Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: Outing the Quarterback (The Long Pass Chronicles #1) by Tara Lain

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. 

My Thoughts: 

Damn, I love a scarred hero/MC! Especially when they are a pretty man. I was immediately sucked into Will and Noah's story. The chemistry was undeniable and just oozed from the pages.

Will is deep in the closet, he is not out to anyone and the only sexual contact he has had with other men he has had to pay for. His father definitely rules the roost and Will has let it go as far as the fact that he plays football, has the hot (yet totally bitchy) head cheerleader for a girlfriend and yet he wants none of it. So what does Will want, you ask? Will wants to paint. He is an artist at heart.
Noah is an orphan who has had to work and struggle for every little thing he has. When Noah meets Will he can't seem to shake the feeling he gets and can't get him out of his mind.

There were definitely some times through this story that I just wanted to scream and then there were others when I teared up too. Tara Lain never disappoints me, she has an uncanny ability to just pull emotions from me. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series!

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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