Out in the Offense (Out in College, #3) (Lili’s Review)

Title: Out in the Offense (Out in College, #3)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: January 10th 2019
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Christian Rafferty is a talented quarterback with a big secret. He’s determined to make the most of his final season on the football field, and if possible, avoid any confrontations with his conservative parents about his future. It shouldn’t be difficult; he’s become adept at keeping his public and private lives separate. However, when a math class threatens to derail his plans to graduate on time, he realizes he may need outside help.

Rory Kirkland has a reputation for being a tough guy. He’s a former wrestler and recent college graduate who needs a real job. Until he finds one, tutoring is a decent temporary gig. Luckily, his brain is his biggest asset. Rory is a genius. He credits his sport for helping him deal with angst and rumors about his sexuality when he was younger, but he doesn’t care what others think anymore. He likes his new status as an out and proud bi man; and he recognizes something of himself in Christian. But Rory didn’t count on falling for him. When an unlikely friendship collides with intense attraction, both men begin to realize that coming out on offense just might be the surest path to love.

I’m going to start my review by saying:

Rory… is hot, patient, understanding, intelligent, funny, HE TALKS DIRTY DURING SEX.

For his sake- I’m just glad he’s fictional because there’d be a bunch of thirtsy book loving stalkers if he were real.

Sorry, I just had to get that out of the way first.

Out in the Offense by Lane Hayes is the third and final installment in her New Adult Out in College series. Just like the previous stories in deals student-athletes trying to balance school, the pressure often put on by parents, trying to figure what’s next, and coming to terms with one’s sexuality.

Some highlights:

-Rory. Re-read start ↑

-Christian has a lot on his shoulders; football, a failing class, an overbearing parent, a future he wants to dictate, and a big secret he’s keeping from just about everyone- he’s gay. Considering all this he still went after what he wanted, and I was relieved that from the get go he knew he wasn’t going just to follow his father’s plans.

-The relationship developed was nicely written and didn’t feel rushed.

-The chemistry between felt genuine- in and out of the bedroom.

-Rory, again.

-And the end, I was left satisfied they were in it for the long haul.

My only niggle: not a huge fan of martyrdom and because we saw it in the previous couple of books, I think the story could’ve done without it. Luckily, it wasn’t drawn out.

All in all, I think Out in the Offense was a great addition to the Out in College series. If you enjoy New Adult, definitely check these out! New Adult drama without the heavy angst.

4.5 for Out in the Offense and 4.5 for the series as a whole.

I can’t wait for the spinoffs!

Out in College

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Galley copy of Out in the Offense (Out in College, #3) provided by Lane Hayes 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
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