Title: Out in the End Zone (Out in College Book 2)
Author: Lane Hayes
Release Date: October 10th, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
This book is everything that I love about Lane Hayes. It was sweet and dorky and intense and spicy. It was everything I was hoping for.
Evan is starting his last season as a college football player and he’s enjoyed the partying and notoriety and female attention that comes with being an athlete… until he starts talking to Mitch at a party and realizes he doesn’t want to stop. He’s known Mitch for 5 years, but hasn’t really made an effort until now. And he can’t hide the fact that he’s completely drawn to him. So when Mitch suggests that they create a series of youtube videos called “Faux or No” where the viewers decide if their ‘relationship’ is real or not, Evan says yes. He’s all in for spending more time with Mitch, even if it isn’t real. But when Evan’s past comes back to haunt him, he’s in the same place as he was 5 years ago, but he has the option to make a different choice this time around.
Evan was the typical jock in many ways, but he had a heart of gold and I love that in a character. And Lane Hayes writes this so well. He’s smart and funny and a little socially awkward, but it just adds to his lure.
Mitch is a unicorn loving, rainbow wearing, out and proud gymnast with good, close friends and a history of being left behind. He’s cute and sweet so genuine. He’s the kind of guy that you want on your side and he’s the perfect man for Evan.
The story was sweet. There was plenty of plot line to keep me interested and I couldn’t stop reading. Well done! Now I’m super excited for book 3.