Monday, January 28, 2019

Out in the End Zone by Lane Hayes Audiobook Release Blitz

Evan di Angelo is an upbeat, good-natured goofball who loves his friends and family… and football. A traumatic accident may have ended his hopes of playing professionally, but he’s made the most of his four years on the field at a small Southern California college. He’s learned the hard way to embrace change, take chances and try things outside of his comfort zone... like agreeing to play fake boyfriends for someone else’s senior project.

Mitch Peterson knows that being his authentic self is the path to true happiness. He’s grown from a shy, quiet kid from a broken home to an out and proud budding internet sensation bound for grad school. An awesome senior project is the key. It’s unlikely anyone will believe the hunky, straight athlete is Mitch’s new lover, but it’s worth a shot. However, as their tentative friendship blossoms into unexpected attraction, the lines between reality and fiction blur for both men. Evan is forced to face old demons and decide if he has the courage to take the next step and come out in the end zone.

Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Narrator: Michael Pauley

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Book 2
Audiobook Buy Links

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Ebook Buy Links

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

There are few things more exciting for an audiobook lover than getting an email telling you that there is not one release, but two releases from an author you love and even better, the release blitz you signed up for has been turned into a doubleheader. Weekend plans SET!

I have to say that I liked that Evan and Mitch’s story in Out in the End Zone played out concurrently with Derek and Gabe’s from Out in the Deep, even starting at the same party hosted by Chelsea. It doesn’t always work, but Hayes does a great job of presenting a handful of scenes and events from a different character’s perspective so that series fans can place events in that overlap without feeling as though they’ve read that scene before. And considering that Mitch’s project is all about perception, those overlapping scenes are a subtle way to show readers just how perception plays into how interactions are interpreted, such as Amanda’s interaction with Evan at the party. But I digress. As much as I enjoyed the first book, there is something about this one that made me love it even more. Perhaps it was the opposites attract chemistry between Evan and Mitch. Perhaps it was Mitch’s social media experiment and how it gave Evan the excuse and push he needed to get to know Mitch. Perhaps it was the fact that despite his open-mindedness, Evan still struggled with coming out as bisexual to his friends, teammates, and family. And it may have had a little to do with Evan’s cluelessness when it came to Nicole’s attention. While all of that contributed to my enjoyment of the story, ultimately it was Mitch and Evan who made me love it – specifically the gradual way they fell for each other even as they tried to protect their hearts because of events in their pasts. I fell in love with these guys as they fell in love with one another.

One of the things I enjoy about Hayes’ series is that she tends to use the same narrator for the entirety of a series, so I was excited to see that Michael Pauley was back at the mic for Out in the End Zone. As in the first book, Pauley doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the emotional scenes. However, what I appreciated most is that the voices for Evan and Mitch were not the same as those for Derek and Gabe. Some narrators have a distinct main character one and main character two voice they use, even when working on the same series. However, Pauley is not one of those narrators. In my opinion, he created great voices for Evan and Mitch, voices that conveyed who the young men were without being the stereotypical over-the-top football jock or campy male cheerleader voices. The voices Pauley created for Evan and Mitch made it easy to tell who was talking, even when Derek and Gabe popped into scenes, and not once was I confused as to who was speaking, which considering I listened to the two audiobooks back to back, was a delight. I’m already chomping at the bit for Out in the Offense to be released as an audiobook. I can’t wait!

Also Available in the Out in College Series

Book 1
Audiobook Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Audible  ~  iTunes

Ebook Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Out in the Deep Release Blitz and the Out in the Deep Audiobook Release Blitz.

Book 3
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews and more info, check out our stop on the Out in the Offense Blog Tour.

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won First Prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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