Out in the End Zone (Belen’s Review)

Title: Out in the End Zone (Out in College #2)
Author: Lane Hayes and Michael Pauley (Narrator)
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: January 23th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.

Michael Pauley continues narrating the Out in College series with distinct, easy to follow character voices, good pacing and timing, and I really like the way he infuses emotion into the text.

This is a New Adult series focusing on early twenties college students recognizing and coming to grips with their sexuality while falling in love. In this installment be prepared for some angst, including a break up, and some outside influence into the relationship.

While I really like Lane Hayes writing style, I must admit I prefer her older characters.

Single POV, pretend boyfriends that change to become very real boyfriends, with some angst, some very nice steamy moments, some miscommunication, and a happy ending.

Though Out in the End Zone can be read as a standalone, I would recommend picking up Out in the Deep first.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Out in the End Zone provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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