Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Out in the Deep by Lane Hayes


Out in the Deep
(Out in College #1)
by Lane Hayes
Release Date: August 29, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance
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Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type A control personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team… also known as his nemesis.

Gabe Chadwick has big Olympic dreams. His transfer between Southern California universities has nothing to do with scholastics. The degree is his backup plan. He’s not there to party or make friends. And he certainly isn’t going to announce his sexuality. But he can’t deny there’s something special about the uptight team captain. However, when an unwitting friendship and mutual attraction collide, both will have to decide if this is the real thing or if they’re about to lose it all in the deep.


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This sport novella is simply perfect. It might be short, but definitely showcased a solid relationship development that packed a solid punch. It has a cute theme of sexual discovery, awkward male crush, plenty of sexy times and a little dose of reality/challenges with being a new adult. 

Derek and Gabe are water polo nemesis. Derek couldn't stand Gabe's smug face and their tends to get on each other nerves during the games. But things took a different turn when Gabe joined Derek's collegiate team. From the beginning, I was fascinated with the whole enemies to lovers vibe between these two. The highlight of the book is definitely Derek's sexual awakening. Hah! I enjoyed reading him being all obsessed over his new found crush on a guy he used to hate. However, the book isn't remotely angsty, everything is just so cute and hilarious and some parts were very heartwarming and makes me swoon. Yeah, so even though this is a short read, I wholeheartedly enjoy it very much. 


Maybe I just needed a good night’s sleep. It had been a long day. And a weird one. I could never have dreamed up a scenario featuring Gabe Chadwick in my house after this morning. But here he was.
I gave him a thorough once-over as he walked into the kitchen. And again, the first thing that crossed my mind was, “Wow, he’s really fucking hot.”
“Nice place.”
“Thanks. Do you want some water or something?” I asked, awkwardly pointing at the fridge.
“No, thanks. I’ve had enough tonight,” Gabe replied with a laugh.
I should have said good-bye then and escorted him to the door, but I had a strong desire to keep him talking and maybe dispel the weird admiring thoughts going through my brain. Yes, Gabe was a good-looking guy, but I shouldn’t be fixating on his long eyelashes and the way the kitchen light framed him in a halo of sorts. I couldn’t let him go until my brainwaves returned to normal, and he was the same annoyingly smart and talented opponent I’d played against occasionally for years. The thing was, I didn’t really know him and at that moment, I wanted to.
“Where do you live?” I asked.
“About fifteen minutes away. I scored an apartment by campus. I have one roommate. Brent’s a volleyball player. We might get a third to cut expenses, but I don’t want to share a room, so that’ll be up to him.”
“Sharing a room gets old fast. Evan and I knew we wanted to live together, but I’d probably smother him in his sleep if I had to listen to him snoring every night a few feet away from me,” I said in a lame-ass effort to keep him talking.
Gabe chuckled. “That would be rough. Evan seems like a cool guy. Is he as neat as you? This house is spotless.”
“No, that’s all me. I can’t help it. I have a thing about order. Evan’s a slob. You should see his room. At least he tries in shared spaces. I don’t bug him about his unmade bed, scattered clothes, and random dishes he leaves on his nightstand as long as he keeps the bathroom and kitchen tidy. He’s been on the receiving end of a couple of classic Vaughn meltdowns,” I said with a self-deprecating shrug.
“A Vaughn meltdown,” Gabe repeated. “That must be a version of what I experienced this morning when you tried to drown me.”
“Fuck off.” I laughed, then looked away quickly when a rush of heat flooded my cheeks. Oh, my God. Please don’t let me blush. Not now. He’ll know something’s wrong with me.
Gabe stepped closer to me and cocked his head. “Are you blushing?”
Great. 
“I don’t blush.”
“Whatever you say.” He winked and gave me a mischievous smile that turned me inside out.
This couldn’t be happening.


Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won first prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.
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