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The plan was simple: Play the Game. Get the glory. Stay in the closet. But the plan didn't include my childhood crush walking back into my life. First, he wrecked my concentration. Then my body. For college jock Cliff, crushing it on the court is all that matters. Yet his tightly maintained status quo begins to unravel when he discovers Brennan, his brother’s smooth-talking The plan was simple: Play the Game. Get the glory. Stay in the closet. But the plan didn't include my childhood crush walking back into my life. First, he wrecked my concentration. Then my body. For college jock Cliff, crushing it on the court is all that matters. Yet his tightly maintained status quo begins to unravel when he discovers Brennan, his brother’s smooth-talking best friend, is also on campus. Brennan's last minute transfer to Browerton was an escape from a relationship that left his heart in shambles. When he offers to help Cliff with a class project, lessons in sketching give way to sizzling sexual tension - and some fun with neckties. But as Cliff’s star rises on campus, their relationship becomes less of a release and more of a liability to his NBA aspirations. Brennan fears his heart is bound to be broken again, while Cliff grapples with a decision that’ll come down to the buzzer: the game or the guy?


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The plan was simple: Play the Game. Get the glory. Stay in the closet. But the plan didn't include my childhood crush walking back into my life. First, he wrecked my concentration. Then my body. For college jock Cliff, crushing it on the court is all that matters. Yet his tightly maintained status quo begins to unravel when he discovers Brennan, his brother’s smooth-talking The plan was simple: Play the Game. Get the glory. Stay in the closet. But the plan didn't include my childhood crush walking back into my life. First, he wrecked my concentration. Then my body. For college jock Cliff, crushing it on the court is all that matters. Yet his tightly maintained status quo begins to unravel when he discovers Brennan, his brother’s smooth-talking best friend, is also on campus. Brennan's last minute transfer to Browerton was an escape from a relationship that left his heart in shambles. When he offers to help Cliff with a class project, lessons in sketching give way to sizzling sexual tension - and some fun with neckties. But as Cliff’s star rises on campus, their relationship becomes less of a release and more of a liability to his NBA aspirations. Brennan fears his heart is bound to be broken again, while Cliff grapples with a decision that’ll come down to the buzzer: the game or the guy?

30 review for Out of Bounds

  1. 4 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    Cliff is going to be a College student and hopefully Browerton basketball star. That’s the plan. His brother Cliff is two years ahead and talks to him about the girls. Oh, there’s another thing on his list... stay in the closet. He’s a bit shocked when his brother's best friend Brennan arrives back in town. His plan to stay in the closet becomes more difficult. Brennan returns to town and Browerton after a broken relationship. Art is his passion and he’s surprised when he understands Cliff is also into Cliff is going to be a College student and hopefully Browerton basketball star. That’s the plan. His brother Cliff is two years ahead and talks to him about the girls. Oh, there’s another thing on his list... stay in the closet. He’s a bit shocked when his brother's best friend Brennan arrives back in town. His plan to stay in the closet becomes more difficult. Brennan returns to town and Browerton after a broken relationship. Art is his passion and he’s surprised when he understands Cliff is also into art. Helping him with a project is natural. Brennan can’t take his eyes of Cliff, with his six-pack. Oh my goodness, the first time Brennan comes to Cliff, it was hot AF, jeezzz. They see each other more and more, and it’s getting steamier with the day. Cliff’s basketball career is doing great, from being the invisible guy, he’s seen now, also by all the girls. He has to make decisions. And in his fear, he made some wrong ones. It was a captivatingly written story, with quite engaging characters, I loved them, Brennan even a bit more. I missed the bits where Brennan openly talked about the reason he left his ex. The story was well-plotted, emotional at times, also with some steamy encounters. The art parts were a wonderful addition, I loved it all. Overall a recommendation worthy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy B.

    Solid college romance This is the only book I’ve read in the series, but I didn’t have any issues keeping up. Former MCs from earlier books made two appearance but since this one is set several years after the first books, this read like a standalone. It’s a solid college romance, hitting all the typical college beats- closeted guy meets a guy, falls for him, and then has to decide whether or not to come out. There’s a breakup, a catalyst for the coming out, and then a big public gesture. This stor Solid college romance This is the only book I’ve read in the series, but I didn’t have any issues keeping up. Former MCs from earlier books made two appearance but since this one is set several years after the first books, this read like a standalone. It’s a solid college romance, hitting all the typical college beats- closeted guy meets a guy, falls for him, and then has to decide whether or not to come out. There’s a breakup, a catalyst for the coming out, and then a big public gesture. This story hit all those beats, but it was juuuuust different enough to stay interesting. I find I’m not so interested in college/NA stories anymore, mostly because the characters are just so young.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Lynn

    Hard to Finish *possible spoilers ahead* I found this book hard to finish. You’re introduced to a ton of characters but not all the characters you’re introduced to are needed or make an effect on the story. For instance, the couple from the restaurant that Cliff and Brennan meet that later takes them to trivia. While at trivia, one of the guys exchanges numbers with Cliff and says to reach out if he has any questions or wants to talk about coming out. Because at this point, Cliff isn’t out yet. AJ Hard to Finish *possible spoilers ahead* I found this book hard to finish. You’re introduced to a ton of characters but not all the characters you’re introduced to are needed or make an effect on the story. For instance, the couple from the restaurant that Cliff and Brennan meet that later takes them to trivia. While at trivia, one of the guys exchanges numbers with Cliff and says to reach out if he has any questions or wants to talk about coming out. Because at this point, Cliff isn’t out yet. AJ builds so much up around the pressures of coming out and being the first gay NBA player but Cliff isn’t in the NBA. He’s in his first year of university and Cliff coming out didn’t end up being the big drama you expect. AJ had the potential to really go far with this plot. He had serious opportunities between the potential for some family drama, the annoying pastor who is homophobic, the team,etc. They really build up this narrative of how hard it is to come out and how terrified Cliff is but then brushes it off as if it isn’t really that big of a deal. There’s two times that AJ references the moment Cliff knew he was gay and could have led that with a good flashback to the moment. I’m giving this two stars because the plot idea was good but the story feels so incomplete and let down.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    5 Stars This book was exceptional, and A.J. Truman is a new favorite author of mine. This is the first book I have read by him. I look forward to reading more. The attraction that sparks between Cliff and Brennan is practically combustible.  When Cliff takes an art class he finds himself struggling, and Brennan finds himself offering to help tutor him. Boy, do things heat up between them—neckties and t-shirts may be involved.   The storyline was well developed. I was blown away with everything abou 5 Stars This book was exceptional, and A.J. Truman is a new favorite author of mine. This is the first book I have read by him. I look forward to reading more. The attraction that sparks between Cliff and Brennan is practically combustible.  When Cliff takes an art class he finds himself struggling, and Brennan finds himself offering to help tutor him. Boy, do things heat up between them—neckties and t-shirts may be involved.   The storyline was well developed. I was blown away with everything about the book.  The one thing that stood out was the closeness that was between Cliff and Brennan throughout the book. The one thing that made me upset was how Brennan was treated in a previous relationship. I was glad he finally found someone who would treat him the way he deserved. ***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rasimova

    It was a nice romance, even though not my favourite trope. The book was pretty short, but I felt for Cliff. The author showed the struggles with coming out very good. But the intimate part of their relationship was not developed as well. Maybe it’s girly of me, but what is it with this author and kissing. This is the second book I read by him and both of them have hot-stuff starting with the blow-jobs rather than kissing. I understand that kissing might be very intimate, but if they’re attracted It was a nice romance, even though not my favourite trope. The book was pretty short, but I felt for Cliff. The author showed the struggles with coming out very good. But the intimate part of their relationship was not developed as well. Maybe it’s girly of me, but what is it with this author and kissing. This is the second book I read by him and both of them have hot-stuff starting with the blow-jobs rather than kissing. I understand that kissing might be very intimate, but if they’re attracted to each other, it’s kinda more natural to start with kissing. It’s not like it was a business arrangement between them. And their sweat-kink grossed me out a bit.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This story brought nothing new to either the closeted athlete or the banging my brother's best friend tropes, it was littered with typos and repetitive phrasing, and I was just not into the smells/musk fetish. This story brought nothing new to either the closeted athlete or the banging my brother's best friend tropes, it was littered with typos and repetitive phrasing, and I was just not into the smells/musk fetish.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    This is a great book that I did not want to put down. The chemistry between Cliff and Brennan was easily felt and had me wanting to know what was going to happen next. There is plenty to enjoy within the pages of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaila

    very good... fun story... amazing writing.. good characters... interesting plot. i enjoyed this entire book and was excited to read it. very good

  9. 5 out of 5

    Colby

    AJ Truman once again proves he’s a master at creating stories that pull you in and give you all the feels. Cliff and Brennan have an amazing chemistry together while still being fully realized characters in their own right. Their development pays off in both of their stories, making the happy ending that much more satisfying. Add in some creative banter, some fun cameos for fans of past Browerton books (though you can still enjoy this one if you haven’t read the others) and you have a solid slam AJ Truman once again proves he’s a master at creating stories that pull you in and give you all the feels. Cliff and Brennan have an amazing chemistry together while still being fully realized characters in their own right. Their development pays off in both of their stories, making the happy ending that much more satisfying. Add in some creative banter, some fun cameos for fans of past Browerton books (though you can still enjoy this one if you haven’t read the others) and you have a solid slam dunk! Out of Bounds is an excellent addition to an already great series, and I can’t wait to see where AJ takes us next.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    This was an enjoyable college romance. I understood Cliff's reluctance to come out to his family and teammates, but he sometimes came off as cold. His friend Dell, brother Alex, and of course, love interest Brennan all suffered due to this. Brennan was just wonderful, and it made perfect sense to me that Cliff was so drawn to him. Looks, charm, artistic talent, and a very tender heart made Brennan irresistible. The supporting characters were likable, with a few despicable exceptions, and they ad This was an enjoyable college romance. I understood Cliff's reluctance to come out to his family and teammates, but he sometimes came off as cold. His friend Dell, brother Alex, and of course, love interest Brennan all suffered due to this. Brennan was just wonderful, and it made perfect sense to me that Cliff was so drawn to him. Looks, charm, artistic talent, and a very tender heart made Brennan irresistible. The supporting characters were likable, with a few despicable exceptions, and they added a lot to the story. Cliff and Brennan were great together, their struggles were believable and heartbreaking, and their romance was sexy and sweet.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    AJ hit a slam dunk with this one. The chemistry between Cliff and Brennan is hot. Childhood acquaintances from older brothers best friend turns into hot and steamy crush. The two have chemistry right off the bat but are afraid to talk about it or acknowledge the attraction. I really liked the way the story pulls you in from chapter one and keeps you moving throughout the entire book. I enjoyed the authors perceptions of college life, athletes struggling to come out, unhealthy past relationships AJ hit a slam dunk with this one. The chemistry between Cliff and Brennan is hot. Childhood acquaintances from older brothers best friend turns into hot and steamy crush. The two have chemistry right off the bat but are afraid to talk about it or acknowledge the attraction. I really liked the way the story pulls you in from chapter one and keeps you moving throughout the entire book. I enjoyed the authors perceptions of college life, athletes struggling to come out, unhealthy past relationships and how to overcome them, and a young adults fear of coming out. This book is a great easy read with several hot moments.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janette

    This book was a combination of tropes I love - brother’s best friend, unrequited crush, coming out and more. It’s also filled with surprises, including some that made me outright blush. Cliff and Brennan are definitely the kind of couple who together are so much more than the sum of their parts. I couldn’t help but root for them, even when it seemed Cliff was determined to burn it all down. Their journey is full of love, emotion and so much passion, and I was hooked from beginning to end.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Great addition to the series! Such a good story 😍 Cliff and Brennan were pretty hot circling each other (art lessons, uh huh!). They made a cute couple, once they finally got together.It was great to see some of the other characters from the previous stories (if you've read them, it's an added bonus, this story really stands alone). The secondary characters like Dell, Alex Coach were all great. Definitely recommend as a standalone or as part of the series! Great addition to the series! Such a good story 😍 Cliff and Brennan were pretty hot circling each other (art lessons, uh huh!). They made a cute couple, once they finally got together.It was great to see some of the other characters from the previous stories (if you've read them, it's an added bonus, this story really stands alone). The secondary characters like Dell, Alex Coach were all great. Definitely recommend as a standalone or as part of the series!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Allyn

    Out of Bounds manages to be both incredibly sweet and smoking hot. The chemistry between Cliff and Brennan is off the charts, and I love how they bring out the best in one another. Brennan gives Cliff a safe place to be himself, and Cliff gives Brennan the confidence he needs to paint again. It’s a wonderful addition to the Browerton series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    E.Muddle

    This is a great college sports romance, dealing with athlete life, coming out, and moving on from past hurts. Cliff and Brennan have amazing chemistry right from the get go; their attraction is intense and it soon turns very physical. They’re sweet and steamy together, and I enjoyed every moment of their relationship as it builds from a crush to something very real. An easy, feel-good read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Sweet college romance I love this series and Out of Bounds is a great addition to the series. There's the perfect amount of character growth for this age group, and Cliff and Barrett have a lot of chemistry. Sweet college romance I love this series and Out of Bounds is a great addition to the series. There's the perfect amount of character growth for this age group, and Cliff and Barrett have a lot of chemistry.

  17. 5 out of 5

    kathleen

    I enjoyed this college romance very much. The chemistry between these two jumps off the page! They have know each other for years without really knowing each other. Watching them develop a relationship is awesome. Good story, easy read, very enjoyable!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Gray

    You can see the chemistry between Cliff and Brennan. They've been knowing each other since childhood and Brennan is Cliff's brother best friend. The books is sweet, funny, romantic, and I enjoyed reading it. You can see the chemistry between Cliff and Brennan. They've been knowing each other since childhood and Brennan is Cliff's brother best friend. The books is sweet, funny, romantic, and I enjoyed reading it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    3.5

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Aside from a couple scenes with really funny dialogue, I couldn’t get into this one. I wasn’t invested in Cliff or Brennan and started to skim near the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    endeavoursofvic

    3.5*

  22. 4 out of 5

    James Pounders

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

  24. 4 out of 5

    M

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Brown

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  27. 5 out of 5

    Candy Nicholas

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allirra Woff

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeni

  30. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine Fonck

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