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Outside Looking In

(Browerton University #6)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Trust fund kid Nathan learned years ago that he’s patently unlovable. He dulls his loneliness with casual sex, acid wit, and lots of booze. That way, no one else can abandon him like his mother, or ignore him like his father. Fresh out of yet another stint at rehab, Nathan stumbles onto a clue that leads him to his late mother’s whereabouts. His search takes him halfway ar ...more
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published March 11th 2019 by Truman Books
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☆ Todd
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

Ah, New Zealand, the land where half-naked farmers followed you through dark fields at night.

This was a really fun story about how your parents (and their parents, even) can fuck you up, and how other family can go a long way toward helping to repair that damage.

After being abandoned at birth by his mother, then being ignored by an angry father his entire life, 22 y.o. Nathan found himself in a continual downward spiral, using casual sex and alcohol to dampen the pain.

But after a stint i
True Loveislovereview
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2019
What if your birthdate is not really your birthdate.

Nathan is certain he is unlovable. Abandoned by his mother, a father always traveling, he feels neglected and unloved. Drinking way too much and one night stands, dulls his mind.

He travels to the other side of the world to find out why his mother left him at the doorstep with his father. He wants to find her and her family.
He ends up working at a family sheep farm with the handsome owner Liam.

Nathan is a liar. The lies are rolling out of his mo
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, m-m

An utter piss of a story which relies too much on formula and doesn’t deliver a penny on relatability. There’s addiction, sexual awakening, transatlantic love affair, emotional trauma of a loss and all it was boiled down to was sentences! All of it was just formulaic sentences delivering a story thinking that the reader will Ooo and Ahhh over it but nah! How the fuck is a laptop open from the night before on a table? How the fuck do you boil down addiction to a ploy to use for your conven
Joyfully Jay
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

Outside Looking In is part of the Browerton University series, but I’d say this was a tangential connection at best. I’ve never read the other books in the series and I had no problem following the story here. The writing is decent and the book has a fairly strong pace that gave it a natural flow, which I appreciated. There’s also a fairly strong secondary cast. Mark, Liam’s elder brother, feels fully formed and I enjoyed the interplay between him, Liam, and Nate.
Ella Stainton
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gobbled up all the Browerton U books over the holidays and snapped this one up as soon as I got the message that it was released! I was HOPING for a redemption for book for delightfully horrible Nathan, and I was not disappointed.

Of course Nathan had reasons for his behavior and I was heard over heels for him before I finished the second chapter. Once he got on the plane to New Zealand, I was prepared for whatever adventure he took me on. Even if it was full of sheep poo and the world's worst
Elsa Bravante
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Un Kindle Unlimited muy entretenido con sus dosis de momentos sexys y angst. Quizás no muy creíble, pero... está bien para pasar el rato. Sin embargo, para mí de esta serie el primero sigue siendo el mejor. Oye, al menos la historia tiene sus puntos originales con la granja de ovejas...
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely wonderful book! This was such a pleasant and unexpected surprise.
When I read that blurb, I thought I might like it, but I had no idea how much I would end loving those guys and their story.
Nathan is a brat. He`s an alcoholic, a cheater a lier and he is completely unlovable (not only to himself and everyone around but he really was that way to me as well way into the story).
When he finds out, who his mother was (he was dumped at his fathers' doorsteps days after his birth), he travels
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Welcome to being a sheep farmer’

Author A.J. Truman relives his university days – enhanced - in his series Browerton University of which OUTSIDE LOOKING IN is Book 6. AJ writes with a lilting humor and sensitivity and yet is able to create very fine erotica in this book about coming out gay.

For those who have followed this series from the successful initial volume OUT IN THE OPEN, this extension of Truman’s ideas will definitely satisfy. Nathan is typical of the characters in this series, and we
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it but it did not stay with me - 3*

I read this a fortnight ago and much of it has already fled my memory. I can not forget how much I hate that cover. And after reading the book I still hated it. in now way did it make me think of Liam. Still I had read some of the other Browerton books so decided to ignore the ugliness and forge ahead. In the end I could not see how this connected to the other books. I am guessing Nathan was a side character that I have forgotten. But the upside of th
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

3.75 Stars

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Nathan at first, well, that’s a lie. I thought he was a privileged and spoiled twat, but as I got to know him and see the real him underneath all that sarcasm, I felt bad for his situation. He felt unwanted and unlovable and my heart went out to him.

As for Liam, he was a likable guy and I loved watching him
explore his sexuality and discover that side of himself. I also absolutely adored the relationship he had with his brother, Mark, as well as his n
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is honestly one of the best books I've read in months. It reminded me of one of my most loved childhood movies - While You Were Sleeping - but obviously gay and 10x more interesting.

A troubled young adult who feels he doesn't belong anywhere or to anyone finds his place in the world and people to call family. While it may be a story we've heard before, it's unique in it's telling - it includes understandable deception, an imperfect MC, and a host of complicated characters and situations.

Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr
Well, I was a bit scared going into this one. Mostly because Nathan was such a dick in the previous book. Really such a dick. Poor Rafe.
Anyway, this book was a splendid redemption story for him. I can now proudly say that I'm on team Nathan.
The religion packed into this story. I was not expecting that. And as some of you know, religion is kind of a sore subject for me.
I finished it though. And I didn't dislike it. So that's that.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Improbable But Delightful

This is as off-the-wall as you're likely to get, but it works on virtually every level. Nathan is a young, trust fund alcoholic and mild drug addict who has very real issues with his family life in England (absent parents for the most part) and, of course, lack of love life.

What bothers him most is the fact that he knows nothing of his birth mother, and this sets him on a mission which leads him to New Zealand, of all places, where the first person he encounters is Liam
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an engrossing story that I read in one sitting, unable to put it down for more than a few minutes at a time. Nathan started out cold and unlikable, but we quickly learned what had led him to this point. His trip to New Zealand in search of family members who might actually want him was heartbreaking, especially when he was unable to admit his real reason for being there. As Nathan's lies piled up, he did get to know the family he desperately wanted to belong to, and he began to fall in ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Terrific read!! Finding yourself, learning to love and finding your home creates a wondrous journey for these MC's Both men have baggage and have experience loss and pain in their lives. I loved the banter and humor of this story. The supporting characters were amazing.

The writing was good and the story-line caught my eye and kept me engaged. The characters were well crafted and were multi-dimensional. The journey of growth and love lead us to an amazing ending where the true characters of the
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finding family

This is the first book of the series that I've read (yeah, I started at the last book). I'm going to have to read the rest of the series.
I really enjoyed the story. At first, I was not a fan of Nathan (he's so well written that I really thought he had very few redeeming quailities). But as his quest to find his birth mum landed him in NZ, on a farm where he had to fake his way into being a farm hand, I grew to love his smart tongue and how much he grew to be a better person. As for
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first A.J. Truman read but it definitely won't be my last. I really enjoyed Nathan and Liam's story. More than the steam factor, this story struck home a bit because many people in life don't feel like they belong. They are ridiculed and bullied for being different. Nathan may have had the silver spoon life, but his red hair always made him different than everyone else. When he finally finds out the reason why, he spirals out of control until he makes a discovery that could change hi ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Outside Looking In by A.J. Truman is book six in Browerton University series but can be read as a standalone. This is Nathan Hargrove and Liam Foster’s story.

I loved the way Nathan and Liam met. They are opposites who are perfect for each other but have trouble trusting others. This steamy read will have you laughing and crying. I loved that I could feel the characters’ emotions. I couldn’t put it down and really enjoyed Nathan and Liam’s characters. The supporting characters added so much to t
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
This one's really not bad.
The first third of the book I spent being amused at what a horrible human being Nathan is. He continued to be a total wreck for most of the book too, with a really slow redemption arc. It was entertaining enough, but then the last third of the story really stalled. I got bored and started skipping.
Luckily the drama at the end was short and the predictable HEA made an emotional showing soon enough.
Hot farmers

Nathan hasn’t had the best of starts in life being led to believe that his mother had passed away only to find out at 16 she had just left him on his fathers door step.
With a blow like that one can’t help but rebel. With stint after stint in rehab Nathan decides enough is enough and go’s to track down his long lost mother and hopefully get himself a new family.
What Nathan doesn’t expect to find is hot farmer and an adorable pregnant sheep.
Despite the fact Nathan lies from start to
Michael T.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good Story

This was an interesting story from beginning to end with emotional twists and turns, finally ending with a joyful conclusion. The fact that Nathan was able to turn his life around and find true love was the icing on the cake. The reason for making my review only 4 stars is due to the grammatical errors that popped up periodically in the book.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3,5 🌟🌟🌟⭐
I really liked the story plot. Even if it's hard to believe that someone would give a job to a stranger winding up on your property in the middle of the night dragging a suitcase along. It's a bit of a fairytale.
I'm sorry to say, but I didn't like most of the hot scenes. They felt rather constructed and reminded me of a script from a porn.
Penny Paetz
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent group of stories

Just finished this last book in the series of Browerton University stories and I think they started out as a great read in book one and just kept getting better and better right up to book six. Enjoyed them all, immensely, and thanks for many hours of wonderful entertainment.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Liam and Nathan and am adding all authors other books to my to read shelf. I also love Mark and the kids and how excepting they are. Redheads/finding family/finding love / trouble makers/ hot sheep farmer/ redemption this book has it all.

I received a copy of this book for honest review.
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A.J. Truman remembers his college days like it was yesterday, even though it was definitely not yesterday. He writes books with humor, heart, and hot guys. What else does a story need? He loves spending time with his pets and his partner and writing on his sun porch. You can find him on Facebook or email him at info [at] ajtruman [dot] com

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