#Review — OUT by Cara Dee ~ A New M/M Contemporary Romance Available Now!
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?
OUT by Cara Dee is about discovering yourself and then living. Putting into action those thoughts and feelings that have always laid dormant, yet constantly nagged you at the surface that there was something more to yourself and your life.
Zach is a twenty-seven-year-old young man who is far more mature than he should be for his age. He’s raised his brother from an early age—on his own—taken on a single-parent role, so his own life has always taken the back seat.
He’s dated one time, seriously, but he ended up better friends-than-lovers with his once then-girlfriend.
When his brother’s best friend, Ty, begins rebelling in horrible ways, Zach decides to reach out to Ty’s uncle, Henry Bennington, in a last-ditch effort for help before it’s too late in the hope of bringing Ty back in the fold.
He knew Henry was gay but he doesn’t know his story or much about why he’s not with Ty and his family.
However, once he meets Henry he is smitten with the older, charismatic bookstore owner and is taken under Henry and his best friend Martin’s amazing guidance in showing him how to come out and live his life as an out and proud gay man.
Henry has trouble believing Zach's true interest, due to their age difference, but it doesn’t change his approach, or attitude, in being incredibly patient, kind, and giving.
In the same respect, Zach understands Henry's hang-ups and because he is loyal, devoted, and knows what and who he wants, he continues to show Henry, in words and actions, that he may be the first man he has been with, but he's also the ONLY man he wants.
They also work out a plan to bring Ty to Henry in LA in the hopes he can get through to him and make a difference before it’s too late.
OUT, has an incredible cast of supporting characters that, without them, this book wouldn’t have been, as funny, meaningful, and captivating. The award for best supporting actor, in my opinion, would be a toss-up between Martin, Henry's best friend, and Mattie, Zach's brother. Both were incredible and brought an extra spark to this story.
The author, also, demonstrates that sometimes it does take a village and even though Zach was on his own—for the most part—except for his grandmother, another wonderful addition to the story, he now has many wonderful people helping him achieve success and reaching potential in whatever direction he chooses.
This was my first time reading Cara Dee but I really enjoyed this story and the characters so much that I want to learn and read more about the other characters in the book that were mentioned. HOW excited to find out...they already have their own book.
OUT is a great, low-angst, story with many life lessons told from Zach's point of view. He brought in everyone from the story lending voice and emotion to each person making it a well-rounded and enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
A bonus...the author has already planned a Christmas novella for Zach and Henry, OUT for the Holidays, and I'm looking forward to reading this follow-up that I'm sure will give great insight to their new life.
Thank you to the author/promoter for gifting my copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
I'm often stoically silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there's so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex. There's a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly. Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve. Additionally, I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect.
Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing.
I'm a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, and geeking. There's time for hockey and cupcakes, too. But mostly, I just love to write.