Outing the Quarterback (Long Pass Chronicles #1) by Tara Lain ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

Outing the Quarterback Title: Outing the Quarterback (Long Pass Chronicles #1)

Author: Tara Lain

Narrator: John-Paul Barrel

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook Release Date: 09/19/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 01/22/2015

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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.

My View – Story:

I enjoyed this story. I liked how the author really delved into the struggles of an athlete coming out. Showing how family pressures as well as media expectations are real considerations. That it is not always as simple as some folks would like to believe, especially in the face of such invasive media personalities who feel they have the right to dig into the personal lives of those considered public personalities. I liked the way this one steadily moved forward and that the ending was a very strong HFN with the implications of a HEA. I also loved that in the end, the father started on the path to making things right with his son.

I liked the interactions between Noah and Will. They were good together. But I did not really get a feel for why Noah was willing to deal with Will’s issues and hiding. Yes, there was attraction and sexual chemistry, but the author never convinced me as to why it was more than that. I was totally on board with the ending and loved it, but I never quite understood how these men got to the point of being in love.

My View – Narration:

This narration was not my favorite. The narrator’s voice was clear and easy to listen to, but his execution was hard for me to follow. When the character’s were actively speaking, the voices were distinct and emotions were well portrayed, but the volume of the recording was significantly louder than the rest. When the characters were not actively speaking, the narrator had this too smooth quality to his voice that was extremely measured and emotionless. I had a hard time telling when the story changed POV, because the narrator did not change his voice or pause in his reading. It made for many confusing moments.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
iTunes / iBooks
Audible US
Audible UK

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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