Title: Out in the Deep (Out in College #1)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 26th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sports
Page Count: 149
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.63 stars out of 5
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.
Derek gets quite the surprise when his coach tells him that his worst rival, Gabe, is joining their team, with an added demand that they better get along. Of course that’s easier said than done, and soon the coach orders them to become good friends after a fight during practice.
I loved their interactions and loved how well the author described their relationship from rivals to lovers and the butterflies in the stomach. It felt realistic and they were so good together it was a joy to read, from the start to the end.
Derek has to deal with his ex, his family and future, the realization that he’s not as straight as he wanted to be while finishing school. There’s an epilogue at the end tying up the ends, and this is just a wonderful read all together.
Highly recommended for those who wants a bit of tension, excitement of new love, a bit of angst and sports (I basically turned a blind eye to me not knowing anything about water polo, and I still loved the story).