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Out in the End Zone

(Out in College #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,379 ratings  ·  179 reviews
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 a ...more
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Published October 7th 2018 by Lane Hayes
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Warning! Review of a Tired! Cranky! Slumping reader!

Oh boy! I love Lane’s writing. She is one of those authors who have perfected the single POV, well crafted mm- romance writing. So what the hell is up with these MM-N/A books?

Ugh! Me is cracky! Me is again disappointed! Me is taking a break from these types of books.


I'm so sick of that same old story, that shit, it makes me cracky
I'm so sick of that same old story, my brain’s had enough
Oh, (that same old story)

It goes like this!

Boy 1 meet
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

When Mitch asks Evan to be his "faux boyfriend" for a social media class project, Evan readily agrees. Evan is a good guy, but not that good. He has ulterior motives, namely: get to know Mitch better, MUCH better.

Evan is a tight end (this is American football speak, not sexual innuendo, although his ass is tight indeed). Mitch is a cheerleader. Both are seniors in college. Mitch just broke up with a closeted bi guy, so he's reluctant to date another one. But Evan is different, or so he say
☆ Todd
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it

This story was fine, but was a bit like cotton candy in that it tasted good in my mouth while reading, but I really don't see me remembering much about it in a couple of days. : (

Very cute, but nothing utterly memorable to set it apart from a hundred other fluffy books I've read and already forgotten.

3.25 stars.


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Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
I ended up liking this more than I thought I would.

After the first few chapters, I was afraid the characters were going to read as too immature for me.

But I thought Mitch and Evan were cute and sweet together.

Overall this one ended up being a nice easy, low angst read with some good steam.

Lane Hayes wins again.
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*A Cute Read*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

I didn't read book one as it didn't seem all that interesting, however, this one did. Fake boyfriends? Count me in! The book centers around football player Evan ‘Ev’ di Angelo (23) and the out and proud cheerleader Mitch Peterson (23). Mitch has a project where he'll fake a relationship on YouTube in order to see if people think they're real or not, and Evan is perfect for the fake boyfriend part. As time goes, they become not so fake boyfriends... Overall, it was a
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review tomorrow when I'm at the laptop.

Weeee, this was a delight. It overlaps with book one in the series but can still be read as a standalone. I loved Evan and Mitch. Evan was like a giant puppy, eager but naive and sensitive and, once his past was revealed, it made perfect sense.

Mitch was just a great character, he's out and proud and happily living his life without complications, but he's also vulnerable, apart from his grandmother, he's never been put first as a priority, both his parents e
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, oct-18

Out in the End Zone by Lane Hayes is the second book in the Out in College series. When we first met Evan we in the last book we knew that he was working on a project with Mitch and spending time with him and we now get to find out what they've been up to. I won't tell you though- you have to read the book and find out. ;)

Alright, let's get down to likes and what I felt was missing.

What I liked:

-LH's smooth writing. Her stories have a steady pace that makes her stories easy and never du
4+++ Stars
I loved this book, in fact I think it was even better than the first book. (All joking aside, the first book in the series has one of the best covers of the year....I mean DAAAYYYMMMMNNN)

I think bisexuality is one of the most difficult areas of sexuality to write and read about. (Not to mention live in the real world). Sometime it’s portrayed as a simple choice and other times it comes off as selfish, I think Ms. Hayes got it so right here. I think finding a life partner is difficult f
Eva ☆
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The second book in this series follows Evan and Mitch.
I didn't like this story as much as the first book but it continued to be super cute.

Mitch wants to do a social experiment on a youtube channel and prove how on the internet it is super easy to trick someone just to have followers, basically they will make videos saying they are boyfriends and talking about their "relationship" and let the viewers decide if the relationship is true or false ... Evan never told anyone that he also has an inter
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc, sports-romance, 2018
3.5-3.75 stars.

This is one of those cases that has to do with me and not the book. I loved how it started but I felt like I started to get bored during the second half and then I lost interest. But I'm glad I stuck through it till the end. Lane is an amazing author but this wasn't my favorite of hers.

An arc was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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One part sports romance, one part college romance and a splash of fake relationship on the side.

Right from the start there was a weird dynamic between the MCs. They were supposed to be having a fake relatioship but almost off the batt everything became a lot more complicated than that and they had a fake relationship in public and a real one in private. The plot kept my interest and the side characters were well-crafted.

Evan and Mitch, their personalities, their interactions kind of reminded me
This was a fun and enjoyable second installment in this series that held up with the first one. Evan agrees to do a project with Mitch - who shows up in the first book as Chelsea's best friend - and over the next few months while Derek and Gabe were having their secret relationship, so were Evan and Mitch, basically.

This is one of Haye's book which I wish at times we had gotten Mitch's POV, although I didn't crave it throughout the whole book, so that was a plus. But near the end and such, I wo
I really liked these guys. Evan was sweet and real and this could have been made angsty and I'm so glad that it did not. Mitch was a definite favorite! He was funny and I enjoyed his and Evan's talks and the time they spent together. I was glad that (view spoiler) so I liked this, it was pretty quick, yummy, sweet ...more
Fun, but not as good as the first.....

The second in Hayes "Out in College" series, it can be read as a standalone since the events here parallel the timeline in the first book (although if you read this one first, it spoils the "secret" project Evan has been working on.)

I liked it well enough, but there were things on it that kept stopping the flow of the story and my enjoyment of it:
1. The premise. I won't spoil it, but it is a weird setup/proposition. It also has no conclusion and this secret

Michael Pauley continues narrating the Out in College series with distinct, easy to follow character voices, good pacing and timing, and I really like the way he infuses emotion into the text.

This is a New Adult series focusing on early twenties college students recognizing and coming to grips with their sexuality while falling in love. In this installment be prepared for some angst, including a break up, and some outside influence into the relationship.

While I really like Lane Hayes writing s

We first met Evan, Mitch, and many of the characters in this story in book 1 (Out in the Deep), so although it’s not entirely necessary to have read/listened to that first, I think it’s a good idea to get some background on these characters and the timeline as the two stories run concurrently.

I like how Lane Hayes creates her various series with a group of characters and in each subsequent story we find out more about one or two of them. In this series, one or both of the main characters are
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to see I was right and this was Evan’s story! It was so good. This one tugged at me hard, though. The chemistry they had was off the charts, but so many things had happened. I loved Evan from the first book and to see what makes him tick, and what had made him who he is…….yeah. wow.

To see Evan in everyday life, he's just a fun loving goof. Most everyone thinks he's straight, and although he's never said it out loud, he's far from it. He buried that side of himself. And when you fi
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, m-m
Good stuff! I didn't love it as much as the first one but so far I have no complaints about this series.

On to the next one!
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I seek out action, other times heartbreak, and then there’s the days I want schmoopy- sweet and swoony romance that’s real enough to make an impact but not laden with angst that leaves me clutching my chest or in tears. That’s precisely where Out in the End Zone falls. The second release from Miss Hayes’s Out in College series, this standalone features a collegiate football player and a cheerleader. For those who did read the first of the series, it’s secondary characters Mitch and Eva ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Would have been better if it weren’t so similar to the first book in the series, down to the over zealous girl. I liked the football setting better than water polo.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now see this right here is what I'm talking about. I love, loved, loved Evan and Mitch. Super sexy and low on angst. Evan has his issues but deep down he is a man who knows what he wants and that's Mitch. What started out as a project quickly became reality and both men knew they wanted each other. I didn't love the first book in this series but this one I went bananas for. Just a hot, sexy story of two guys falling in love and the HEA was just wonderful. ...more
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Ahhh, Evan and Mitch, now this was an interesting match-up. The football player and the cheerleader is something we all knew about growing up right?!? Well, Lane Hayes takes that and gives us one heck of an MM Romance with a star football player and a male cheerleader.

Mitch is out and proud and I loved that about him. His happiness was infectious and I
Out in the End Zone is a delightful little take on the friends-to-lovers/fake boyfriend trope. I really liked Evan and Mitch, they are sooo cute together. I enjoyed their banter and seeing their feelings grow as the story progressed. Evan is all-in when it comes to helping Mitch with his senior project, even if he’s not quite ready to go all-in when it comes to being "out". I liked Evan's journey, and learning why he was hesitant, even as he was falling for Mitch, to really let himself be fully ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is shaping up to be very fun and sexy and just plain swoony. I might be a bit disappointed that Derek and Gabe didn't show up much, but Evan and Mitch definitely hold up the story by their own. Mitch is out and proud yell leader, which totally make me think of JVN when he was younger. Evan is a jock and probably bi, but he was seriously crushing hard on Mitch. What I like about straight guy Derek and Evan is that when they are interested in someone, they went all out instead of cower ...more
4.25 / 5 Stars

I'm a sucker for the fake-boyfriend trope and the feel-good read hit the mark.

The characters are the complete opposite but nobody acts like a brat or nasty. They just are nice guys in different ways. And just like that, they also deal with things differently. Either way, they are sweet, likeable and have chemistry which develops thanks to their agreement of being fake boyfriends.

The plot flows nicely, nothing too angsty or too amazing, more like an everyday story with bad days and
Barb ~rede-2-read~
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Out in the End Zone takes place concurrently with the first book in the series, Out in the Deep End and explains where Evan’s been going while Gage has been hanging out with Derek at their house.

Evan is Derek’s roommate, a happy-go-lucky football player with a good family background. He’s fulfilling his dreams of playing football at a small SoCal college because a deadly accident fo
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, made-me-cry
sweet, short, adorable. it was supposed to be low angst but damn i'm a cry baby. ...more
Joyfully Jay
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Out in the End Zone follows Out in the Deep in Hayes’ Out in College series. While the timelines of the two books cross over each other, Evan and Mitch’s story could stand alone, though Derek and Gabe from the first book do make an appearance here.

I could see this book having appeal for a lot of readers, but it didn’t fully work for me and perhaps this author’s style isn’t the best match for me. Hayes uses a lot of clichés in her writing, I find the dialogue tired
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book takes place at the same time Derek and Gabe are figuring out there relationship in the first book Out in the Deep. In this, Evan, a laid-back football player is at a party when he sees his friend Mitch. While they have a passing acquaintance, Evan gets tongue tied and he feels an attraction to Mitch. And of course, when Mitch asks for help with his final project, Evan jumps at the chance to spend more time with him. As the story goes on, you realize Evan has secrets from his past that ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was sure I had left a review for this one along with tons of other i just noticed missing - strange this GR iPhone app???

I am really enjoying this series and wish injad my original review because I do remember enjoying this book even more than the first, there were some moments in this books that just I just swooned for. Cannot wait for the next one
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Lane Hayes loves a good romance! She’s the bestselling author of the Out in College, Starting From, Better Than, A Kind Of, Right and Wrong, and Leaning Into Series! Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). All things she can find in sunny SoCal where she lives with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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Out in College (8 books)
  • Out in the Deep (Out in College, #1)
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