Outing the Quarterback
Outing the Quarterback

Outing the Quarterback

by Tara Lain


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781632162045
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Publication date: 09/19/2014
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Outing the Quarterback 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Luv2ReadAG More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent story of two artists falling in love and making it work!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog This is the first book in a new sports themed new adult series by Tara Lain. I’ve enjoyed her work in the past so I was definitely excited to see how she fit in this niche theme. There were things I enjoyed about this book, and things that didn’t quite hit the mark. Will Ashford is a college quarterback. He’s followed in that path mostly due to his rich father, who has a passion for the game and is living through his son’s accomplishments. Will is also very much gay but definitely in the closet, while trying to keep appearances and have a girlfriend that his father approves but he can’t stand. What Will wants is to paint. So he enters a class that will hopefully give him a chance at an art scholarship. And in that class he meets a man he can’t help but be drawn to. Noah is out and proud. He’s struggling to make ends meet, keeping several jobs so he can pursue his passion for art. He doesn’t need the complication of a closeted jock in his life but he also can’t seem to stay away. I liked Noah and Will as a couple. I think their interactions were sweet and hit the mark on starting with a friendship and ease to moving forward somewhat quickly to a physical connection. I just wish Will would’ve been a stronger character. His decisions and the lack of strength to stand up to his father because of money and what will I do with my future took away from me really connecting with him as a character. I just couldn’t feel bad for him when a simple take charge decision would’ve solved his problems. I did enjoy the group of characters though and I’m excited to read the next book in the series!
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
***Warning – This is an M/M book with some very graphic sex scenes that may make some readers uncomfortable*** Will Ashford is in two closets. In the first closet: Will is a very talented artist and wants to be a painter but is stuck living the life his wealthy father wants him to, or else lose all financial support. And the second closet: he’s gay and he’s afraid of what coming out will do to his teammates and how fast his father will disown him.  Will meets a very openly gay Noah in an art class and is smitten by his beauty and a little jealous of his talent as an artist. Both are competing for the same scholarship that’ll hopefully free Will from his father’s dreams in order to finance the life Will’s always wanted. Problem is, he’s slowly falling for Noah and if Will loses this scholarship, he’s afraid he’ll never be free to live his own life. Noah has scraped and worked hard his whole life, having grown up on the streets and bounced from one foster home to the next. He’s hoping for a little relief by getting a full ride scholarship to art school. Noah is very independent and likes to make his own way. So when the professor of the art class begins making strong sexual advances towards Noah and implying his influence over the scholarship recipient depended on Noah’s willingness to submit, he’s repulsed.  Sure, the professor is good-looking and famous but Noah is no one’s whore and will earn his scholarship the old-fashioned way. That is, unless he can get the sexy blond jockoid out of his mind long enough to concentrate on his art projects.  As Noah and Will spend more time together, Will finds it harder and harder to stay in the closet. Can Will find the courage to claim the life he wants or will his father’s influence eclipse all Will’s hopes of being himself? I really enjoyed this book! I thought the characters were brilliantly written and I ached for Will. His struggles of wanting to be an artist and embracing his sexuality really tore at my heart. It is so sad that there is so much fear and discrimination against people who can’t be their real selves, or are living their lives in order to please someone else. I’m glad Will had an excellent support system in Noah and Will’s best friend, Jamal and the rest of Jamal’s family. I loved the story and adored the secondary characters. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the blog tour host in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
First off I loved the cover.  That is exactly how I pictured Will.  This is a story of contrasts and similarities.  Pain comes in many forms.  Quarterback Will appears to have it all.  His daddy is rich and Will goes to a great school.  He is good looking and gifted.  He is also forced by circumstance to deny who he is inside.  Noah is scarred but out, proud and also gifted.  He is unlike Will in that he has had to work for everything he has ever had.   But in the end these two are more alike than you would guess.  I really got a kick out of Will’s best friend Jamal.  This is a well-crafted story that treats with sensitivity and understanding what being gay means in Will’s world.  
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Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
This was a fabulous start to a new series.  It was a fast, easy read and I loved pretty much everything about it.  When you read a Tara Lain book, you can be assured that you’ll get authenticity.  This book definitely keeps in line with that authentic feel that’s in all her work.   I love how everything played out with Noah, with Masterson, and with Will’s father.  It was very realistic rather than over dramatized.  I absolutely adore the people.  Jamal and his family are wonderful and every character is multidimensional.  I can’t wait for the next book! Outing the Quarterback sucked me in from the very beginning and had me glued to the page through Noah and Will’s journey to the very end.  Swoon the same way I did by grabbing this awesome read.  
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
A delicious introduction to an intriguing new m/m series 4.5 stars “Outing the Quarterback” by Tara Lain is a delightful m/m contemporary erotic novella that is the first in a new series. William Elliott Ashford III (aka Will Smith) has it all, a reputation as the star quarterback of his college football team, the captain of the cheerleading squad as his girlfriend, a custom blue Ferrari, and a great future in the business world. The problem is, he lives in a double closet—not only does he want to pursue a career in art instead, but he hasn’t publicly admitted that he’s gay. A competition for a highly coveted art scholarship pits him against Noah Zajack, the man who threatens to turn his world upside down and makes him take a good look at where’s he’s going. The question is, will he continue to live a lie or will he show the same courage in his personal life that he displays on the football field. One can depend on getting a story that combines poignancy, heat and a thought-provoking challenge whenever one reads a story from this author. The delicious combination of carnality and humor leaven the harsh truths that are presented, as some of the realities that face those who are attracted to the same sex are explored. The wonderful imagery presented is excellent at reminding us that each person can see the same thing in quite different ways and I was struck by Will’s description of a scar as a vehicle to provide a contrast...”The scar reminds you of just how perfect the rest is”. What a wonderful way to focus on the positive aspect of something that others would judge as ugly. I enjoyed watching Will learn to cope with the challenges of living in his truth and thought that Noah was a beautiful example of triumph over adversity, particularly in his responses to his creepy teacher (who I would like to see get his own comeuppance as well). The intriguing aspect is that Will’s own life has had challenges to overcome, despite the superficial appearance of perfection, and again reminds us that nobody can truly know what another person’s life is like unless we live it. Another great story that explores the damage caused by discrimination even as it provides a heartwarming and entertaining read. I look forward to learning more about the secondary characters as they get their chance in the spotlight. A copy of this lovely title was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
RuralMom More than 1 year ago
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 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 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. My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for Carly's Book Reviews