Outing the Quarterback

Tara Lain
Outing the Quarterback
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
September 2014
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Carly (Carly's Book Reviews) (reviewer)
Jan 14, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
257 people found the following review helpful
Will has been living a lie for most of his life. It hasn't been easy, hiding his love of art and sexual orientation from his father (and the world) but his reasons for doing so are complex, and not at all bad. The burden of his lies gets heavier with each new addition, and he's counting down the days until he can finally be free.

Noah has been taking care of himself for as long as he can remember. Out and proud, his sexual orientation is as much a part of him as his drive to become an artist. Growing up alone was difficult, but he is stronger for the experience, and has managed to maintain his positive outlook on life.

When the two meet in a master painter class, the sparks fly. But not only do they come from completely opposite social backgrounds, they are also standing on opposing sides of the closet door.

When rumors about Will's sexual orientation begin to emerge, he must decide to either follow his dreams and his heart, or continue to live the lie that allows him to be the man that makes his father proud.

OUTING THE QUARTERBACK is a new-adult/coming of age romance. The dialogue is written in a way that expresses the main characters' college aged immaturity, yet is intermixed with scenes that are full of emotional brilliance. I enjoyed the rather interesting blend that is as sharply contrasting as the themes of art and football. I loved the raw and passionate sensuality, moments of humor, emotional tension, drama and loving tenderness. The supporting characters are especially vibrant, and add depth to this heartwarming modern day fairytale.
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