Caro’s Review: Outside the Lines by A.R. Barley

Posted October 31, 2016 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books, Release day / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review: Outside the Lines by A.R. BarleyOutside the Lines by A.R. Barley
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Published by Carina Press on October 31st 2016
Genres: M/M, Romance
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Source: NetGalley

Falling for the drag queen next door

Mitch Dalton can't stop fantasizing about his sexy and confident drag queen neighbor. He wants to make a move, but he's had a lot less experience with men and isn't sure Chi-Chi would be interested in a guy who's never gone all the way—let alone a widower and struggling single father. And when Mitch's child care falls through, he needs Chi-Chi's help more than he needs a boyfriend.

Chi-Chi Ramirez has his own struggles: getting his degree one class at a time, working too many jobs and performing at a nightclub to make his Broadway dreams come true. Mitch's offer of a nanny position is too good to pass up, even if seeing Mitch every day and not being able to touch him is torture. But when even a simple handshake feels like pure sex, soon touching is all either of them can think about.

A one-night stand, a quick fling—that's all Chi-Chi can give if he's going to leave town for New York City. But once they finally get a taste of each other, what if Mitch wants more?

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.


Book Review: 4 Stars


“Outside the Lines” was the third book by this author I read and loved. Her stories are always tender, sweet, slightly angsty and hot. Barley’s writing is amazing and the characters she creates are always 100% adorable. This series is simply amazing and one of the steadiest in regards to the high ratings from me that I’ve read so far. Really, I applaud the author for that – seen as I lose interest in series pretty fast. But not so with this one. I would probably read another 3 books about those amazing guys.

This book was about Chi-Chi and his ruggedly handsome single-father neighbor. Everyone who read the first books in the series know Chi-Chi is a colleague of Nick and a performer in the bar they work at. But he was so much more than a guy dressing queer – I was amazed by how multilayered his personality was. Honestly, if I could choose one man on this earth to be my male best friend, it would be Chi-Chi! This book was more than a romance, too – it was about family, about making sacrifices, about making mistakes and making up for them. And mostly about finding out who you are and showing it to the world without shame.

All in all, I rate “Outside the Lines” with 4 stars and can definitely recommend it to all fans of MM-romance and romance in general. Also, I can recommend all the other books by A. R. Barley, you won’t regret reading them. Even though I’d say you can definitely read “Outside the Lines” as a standalone, I’d advice to read the other books first – for your own enjoyment in knowing the secondary characters.


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