Out in the Field (Out in College, #4)
Max Maldonado loves baseball. He knows playing first base at a private college probably won’t get him to the big leagues, but he doesn’t mind. He loves the game and his teammates. If he has to stay in the closet until he graduates, that’s okay. Baseball comes first. Relationships are complicated anyway. And after his recent messy breakup, Max prefers to keep things simple. Phoenix Bell is a fabulous theater geek. He’s excited about his recent transfer to a new school with an elite liberal arts program. Life has been on hold for a while, but this opportunity feels like the fresh start he was hoping for when he moved to California. And the chance reunion with the hot closeted jock is an unexpected surprise. The two men have nothing in common and their timing couldn’t be worse. However, when their unconventional alliance blossoms into friendship and perhaps something more, it may be time to make some hard decisions. And perhaps risk it all...out in the field.

Out in the Field (Out in College, #4) Details

TitleOut in the Field (Out in College, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherLane Hayes
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Academic, College

Out in the Field (Out in College, #4) Review

  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    I'm becoming quite a fan of this Author.This is a delightful college romance with two hugely likeable MCs.When I requested this I didn't realize it was actually book four but it definitely stands on its own.Characters from the previous book are very well introduced and while I believe Max and Phoenix featured in that book I didn't feel as though I missed anything here.It might be a typical theme in gay romance...the guy deep in the closest and the guy who's out and proud but this one seemed to s I'm becoming quite a fan of this Author.This is a delightful college romance with two hugely likeable MCs.When I requested this I didn't realize it was actually book four but it definitely stands on its own.Characters from the previous book are very well introduced and while I believe Max and Phoenix featured in that book I didn't feel as though I missed anything here.It might be a typical theme in gay romance...the guy deep in the closest and the guy who's out and proud but this one seemed to stand out for me because Max and Phoenix were just so adorable in totally different ways and watching them fall in love was so endearing.Max is a popular/successful baseball player.He loves his sport and his team and has no intention of coming out any time soon.That is until a force of nature in the form of Theatre geek,Phoenix rocks into his world and makes Max realize that despite his sport/his team, his friends and his family he's lonely.These two had a great connection from the start.Things might have started off just with sex but they kind of became friends without even realizing it and it was pretty special to read.Opposites attract and different worlds collided in the absolute best way!Would definitely recommend...Review copy provided by IndiGo Marketing & Design
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  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    January 1, 1970
    ~4.5~How cute is this story, you guys? It's so fucking cute, I can't even. Let's summarize: Masc baseball player who loves eyeliner on his hot not-boyfriend but only talks about video games and baseball because otherwise it's feelings and nope. Insert completely necessary and not at all gratuitous pic of baseball's finest ASSets here:Femme drama major/actor who isn't afraid to be all out, including lip gloss and fairy dancing (to be fair, he was channeling Puck). Max and Phoenix have an arrangem ~4.5~How cute is this story, you guys? It's so fucking cute, I can't even. Let's summarize: Masc baseball player who loves eyeliner on his hot not-boyfriend but only talks about video games and baseball because otherwise it's feelings and nope. Insert completely necessary and not at all gratuitous pic of baseball's finest ASSets here:Femme drama major/actor who isn't afraid to be all out, including lip gloss and fairy dancing (to be fair, he was channeling Puck). Max and Phoenix have an arrangement wherein they fuck each other's brains out as often as possible but in secret because REASONS. Not a spoiler: Max can't (won't) be out, and Phoenix is done with athletes who break his heart. The MCs absolutely love spending time together, but they're not IN love. Of course not. Because that would complicate things. The only gripe I have about this opposites-attract, sweet & spicy story is the somewhat incestuous nature of Max's exes. Max is best friends with Christian (who's now with Rory) whom he was with for years. He also just broke up with Sky (a former player on the team), who shows up toward the end of the book wanting to stir up trouble. (I think Sky is getting his own story. I just know that behind the arsehole facade hides a tortured soul). A big shout-out to Max's mom and dad for being the BEST. PARENTS. EVER. I also really liked Phoenix's sister, Sunny, and wish we could have seen the two interact more. I missed not having Phoenix's POV. Out in the Field is a HOMERUN (pun intended; come on, I'm clever like that): a super steamy story with very likable MCs, just a touch of angst, and an awesome HEA. What's not to love?
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  • .Lili.
    January 1, 1970
    Lane Hayes is one of my go-to authors. Her relationship development is some of the best I've read, and Out in the Field was no exception. In this fourth installment of the Out in College series, we have an out and proud theater student, Phoenix, and a closeted college baseball player, Max. The two had met months prior, but nothing came of it because Max was in a relationship, but neither forgot about the other. There was a feeling of kismet, and when they ran into each other again, Max seized Lane Hayes is one of my go-to authors. Her relationship development is some of the best I've read, and Out in the Field was no exception. In this fourth installment of the Out in College series, we have an out and proud theater student, Phoenix, and a closeted college baseball player, Max. The two had met months prior, but nothing came of it because Max was in a relationship, but neither forgot about the other. There was a feeling of kismet, and when they ran into each other again, Max seized the opportunity. But Phoenix agreed under one condition: Booty Call Buddies only. He's done the closeted athlete before, and he's not interested. What ensued is an adorable and sensual romance. Highlights:-Opposites attract-Outstanding relationship development-OFY-Off the charts chemistry-Awesome main characters. I loved them both and was rooting for them all the way.-It was great to catch up with Christian and Rory-And the end was uber sweet. AND this book has me jonesing for stories for Sky, Braden, and Micah. I NEED MORE, LANE! All in all, an excellent addition to the series- in fact, this is my favorite.
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  • Cadiva
    January 1, 1970
    Very definitely my favourite in a series of quite excellent new adult sports romances. Max is a study in contrasts, he's kick ass on the baseball diamond but so vulnerable in his own life because of his fears over coming out.Phoenix is the perfect foil for him, out but still not secure in his ability to find someone who truly wants him for himself and not just as a side attraction.The sparks flew when they met in the previous book, but I loved how this friends to lovers romance coupled with a fr Very definitely my favourite in a series of quite excellent new adult sports romances. Max is a study in contrasts, he's kick ass on the baseball diamond but so vulnerable in his own life because of his fears over coming out.Phoenix is the perfect foil for him, out but still not secure in his ability to find someone who truly wants him for himself and not just as a side attraction.The sparks flew when they met in the previous book, but I loved how this friends to lovers romance coupled with a friends with benefits element rolled gently into love almost by accident. I loved Max's family as well, they were supportive of his baseball career but also cared deeply for him as their son, just as it should be but sadly isn't always.Christian and Rory are also on hand to dispense some good advice and a few home truths and the narrative takes no ridiculous dramedy moments or overly angsty directions.It's exactly the right mix of spicey, steamy and sweet too. Another great addition to the series. #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
    January 1, 1970
    Solid 4 Star read. No big wow factor, but an easy enjoyable read. I can always count on Lane Hayes!
  • haletostilinski
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really enjoyed this one. Loved it.Max is the best friend and ex-boyfriend of Christian from the last book in this series. Remember Max, who had that dysfunctional relationship with his boyfriend, Sky? They had a lot of sex but they didn't have much else to their relationship. That's Max. For Max, it's been three months since he met Phoenix, who he met at the night club where Christian and Rory get it on in a supply closet (if I'm remembering right) and who he made out with.He and Sky w I really, really enjoyed this one. Loved it.Max is the best friend and ex-boyfriend of Christian from the last book in this series. Remember Max, who had that dysfunctional relationship with his boyfriend, Sky? They had a lot of sex but they didn't have much else to their relationship. That's Max. For Max, it's been three months since he met Phoenix, who he met at the night club where Christian and Rory get it on in a supply closet (if I'm remembering right) and who he made out with.He and Sky were still together, but they had a deal where they could make out with other guys as long as they told each other about it (but only make out) so it wasn't cheating - because all Max did was make out with Phoenix. But anyway, three months later he runs into Phoenix at the private school he goes to, because Phoenix has transferred there and is in theater. Max is as drawn to him as he was that night three months ago - only now he can do something about it because he and Sky broke up. I really enjoyed these two together a lot. They just had such great chemistry, in and out of bed, and I loved reading their conversations as much as I loved reading their sex scenes. These two were just really amazing together, I loved them.The drama wasn't too bad at the end, and so I thought the reactions and time period until it was dealt with wasn't bad either, I thought it was appropriate to what had happened. The main drama was that Max wasn't out and Phoenix totally is - and it was fine at first because they were just fuck buddies, basically, but then they both started to fall for each other - of course ;) - and things changed. I was happy with the ending, and thankfully Sky wasn't too big of an obstacle, although I totally got the vibe that the next book will be about him, and I wonder how Hayes will get us to like him. From other POV's he's just seem like a real asshole. But, I've read books where characters felt like assholes in another MC's book (Nick, for example) and then loved them once I read their book, so who knows, maybe getting Sky's POV and seeing him fall for someone of his own will change my feelings about him. (Unless a book won't be about him, then nevermind.)Overall a great addition to this series, I loved it and highly recommend it :D***Review Copy generously provided by the Alpha Book Club in exchange for an honest review***
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  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this audiobook would be perfect for a road trip. I had to stop listening pretty early on.Why? Because ‘Out in the Field’ is just too hot to listen to while packed in tight quarters with other people! Luckily I didn’t have a neighbour on the plane ride back 😉The audiobook narration by Michael Pauley was excellent. Like the previous audiobook in this series, he really nailed the execution. Max and Phoenix fit some of the stereotypical characteristics - the closeted athele with internaliz I thought this audiobook would be perfect for a road trip. I had to stop listening pretty early on.Why? Because ‘Out in the Field’ is just too hot to listen to while packed in tight quarters with other people! Luckily I didn’t have a neighbour on the plane ride back 😉The audiobook narration by Michael Pauley was excellent. Like the previous audiobook in this series, he really nailed the execution. Max and Phoenix fit some of the stereotypical characteristics - the closeted athele with internalized machismo and the out and proud flamboyant. The same theme has been done many times over in the MM genre, but ‘Out in the Field’ felt fresh and new.The two men are complete opposites, yet were drawn to each other the first time they met on a dance floor.When they unexpectedly reunite at the college they’re both attending, Phoenix and Max feel that undeniable pull to each other again.It really doesn’t take them long at all to get down and dirty. Like kiss-me-silly-and-take-me-rough kinda down and dirty. I approve!But it’s more than just the sex. The two might have agreed to some repeated naughty times on the downlow, but pretty soon they’re doing a lot more decidedly non-sex things. Like reading lines to prepare for Phoenix’s audition, and going to a batting cage.It was all absolutely adorable. This is one of those books where readers truly see the MCs falling for each other. I swooned often!The drama is fairly predictable - the pressure of being a closeted athelete isn’t exactly condusive to a happy and healthy relationship. Plus, Max had some internalized views about masculinity that he needed to work on.But no need to worry, because Max got his head out of his ass pretty quickly! Also, extra brownie points to Max’s parents and teammates (most of them, anyway), and Pheonix’s sister, for being rockstars.Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable and easy listen, with lots of hot sex and sweet romance. Phoenix and Max’s happy ever after gave me all the fuzzy feels.
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  • Snjez
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThere are so many things I liked about this story. The plot might not be the most original, but what makes it special to me are the characters and the way it was written. I loved Max and Phoenix. They are quite opposites, but they clicked so well. The thing they have in common is the determination when doing things they love. I loved that about them. I loved that they spent a lot of time together. It was lovely to see them slowly falling for each other, although they initially agreed to 4.5 starsThere are so many things I liked about this story. The plot might not be the most original, but what makes it special to me are the characters and the way it was written. I loved Max and Phoenix. They are quite opposites, but they clicked so well. The thing they have in common is the determination when doing things they love. I loved that about them. I loved that they spent a lot of time together. It was lovely to see them slowly falling for each other, although they initially agreed to keep things physical only. They were so adorable. The relationship development was well paced and I think it was done perfectly.I haven't read any of the previous books and I had no problems getting into this one.
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE Lane Hayes and I like this series a lot, I don't think this was my favorite of the series, but she writes cute characters and sweet moments and steam. What more can you ask for?
  • Nadine Bookaholic
    January 1, 1970
    I have been looking forward to Max's story, I knew we'd get it and we did! I have to say two things, first this was my favorite of the series so far, and second I love a good second-chance-romance and that is what we have here.If you have read OUT IN THE OFFENSE, you'll remember Max he was Christian's best friend and also his first everything. He was also in a relationship with Sky (whom I really didn't like) at the time. All three of the men were keeping their sexual preference a secret so no o I have been looking forward to Max's story, I knew we'd get it and we did! I have to say two things, first this was my favorite of the series so far, and second I love a good second-chance-romance and that is what we have here.If you have read OUT IN THE OFFENSE, you'll remember Max he was Christian's best friend and also his first everything. He was also in a relationship with Sky (whom I really didn't like) at the time. All three of the men were keeping their sexual preference a secret so no one knows that Max is gay. Max also meets Phoenix in that story as well but once again he was with Sky so even though there was a definite attraction on both sides nothing could really be done about it, there was also the fact that they lived in different parts of California.In this story Lane Hayes takes us on a journey of Second Chances, what if the guy you had met a few months ago and still thought about happened to bump into you at school one day, a school you knew he didn't attend when you met? Would you take fate by the horns and run with it or would you run away because of your fears?Phoenix is an openly gay man and he doesn't care who knows about it, he wears eyeliner and lip gloss, he is part of the drama club, oh and he has a thing for athletes even though he doesn't like sports. Max is in the closet, so deep I don't think he can see the little bit of light that comes through the bottom of the door. Max has so many fears about being outed and not being accepted that he has only had two relationships, one with Christian for five years and the other was an open relationship with Sky, his worst fear is that his teammates will find out and won't want him on the team anymore and baseball is his life.This story was well written and had me at the very first page. I am a big baseball fan, in fact my son plays for his college, so I really enjoyed watching Max show Phoenix the ins and outs of the sport as they got closer. OUT IN THE FIELD is the fourth book in the series but each of these books can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading OUT IN THE OFFENSE first just so you can see how Max and Phoenix met and get a better understanding of Max's relationship with both Christian and Sky.Happy Reading!!!**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** You can see this and other Reviews I have written along with various cover reveals, excerpts, and giveaways here Nadine's Obsessed with Books
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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    Out in the Field is book 4 in the Out in College series. I haven't read any books in this series and had no problem following along so it's definitely a stand alone. Although I didn't enjoy my first book by this author I'm so happy that I tried again because I really enjoyed this one. The chemistry between Max and Phoenix was awesome, they were sweet together and their chemistry was fantastic. I look forward to going back and reading the other books in this series and since I already met Christi Out in the Field is book 4 in the Out in College series. I haven't read any books in this series and had no problem following along so it's definitely a stand alone. Although I didn't enjoy my first book by this author I'm so happy that I tried again because I really enjoyed this one. The chemistry between Max and Phoenix was awesome, they were sweet together and their chemistry was fantastic. I look forward to going back and reading the other books in this series and since I already met Christian and Rory I will start with them.
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  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    January 1, 1970
    This book just didn’t hit it out of the park for me.It took me a minute to get into and I felt like I was so focused on trying to remember the bits of Max from Christian’s book. Once I got myself sorted I just started over and then I was invested.So, once it was going I was into it. I loved Phoenix. I mean, loved him. I just needed more of him. I needed more background on him, what he remembered from the initial meeting etc. I needed more Max. More belief to believe him. I think had we gotten Ph This book just didn’t hit it out of the park for me.It took me a minute to get into and I felt like I was so focused on trying to remember the bits of Max from Christian’s book. Once I got myself sorted I just started over and then I was invested.So, once it was going I was into it. I loved Phoenix. I mean, loved him. I just needed more of him. I needed more background on him, what he remembered from the initial meeting etc. I needed more Max. More belief to believe him. I think had we gotten Phoenix’s POV and not just Max’s it would have worked out better. Really, mostly nothing much happened. Don’t get me wrong, I loved watching them become inseparable and fall in love but you knew exactly what was going to happen the entire time so I just felt like I was waiting for the ball to drop.Then Sky. What a fucked up guy. Ridiculous and worse, that scene should have gotten Max to step up. How he let him talk like that is beyond me.And then the sister. I hate a beard. I have not had any luck with books like that and even though this wasn’t really like that, it was enough, plus SISTER.So, not a favorite of the series but it was easy and it was cute, it was really hot and definitely sweet, especially the end.**This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • keren davidi cohen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsAnother delightful college romance.I loved Max and Phoenix. They are quite opposites, but they clicked so well. So If you’re looking for closeted athletes guy,Ad the other who wear makeup and want to read how they become friends with benefits and smoking hot chemistry and an ex with a potential score to settle you’ve got to read this
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  • Lidia
    January 1, 1970
    Short,sweet,hot story and the MC are very cute together. That there was little angst was a bonus.
  • Rohit
    January 1, 1970
    Boring.Formulaic.Cute by using the word cute multiple times doesn't a cute make.Also, cramped.
  • Kirstin
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, be prepared to LOVE Phoenix. He's sassy and flirty, and he's funny as hell.Phoenix and Max met a few months ago at a bar when Max was with Sky. It was an open arrangement, so there wasn't cheating, but Max felt the connection and wanted more. So when he sees Phoenix on campus, it's like fate has given him another chance.Phoenix is a free spirit. With a love of acting, french fries, makeup, and a kink for sporty types, he's open to pretty much anything except being forced into a clo First of all, be prepared to LOVE Phoenix. He's sassy and flirty, and he's funny as hell.Phoenix and Max met a few months ago at a bar when Max was with Sky. It was an open arrangement, so there wasn't cheating, but Max felt the connection and wanted more. So when he sees Phoenix on campus, it's like fate has given him another chance.Phoenix is a free spirit. With a love of acting, french fries, makeup, and a kink for sporty types, he's open to pretty much anything except being forced into a closet. And that's where things get hinky. Max may want a relationship of sorts, but with only one year left of his baseball career, he's not looking to be outed.Phoenix was perfection. I loved his sense of humor. I loved when he asked 'what were the numbers?' I could see Max roll his eyes and tell him the score. There were just so many of those adorable little moments in this story that created a bond between me as the reader and the characters.A relatively angst free read, this was an adorably cute addition to the series and one that I'd recommend. *Galley copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted to http://gaybook.reviews/*
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  • Santy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pretty standard NA story with one of the protagonists in the closet BUT the narration alone deserved 6-stars... Michael Pauley is an awesome narrator and I enjoyed every single moment of the story.The story was as expected; Max cared about baseball more than everything... and he didn't have a good enough reason to do so till he met Phoenix who was such a fun character. I liked how their "relationship" grew organically. These two guys actually liked each other and their friendship deve This was a pretty standard NA story with one of the protagonists in the closet BUT the narration alone deserved 6-stars... Michael Pauley is an awesome narrator and I enjoyed every single moment of the story.The story was as expected; Max cared about baseball more than everything... and he didn't have a good enough reason to do so till he met Phoenix who was such a fun character. I liked how their "relationship" grew organically. These two guys actually liked each other and their friendship developed despite their initial plans.I felt a bit uneasy about Phoenix's actions at the end though. i got that he was unhappy and that Max needed a push but I still felt like he indirectly influenced Max to come out. I may be wrong but that's just me.I needed Sky and Micah to get matching smacks to their faces because they were just despicable. I know there was a hint abut a possible pairing of Sky with someone else but I don't want to read about that ASS. Ugh.Of course we the got our HEA. So all in all a pretty cool book as I said. **This audiobook was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review **
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars- An adorable couple with an easy romanceI’m really impressed at this author’s ability to keep things fresh in a series. Out in the Field is the fourth book in the Out in College series and not only is it different from the others in the series, but it’s my favorite one yet. As usual, Miss Hayes’s casual, welcoming tone and smooth banter made for a relaxing, enjoyable read. This was helped along by the likable characters who were simply adorable together. I loved the contrast of the clo 4.5 stars- An adorable couple with an easy romanceI’m really impressed at this author’s ability to keep things fresh in a series. Out in the Field is the fourth book in the Out in College series and not only is it different from the others in the series, but it’s my favorite one yet. As usual, Miss Hayes’s casual, welcoming tone and smooth banter made for a relaxing, enjoyable read. This was helped along by the likable characters who were simply adorable together. I loved the contrast of the closeted jock Max and the animated theater junkie Phoenix. While not an unheard of dynamic, Miss Hayes made this pairing all her own with sexy, sweet banter and a secretive friends with benefits arrangement I really wasn’t expecting at the start of this book. Though I definitely enjoyed the heat between Phoenix and Max, it was the easy connection that developed between them that really cemented Out in the Field as my favorite in the series. It seems the books from Out in College just get better and better, so I’m definitely excited for what’s on the horizon. Reviewed by Annie from Alpha Book Club
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  • ConM
    January 1, 1970
    Very sweet 🥰
  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3.5 Stars Spoiler-Free Review Out in the Field is the 4th installment in the Out in College series. It can be read independently of its series without too much confusion. However, I strongly recommend the series is read in order. The characters overlap, as do their struggles. The emotional payout/connection to the characters would be stronger if read in order. Christian's ex/bff/roomie. Max has dropped Sky and is now lookin I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3.5 Stars Spoiler-Free Review Out in the Field is the 4th installment in the Out in College series. It can be read independently of its series without too much confusion. However, I strongly recommend the series is read in order. The characters overlap, as do their struggles. The emotional payout/connection to the characters would be stronger if read in order. Christian's ex/bff/roomie. Max has dropped Sky and is now looking to move on with his life. Even after Christian came out (last book) Max is still uncertain about being open with his family and the team, fearing how they will treat him afterward. The driving force of the novel is keeping his sexuality a secret. Phoenix, I believe we saw a brief glimpse of him during the last novel. Only now he is on campus, haunting Max's thoughts, making the guy fantasize of a future he's unsure he can handle. Phoenix is out and proud, not wishing to be locked back in the closet with another jock, like his boyfriends in the past. I've enjoyed this series immensely. But for some reason, I didn't connect with this novel. I wasn't hooked. Perhaps my mood. The others in the series were a bit more angsty, the conflict presented earlier, which made the pages fly by as I wanted to know what happened next. Out in the Field is heavy on interactions between Max and Nix- that's not a bad thing. As I was reading, it was obvious they were going to get together and stay together, without any interference. Max would come out for himself and for Nix, just by his inner monologue. So that was my issue in a nutshell. It was light and breezy, a quick read, but with little to no conflict. The only angst/conflict didn't present itself until after the 80% mark, and it only lasted for less than 5 pages. All that fear over coming out was for naught, while with books in the past, there was a payout for all that buildup. If you're looking for a few hours of escapism, where nothing is stressful, where the romance is easy and light, this novel is perfect for you. Sometimes, that's exactly what is needed to recharge. I do believe Out in the Field fit flawlessly with the series as a whole. I just never connected with Max or Nix- that's on me. Where the portions I wished were a bit faster were drawn out, and the portions I wished were explored more were rushed. Highly recommend this series to fans of MM romance, especially those who enjoy college-aged guys in sports, struggling to come out to their peers and family.
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  • Lily
    January 1, 1970
    4.25*This has been an enjoyable sports-based series with each main closeted character facing the challenge of coming out to his team-mates and family. The characters are often connected via a previous relationship or a friend at college. Although each story could be read as a standalone, I think it is worth reading/listening to the books in order to gain an insight into the various situations and relationships that have gone before. In this case, I would definitely recommend listening to book 3 4.25*This has been an enjoyable sports-based series with each main closeted character facing the challenge of coming out to his team-mates and family. The characters are often connected via a previous relationship or a friend at college. Although each story could be read as a standalone, I think it is worth reading/listening to the books in order to gain an insight into the various situations and relationships that have gone before. In this case, I would definitely recommend listening to book 3 as there are quite a few plot and character links with this story. Overall, book 3 has been my favourite so far, with this one, Out in the Field, running a close second. Lane Hayes always does a great job of writing the main characters getting to know each other and showing how they gradually fall in love. There’s plenty of conversation here and several steamy scenes that move from being friends with benefits to meaning much more. I love how she blends the journey of falling in love with the main character deciding to come out because of that love. Sky, Max’s spiteful ex, again provides some additional angst to the plot. I hope Sky gets his happy ever after in a future story.Max and Phoenix are opposites in many ways, yet they gel as a couple. Max is the sporty one and Phoenix’s total lack of knowledge of anything sporty leads to some humorous moments. It’s great how Max moves out of his comfort zone to spend time with Phoenix. I especially loved the ‘break up’ scene and onwards to the end of the story. The coming out scenes were great as were the make-up and epilogue. I had a few issues with some points in the story, but nothing major. I liked that Christian and Rory (the couple from book 3) were involved throughout this story. I just wished the narrator had been consistent with his voices for these characters as they were different in books 3 and 4. Also Phoenix sounded very much like Mitch from book 2. Having said that, Michael Pauley narrates the story well and makes it easy to follow. He creates a range of emotions and varies his voice and intonation accordingly. A recommended series of audiobooks.Review also posted on Gay Book Reviews:https://gaybook.reviews/2019/08/05/ou...
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    I so love this series. I was sad for Max in Christian and Rory’s story with all the crap he was going through with that ass Sky. Plus, being Christian’s ex, yeah, they’re best friends now, but he can’t help but feel a little green with envy that Christian is happy and living his life the way he wants to. So I was happy he was getting his story. And there is no more perfect person for him then Phoenix.Phoenix and Max have actually met before. They just didn’t realize it until they were up close. I so love this series. I was sad for Max in Christian and Rory’s story with all the crap he was going through with that ass Sky. Plus, being Christian’s ex, yeah, they’re best friends now, but he can’t help but feel a little green with envy that Christian is happy and living his life the way he wants to. So I was happy he was getting his story. And there is no more perfect person for him then Phoenix.Phoenix and Max have actually met before. They just didn’t realize it until they were up close. They had had a lovely make-out/dance session in a club in LA. And honestly, neither forgot about the other one. But then, Max was with Sky and Phoenix lived somewhere else. When Max saw him on campus, Phoenix told him he transferred to be in the theater program. And Max wanted him. But Max still wasn’t out. They made an ‘arrangement’ that involved no strings attached, but the more they spent time together, the more the feelings were changing. Just when things seemed to be getting good, and to the point Max may come out, the past comes barreling back in Max’s life and Phoenix can’t handle being in the closet anymore. So Max has some decisions to make or he may lose the one for him for good.Can I just say I hate Sky with a passion? Like for real. I get he has issues as far as coming out and his family and stuff, but dude, he’s such an asshole for real. Oh my gah. Ok. Anyway lol.On the opposite note, I absolutely adore Phoenix. He’s just perfect for Max. He brings Max out of his shell and makes Max want more out of life. He makes Max feel something. They both do that for each other. And there’s just something super special about Phoenix. He’s just one of those people you can help but gravitate to because he’s like the sun in the sky. You just want to circle him for warmth and light. These two together are just beautiful. Even with their little deal, it was more than just a screw from the beginning. There was something between them from the start and it just blossomed into so much more.This series is a good one and you guys are missing out if you aren’t reading it. ttp://lovebytesreviews.com/
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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 fourth in the series, and whilst you could read this as a stand alone, you would miss the couple's first encounter (although it is described here too), and some of Max's back story. They are all excellent and interlink, so I would recommend them all to you.Max is nearing the end of his college baseball career, and just wants his sexuality to stay under the radar a bit longer. Meeting Phoenix again puts a ser ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the fourth in the series, and whilst you could read this as a stand alone, you would miss the couple's first encounter (although it is described here too), and some of Max's back story. They are all excellent and interlink, so I would recommend them all to you.Max is nearing the end of his college baseball career, and just wants his sexuality to stay under the radar a bit longer. Meeting Phoenix again puts a serious dent in that plan, although Nix agrees to be a no drama, on the quiet bedfellow. Whilst this may seem the ideal solution, Max recognises pretty quickly his feelings for Nix are serious, and sways from the rules by seeing him out of their apartments too. A few near misses have him panicked, but at the same time, Nix is important. Whilst I think his fears were well explained, I was also a little surprised at the strength of them, given that his bff/ex-lover/flatmate Christian had come out and was not suffering any backlash. And had been accepted by Max's parents too. So his fears were truly in his head, even though no evidence of problems really existed - Micah in the team may make comments, but even they did not seem to be overly serious. I loved the interactions between the two guys- how they slipped into a warm and loving relationship, irrespective of what they labelled it. Nix is so comfortable in his skin, and so patient with Max, it was just what he needed to come to his decision to be out, and to do it for himself, but with the promise of a much happier personal life. This is a lovely series, and Max's story has added to it. Thank you Lane Hayes.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I first read Max and Phoenix's story in eBook the second it came out, and I grabbed the audio before the page finished loading! It certainly did not disappoint as this is one of my favorite authors and narrators. I just loved Max and Phoenix’s story and Michael Pauley truly made it come to life for me! His narration of Max was just as I envisioned as I read his and Phoenix's story. One of my favorite themes is closeted athletes, so the Out in College series has been a favorite must-read for me. I first read Max and Phoenix's story in eBook the second it came out, and I grabbed the audio before the page finished loading! It certainly did not disappoint as this is one of my favorite authors and narrators. I just loved Max and Phoenix’s story and Michael Pauley truly made it come to life for me! His narration of Max was just as I envisioned as I read his and Phoenix's story. One of my favorite themes is closeted athletes, so the Out in College series has been a favorite must-read for me. When Max, the closeted baseball player, crosses paths again with Phoenix the out drama student, their feelings resurface from their first and only meeting from an LA nightclub months ago. After a blind-date setup gone wrong, Max sees Phoenix again where Phoenix suggest an “indecent proposal” for a closeted friends with benefits. With the guidelines they set up, what could possibly go wrong? I loved that their friendship blossomed into more, and made me all swoony. Michael Pauley did such an amazing job bringing Lane Hayes's words to life. I truly felt all the emotions and frustrations that Max was feeling, as well as Phoenix's growing feelings for Max. The narration of the last couple of chapters really got me emotional that I didn't feel with my read in eBook form. I found myself grabbing a tissue while listening. If you’re looking for closeted athletes, guys who wear makeup, friends with benefits, smoking hot chemistry and an ex with a potential score to settle you’ve got to read this book! Lane Hayes’s writing always has a way of drawing me into her stories, and I couldn’t recommend this book, or series more!
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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.** 3.5 starsOut in the Field is the fourth installment in the Out in College series. These books can be read as stand alones without issue but there is character/storyline overlap that plays out better if the series is read in order. Max (who is still closeted) broke up with his boyfriend in the last book. His best friend, Christian, came out and is now somewhat of a celebrity on campus. Max doesn't think he'll receive the **I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.** 3.5 starsOut in the Field is the fourth installment in the Out in College series. These books can be read as stand alones without issue but there is character/storyline overlap that plays out better if the series is read in order. Max (who is still closeted) broke up with his boyfriend in the last book. His best friend, Christian, came out and is now somewhat of a celebrity on campus. Max doesn't think he'll receive the same acceptance so he continues to live his double life. Max sees a free spirited Phoenix, dressed as a fairy, dancing in the rain and can't do anything but stop and watch. Phoenix is clearly comfortable with his sexuality and doesn't care who sees, which Max envies. Coming face to face with Phoenix Max remembers spending a fantastic night dancing and kissing but never calling the next day. Can Phoenix be the one that got away and Max is getting his second chance? Will Phoenix go back into the closet and hide their relationship for Max?Mmm where to start with this one. I am a huge fan of this series and the angst and emotion it has. For me this one just fell short. The angst and the coming out was pretty non-eventful but I needed more. I thrive on the angst but it just wasn't there between these two characters. It was an easy quick read that does hit the feels in some spots.
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  • Stacey Jo
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 4th book in the Out in College series. So far this continues to be a fantastic series. Each one flows right into the next. Each book grows out of the one before it while referencing back to characters and events in previous book so there is a cohesive universe where you get to know everyone involved. In this book we meet Max and Phoenix, who met and hooked up briefly in the previous book. Max is also the best friend of Christian, one of the MCs in the the previous book. It's now thre This is the 4th book in the Out in College series. So far this continues to be a fantastic series. Each one flows right into the next. Each book grows out of the one before it while referencing back to characters and events in previous book so there is a cohesive universe where you get to know everyone involved. In this book we meet Max and Phoenix, who met and hooked up briefly in the previous book. Max is also the best friend of Christian, one of the MCs in the the previous book. It's now three months later and Max, a closeted baseball player and Phoenix meet up again when Phoenix, a drama student, transfers to Max's university. A blind date that ends up being a bit odd for Max gets him to Phoenix's play where they meet up again and things move on from there. They are complete opposites but they get along really well. Things progress in their friendship to friends-with-benefits and it all seems to be going well until feelings get in the way. Max has to decide if his best friend and what has grown between them is worth risking if he comes out to the team. As with all the previous books in this series, the ending is as wonderful as you can imagine. The characters are likable and have substance. The storytelling is solid and the pacing moves along at the perfect clip. This could be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the other books in the series too. They are all so good, I wouldn't want anyone to miss out.
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  • Lulu Forth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars for Out in the Field. This is a sweet easy read that I read on a nice lazy Sunday. It's well written and the characters are well developed and likeable. My only criticism would be that it's not very original. There are multiple books along this theme in this genre and I thought that was a shame. The general premise is hot closeted jock meets fabulously out and proud theatre guy, it starts out as just a casual arrangement but then feelings deepen and everything becomes very complicated. 3.5 stars for Out in the Field. This is a sweet easy read that I read on a nice lazy Sunday. It's well written and the characters are well developed and likeable. My only criticism would be that it's not very original. There are multiple books along this theme in this genre and I thought that was a shame. The general premise is hot closeted jock meets fabulously out and proud theatre guy, it starts out as just a casual arrangement but then feelings deepen and everything becomes very complicated.Phoenix and Max are very likeable MC's and I couldn't help but root for them from the beginning. Secondary characters were well developed and added a lot to this story.This is book 4 in the series and although there are appearances from a few previous characters it can be read as a standalone. "You’re it for me. You’re my everything"If you like a sweet well written romance this book is for you. If you want something original and ground breaking, probably not.'It was good to be reminded that personal truth was the ultimate form of freedom. And I was grateful to live my truth with the man I loved'
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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 fun, sweet new adult read. It’s the story of the relationship between a college baseball star and the self-professed theatre geek he meets on a night out. Max is a closeted, singularly focused jock and Phoenix is...fabulous. It’s not a terribly original storyline but the characters are well drawn and I really enjoyed the connection between Max and Phoenix.This is Max’s story and it took me a while to warm to him. His c I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.This is a fun, sweet new adult read. It’s the story of the relationship between a college baseball star and the self-professed theatre geek he meets on a night out. Max is a closeted, singularly focused jock and Phoenix is...fabulous. It’s not a terribly original storyline but the characters are well drawn and I really enjoyed the connection between Max and Phoenix.This is Max’s story and it took me a while to warm to him. His closeted fear doesn’t make him a great friend or love interest and it doesn’t completely make sense at this stage in the series with so many out and proud athletes around him. I loved Phoenix from the start but we don’t get as much of Phoenix as we do Max. I like Max’s journey, his adulting and the way he grows into a decent person - but I would have liked a little bit more Phoenix to balance the story.Like the rest of the series, this is a sexy, easy story. Pretty boys in Southern California make for great summer reads and this book is definitely a lazy beach and cocktail read. I’ve enjoyed this series from the start. The books are well written without being overly challenging or complicated.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I just loved Max and Phoenix’s story and couldn’t put it down! One of my favorite reads is closeted athletes, so the Out in College series has been a favorite must-read for me. When Max, the closeted baseball player, crosses paths again with Phoenix the out drama student, feelings resurface from their meeting at an LA nightclub months ago. After a blind-date setup gone wrong, Max sees Phoenix again where Phoenix suggest an “Indecent Proposal” for a closeted friends with benefits. With the guidel I just loved Max and Phoenix’s story and couldn’t put it down! One of my favorite reads is closeted athletes, so the Out in College series has been a favorite must-read for me. When Max, the closeted baseball player, crosses paths again with Phoenix the out drama student, feelings resurface from their meeting at an LA nightclub months ago. After a blind-date setup gone wrong, Max sees Phoenix again where Phoenix suggest an “Indecent Proposal” for a closeted friends with benefits. With the guidelines they set up, what could possibly go wrong? I loved that their friendship blossomed into more, and made me all swoony. If you’re looking for closeted athletes, guys who wear makeup, friends with benefits, smoking hot chemistry and an ex with a potential score to settle you’ve got to read this book! Lane Hayes’s writing always has a way of drawing me into her stories, and I couldn’t recommend this book, or series more!
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  • Kendra T
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the characters of Max and Phoenix. They had met a few months back in a club, but nothing went too far and they never thought they would see each other again. Max is a college baseball player in deeply in the closet. When they meet again, Max can’t deny that he wants Phoenix, but is afraid of coming out. Their relationship starts out as a “with benefits” situation, but it is clear from the beginning that they won’t be able to keep their feelings there. I knew there would be drama surround I liked the characters of Max and Phoenix. They had met a few months back in a club, but nothing went too far and they never thought they would see each other again. Max is a college baseball player in deeply in the closet. When they meet again, Max can’t deny that he wants Phoenix, but is afraid of coming out. Their relationship starts out as a “with benefits” situation, but it is clear from the beginning that they won’t be able to keep their feelings there. I knew there would be drama surrounding the coming out aspect, but I am grateful that it wasn’t super drawn out or angsty. I loved watching Max come to terms with what he wants, and I loved what he and Phoenix built together. Both characters were lovable and I found myself rooting for them. Great book. I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC provided by LesCourt Author Services
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