Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Outing the Quarterback
Author: Tara Lain
Series: Long Pass Chronicles #1
Heroes: Will Ashford/Noah Zajack
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspiner Press
Release Date: September 19, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major, but secretly he attends art school and longs to live as a painter. And he’s gay. But if he can win the coveted Milton Scholarship for art, he’ll be able to break from his father at the end of his senior year.
In a painting master class, Will meets his divergent opposite, Noah Zajack. A scarred orphan who’s slept on park benches and eaten from trash cans, Noah carefully plans his life and multiple jobs so he has money and time to go to art school. Will’s problems seem like nothing compared to Noah’s. Noah wants the scholarship too and may have a way to get it since the teacher of his class has designs on him, a plan Will isn’t happy about.
When a gossipmonger with a popular YouTube channel finds evidence that Will is gay, the quarterback’s closet doors begin to crumble. Hounded by the press and harassed by other players, Will has to choose. Stay in the closet and keep his family’s wealth, or let the doors fall off and walk out with nothing. Nothing but Noah.
I don’t think I have ever read a Tara Lain book that I didn’t love. She always writes in a style that I can believe in; one where the characters speak in a real-life voices. The situations might be a little off the chain, but the dialogue gets me every time, and I do love me some good dialogue.
To the outside world, Will Ashton appears to be luckiest bastard on the planet. He’s a college starting quarterback, boyfriend to the head cheerleader, from a wealthy family, and he drives a Ferrari. Who would ever believe that he was closeted and didn’t want to be a football player, but instead, wanted to paint and be an artist? Definitely not Noah.
Noah thinks Will is hot as sin and wants nothing more than to pound that beautiful ass. When he learns that not only is Will lying about who he is and that he hides his artistic aspirations, Noah gets rightfully pissed. Noah has no family, is dirt poor, and works very hard for everything he has. To his mind, Will is a fool.
But Will is struggling. He plays football for his dad, he studies business for his father but secretly attends art school, and he gets sick to his stomach faking his relationship with annoying-as-fuck Tiffany. I did not feel bad in the least when he broke up her.
But Will is cracking and breaks down and tells his best friend, Jamal, about his orientation. Jamal, his sister Evangeline, and his entire family are incredible. Will is extremely lucky to have them. And when Will decides to break out of his shell, it’s beautiful.
I loved Will and Noah together. They were two halves of a whole, and I loved everything about their story. Highly recommended to everyone.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*