Out (Lili’s Review)

Title: Out
Author: Cara Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 19th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 299 apges
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


“I guess I always figured coming out was something you did for friends and family, and maybe it is, but it’s personal too, you know? The person I was last night is new. I wanna get to know him.”

I had two things on my list when I arrived in Los Angeles. One, track down Henry Bennington, the uncle and guardian of my little brother’s best friend, and tell him to get his ass back to Washington. He needed to do something about his nephew, who was turning into a douchebag. And two, figure out just how non-straight I was. For the past two years, I’d had all these fantasies, and now was the time to explore them, far away from my sleepy little town.

Nowhere on this list did it say, “Get Ty’s uncle into bed and fall for him.” I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with another city either. But between brunch, making new friends, and discovering the man I was meant to be, I lost sight of the future that had once seemed pretty damn vivid. How the hell was I supposed to merge my old life and who I used to be with the new dreams Los Angeles and Henry had awakened in me?

Out by Cara Dee is the story of a 27-year-old Zachary who’s been raising his younger since the age of 18 after his mother’s suicide. He’s been comfortable in his skin until he started realizing he’s attracted to men. He lives in a small town that doesn’t have much room for exploring. When he feels the need to seek out his younger brother’s friend’s uncle, Henry, in L.A. he figures that gives him the perfect opportunity to test the waters. What he didn’t count on was the uncle being his wet dream.

Some highlights:

-Zachary. I love dual POVs, but in this instance, I didn’t mind only being in Zach’s head. He was funny, sweet, and a tad quirky. I loved seeing the world through his eyes.

-Relationship development. Insta-lust, insta-love, I was insta-all-in!! These two had me awwing and fanning myself from one moment to the next.

-Humor. Between the chapter titles, Zach’s inner monologue, and the banter I found myself smiling and laughing out loud.

-Henry. His family background will have you rooting for him, and his personality will make you fall in love with him.

-The side characters were awesome!! Please write a story for Mattie, Ty (maybe Mattie & Ty…), Martin, and even he who shall remain nameless.

-Chemistry. Dirty talk, mild age play, some edging- I mean this book was hoooot!

-Relationship angst. It wasn’t overdone; it was understandable, and I liked how it was resolved.

All in all, this was a HUGE win.

It had:
-Age gap
-Mild kink
-Self discovery

It was:

4.5 Highly Recommend “Out” Stars! This author has become an auto-buy for me.

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Galley copy of Out provided by Cara Dee in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant