Out in the Deep (Out in College, #1)
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.

Out in the Deep (Out in College, #1) Details

TitleOut in the Deep (Out in College, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 26th, 2018
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Academic, College, Lgbt, Bisexual, Contemporary, Novella, New Adult, Gay Romance, Gay For You, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, M M Contemporary

Out in the Deep (Out in College, #1) Review

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    January 1, 1970
    I have to be honest, as much as it pains me. *deep breaths*I didn't like this book. There, I said it. I love Lane Hayes' work and have five-starred many of her books, but Out in the Deep just didn't work for me. I found the first-person POV to be limiting. Since Derek was the sole narrator of the story, I didn't really get Gabe. This narrative style is the author's signature, and I'm usually fine with it, even though I much prefer a dual POV. This time, though, I longed for a two-person perspect I have to be honest, as much as it pains me. *deep breaths*I didn't like this book. There, I said it. I love Lane Hayes' work and have five-starred many of her books, but Out in the Deep just didn't work for me. I found the first-person POV to be limiting. Since Derek was the sole narrator of the story, I didn't really get Gabe. This narrative style is the author's signature, and I'm usually fine with it, even though I much prefer a dual POV. This time, though, I longed for a two-person perspective.The MCs are 23—college boys through and through. Twenty-three isn't that young, and yet they acted young. Young and immature. I got bored with all the drinking and partying. Not my cuppa. Give me a man who knows his mind.Both guys were in the closet because reasons. (The I'm an athlete. I can't be gay/bi. shtick is getting old.) There was also a lot of ex-girlfriend drama, which I despise. Loathe. HATE. Gabe even makes out with Derek's ex at the beginning, which was just ... NO. Gross.I didn't feel the romance or the HEA. Derek acted like a douche at the end. Nothing about this relationship clicked for me. Even the steam was underwhelming.*heavy sigh*Please note that I'm an outlier! Look at all the glowing reviews. I think it's more ME than than the book. I'm being a grumpy bitch. I was positive I'd love this book and am über disappointed that I didn't.
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  • .Lili.
    January 1, 1970
    Out In the Deep by Lane Hayes is precisely the type of story I enjoy getting lost in. It's about two college athletes who are still closeted. While at first, they have a massive rivalry they soon have to find a way to work together since they both end up playing for the same team--> in more ways than one. :DHighlights:-I love New Adult but admit to steering clear of them because sometimes authors throw so many problems that the angst feels unnecessary and forced. Derek and Gabe both have iss Out In the Deep by Lane Hayes is precisely the type of story I enjoy getting lost in. It's about two college athletes who are still closeted. While at first, they have a massive rivalry they soon have to find a way to work together since they both end up playing for the same team--> in more ways than one. :DHighlights:-I love New Adult but admit to steering clear of them because sometimes authors throw so many problems that the angst feels unnecessary and forced. Derek and Gabe both have issues to resolve, but overall the story is low angst and has a feel-good vibe. I admit, I was worried there would be unnecessary ex-drama, but it didn't escalate to the point I thought it was going to. That would've ruined it for me so thankfully it didn't.-Opposite personalities. Derek is type A and Gabe is more laid back, and I think they complimented each other well, both in and out of the pool.-Bisexual. As a bisexual, I always love stories with bisexual representation. -This story is cute, funny, and sweet.-The chemistry between Derek and Gabe is palpable. -The end, I bought into their happy ending; I felt it was believable.If you enjoy:a sprinkle of enemies to lovers ✔sports romance ✔OFY ✔bisexual awakening ✔romance ✔feel-good vibe ✔Then give this a go! Out In the Deep is a fantastic start to the Out in College series, I can't wait for the rest of the books. 5 Stars!
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  • Renée
    January 1, 1970
    Just not feeling it. They're reading as too young for me.
  • Cadiva
    January 1, 1970
    Lane hits the jackpot once again with the kind of new adult romance she does so well - low angst, seriously steamy and based on a great friendship.I loved this one with Derek and Gabe and their water polo rivalry which exploded into a passionate relationship. Each character was crafted with care and I loved Derek's anal retentiveness and Gabe's dedication to not only his sport, but to being a good person.There's a great set of secondary characters too and the setting sprang to life in vivid pict Lane hits the jackpot once again with the kind of new adult romance she does so well - low angst, seriously steamy and based on a great friendship.I loved this one with Derek and Gabe and their water polo rivalry which exploded into a passionate relationship. Each character was crafted with care and I loved Derek's anal retentiveness and Gabe's dedication to not only his sport, but to being a good person.There's a great set of secondary characters too and the setting sprang to life in vivid pictures. I'm seriously looking forward to seeing what's going on now with Derek's roommate Evan and Chelsea's gay bff Mitch!#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review
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  • Elle
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful story. No real angst, just lots and lots of falling in love. I adored both Gabe and Derek, they just fit. Derek was such a hot mess, he made me laugh, but I loved his reaction to his obvious attraction to Gabe. Nothing was rushed, their relationship was so organic, I found their snuggliness adorable. As usual, with Ms Lane, the dialogue and the pace of the story was spot on. If you want what ultimately is feel good story, I highly recommend this. It's a perfect start to a new s What a delightful story. No real angst, just lots and lots of falling in love. I adored both Gabe and Derek, they just fit. Derek was such a hot mess, he made me laugh, but I loved his reaction to his obvious attraction to Gabe. Nothing was rushed, their relationship was so organic, I found their snuggliness adorable. As usual, with Ms Lane, the dialogue and the pace of the story was spot on. If you want what ultimately is feel good story, I highly recommend this. It's a perfect start to a new series. Derek and Gabe were perfectly written and we are also introduced to a slew of characters who are obviously going to feature in future stories. So, a low angst love story from Ms Lane, which is a perfect read to while away a summer's day. Once again, Lane's character development is first class. I loved Derek's enthusiasm and the way in which he was all in, once he decided to pursue his attraction to Gabe. I'm already looking forward to the next book.
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  • Jules Lovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    I ended up really liking this a lot. I completely adored both MCs, and I enjoyed their story. Full review coming to www.thenovelapproachreviews.com
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Such an adorably sweet read! Derek and Gabe are so darling, I love them! This was a really easy, fun summery story. No real angst or drama, but filled with lots of feels. I hope we'll get to see more of these two in the coming books!While this is definitely a light-hearted read, Ms. Hayes really brought home how odd, and honestly sad, it is that those who aren't heterosexual have to "come out", that they just can't date who they want without it becoming this huge deal. Not that it was made into Such an adorably sweet read! Derek and Gabe are so darling, I love them! This was a really easy, fun summery story. No real angst or drama, but filled with lots of feels. I hope we'll get to see more of these two in the coming books!While this is definitely a light-hearted read, Ms. Hayes really brought home how odd, and honestly sad, it is that those who aren't heterosexual have to "come out", that they just can't date who they want without it becoming this huge deal. Not that it was made into a huge deal in the book, it's just for some reason that part of the story really hit a chord with me.
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  • Bridie
    January 1, 1970
    A mostly unsuccessful coming out story. While I liked this one, it had too much missing for me to truly say I enjoyed the ride. It was a very complex mess at times, leaving a lot of loose threads (girlfriend, disapproving parents, national team: all underdeveloped throwaway plot devices that went nowhere). I really felt like I was missing a whole half a story without Gabe's POV.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • ~Kristin~
    January 1, 1970
    3.75-4 Stars
  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Summer Read Stars. After a bit of a rough start for me, not being pulled in due to the 'telling' storytelling, I was hooked to the very end once the novella found its pace. As a sucker for love/hate, will they won't they, slow-burn romance, Out in the Deep hit all those notes for me. As soon as I connected to Derek, I read the book in one sitting. Resonating with me, I felt Derek's fury over Gabe rubbing him wrong, obviously o I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Summer Read Stars. After a bit of a rough start for me, not being pulled in due to the 'telling' storytelling, I was hooked to the very end once the novella found its pace. As a sucker for love/hate, will they won't they, slow-burn romance, Out in the Deep hit all those notes for me. As soon as I connected to Derek, I read the book in one sitting. Resonating with me, I felt Derek's fury over Gabe rubbing him wrong, obviously on purpose. The tension was palpable, making the heart race during their intense interactions. Derek's the captain on his college water polo team, only to find out his nemesis is joining the team. Gabe unintentionally gaslights Derek when it comes to the refs and the couch, both when on opposing teams and when on the same team, fueling the love/hate vibe. The tension shifts to baiting banter and lust-fueled interactions, evolving into more for Derek and Gabe. There's a small cast of characters, offering the opportunity for new installments, as well as a teaser of the next, which I cannot wait to get my hands on. Why 4 instead of 5 stars? The start was a difficult one for me, with a laundry list type feel instead of scenes, like a rundown of events told not shown. As I said, the novella found it's pacing and I was hooked like a kitten after catnip. My biggest issue was with the ex-girlfriend. It wasn't her actions that annoyed me, as people behave this way on a daily basis- it was how the author had Derek apologizing to her. People break up. To borrow Derek's words, he owed her nothing. It had been a year- it's on the ex if she is still harboring feelings for him. Women need to be held responsible for their actions, no differently than men should as well. While I appreciate that the author tried to show another side, in hope to not vilify women, those actions were only validated once she received gifts of food and apologies, not reprimands and restraining orders. On the reverse, if an ex-boyfriend stalked you, you'd get a RO for safety reasons. Let's also not forget using men to get his attention- human beings as if they are props. Why did this bother me so much? As I said, people act like this daily, but what I didn't appreciate is how the author had Derek (the victim) apologizing for being victimized. Full. Stop. Definitely recommend this tension-filled, steamy, warm and fuzzy novella to fans of the author and MM romance fanatics.
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  • Bev
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up from me. College boys who are athletes don't seem to be that different from frat boys as far as partying and drinking are concerned, but what do I know?? Couldn't wait to get away from school myself and earn some money, but back to the story....isn't the bisexual guy being done to death at the mo?? And we have two of them in this story, a kind of enemies to lovers thing. Not my fave Lane story tbh, and I have to admit I'm getting pretty fed up of rich, white and entitled dud 3.5 stars rounded up from me. College boys who are athletes don't seem to be that different from frat boys as far as partying and drinking are concerned, but what do I know?? Couldn't wait to get away from school myself and earn some money, but back to the story....isn't the bisexual guy being done to death at the mo?? And we have two of them in this story, a kind of enemies to lovers thing. Not my fave Lane story tbh, and I have to admit I'm getting pretty fed up of rich, white and entitled dudes in stories...not just Lane, but most other authors as well. Thought this planet was made up of all sorts of colours, just saying. As for the cover guy, far too old for a college kid of 22/23 and covers just don't sway me like they used to...
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy to read and review for Wicked ReadsTo be honest I was bored when reading this book. I am sure I'm in the minority but it just didn't work for me. The first few chapters were too wordy which automatically turned me off. I need dialogue. Derek is bi, he figures that out when his ex is making out with Gabe at a party. There was a lot of drinking and partying, mostly due to Gabe and Derek being young and in college but it got old. I didn't feel any chemistry between Gabe and Derek I received a copy to read and review for Wicked ReadsTo be honest I was bored when reading this book. I am sure I'm in the minority but it just didn't work for me. The first few chapters were too wordy which automatically turned me off. I need dialogue. Derek is bi, he figures that out when his ex is making out with Gabe at a party. There was a lot of drinking and partying, mostly due to Gabe and Derek being young and in college but it got old. I didn't feel any chemistry between Gabe and Derek but that could have been because I felt the book was written through Derek's eyes. I'm sure other's will enjoy this story it just wasn't for me.
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  • Natosha Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this was such a great read. I love a book about a man in denial and the other in the closet coming together to meddle their way through whatever happens to them. That’s is exactly what this book is about. It is an incredible read with some anguish and denial but in the end, it was all worth it. Derek is about to soon graduate college with a degree that he really does not want and about to be done with a sport that he has loved for so long. He is the captain of his water polo team and though Wow, this was such a great read. I love a book about a man in denial and the other in the closet coming together to meddle their way through whatever happens to them. That’s is exactly what this book is about. It is an incredible read with some anguish and denial but in the end, it was all worth it. Derek is about to soon graduate college with a degree that he really does not want and about to be done with a sport that he has loved for so long. He is the captain of his water polo team and though he is not making any type of career out of it, he takes the game swriously. So when a guy named Gabe on the opposing team messes with his head during the game and gets him kicked out, Derek cannot understand why he let the guy get to him in the the first place.To add ensult to injury, when getting his butt chewing from the coach after the game, he finds out that the same man who was able to get in his head and under his skin is about to be one of his new teammates. Derek does not know how to handle this news. So he does the next best thing other then think it to death and gets drunk at a party that night. A party in which Gabe is at. When Derek decides it is time to put an end to the night and walk himself home, he is surprised when Gabe offers him a ride. In his drunken state, Derek let’s his guard down and allows his hidden feelings he has had over the years appear. He kisses Gabe. He thinks that Gabe is going to punch him or something but instead he kisses him back and one thing leads to another and both end it with a very happy ending. Or at least for a moment anyway until reality kicks in and Derek freaks out.Gabe knows he is gay. It is just he has not let many people in on that fact because he does not want it to hurt his chances of going to the Olympics. So when Derek kisses him and then freaks out, Gabe is in a state of shock. He has had a crush on Derek for a while now and never dreamed he could be bi or gay, it also hurt him that Derek wanted to act as if nothing happened.With this between them, how will they possibly ever be able to be teammates? Can these two men figure out a way to work out their differences? Can they look into themselves and figure out what is the best course of action for each of them? This was a very good read. I enjoyed it so much!!! I look forward to the next book in this series when it comes out. Lane Hayes did a great job on this book!Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review
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  • Zaza
    January 1, 1970
    ☆ 3.5/5 ☆** Speedo Alert !!! *** Ahlala, ce roman est trop chou ! Attention, il s'agit de se prendre un bon fix de sucre et de fluff, dnc il ne faut pas s'attendre à une histoire profonde et/ou torturée. Nan, c'est juste l'histoire de deux jeunes hommes qui se découvrent avec délice et enthousiasme.Jusqu'ici, ils sont constamment en compétition, puisque rivaux sportifs (ils jouent tous deux au water-polo à un niveau avancé), dans le genre meilleurs ennemis. Seulement, Gabe intègre la même univer ☆ 3.5/5 ☆** Speedo Alert !!! *** Ahlala, ce roman est trop chou ! Attention, il s'agit de se prendre un bon fix de sucre et de fluff, dnc il ne faut pas s'attendre à une histoire profonde et/ou torturée. Nan, c'est juste l'histoire de deux jeunes hommes qui se découvrent avec délice et enthousiasme.Jusqu'ici, ils sont constamment en compétition, puisque rivaux sportifs (ils jouent tous deux au water-polo à un niveau avancé), dans le genre meilleurs ennemis. Seulement, Gabe intègre la même université (et donc la même équipe) que celle dont Derek est capitaine. Ils vont devoir mettre de côté leurs différends et apprendre à se supporter.Sauf qu'évidemment, derrière cette animosité, se cache un désir et une attirance qu'ils vont explorer assez rapidement. Chose un peu originale, tous deux sont bisexuels, et Derek fait enfin quelque chose explorer cette attirance pour les hommes qu'il a toujours refoulée dans un coin de sa tête.La romance est tendre, sexy et mignonne comme tout. On est dans le frenemies-to-lovers, et Gabe & Derek sont adorables, ils forment un couple choupi comme tout. Pas de drames, pas de rebondissement à deux balles, enfin si ce n'est la présence d'une ex qui est une p*tasse.Voilà une lecture idéale pour faire le plein de fraîcheur et de douceur, le genre de romance doudou que vous oubliez vite, mais qui vous fait du bien !
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  • Joyfully Jay
    January 1, 1970
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsLane Hayes has a new series that starts here with Derek and Gabe’s story. Hayes has been an uneven author for me at times, but Out in the Deep is a solid, light, angst-free story about two guys falling in love. Derek and Gabe are both water polo players on rival teams and when tempers flare, their game turns physical. But, they are not rivals for much longer as Gabe transfers to Derek’s team. The coach orders them to work it out, but there is a lot more to work out A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsLane Hayes has a new series that starts here with Derek and Gabe’s story. Hayes has been an uneven author for me at times, but Out in the Deep is a solid, light, angst-free story about two guys falling in love. Derek and Gabe are both water polo players on rival teams and when tempers flare, their game turns physical. But, they are not rivals for much longer as Gabe transfers to Derek’s team. The coach orders them to work it out, but there is a lot more to work out than just their time in the water.The book is told from Derek’s first person point of view and the pace of the book flows well. Derek has been attracted to men before, but has never acted on it and he’s having a difficult time keeping his hands off of Gabe. The guys don’t know each other past their rivalry in the pool, but their animosity towards each other softens quickly, maybe a little too quickly for my tastes for what we are shown. But the guys spend time together and have to work out being in a relationship with a guy on the same team when they don’t think that coming out is an option.Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.
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  • Jess A Jaye
    January 1, 1970
    I'm such a bad reader. I really need to read more of Lane's books. I adored the Better Than series and Aaron is one of my favourite ever characters. The only reason I haven't read more is purely due to a crazy huge tbr list and backlog on my kindle which is stupid as I've thoroughly enjoyed what I've read so ever. The Out in College series is so gonna be a new auto 1-click for me. I thought this first book was fantastic. I love reading about characters who are exploring their sexuality for the f I'm such a bad reader. I really need to read more of Lane's books. I adored the Better Than series and Aaron is one of my favourite ever characters. The only reason I haven't read more is purely due to a crazy huge tbr list and backlog on my kindle which is stupid as I've thoroughly enjoyed what I've read so ever. The Out in College series is so gonna be a new auto 1-click for me. I thought this first book was fantastic. I love reading about characters who are exploring their sexuality for the first time. I like seeing the journey as they discover or embrace who they really are and even better when meet someone who in the best way makes them come undone. Derek is a great example of this type of character - he's kinda highly strung and needs order and routine and has moments of anxiety when things mess with that. Enter Gabe the curveball that throws his life for a loop. Gabe is his nemesis in the water polo (a new sport for me to read about) world, who Derek is forced to get on with when Gabe transfers on to his team. Under the simmering tension and hate lies lust and lust becomes so much more. I thought Gabe and Derek made a great pairing and I hope we haven't seen the last of them. I'm totally invested him them and would love to read more. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
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  • Ravenclaw Silverstripe
    January 1, 1970
    Con: I don’t know why I didn’t connect with this story. I didn’t like Gabe in the first half, didn’t like Derek either. I also couldn’t, appreciate (I guess, is the right word), the sport of Water Polo. It doesn’t sound like an honest sport if the players take cheap shots underwater. I’m also not a sports person so maybe there’s another reason for the disconnect. Pro: I enjoyed the writing, I wish though that we had dual point of views. Would have loved to read Gabe’s take on certain things. May Con: I don’t know why I didn’t connect with this story. I didn’t like Gabe in the first half, didn’t like Derek either. I also couldn’t, appreciate (I guess, is the right word), the sport of Water Polo. It doesn’t sound like an honest sport if the players take cheap shots underwater. I’m also not a sports person so maybe there’s another reason for the disconnect. Pro: I enjoyed the writing, I wish though that we had dual point of views. Would have loved to read Gabe’s take on certain things. Maybe I would have connected with them more individually, because as a couple I thought they were sweet together. Con:As for Amanda, anyone but me think it’s creepy to stalk your ex and confront them about their sexuality just because YOU are not over them? That put me off. I get that he hurt her, but she had ample time to confront him about that. It’s not like he cheated on her. He broke up with her (admittedly, in a perceived callous way based on Amanda’s description). Pro: I loved that the team was supportive of them. I enjoyed the college atmosphere (probably because that’s been my life for the past few years), even though I don’t get the party scenes. I have never understood how people lose their fucking minds as college parties. It’s ridiculous. Had the privilege of reading the ARC for this title. I have provided an unbiased review with my honest opinions.
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  • Bárbara
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC provided by the author*This turned out better than I imagined. At the beginning, I wasn't exactly charmed: the writing style was too simple, and it was really hard to warm up to the narrator/main character. Luckily, everything improved once Gabe was in the picture (minus the fact that the sexual content was way too over the top- and the kisses always had to be so... Intense. Why though? Soft, gentle kisses are nice, too. No need to take everything to steamy proportions). To be honest, I was *ARC provided by the author*This turned out better than I imagined. At the beginning, I wasn't exactly charmed: the writing style was too simple, and it was really hard to warm up to the narrator/main character. Luckily, everything improved once Gabe was in the picture (minus the fact that the sexual content was way too over the top- and the kisses always had to be so... Intense. Why though? Soft, gentle kisses are nice, too. No need to take everything to steamy proportions). To be honest, I was more a fan of the relationship (minus the aforementioned physical over-the-topness lol) than the characters as individuals. True, as the story progressed, it seemed the author started to find the shape of them, but by then, it was a bit too late for something this short. But the relationship and it's development, I feel I could get behind. I was also a fan of the whole treatment of the topic of sexuality: self-perception, self-acceptance, the pace in which the characters explored together the "practical" stuff, the talks about coming out... It was really thoughtful, I thought heh. Overall, I think I expected way more from an author so experienced, but this wasn't that bad at all.
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  • S.M. Harshell
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**Out in the Deep is the first installment in the Out in College series. Derek is a college senior. He's confident in himself and his place on the school water polo team. Until one drunken interaction with his rival Gabe changes everything he thought he knew. He's confused why he's drawn to Gabe. He can't stop thinking about that drunken night in the bathroom. Gabe and Derek fall into a secret relationship where they can't **I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**Out in the Deep is the first installment in the Out in College series. Derek is a college senior. He's confident in himself and his place on the school water polo team. Until one drunken interaction with his rival Gabe changes everything he thought he knew. He's confused why he's drawn to Gabe. He can't stop thinking about that drunken night in the bathroom. Gabe and Derek fall into a secret relationship where they can't get enough of each other. When they are forced to either reveal their relationship or walk away, who will win or lose in this battle?I enjoyed this read. It was sexy watching these two find something within each other. Out in the Deep is well worth the read! I can't wait for Evan's book next!!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a sunshine filled California romance about beautiful men who spend most of their time in the pool wrestling in tiny swimsuits. Eye candy for the imagination, it is the story of two college water polo players who find themselves surprised by the sudden attraction between them. Derek is a loveable hot mess. His temper gets him into trouble but the same impulsiveness also allows him to embrace his feelings for Gabe without I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a sunshine filled California romance about beautiful men who spend most of their time in the pool wrestling in tiny swimsuits. Eye candy for the imagination, it is the story of two college water polo players who find themselves surprised by the sudden attraction between them. Derek is a loveable hot mess. His temper gets him into trouble but the same impulsiveness also allows him to embrace his feelings for Gabe without much angst. We meet him in his last year of college and he does a whole lot of growing up in the story. Gabe is more grounded and more driven - and his careful nature is a good match for Derek. He is more certain of his sexuality but also more cautious about revealing it. Derek’s affluent helicopter parents may have made life a little too easy for him but Gabe has had to work crazy hard for everything he has. I love the way these two balance each other. This is a happy, feel-good new adult romance. It is a light and easy read that never gets too dark or heavy. The romance between Gabe and Derek is sweet and I loved the heat between them. It is a quick read - perfect for a beach holiday or a bubble bath.
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is the first book in a new series, and I am looking forward to future installments. This one is set around a water polo team in a hot and sunny place, and the college levels of freedom, which work denies us. It was lovely escapism! Faced with his ex-girlfriend making out at a party with Gabe, his arch-rival at water polo, Derek realises that his jealousy is over Gabe, not Amanda, and has to finally acknowledge that ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is the first book in a new series, and I am looking forward to future installments. This one is set around a water polo team in a hot and sunny place, and the college levels of freedom, which work denies us. It was lovely escapism! Faced with his ex-girlfriend making out at a party with Gabe, his arch-rival at water polo, Derek realises that his jealousy is over Gabe, not Amanda, and has to finally acknowledge that he is definitely bi. As luck would have it, Gabe was only making out with her to make Derek jealous too - and soon they fall into a secret but intense relationship. I loved their tentative, sincere and deepening romance playing out to a backdrop of training, studying and avoiding being obvious. Of course, they do have to decide whether to take the next step, and how - but when the decision is forced upon them, just what will happen? Read the book to find out - it is well worthwhile!
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  • Light
    January 1, 1970
    4 / 5 StarsI liked this book. It was easy, nothing unexpected or surprising but I enjoyed the time it took me to read it. It's cute, quick and has likeable, even if irresposable at times, characters. They are still young so they don't act all that like adults. They are too opposite but they have a great chemistry that lead them to interesting situations *ehem* at the same time they can navigate some ex-girlfriend drama.It's the common new adult, athletes-in-the-closet, enemies-to-lovers, college 4 / 5 StarsI liked this book. It was easy, nothing unexpected or surprising but I enjoyed the time it took me to read it. It's cute, quick and has likeable, even if irresposable at times, characters. They are still young so they don't act all that like adults. They are too opposite but they have a great chemistry that lead them to interesting situations *ehem* at the same time they can navigate some ex-girlfriend drama.It's the common new adult, athletes-in-the-closet, enemies-to-lovers, college tropes with two young guys who don't know what they really want. If you like this type of book, give it a go.
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  • Jay
    January 1, 1970
    Isn’t young love adorable? To fall into its depths, immerse yourself in Out in the Deep by Lane Hayes, you won’t be disappointed. With very little angst, strong well-developed characters, and self-discovery, this novella packs a punch.Being short sometimes means things are rushed, not the case here. Lane Hayes takes these guys on a natural progression from rivals with a secret, to so much more!Derek Vaughn is an adorable hot mess, a strong competitor, and captain of his water polo team. He is a Isn’t young love adorable? To fall into its depths, immerse yourself in Out in the Deep by Lane Hayes, you won’t be disappointed. With very little angst, strong well-developed characters, and self-discovery, this novella packs a punch.Being short sometimes means things are rushed, not the case here. Lane Hayes takes these guys on a natural progression from rivals with a secret, to so much more!Derek Vaughn is an adorable hot mess, a strong competitor, and captain of his water polo team. He is a planner and quick to lose his temper when emotions get mixed in. This gets him into hot water a few times. Overall, he is a kind, caring and compassionate young man.Gabe Chadwick is “tall, dark, good-looking, smart, and a world-class athlete”, with aspirations for the gold. He transfers to the same college as Derek after making the national team while training for the Olympics.At first, having to be on the same team is a challenge. Derek and Gabe are rivals and they butt heads from the start. However, the coach is having none of this and pairs them up, in essence telling them they will become best buds. After a few too many party drinks they accelerate beyond best buds and into each other’s arms.Derek and Gabe learn from each other and balance each other perfectly. You are mesmerized watching them both grow romantically and intellectually. Their drama is low key, but they are college age – so there is bound to be some immaturity. Yet, together they are stronger... and believe it or not, they realize this.I drank up Out in the Deep, envious of what Derek and Gabe have. I enjoyed being on the sidelines watching them grow and mature into a couple of pretty amazing young men. As a reader, you are left with a vision of great things to come for these guys, knowing that they have things figured out. Things that some take a lifetime and never figure out.
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  • Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars!Out in the Deep is book 1 in the newest series by Lane Hayes, Out in College, and it features two water polo players, enemies to lovers, UST and some very hot sexy times.When the book starts Gabe and Derek are on opposing teams and Gabe has been the bane of Derek's existence for a long time. The last thing Derek expects is for Gabe to become his newest teammate or that the tension brewing between them will be so explosive. However things start between them, they soon find themselves in a 5 Stars!Out in the Deep is book 1 in the newest series by Lane Hayes, Out in College, and it features two water polo players, enemies to lovers, UST and some very hot sexy times.When the book starts Gabe and Derek are on opposing teams and Gabe has been the bane of Derek's existence for a long time. The last thing Derek expects is for Gabe to become his newest teammate or that the tension brewing between them will be so explosive. However things start between them, they soon find themselves in a secret relationship since they're both in the closet, but what will happen if someone finds out about them?I loved Derek and Gabe, they were fun, sweet and relatable and were scorching hot together. While they start out as enemies, it wasn't long until that changed and I adored seeing how well they fit together. The secondary cast was a great addition to the story, I absolutely loved Evan and can't wait to read his story and while I didn't care for Derek's ex, I liked that Lane didn't demonize her or her actions and instead, found a way to make it right in the end.Ms. Hayes has this knack for writing characters that I can fall in love with and this book wasn't an exception. It was well-written and had a perfect balance of sweetness, romance, hotness and angst. Definitely a must read!*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
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  • Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
    January 1, 1970
    Out in the Deep is the first book in the Out in College series by Lane Hayes. I hate to admit that this is my first book by Lane. We promote her on the blog, but the timing is never right. When I saw the release of Out in the Deep, I decided this book was going to pop my Lane cherry and I'm so happy I finally read one and so mad at myself for not reading her before now! Derek and Gabe are water polo college rivals until Gabe transfers. Now they are teammates. And they have to get along and work Out in the Deep is the first book in the Out in College series by Lane Hayes. I hate to admit that this is my first book by Lane. We promote her on the blog, but the timing is never right. When I saw the release of Out in the Deep, I decided this book was going to pop my Lane cherry and I'm so happy I finally read one and so mad at myself for not reading her before now! Derek and Gabe are water polo college rivals until Gabe transfers. Now they are teammates. And they have to get along and work together. Derek doesn't like Gabe. Always found him too confident and obnoxious. Having him around gives him anxiety and he needs to focus and graduate. Gabe has watched Derek compete over the years and always had a little thing for him. When Derek gets drunk one night, things heat up between them. Hate turns into something seriously hot and unexpected. Derek always knew he might be attracted to men too, but there is something about Gabe that makes him lose his mind. Can they have a real relationship while being teammates and trying to achieve their dreams? I loved watching these two fall in love! It was sexy as sin, sweet and fun. It was all new for Derek and he was so darn cute asking questions and willing to try anything. Gabe took good care of him, let him relax and just feel. The writing is great, the story well developed and the characters wonderful! I'm looking forward to more in the series!
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet novella featuring college athletes, Out in the Deep made for a very enjoyable read with just a bit of angst to drive the conflicts. The first of Miss Hayes new collegiate athlete series, this was a definite winner that left me eager for more. As many sports romances as I’ve read, I had yet to read a water polo book, making it extra exciting to dive into this one. Although there are not a ton of details about the sport or games, there were enough to leave me satisfied. I was immediately i A sweet novella featuring college athletes, Out in the Deep made for a very enjoyable read with just a bit of angst to drive the conflicts. The first of Miss Hayes new collegiate athlete series, this was a definite winner that left me eager for more. As many sports romances as I’ve read, I had yet to read a water polo book, making it extra exciting to dive into this one. Although there are not a ton of details about the sport or games, there were enough to leave me satisfied. I was immediately intrigued with the idea of rivals Gabe and Derek unexpectedly becoming teammates and the subsequent sparks flying between them. The shorter length meant things did progress quickly between the men, but the timeline was set up in such a way that it didn’t feel like insta-love, just a bit underdeveloped compared to this author’s other novels. Regardless, I really fell for these two and thought the closeted and coming out aspects were handled well. Out in the Deep is told entirely from Derek’s point of view, and his character showed considerable growth over the course of the novella. College and new adult romances tend to be a little tricky for me- starring immature characters I can’t relate to or characters who simply don’t act their age. However, Miss Hayes did an excellent job balancing those elements, making Gabe and Derek likable, their situations relatable, and the dialogue and actions authentic for college students. As a fan of this author and sports romances, I was really excited when she announced the Out in College series, and after reading Out in the Deep, I know I’ll be back for more. *eARC received via PA. The author had no influence over this review*
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book from Lane Hayes and I was pleasantly surprised. When you meet Derek, you don't really get the sense he overthinks things, but you do see him as a disciplined captain of his polo team and a fierce competitor. But when Gabe comes into the picture and Derek learns that he is transferring to his college and they will be teammates, he realizes that there is more to his obsession with Gabe than a rivalry.Derek is a sweetheart. Yes, he overthinks things and tends to freeze when he This is my first book from Lane Hayes and I was pleasantly surprised. When you meet Derek, you don't really get the sense he overthinks things, but you do see him as a disciplined captain of his polo team and a fierce competitor. But when Gabe comes into the picture and Derek learns that he is transferring to his college and they will be teammates, he realizes that there is more to his obsession with Gabe than a rivalry.Derek is a sweetheart. Yes, he overthinks things and tends to freeze when he is confronted, but he's honest, caring, and you love him from the first page. He tells Gabe what he feels and although he doesn't know something, he will find out because he isn't one to deny his feelings.Gabe is supportive and although he has some past issues with his father, he realizes that he has to live his life the way he wants and screw everyone who can't see what or who makes him happy.Together, they are a wonderful couple and I couldn't get enough of either one of them. This is a must-read book that you will love!
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  • Libera
    January 1, 1970
    Out and Out Perfection I won't go into the synopsis much. Gabe and Derek are college water polo players who go from rivals to teammates to friends to soulmates. i was totally surprised at how much i loved Derek and Gabe's story. I don't read many college age books. Out in the Deep had a different feel though, ageless, timely, important yet never preachy. These two young men had reasons to be scared of being publicly out as gay athletes even in So-Cal where love is love is easily excepted. What c Out and Out Perfection I won't go into the synopsis much. Gabe and Derek are college water polo players who go from rivals to teammates to friends to soulmates. i was totally surprised at how much i loved Derek and Gabe's story. I don't read many college age books. Out in the Deep had a different feel though, ageless, timely, important yet never preachy. These two young men had reasons to be scared of being publicly out as gay athletes even in So-Cal where love is love is easily excepted. What could have been an angst fest was refreshingly played out with bravery and honesty. Derek and Gabe were perfect together, when they finally figured it out. Watching them both fall in love was why i read this genre. There was one point in the story though where you'll need tissue, my heart !!! Lane Hayes is a true story teller who never lets me down This book was romantic sexy, and heartwarming. Totally recommend.
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  • Tiffaney
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just about perfect for me.It's not often that I really connect with a story and couple but within reading the first chapter I knew I would fall in the with this story.Not many authors can do new adult right but Lane Hayes did perfectly with Out in the Deep. I could actually see the entire story and characters vividly in my head. They felt very authentic. I'm a huge fan of stories that involve sports even a sport that I'm not that familiar with. Loved the theme of of college water p This book was just about perfect for me.It's not often that I really connect with a story and couple but within reading the first chapter I knew I would fall in the with this story.Not many authors can do new adult right but Lane Hayes did perfectly with Out in the Deep. I could actually see the entire story and characters vividly in my head. They felt very authentic. I'm a huge fan of stories that involve sports even a sport that I'm not that familiar with. Loved the theme of of college water polo!I really did not want this story to end. It's an enemy to lovers story and I could actually feel Derek and Gabe truly falling in love with each other. Also really nice to see Derek come to terms with & accepting his bisexuality. (No GFY BULLSHIT😊) Gah! I just really enjoyed this one. And that cover is gorgeous. 4.5 stars
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