Outing the Quarterback | 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.

How was it? The premise is very interesting and both Will and Noah are compelling characters but the execution is disappointing. The book read like a debut novel of a fledgling, slightly lazy, writer.

The dialogues are weird at times and eye roll worthy. The sex scenes are not even a little bit titillating, they come of as mechanical. The worse might be the nicknames, for Will and his piece 🤨.

I was very surprised by Outing the Quarterback, I managed to finish the book because the author scored some goodwill on another book, and like I said before the premise is interesting, enough to keep me reading.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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