Title: Out in the Offense (Out in College #3)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 6th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sports
Page Count: 183
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 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.
This is an easy, to the point college coming out novella that I enjoyed reading. An unexpected read which wouldn’t have happened, but maybe it was fate. I read the first installment of this series, which I highly enjoyed and this story had the same vibe. Likable, solid main characters without any unneeded drama. This also have short cameos from earlier stories which is always a joy for me. I love revisiting older characters.
At first I thought there would be a lot more of football in it, which I’m not a fan of, in reality it turned out to be very little. However it was enough to give the story a flavor of football. The ending is the type one wishes would happen in real life too and it was exciting and well executed.
I really liked how the relationship grew between the two, I enjoyed both characters’ personalities and how understanding Rory was toward Christian, who had a lot on his plate to deal with.
There were a few threads I felt that wasn’t tied up at the end and while I figure some may be explained in future installments I’m not sure one part will ever be explained, maybe it will, but it left me with a sense of a small piece missing. Although there might not be anymore after this one.
Also, though I like to the point writing, at certain parts this story could have benefitted from more editing. As in when Christian walked in on his roommates and closed the door waiting outside for a short while and when he opened the door again, it said he was in time for post-sex cuddles and next moment after doing some reminiscing he was standing watching them at it again so he went in to the kitchen checked the fridge and when he closed it there was Max… couldn’t have been many minutes. The sex scenes also could have used more editing. I don’t remember this being the case in the first book of this series.
It’s is a warm, exciting story of falling in love and getting the courage to deal with sexuality and coming out which is easy and good to read. I always love when it’s a happy ending, when I feel like the story’s worth reading. So if you love sweet romance stories with sports setting and coming out in college you should try this one. There’s no need to read the former books but I still recommend the first one, Out in the Deep, because I really really liked it.