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.
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My first reaction after reading this amazing story was just WOW, oh my goodness! Tara Lain has totally outdone herself – I loved Will and Noah, and Jamal and Eve were great characters, too.
My Outing the Quarterback review:
Secrecy, hurt and heartache are very much present in Outing the Quarterback. Will wants to be able to keep it together for just one more year until he finishes high-school, then he’ll go off and live his own dreams rather than his dad’s. Being the star quarterback, and dating the cheer-leader queen is not at all what Will wants, he would rather paint, find himself a nice guy and just live quietly out of the spotlight.
When he meets Noah at an art-class, he finds a whole year to wait until he can fully be himself too long, and things happen rather quickly after their first meeting. Also, he realizes he needs to break up with his girlfriend, and she does not take that lightly at all! Out for revenge on Will, she goes to the school’s gossip-monger to share her suspicions about Will’s true self.
I loved the anguish, the way Will was so afraid nobody among his friends and family would stand by him, and the utter desolation of not being the man he wanted to be. The characters were really well done, and I was so angry at Will’s father, both for his reaction and the way he acted after Will finally told him that he was gay, that he wanted to paint, and that football wasn’t his thing at all.
Well-written, Outing the Quarterback has both tender and tough moments, and the injustice Will, and probably many other LGBTQ people go through in real life, was poignant and touched me deeply. If you are looking for a true love story, where the road-blocks seem to be far too many, you should pick this up at your earliest convenience and enjoy the beautiful story Ms. Lain has created.
Some of my favorite Outing the Quarterback quotes:
He showed her some teeth, then went back to mixing. A little of the lime mixture and a lot of cachaça over the ice. With a twirl of the glass to mix, he tasted it. Whoa. He didn’t drink much. Not only was he still underage, but his parents’ fondness for alcohol made it low on his list of attractions.
Noah hummed as he gathered the plates for his corner table. Hummed! Him. Man, he wanted to be ashamed and pissed at himself for being such a jerk to the jockoid, but he just couldn’t do it.
Will had swapped his dressier party clothes for a sweatshirt, and Noah swapped that for skin, pulling the soft fabric straight up and over Will’s head. Before Will caught his breath, Noah leaped forward and captured his nipple between sharp teeth.
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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 bestselling 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 soulmate husband and her soulmate 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 “Yes”!You can find Tara at