Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Audio Release Blitz ~ Out in the Deep & Out in the End Zone by Lane Hayes (Review + Giveaway)

Both Now Available in Audio!

Title: Out in the Deep, Out in College #1  
Author: Lane Hayes  
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Narrated by: Michael Pauley  
Release Date: January 17th, 2019  
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex  
Pairing: Male/Male  
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins  
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, College romance, Water Polo, Coming out

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Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type A control personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team… also known as his nemesis.

Gabe Chadwick has big Olympic dreams. His transfer between Southern California universities has nothing to do with scholastics. The degree is his backup plan. He’s not there to party or make friends. And he certainly isn’t going to announce his sexuality. But he can’t deny there’s something special about the uptight team captain. However, when an unwitting friendship and mutual attraction collide, both will have to decide if this is the real thing or if they’re about to lose it all in the deep.

4.5 Stars!

Out in the Deep is book 1 in the newest series by Lane Hayes, Out in College, and it features two water polo players, enemies to lovers, UST and some very hot sexy times.

When the book starts Gabe and Derek are on opposing teams and Gabe has been the bane of Derek's existence for a long time. The last thing Derek expects is for Gabe to become his newest teammate or that the tension brewing between them will be so explosive. However things start between them, they soon find themselves in a secret relationship since they're both in the closet, but what will happen if someone finds out about them?

I loved Derek and Gabe, they were fun, sweet and relatable and were scorching hot together. While they start out as enemies, it wasn't long until that changed and I adored seeing how well they fit together.

The secondary cast was a great addition to the story, I absolutely loved Evan and can't wait to read his story. While I didn't care for Derek's ex when I first read the book, she grated on my nerves this second time around and even if I still applaud Lane's decision not to demonize her, I can't say I was all that happy that Derek apologized to her after what she did.

Michael Pauley's narration was enjoyable, for the most part. There were some instances, like the sex scenes, in which the pace felt almost... frantic, maybe? It was too fast and it pulled me from the moment. Still, Mr. Pauley's voice is quite pleasant, so even with that, this is a great choice for an audiobook.

Ms. Hayes has this knack for writing characters that I can fall in love with and this book wasn't an exception. It was well-written and had a perfect balance of sweetness, romance, hotness and angst. Definitely an audiobook you don't want to miss out on!


Title: Out in the End Zone, Out in College #2 Author: Lane Hayes  
Publisher: Lane Hayes  
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Release Date: January 23rd, 2019
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex  
Pairing: Male/Male  
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins  
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, College romance, Football, Coming out



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 agreeing to play fake boyfriends for someone else’s senior project.

Mitch Peterson knows that being his authentic self is the path to true happiness. He’s grown from a shy, quiet kid from a broken home to an out and proud budding internet sensation bound for grad school. An awesome senior project is the key. It’s unlikely anyone will believe the hunky, straight athlete is Mitch’s new lover, but it’s worth a shot. However, as their tentative friendship blossoms into unexpected attraction, the lines between reality and fiction blur for both men. Evan is forced to face old demons and decide if he has the courage to take the next step and come out in the end zone.

5 Stars!

Out in the End Zone is book 2 in the Out in College series by Lane Hayes and while it can be read as a standalone, you'll be missing out if you don't read or listen to book 1 first. Not only was Out in the Deep fantastic, but Derek and Gabe have cameos in this new book and we met Evan there as Derek's roommate.

I loved Evan since I met him in book one. He seemed so easygoing and laidback, a go-with-the-flow kind of guy, and yes, he was that, but he's so much more than that, too. He'd gone through loss and resolved to bury a part of himself because of it, but once faced with the possibility of having something with Mitch, he simply can't stop it from happening and is mostly all in, only, he wasn't quite out. He figured his parents suspected, but no one else did and it wasn't easy for him to make a decision after what happened to him during senior year in high school. While closeted characters usually frustrate me, Evan was young and really, it's not that he's not willing to come out, he just hasn't found his reason to do it.

And then we have Mitch, who I liked a lot. He was understandably wary at times, waiting for the other shoe to drop considering Evan wasn't out and that was a tad annoying, but he seemed like a sweet, snarky, fun guy. The chemistry between Evan and Mitch was out of this world and it was great to see them progress from sort-of-fake-boyfriends into real boyfriends.

I loved catching up with Derek and Gabe and I'm very intrigued about Christian, Evan's team's captain, whose book we're getting next. I only wish we'd seen more of Mitch's grandma, who was wonderful!

Michael Pauley did a fantastic job with this audiobook! The pacing, the emotion, the way he brought Evan and Mitch to life somehow made this book even better, which was a feat considering it was already awesome.

All in all, Out in the End Zone was amazing in both e-book and audiobook, but if you have the chance, don't miss out on Mr. Pauley's narration, it was outstanding!

  Meet the Author

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won First Prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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Meet the Narrator

Michael has well over 50 audio book titles currently available for purchase on He is versed in multiple styles and genres including fiction (novels and short stories) ranging from romance to science fiction to crime dramas to thrillers; business strategy books; health and wellness books; and even an occasional children's book. Fans of Michael's narration are welcome to follow him on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud. If you are interested in working with Michael to produce your next audio book, you can contact him directly at


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