Title: Out in the Field (Out in College #4)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Release Date: July 9th 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Sports
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Max Maldonado loves baseball. He knows playing first base at a private college probably won’t get him to the big leagues, but he doesn’t mind. He loves the game and his teammates. If he has to stay in the closet until he graduates, that’s okay. Baseball comes first. Relationships are complicated anyway. And after his recent messy breakup, Max prefers to keep things simple.
Phoenix Bell is a fabulous theater geek. He’s excited about his recent transfer to a new school with an elite liberal arts program. Life has been on hold for a while, but this opportunity feels like the fresh start he was hoping for when he moved to California. And the chance reunion with the hot closeted jock is an unexpected surprise. The two men have nothing in common and their timing couldn’t be worse. However, when their unconventional alliance blossoms into friendship and perhaps something more, it may be time to make some hard decisions. And perhaps risk it all…out in the field.
First of all, be prepared to LOVE Phoenix. He’s sassy and flirty, and he’s funny as hell.
Phoenix and Max met a few months ago at a bar when Max was with Sky. It was an open arrangement, so there wasn’t cheating, but Max felt the connection and wanted more. So when he sees Phoenix on campus, it’s like fate has given him another chance.
Phoenix is a free spirit. With a love of acting, french fries, makeup, and a kink for sporty types, he’s open to pretty much anything except being forced into a closet. And that’s where things get hinky. Max may want a relationship of sorts, but with only one year left of his baseball career, he’s not looking to be outed.
Phoenix was perfection. I loved his sense of humor. I loved when he asked ‘what were the numbers?’ I could see Max roll his eyes and tell him the score. There were just so many of those adorable little moments in this story that created a bond between me as the reader and the characters.
A relatively angst free read, this was an adorably cute addition to the series and one that I’d recommend.