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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,564 ratings  ·  265 reviews
My infatuation with Ezra Johnson started how all obsessions begin—with a simple crush. Over the years I silently soaked up every shy smile and random act of kindness, wrestling them away to a secret place in my heart meant for unrequited love.
Because if it wasn’t for the fact that I tutor him once a week, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t even know I exist.
Then I find hi
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Alex ♈
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: safe, virgin-heroine
Very sweet and absolutely safe read.

Now I understand why Leonor said she felt old reading it *lol*
Characters half my age... When did I get older? *lol*

Anyway... I'm still young and hot ;-)

A very good book, atypical hero - 99% of all 'romance'-authors go for so called damaged male characters (like one of the side characters - a bully, who was a popular guy at school, looked hot etc ) and try to redeem him and almost always pair him with an innocent heroine - but Jamie Schlosser always writes abo
Book-Bosomed  blog
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.75 Stars

Ezra Johnson’s leg injury has hindered his confidence and kept him from being one of the “cool kids” in high school. Kayla Reynolds doesn’t fit the “popular” mold either, but she makes the best of it.

Wow, this story has a little bit of everything. I swooned a little, awed a little, and fanned myself plenty. Then there was a bit of suspense and action that kicked in, and my heart picked up a faster beat, and I might have fought back a few tears with one of the characters too. But I lau
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

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Outcast was one of the sweetest romances I’ve ever read. Ezra and Kayla were perfect together. I loved their friends to lovers romance.

In high school, Kayla and Ezra were friends. They both had feelings for one another, but neither one admitted it. Ezra has a physical disability (a bad limp from a knee injury as a child) and Kayla mixed raced with two dads and neither felt like they truly felt in. Finally, after high school, Kayla and Ezra admit their feelings for one another.

 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
Oh god..
I felt really, really old reading about 18 year olds falling in love.
I kept looking for grays in my hair and kept thinking during the whole book 'damn I'm old.'
It's not my preference to read about this type of romance but I was glad that it safe and sweet.
This author is one of my favorites! She has her own style and writes wonderful heroes! She doesn't use the typical tropes of manwhores, billionaires, bdsm/sex club guys. Her characters are normal people and they each have their own distinct personalities! This book is great! I love Ezra and Kayla- they are both really good, sweet people and they are perfect for each other! Ezra is my second favorite hero by this author- Travis is still my number one! ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Have you ever had a book that someone recommended more than once or you’ve had it on your reader and for whatever reason you didn’t start it? Then you read it and kick yourself for not reading sooner? That is how I feel
about this book. I was sucked in from the first pages.

HERO Ezra was a great hero. Not alpha (except in bed- gotta watch those quiet ones) however I adored him. He was so kind and selfless you couldn’t help but crush on him a bit. Injured as a child he was dealing with

Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing


This book was wonderful, I have been not so patiently waiting for this book what seems like forever and I was not disappointed! It was everything I wanted and more. Ezra was absolutely amazing, I knew from previous books in the series that I really wanted him to get a book and when it finally happened I lost it. He was such a sweet hero who worship the ground his girl walked on. Kayla was great as well. The love she had for Ezra was beautiful! The story was sweet and spic
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I truly believe that this was the sweetest and best story of the bunch. Ezra practically melted my heart. He was shy, humble, honest, and true. His self-consciousness, though a liability, endeared him even further to me. As for Kayla, she was such a sweetie. I loved everything about her, such as her family and her heart. I’m a sucker for young love and everything about this book spoke to me. It was super cute and heartwarming and gave me plenty of feels because of their naivete, innocence and ki ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am little bit skeptical when picking up this book. I am bit weary picking up authors that are new to me. Reading the reviews, the story promises a minimum angst/ drama. Very tricky.

When I am done with this book, I do not disappoint at all. Ezra is that perfect book boyfriend you wish to have during your high school. The good guy. The nice guy. And he truly is.

The story is minimum of angst/ drama and yet I enjoy it very much. The length can be shorten for sure, but hey at the end I appreciate
If I didn't like Jamie Schlosser's 'Dropout', I knew however, that Ezra Johnson's story, from the way he was described in the book, was one I wanted already. Sometimes, it feels as though 'Outcast' is the sugary-sweet, feel-good New Adult book that I've always wanted to read. It ticks so many of my boxes after all: protagonists who have eyes only for each other, who journey together in their emotional and sexual development and who pretty much know what they want, despite their insecurities.

Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outcast is the fourth book in Jamie Scholosser’s The Good Guys series, and it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I read it as a standalone and was not missing any of the necessary details – however, I enjoyed it so much I’m desperate to go and read the other books. Dropout in particular, as it tells the story of one of the side characters in this story. I’ll also be grabbing any future books, as I want more stories like this – and I have my fingers crossed certain characters from this o ...more
5 stars audio
2.25 stars story the romance was good the other stuff ,,,,meh, cheesy, eye rolling, too goody goody.
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
Should I read this?
Contemporary selfpub romance is a hit or miss with me. More often than not is a miss because slutshaming, cheating, OM, OW, mysoginia and doormat heroines. Plus I prefer fantasy, paranormal and dystopia. Even historical works better for me than contempo. But the safety gang has given huge thumbs up to this one and it's not frequent that we get virgins protagonists. I'm crossing fingers this one will work for me. Unsafe mysonistic romance seems to outsell safe romance and I wan
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
This was a feel good romance, nothing heavy, no issues, no intensity, just love.

Which is prob why it won’t ever get to 5 star status and why I won’t be reading more by this author.

I dreaded reading it a little, dragged my feet, bc it’s YA. As in —the MCs are in college... not my thing. There r VERY few books of ppl this age that I like to read. I can prob count them on 1 finger, and it was a novella, and the guy was technically NOT college-aged.

Anyway... there was sex, so it’s not clean YA (tha
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Sweet, Emotional & Hot and that cover is just Awesome!

Ezra had my heart right from the begining and I was rooting for him. How he described Kayla the first time he saw her, was beautiful and I started rooting for him.

Kayla's determination to be her own despite not fully knowing who she was or where she came from had me wanting to hug her and high five her. She was a true friend through and through.

When the secret is out and Kayla finds out about Ezra, she does what she has to, to make Ezra see
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
Omg, I can't believe I never reviewed this book. I read it a while ago, during the summer, and absolutely loved it!

It took me a while to remember that Ezra is Jimmy's brother. lol, I was like, cool, a spin-off. And then Jimmy came into the narration and I was like... oooooh.

Anyway, everyone knows I love characters that are a bit weird, quirky and not exactly your usual confident alpha male. You guys also know that I am a sucker for childhood friends to lovers. Well, this book had a bit of both,
Anticipation killed the cat I guess.

At least this old cat felt very disconnected.

However I’m willing to admit it might be a “me not you” problem. 🤷🏽‍♀️
book bruin
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Audiobook Review

Overall 5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 5 stars

This was just the kind of book my heart was needing! Ezra and Kayla's story was cavity inducing sweet as well as emotional and sexy too! Though this is book 4 in the Good Guys series, it can definitely be enjoyed as a stand alone.

I think what I enjoyed most about Outcast is that it's not a traditional romance. There isn't an over the top, seasoned, alpha hero. In fact, it's very much the opposite at its heart. We get to see the strug
♡Meme♡Reads love♡
This book my friends was freaking amazing! I looooooved it. it just kept getting better and better as I read on till I just couldn't stop description

This book has all my young adults to new adult loves. It topped the cake on the last few I have read- I have been on a roll with Ya/Na lately. This had me in my girly feels the love of these two young birds took me back to my hubby and I dating in school Oh that young love. This was so steamy and sweet. I love how this was written the author brou
Mar 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (3/26/2019)! 🎁

My infatuation with Ezra Johnson started how all obsessions begin—with a simple crush. Over the years I silently soaked up every shy smile and random act of kindness, wrestling them away to a secret place in my heart meant for unrequited love.
Because if it wasn’t for the fact that I tutor him once a week, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t even know I exist.
Then I find his sketchbook.
And it changes everything.

There are two certainties in my life
Fly FreeBird
I've really enjoyed all of the books in The Good Guys Series, in fact I've loved all of Jamie Schlosser's books, but Outcast is my favorite. I love it so much that I'm having trouble putting it all into words. First, Jamie writes damn good virgin heroes. First Travis (from TRUCKER) stole my heart, and now Ezra. I loved watching Ezra grow and evolve. I remember thinking of him as a baby alpha, he just needed his girl to help bring it out in him. Kayla was such a fantastic heroine; sweet, kind, lo ...more
Jen Zingaro
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
This book is EVERYTHING. I am not sure I could love a couple more than these two. I have such a soft spot for characters with physical flaws or the ones that don't fit in. I adore high school/college romances and first loves. Ezra.... my god, there isn't a sweeter book boyfriend walking around. He just treasures Kayla. By Chapter 2 or 3, I was already so attached to these two characters that I found myself tearing up. I love the underlying message that exists in this story line about bullying, a ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Seriously? SERIOUSLY?? GAH! That was just so freaking sweet and adorable and just UGH! EVERYTHING!

I loved this story sooooo much. Ezra is my new favorite Good Guy and guys that heroine? Ahhhhh! I want to keep her! She's such a doll - so insanely like- no LOVEABLE.

I'm just going to say it so it's on record along with everyone else:

Jamie, I'm gonna *need* Gavin's book, k?

I went into this one blind. I’d never heard of the author before and didn’t read any reviews. The outline sounded interesting. What a sweet and completely charming book this one turned out to be. I think I had a fond smile on for the entire read.
Kayla is our heroine. While she seems rather confident on the outside, she’s not really. She’s been adopted by a couple, gay men, which is rather unusual in the small town they’ve recently moved to. Her heritage is hard to identify, her skim with colour
Sunniva Dee
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite type of romance is the unexpected, where love isn't straight forward and easy. A book full of billionaires and success and the girl who snags it all, tanned six-pack included, I won't gravitate to without a reason.

I love to read people who are different in this world chockfull of different, more than same. Isn't that how it is?

In Schlosser's "Outcast" I got to be a part of the struggles of a couple who, separately and together, experienced and overcame real issues. I got a gorgeous p
Samantha Larkin
This was good!

I enjoyed the fraternity aspect and understood why the H would want to fit in!

And I loved that it never caused to much drama between the MC’s.

Would happily read it again!
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: solid-3-stars
Enjoyable however too juvenile for my tastes. Every thought, action or inaction was predictable. Also, it's too long. I knocked off a few times. Never a good sign. I'm still going with this series. As a whole, it's very good. Real characters. I like that. I just hope they stay a little older. 🦋 ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: confirmed-safe
OMG! This book! I felt all of their emotions. The love. The pain. The anger. I am seriously invested and I loved every second. Ezra was the sweetest guy ever. Kayla was perfect for him. And I love the double v. That is my fav. These 2 overcame a lot together.
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Jamie Schlosser writes new adult romance, romantic comedy, and fantasy/paranormal romance. When she isn't creating perfect book boyfriends, she's a stay-at-home mom to her two wonderful kids. She believes reading is a great escape, otters are the best animal, and nothing is more satisfying than a happily-ever-after ending.

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