Title: Outside the Lines
Falling for the drag queen next door
Mitch Dalton can't stop fantasizing about his sexy and confident drag queen neighbor. He wants to make a move, but he's had a lot less experience with men and isn't sure Chi-Chi would be interested in a guy who's never gone all the way—let alone a widower and struggling single father. And when Mitch's child care falls through, he needs Chi-Chi's help more than he needs a boyfriend.
Chi-Chi Ramirez has his own struggles: getting his degree one class at a time, working too many jobs and performing at a nightclub to make his Broadway dreams come true. Mitch's offer of a nanny position is too good to pass up, even if seeing Mitch every day and not being able to touch him is torture. But when even a simple handshake feels like pure sex, soon touching is all either of them can think about.
A one-night stand, a quick fling—that's all Chi-Chi can give if he's going to leave town for New York City. But once they finally get a taste of each other, what if Mitch wants more?
Author: A.R. Barley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Out of Bounds, Against the Rules
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: To Love and Submit , To Love and Trust, To Love and Obey, Out of Bounds
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: October 31, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance
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Attracted to both men and women Halston professor Mitch Dalton finds himself at Ale Mary’s, Halston’s only gay nightclub looking for something. It’s been nearly two years since his wife passed away. Since then his life has been a hasty rush of shuffling kids to and from anything and everything while running late for the next thing on his busy schedule. Even if he finds a man that is interested in his messy life he’s not sure how to go about taking thing further with a man. Before marriage his experience with men never went that far.
Chi-Chi may love to wear make-up and dresses but he is all man, just a very compact sized man. Growing up on the wrong side of town taught him to be cautious of others. Spending his childhood years in an abusive home gave him enough self-preservation to carry on and make the best of what life has handed him. He’s a hard worker and makes the necessary sacrifices to make a better life for himself. Chi-Chi is able to take one class a semester but his dreams are to make it to Broadway.
The attraction between Chi-Chi and Mitch is immediate yet they are both cautious for all the wrong reasons. Chi-Chi knows that most do not understand him and his style. Mitch has never really perused a relationship with a man. When Chi-Chi helps Mitch out with his childcare situation they are left floundering around the knowledge that if their hook-up/fling goes wrong there will be collateral damage with the kids. The fact that both men are in a situation they’ve never been in before adds some tension to an already precarious place.
Outside the Lines easily works as a stand-alone book. The couples from Barley’s past Boundaries books have very small roles here. I have not read the other two books and I never found myself lost or even curious about whom the other guys were. There wasn’t even a hint to whether or not there would a future book or who that couple would be.