang, holly hell. Like many books before, I didn’t read the blurb, I didn’t know what to expect. I sure did not expect this. I thought this was my first threesome romance but it’s not, it’s my second.

Like Rebound, Assist hit me hard but in a different way, the level of angst in this book is stressful. It’s worth it though, because each of the relationship make sense, they feel real and hot. Complicated, of course, and well worth the frustrated moments. Justin, Keith, and Shawn are similar in some ways, enough that I sometimes forgot whose perspective I was on, yet each bring something to the relationship.

I’ve read L.A. Witt’s books before but in this series she seems to be aiming for the thougher, more complex side of romances. I’m eager for the next one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rebound | L.A. Witt

Rebound (Pucks & Rainbows #1) by L.A. Witt published 27 March 2019

Officer Geoff Logan has his plate full. His cop’s salary and Marine retirement aren’t enough to make ends meet. He’s got war wounds and demons that are in it for the long haul. His teenagers are, well, teenagers, plus they’re pissed that he left the boyfriend they loved. Can’t a guy catch a break?
Seattle Snowhawks center Asher Crowe has it all. A seven figure salary. A literal house on a hill. A stable, loving relationship with an amazing boyfriend. At least, that’s what the world sees. Behind closed doors, he’s been living in a private hell, and when he finally works up the courage to end things, his boyfriend refuses to go quietly.
One call to the cops, and suddenly Geoff and Asher’s paths cross. But is the connection between them simple chemistry? Kindred spirits? Or just a pair of lonely hearts looking for a hot distraction?
And even if it’s more than physical, is there really a future for two men from such vastly different worlds? Especially when the past comes knocking?

How was it? I recently tried to revisit this story because the third one is coming out this month, and for some reason I could not remember the particulars of the story. I just knew that I liked the book and was very much interested in the sequel – that I’m about to read.

The first few lines had all the memories floating back to me and I now have an idea why this book struck a cord. That’s not right, I know now why I couldn’t remember the details of this book. Because it touched me in a deeper way than I’d thought. This is what I wrote about it after reading it :

Rebound is a bit of a slow burn, it’s grounded, not rushed, and very refreshing. As much in the subject matter abuse and the way the sexual aspect of the relationship was approached and described.

This is all I wrote at the time and did not published my thoughts then. What’s interesting to me now, is that I can agree with most of it just with the few memories and feelings about the book that came up after those first few lines. I’m not sure what I meant about the last bit about sex but I can hazard a guess.

I’m saying without really saying that this book has struck close enough to home that I don’t plan and re-reading this book, and yet I’m still happy that I did. I don’t remember being triggered reading it but it will be a one and done for me, much like I have no intention to revive a relationship with that ex who made this book feel familiar to me. It’s not what I’ve been through but close enough. But I am going to recommend this book because it’s worth reading and I am going to dive into the next one.

I’m curious, does anyone have the same kind of feelings I do about this book? Not triggered, liked it, interested in the series but not keen on re-reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

April readings | Druids, Hockey and Mysteries

Title: Two Ravens and One Crow
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 65 (ebook)
Published: 4 Sept 2012

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Title: Hat Trick
Series: Fake Boyfriend
Author: Eden Finley
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT, Music
Page count: 335 ebook
Published: 5 Nov 2019

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Title: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street
Series: Carniepunk / The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 35 (ebook)
Published: 8 Sept 2014

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Title: The Chapel Perilous
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 33 (eBook)
Published: 24 Jan 2014

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Title: Trapped
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 290 eBook
Published: 27 Nov 2012

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Title: Hunted
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 384 eBook
Published: 25 Jun 2013

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Title: Shattered
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 352 eBook
Published: 17 Jun 2014

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Title: Three Slices
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 166 eBook
Published: 5 May 2015

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Title: Staked
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 310 eBook
Published: 26 Jan 2016

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Title: The Purloined Poodle
Series: Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #1
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 112 eBook
Published: 30 Sep 2016

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Title: The Squirrel on the Train
Series: Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #2
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 120 eBook
Published: 30 Nov 2017

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Title: Promises: The Next Generation
Series: Bounty Hunters
Author: A.E. Via
Genre(s): Crime, Military Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Page count: 312 eBook
Published: 29 Aug 2018

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Title: Urban Enemies: The Naughtiest Cherub
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Horror
Published: 1 Aug 2017

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Title: Scourged
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Page count: 268 eBook
Published: 3 April 2018

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Title: Within the Mind
Series: In the Mind #1
Author: Alice Winters
Genre(s): Paranormal, Horror, Mystery, Romance (M/M), Humor
Page count: 272 eBook
Published: 28 Jan 2019

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Title: Changing Lines
Series: Harrisburg Railers
Author: RJ Scott & V.L. Locey
Genre(s): Sports, Romance, Contemporary
Page count: 205 eBook
Published: 12 July 2017

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Title: First Dangle
Series: Kevin Hearne
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Published: 5 June 2019

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Title: Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case
Series: Jon’s Mysteries
Author: AJ Sherwood
Genre(s): Mystery, Crime, Paranormal, Contemporary, Romance (M/M)
Page count: 309 eBook
Published: 22 Mar 2019

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Title: A Vigil in the Mourning
Series: Soulbound IV
Author: Hailey Turner
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Romance (M/M)
Page count: 368 (eBook)
Published: 6 April 2020

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Title: The Enchanter’s Heart
Series: The Ellwood Chronicles #4
Author: Michele Notaro
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Magic, Romance (M/M)
Page count: 328 (eBook)
Published: 29 Jan 2020

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March readings | Sport, Magic and Lies

This March, I opened my eyes to world we live in by learning a few things about suspicious people – Catch and Kill. I took a breather in Texas – A Spruce Texas Romance – after having met some weird shifters – Urban Wolves. I’ve also skatted through a series – Him – while starting a completed one – The Iron Druid Chronicles – and enjoyed my time with law enforcement – Bounty Hunters, PsyCop. Looking back on it I’ve sort of slog my way through magic – The Darkest Court, Bedknobs and Broomstticks – it was a bit confusing but I got the hang of it I think.

Some of these reviews are written and ready, one is even published, others need some editing or are simply not written. I may or may not post them, we’ll see.

Title: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
Author: Ronan Farrow
Genre(s): Non Fiction, True Crime, Politics, Journalism, Memoir, Adult, History
Page count:465 (ebook)
Published: 15 Oct 2019

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Title: Jared
Series:Urban Wolves #1
Author: Leona Windwalker
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance (M/M), Shapeshifters
Page count:187 (ebook)
Published: 8 July 2016

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Title: Heteroflexible
Series: Spruce Texas #3
Author: Daryl Banner
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance, Bisexual
Page count: 342 ebook
Published:25 Sept 2019

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Title: Claiming Marcus
Series: Lords of Discords #1
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance (M/M), Vampires
Page count: 350 ebook
Published: 31 Oct 2019

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Title: Promises Part 4
Series: Bounty Hunter 4
Author: A.E. Via
Genre(s): Contemporary, Military Fiction, Disability, Crime, Mystery, Romance (M/M)
Page count: 313 ebook
Published: 5 Mar 2019

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Title: The Grimoire of the Lamb
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #0.4
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Short Stories, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Mythology, Fiction
Page count: 17 ebook
Published: 7 May 2013

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Title: Clan Rathskeller
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #0.5
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Short Stories, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Mythology, Fiction
Page count: 17 ebook
Published: 2010

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Title: Kaibab Unbound
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Short Stories, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Mythology, Fiction
Page count: 17 ebook
Published: 2011

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Title: The Prince of Air and Darkness
Series: The Darkest Court #1
Author: M.A. Grant
Genre(s): Magic, Fae, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance (M/M)
Page count: 327 ebook
Published: 25 Feb 2019

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Title: Bitter Pill
Series: Psycop #11
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre(s): Paranormal, Contemporary, Mystery, Crime, Romance (M/M)
Page count: 257 ebook
Published: 20 Jan 2020

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Title: Hounded
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #1
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Mythology, Fiction
Page count: 304 ebook
Published: 3 May 2011

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Title: Him
Series: Him #1
Author: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance (M/M), Hockey
Page count: 360 ebook
Published: 28 July 2015

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Title: Us
Series: Him #2
Author: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance (M/M), Hockey
Page count: 322 ebook
Published: 8 Mar 2016

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Title: Hexed
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #2
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s):Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Mythology, Fiction
Page count: 296 ebook
Published: 7 June 2011

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Title: Epic
Series: Him #2.5
Author: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance (M/M), Hockey
Page count: 78 ebook
Published: 11 Feb 2020

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Title: Hammered
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s):Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Mythology, Fiction
Page count: 312 ebook
Published: 5 July 2011

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Title: A Test of Mettle
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles # 3.5
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre(s):Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Mythology, Fiction
Page count: 10 ebook
Published: 2 Dec 2011

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Title: I Buried a Witch
Series: Bedknobs and Broomsticks #2
Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre(s): Magic, Crime, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance (M/M), Urban Fantasy
Page count: 230 ebook
Published: 30 Nov 2019

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Outing the Quarterback | Tara Lain

Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he’s gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.
In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will’s problems seem like nothing compared to Noah’s. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn’t happy about.
When a gossipmonger with a popular YouTube channel finds evidence that Will is gay, the quarterback’s closet doors begin to crumble. Hounded by the press and harassed by other players, Will has to choose. Stay in the closet and keep his family’s wealth, or let the doors fall off and walk out with nothing. Nothing but Noah.

How was it? The premise is very interesting and both Will and Noah are compelling characters but the execution is disappointing. The book read like a debut novel of a fledgling, slightly lazy, writer.

The dialogues are weird at times and eye roll worthy. The sex scenes are not even a little bit titillating, they come of as mechanical. The worse might be the nicknames, for Will and his piece 🤨.

I was very surprised by Outing the Quarterback, I managed to finish the book because the author scored some goodwill on another book, and like I said before the premise is interesting, enough to keep me reading.

Rating: 2 out of 5.