Friday Review: Tara Lain’s Outing the Quarterback


Today I’m doing a flashfire review of Outing the Quarterback. I wanted to say something about the book. It’s generally good, though it didn’t rock my world. It had a lot of “coming out angst,” a couple of pretty prostitutes, and lots of art love. Overall, I liked it, even if the ending came together a little easier than I think it should have.

Trigger warnings: There’s some sports related aggression, a dirty play perpetrated against a character because of his sexual orientation, and lots and lots of repression and angst. Also, we have a character who is gay attempting to have sex with a woman he doesn’t want to have sex with.

Let’s check out the blurb:

A Novel in the Long Pass Chronicles

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.

Find the sample here.

This book didn’t have enough depth to really get under my skin, or maybe it was just a little left of my center, just a little not what I was looking for in a read this week. I’m just not sure. I’m left with a middling feeling about it. Not bad, not good…it’s almost like….


I really enjoyed it while I was in the grip of it, but I’m already starting to forget it.

My favorite part of this book was arguably Noah. He was extremely authentic and I loved his physicality.

I think overall Outing the Quarterback was good enough to pick up for a weekend read, but if you’re looking for something with teeth maybe it isn’t the one.


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Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.


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