Book Review and Giveaway: Outing the Quarterback (The Long Pass Chronicles Book 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.    

Denise’s Review:

I discovered Tara Lain’s books by accident. Back when I was a young (cough, cough) m/m romance reader, I won two of her Balls to the Wall books in a big drawing. I devoured them, developing a deep love for Rodney from Fire Balls. I then went on to read the rest in the series, enjoying them all Rodney, though, is still my sentimental favorite. 🙂

Anyway, when I heard that Tara Lain had a new book series out, I ran right over to grab it, because it combined three of my favorite things…hot man/man loving, the city of Laguna Beach and sports. And once again, she delivered.

Will Ashford has hidden himself for his entire life. He hides that he is gay, and he hides that he loves painting. He has always hidden it from his family, and even his best friend. But when he meets Noah, he quickly realizes that he will not be able to hide what he wants most any longer.

Meanwhile, Noah just wants to work, go to school and win the same scholarship that Will is hoping to get, without having to sleep with the professor for his recommendation. What he doesn’t think he wants is in the closet forever Will. Noah has never been in the closet, has never needed to, and has no desire to venture in there with Will. Yet, he cannot deny the heat they create.

This book had lots of angst, but young angst, so for me it was just a joy to read. They were quite opposite in many ways, yet had so much in common in others.

Such an enjoyable book to read. With my final determination, it gets 4 strong pieces of eye candy. Definitely recommend, and a great re-read book.  **Sssshhhh…even better…a bonus at the end of the book…a peek into books 2 and 3. And oh, already I am salivating a bit to get to book 2. This is gonna be awesome!


Will followed Noah up to the low-rise structure that looked
more like a shed than a house. Clearly the thing had been built sometime early
in the twentieth century without a single permit. Noah unlocked the door,
although a burglar probably could have ripped down the walls and gotten in
Hell, Will couldn’t diss the place. He still lived at home.
Noah looked over his shoulder. “Home sweet home.” He walked
in and Will followed.
He was kind of aware that he was in one medium-sized room, but pretty much all
he saw was the huge, softly impressionistic painting of a nude man on the wall
opposite the front door. Gorgeous didn’t do it justice. It or him. The model was
more boy than man, with long brown hair falling down a lean, curved back. Only
his profile showed as he gazed off into space with a look of pure longing.
Though the face was perfect and Will had never seen such an expression, it
could only be one person. “It’s you, isn’t it?”
“Holy shit, how did you know that?”
Will looked at Noah. The guy’s eyes were wide and a little
“It’s you the way you are inside. Maybe the way you were
outside once. Full of hope and longing for joy.”
Will glanced over and caught the fast blink wiping out the
unshed tears. “The painting is gorgeous. You’re an amazing artist. Really. I
should hate you.” He grinned at Noah.
Noah’s face never left dead serious. “Do you?”
“Hate me?”
Oh shit, he couldn’t catch his breath. “Of course not.”
Change. The. Subject. He looked around. “So this is your place. Doesn’t look
like much outside, but you made it really cool.” That was true. Against one
wall a daybed, actually made, looked like it could hold one person spaciously
and two tightly. Okay, why the hell did he think of that? An old but very
serviceable sectional couch divided off the sleeping area and curved underneath
that gorgeous painting, with a chair opposite it. The rest of the room
contained a kitchenette with a microwave, an under-counter refrigerator, and a
few cabinets, plus a small table and two straight-back chairs. “You’re so
Noah shrugged. “You have to be in a place this small. Sit.”
He pointed at one end of the sectional.
Will sat. “I wonder if I’m neat.” He grinned.
“You don’t know?”
“No. I’ve always had a maid.”
Noah flipped a hand at Will. “Jeez. How do you keep your
bathroom between maid visits?”
“There you go.”
“I don’t know. If I thought I had to pick up that towel
myself, I might reform real fast.” He leaned back. “I guess I should start
“Never too early to grow up. Want a beer?”
Coach would kill him. Plus, alcohol looked pretty crappy
after last night. “No thanks.”
“I’ve got iced tea.”
“Yeah. That’d be great.” Noah walked over to the
kitchenette. Jesus, watching the guy move in a confined space with nobody else
around was too much for Will’s overtaxed, underserved cock. He put his hands in
his lap.
Noah walked back with two glasses. They didn’t match. He
handed one to Will and sat on the other part of the sectional. “So are you
moving out soon?”
“Probably not until I finish school.”
“That’s a long time. You gonna be able to carry off the
That was the question, but Noah didn’t even know how much.
“I made it this far.”
“I’ll bet it gets harder all the time.”
Man, he had no idea.
“What are your plans?”
Noah drank some tea. “Graduate school in art. I want to be
able to teach as well as paint.”
“Where do you want to go?”
“I’d love to go to Chicago, but I think UCLA will be good.”
“How will you do it?” He held his breath.
“Scholarships, I hope.”
“Milton?” He was turning blue.
“Sure. It’s the best. And I ought to be a contender. God
knows, I can prove hardship.” He laughed.
“But it doesn’t depend on hardship.” Will swallowed hard.
“Sure. But who wouldn’t take it into consideration?” He
frowned. “Besides, I hope I paint well enough.”
“Yeah. You’re a great painter. Like I said.” Will downed the
cold, bitter tea. Shit, he didn’t want to compete with this kid. His evil voice
asked the obvious question. Why, because you think he’ll win? “I should
get going.”
He felt weird. “I really like your place.”
He got up and took a few steps toward the door.
He didn’t turn around. Felt too strange. “Yeah.”
“You never answered my question.”
“What question?”
“Are you gay?”
Blood. Ice. “No. Why would you ask me that again?” He heard
the couch cushion rustle, then footsteps behind him. Will turned around slowly,
frowning. “What’s with you? Why would you think I’m gay?”
Noah stopped directly in front of him and looked up. Not far
up. The guy was only a few inches shorter. Drowning in those eyes would be
possible. “Because you look at me like you want to eat me. 

Tara has generously offered up an ebook copy of Outing the Quarterback. And the best part, if you already have it, you can still win! If you have it already, you can win two of her backlist, plus a bookmark. International winners get a $5.00 gift card.  Wow!

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 About the Author:


 Tara Lain writes
the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her
unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011
and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards
for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance,
Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC
Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm.
She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her
soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets
a lot of her books.  Passionate about
diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say
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  1. Thank you so much for having my Beautiful Boys on this lovely blog. I'm so glad you liked the book! : )