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Outside the Lines

(Bluewater Bay #22)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Miniature artist Ian Meyers has one week to rebuild his damaged set. Needing help, he goes to End o’ Earth, the local comic and gaming shop. Owner Simon Derry pushes all of Ian’s buttons, and he also has steady hands and the skills Ian needs.

Before they can even grab a beer, Ian meets Lydia Derry, Simon’s wife. If Ian had any interest in women, he’d suggest a threesome, bu
ebook, 260 pages
Published December 18th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
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Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: menage
*4.5 stars*

When I saw that cover my first thought was that everyone on it looks so happy. After reading this, I can verify that. This cover is like a snapshot in time, a picture of how this story ended. The chapters of this book are bursting with so much hapiness and love !

The thing is that, most of the time, poly non-monogamous relationships get bad representation or no representation at all. " ethics, unrealistic, excuse for cheating, slut, no values..." is what I mostly hear. NO! Now, th
4.5 Stars

Outside the Lines just became one my favorite books of the year. I was pulled into the story from page one and I loved every moment I spent reading. Every moment.

I knew from the beginning that I would adore Simon. He's a geek and loveable and just the kind of person that I would fall for in real life. Lydia, too, for that matter. They were both such amazing characters from the start.

​I've always found polyamory to be very interesting. Whose to say that love must be confined to just one
Carol (bookish_notes)
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2017
Outside the Lines is a delightfully refreshing book with queer, poly characters. This is book #22 in the Bluewater Bay series, but works perfectly as a standalone. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, but I never felt lost or left out when other characters made appearances in this book. In fact, it just made me intrigued and made me want to read their books next. I have read Anna Zabo's books, and have loved every one, so I was very happy to get a chance to dive into Outside the ...more
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I loved this book! It so perfectly seemed to capture the nuances of a poly relationship and had a such a unique perspective. It was refreshing to read something that didn’t feel like the same old/same old.

I have read a ton of ménage stories, but for the most part they run along one of two lines: either the woman is with two men and the men have a close friendship with one another, or the woman is with two men who are also lovers with one another. This is the first time I have encounter a group w
Jun 28, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: stuff-i-wrote
[Added Oct 5, 2017] Available for request on NetGalley:

[Added Sept 2, 2017] FYI, the release date for Outside the Lines has been pushed back to December 18, 2017, partly because Outside the Lines leads quite a bit into LA Witt's New Hand, which will also come out on December 18th. (These two books will the last books in the Bluewater Bay series.) Jesse, one of the MCs of New Hand works in Simon and Lydia's comic shop, and you first meet him in Outside the
Polyamory, not MMF. Which is why I picked it up. But it turned out to be one of those romance novels where the author has a message, and she's very very concerned you may not get it, so she wields it like a war club and pummels you savagely, relentlessly over the head with it. That message is:

They are attracted to each other!

Never forget it, not for a moment. Oh, don't worry -- you can't. Because there is almost never a page on which it isn't reiterated. Almost every single moment in Simon's POV
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mmf

That was original... And so very good!

Yeah, I really didn't know what to expect here but Anna Zabo is a great author and this book is the proof of that!

The Love is everywhere and the unconventional way they choose to live it is so refreshing....
I loved it!

Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4.5 Stars

Outside the Lines is the 22nd installment of the Bluewater Bay series. While it mentions past narrators, this novel can easily be read as a standalone.

Please note: Outside the Lines gives an in-depth look into both polyamory (featuring a married couple MF and an additional M) and the power-exchange of BDSM.

Ian creates miniatures for the production of Wolf's Landing. An accident on-set has Ian scrambling to do his job,
Cat M
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Geeky polyamorous romance that I loved, but didn’t identify with as much as I expected to.

The polyness feels really real to me in a way most romances about multiple relationships don’t. In terms of sexual attraction it’s a vee rather than a threesome, but the relationship between the characters who are not sexually attracted to each other is just as important as the sexual ones and I really, really appreciated that.

And in the end they become a family, open to their community, living together and
Sarah Meerkat
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this in exchange for a review

Outside the Lines is my new favorite book from Anna Zabo. Out of all their books I think this one is the most well crafted and best written. It has a presence that comes alive and pulls you in. I have been burned by several polyamorus romances this year so I was wary going but found myself blown away as I rather humorously was flying away from Washington state.

I found all three of the characters to be well rounded and fully fleshed out. I adored
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review.

This story was so much MORE than I ever expected it to be. I loved the main characters—ALL of them, including Lydia—a FEMALE in my MM romance! I loved the secondary characters, including recurring Bluewater Bay characters like Carter and Levi and Hunter and Kevyan and the new characters who helped in Simon’s store—Dexy and Jesse. And most of all I loved the storyline and the brilliant execution of a polyamory r
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I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Outside the Lines follows Ian and Simon. Ian works as a set designer on a popular TV series while Simon owns a geeky merchandise store. Some of such merchandise includes things related to the TV series Ian works on. They meet and there is instant attraction between them. Simon is in an open relationship with his wife, which Ian is okay with. At least until he begins t
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So this was pretty uneventful as far as romances go. Lots of sex and a bit of misunderstanding, but not a lot of drama. There wasn't really a plot until about three quarters into the book, and then it pivoted off of Simon and Ian and onto Lydia, which seemed to come out of left field as Lydia had previously been a mostly positive but undeveloped background character. This leads to my other issue, which is that the pl
Xan West
Oct 19, 2017 added it
Shelves: polyamory
I have complex feelings about this one. Gonna sit with it for a bit before I think about reviewing.
Nicole Field
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
NetGalley Review

I loved this book. Proper loved. I went in with high and hopeful expectations and this was one of those rare and unique times when I got exactly what I wanted. I couldn't be more pleased with this book.

Now, I noticed around halfway through reading that this book is part of a Bluewater Bay series, but it honestly reads as standalone. Ian is a miniature set maker on a TV show in town but, when his miniature gets wrecked by some horseplay on set, he needs to fix it within a week.

Happily enough, t
Ruthie Taylor
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is a really interesting read on a number of levels. Undoubtedly the whole concept of a poly relationship as envisioned by Simon and Lydia, and Simon's new friend Ian, is key - and it is an absolutely outstanding read. Ms Zabo has an extremely careful and sensitive touch, which brings out so many of the issues that anyone might have and creates a relationship which is intensely interesting and incredibly loving. I wo
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The sparks are fly between Ian and Simon when they meet and then Ian meets Simon's wife Lydia. Simon and Lydia are up front about their poly relationship and I liked the Ian isn't immediately turned off by this. But Ian assumes it will just be a casual thing with Simon and the relationship between them are going brilliantly and he gets along great with Lydia. But things start to go pear shaped when Ian realises he wants a re
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I think this is possibly my favourite of the Bluewater Bay books. I love, love, love the characters in this book and I love that at book #22 in the series, this feels fresh and exciting. While there is some angst in the story, I loved the playful friendships between Simon, Lydia and Ian. I loved the way the interests of all three overlap and the way their lives blend seamlessly together.

I had no idea that miniature existed - or
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book, offering a refreshingly balanced view of polyamory in a working, functional relationship. I desperately wanted more of Lydia (because she is SUCH a great character), but I've got my fingers crossed that there may be another book down the line focusing more on her. All told, though, I loved this book. When I reached the last page, I wasn't done living in this world with these characters, so I started it all over again, loving it just as much the second time through.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another 4.5 - 5 star read from Bluewater Bay... I'm so not ready for this series to end. :(

Well, this was a first and if it hadn't been a part of the Bluewater Bay series, I might have passed it up. Can I just say that I'm so glad that I didn't.

I don't think I've run into a couple in a book that I loved more than Lydia and Simon. Okay, that may be a stretch, because I've run into a LOT of couples that I love, but these two were so perfect for each other and so obviously in love. They just knew
3 1/2 Stars!

I really enjoyed this one, it was hot, slightly kinky, and just enjoyable to read and visit this world (I still need to actually read this entire series, but that's besides the point: you can jump in anywhere with no problem). But my main problem was the poly relationship and how Lydia was basically a cardboard cutout who was moved in and out of scenes for brief moments but didn't add anything; made it so I didn't fully see and understand the full poly part of this complicated rela
Nichole (DirrtyH)
3.5 stars

I'm letting this simmer before I write a review. I'm not really sure how I felt about it.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll start off by saying that this book isn't anything like I've read before really, which was a nice surprise. I was completely expecting this to be about a guy who is attracted to both the guy and girl, but in fact, he's gay and only likes Ian. So that whole dynamic was an interesting one and I wasn't sure how it would work. Turns out, it ends up working perfectly for them and they're all happy. I rarely give books 5 stars, but this one was well worth the rating and the sleepless night to fini ...more
Veronica of V's Reads
Ian Meyers builds sets, props and miniatures for Wolf’s Landing, and one of the key pieces–a model-miniature Sacred Grove was ready for the pyrotechnics…until a clumsy stuntman crashed into it. Now, Ian has a week to rebuild the model, and he’s low on supplies. So, he (reluctantly) heads into Bluewater Bay and End o’ Earth comics, which holds models and supplies for gamers in stock. Ian has kept a wide berth from the comics shop because it’s hard to keep his distance from townies and tourists, a ...more
Annie Maus
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Outside the Lines, Anna Zabo's standalone addition to the Bluewater Bay series,is touching and gentle, rough and erotic, and ever-so smooth. , She seamlessly updates the lives of characters created by prior authors in this collection which focuses on a fictional television series, shot in Washington state.
When the show's scale-model of surrounding forest is accidentally destroyed – just before its on-screen shoot - miniature artist, Ian Meyer, has a week to rebuild. He runs to the local miniatu
Christi Snow
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My Review:
Wow, wow, wow...somehow I almost missed this book and I would have totally missed out on a great story. I adored this book.

At the heart of this book are two men falling for one another, but it's so much more than that. This book is about a married couple who have the most amazing, loving relationship. This book is about different types of love that go so much farther beyond sex. It's truly a beautiful story and the deeper I read into it, the more I fell in love with it and the entire
Love Bytes Reviews
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Louisa

I really wasn’t certain what I was starting when I began to read Outside the Lines by Anna Zabo because I had never read a Poly book before, in the past the only books I had read where a threesome. In this book Simon has a relationship with is wife Lydia and a relationship with his boyfriend Ian. They are both sexual relationships, though you only read sex scenes between Ian and Simon.

The things I really enjoyed about this book were the way that Ian and Lydia grow together as f
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
When Ian needs to get an emergency project done ASAP, he wanders into Simon's shop and the undercover sparks are flying between the two. Ian's gay and is wondering if he's mistaking the flirting he and Simon are doing. Then he meets Simon's wife, Lydia, and wonders even more.

I have to say that this is the first poly relationship I've read where the two men are involved with each other and only one of the men is involved with the woman. It made for very interesting, compelling reading, seeing Ian
Felicia Davin
Anna Zabo’s Outside the Lines is a queer romance novel with POLYAMORY and FANDOM in it and I am here to tell you that it is adorable.

It’s set in Bluewater Bay, a tiny town in the Pacific Northwest where a sort of True Blood or Teen Wolf type show is being filmed, and the three main characters are Simon and Lydia Derry, married owners of a comic book shop in town, and Ian Meyers, a miniature set designer for the show. One of Ian’s miniature sets gets destroyed and he needs help to rebuild it, whi
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ian was not happy with the some of the stunt doubles on site, the ruined his miniature of the set, so with a week to get it repaired, he goes to the local comic shop to see if they carry some of the supplies he needs, when he meets Simon sparks fly. Simon pushes all his buttons but then he meets Simon's wife Lydia and he becomes confused, it seemed like Simon like him also but would he really want to break Lydia and Simon apart.

Instead Ian finds that Lydia pushes Simon and him together, but Ian
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Anna Zabo (they/them) writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. They live and work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.

Anna is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns and prefers Mx. Zabo as an honorific.

Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania.

Other books in the series

Bluewater Bay (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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  • Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3)
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