Sunday, October 22, 2017

ARC Review: Out by Cara Dee

“I guess I always figured coming out was something you did for friends and family, and maybe it is, but it’s personal too, you know? The person I was last night is new. I wanna get to know him.”

I had two things on my list when I arrived in Los Angeles. One, track down Henry Bennington, the uncle and guardian of my little brother’s best friend, and tell him to get his ass back to Washington. He needed to do something about his nephew, who was turning into a douchebag. And two, figure out just how non-straight I was. For the past two years, I’d had all these fantasies, and now was the time to explore them, far away from my sleepy little town.

Nowhere on this list did it say, “Get Ty’s uncle into bed and fall for him.” I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with another city either. But between brunch, making new friends, and discovering the man I was meant to be, I lost sight of the future that had once seemed pretty damn vivid. How the hell was I supposed to merge my old life and who I used to be with the new dreams Los Angeles and Henry had awakened in me?
Todd's rating:


Not being the biggest fan of romances with major age gaps (Ty was 27 and Henry was 46), my biggest fear before reading this book was the dreaded "D" word.

No, not "dick!" Buncha dirty-minded ho's, I'm telling you. :- P

I'm referring to "Daddy", which was blessedly avoided in this story. Well, aside from once, when Zach's 17 y.o. brother used it teasingly on his older brother/parental figure.

After his mother's suicide, Zach had to grow up quickly, taking care of his little brother for the last 9 years, so other than his lack of experience with "the gay", his maturity played well against Henry's more experienced approach to life. They both knew how to be serious, but also how to have fun.

One thing that did strike me as odd, though, was how Henry and his best friend, Martin, were *always* using the terms Dear and Honey , like they were 80 year old pensioners. It felt off, with even the Zach's 70+ y.o. Gran sounder younger, at times.

Speaking of Martin... LOVED HER! He was one snarky bitch with a heart of gold. And the thing with the ex and the grand theft auto. Hilarious. Zach's brother, Mattie, was also an especially fun character. Plus, the "catnapping" scene. I have no words. I was truly dying.

This was a pretty racy story, with an edge of kink, which isn't my thing (at all), but it never got to the point where I was squirming in my seat, so it was fine. No nipple clips or paddles, praise Jesus! : )

But there were a couple of minor things that kept this from being a 5-star read for me.

First, fifty percent of the premise of the story was Henry reconnecting with his estranged nephew, but his on-page time with Ty was extremely limited.

Plus, as the story was only told from Zach's POV, we were only briefly *told* about Henry's outings with Ty, then voila! There is a break through, Ty breaks down and, other than a few slip ups, all is right with their relationship. I would have loved to have actually *seen* them working through their issues vs. hearing sparse details second-hand.

Then second, there were so very many characters in this story with ties to Camassia, yet, not once was the link made that *both* MC's had major connections to the town, which felt like such a waste to me. I thought that was a bit of a missed opportunity to more deeply weave these two new MC's into the existing series.

The story and its accompanying HEA end on a pretty abrupt note; however, we were told that there would be an 80-page, follow-up novella, "Out for the Holidays", to be released in December, which I'm chomping at the bit to read.

Overall, I'd rate the book at a very solid and moving 4.25 stars, and I can't wait to see where the Camassia series will go next.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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