Out in the Deep End by Lane Hayes
LGBTQ Contemporary Romance
Adam loves playing water polo and his college’s LGBT friendly team has always brought him happiness. With an open and friendly personality, Adam gets along with everyone he meets — except his new teammate Zev. A freshman on the water polo team, Zev seems to always be glaring or avoiding Adam and he just can’t understand why. Stuck as roommates during an out of town tournament, Adam hopes he can just avoid interacting with Zev. But when a surprise kiss turns Adam inside out he wonders if he really knows Zev at all.
This was really short but I loved every second of it! The writing immediately grabbed my attention and it felt so detailed and full despite the low page count. Though it’s only written from Adam’s POV, I really enjoyed his voice and his personality shined through. He’s clearly a charming guy and I loved his fun and easy going demeanor. He was also really sweet with Zev, even as his heart was getting bruised. Adam assumed Zev was straight so he’s in for some surprises and I loved how sweet and supportive Adam was when it came to reassuring Zev whenever he needed it. The emotions and Zev’s decision to be true to himself develop quickly but I didn’t mind it because I just loved the story so much!
4 out of 5 stars
Tags: Athlete | College | Enemy Lovers | In the Closet
My water polo team is the most LGBT friendly team on campus. Literally half the team is queer and it’s ok, you can be jealous. One of the reasons I was hella excited to come here, ha! But I don’t care about the rest of the team right now, because all I can think about is this new freshman with the mad skills. Zev.
He has this gorgeous lob shot and makes our intense practices seem effortless. I swear if I hadn’t just played an entire game, I would have gotten hard at the backhanded skip shot he scored last week. Seriously. It was amazing. And why does Zev have to be just as stunning out of the water? He’s all dark hair and heavy brows and these hazel eyes that make me stutter like a fool.
I don’t know why he’s warmed up to everyone on the team but me. I’m the main driver, and he’s a leftie, so we should clearly work together… I mean, aside from the fact I want into his pants.
This is California, and it’s college— it’s pretty much the definition of fun. So what happens when we’re assigned roommates for the three-day tournament in Long Beach?
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love is an Open Road” event.
Published by M/M Romance Group on June 21, 2015
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