Book Reviews

Out (DC Pride 2) by Tatum West and Beau Lake

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-January-2020

Book Blurb

Bates:
I have the hottest new roommate—but he’s totally not my type.

Vince is a single dad, a starving artist, a pansexual hippie, and a total comic book nerd. And I’m very, very straight. I'm a business mogul, a jock, an old-money Southern boy who’s supposed to marry well.

I haven’t been dreaming about his lithe, freckled body, his crooked smile, or his… other manly assets. I have a girlfriend, so Vince’s deliberate touches and longing looks have zero effect on me. And that kiss—it was just one kiss. It didn’t mean anything.

Vince:
Gerard Bates is a gay disaster waiting to happen. He’s a field full of red flags. And he’s been in love with his best friend, Will, since forever.

I can’t go there. I’m a new dad, and Bates is just letting us stay in his basement until I can find somewhere better. I don’t even know what I’m doing as a parent yet—I don’t have time for a brokenhearted closet case.

But when I taste him for the first time, I know I’m addicted. Whatever the cost, however crazy my life gets, I’m going after Bates.

This is a terrible idea. But I’ve never let that stop me before.

 

Book Review

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it.” ~ unknown

Vince, from ‘Out’ by Tatum West, never thought he’d be a single dad with an infant daughter. When he and his baby mama split up, he could no longer afford the big house they were living in; Vince had to find another place for him and his baby to live that he could afford. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great place to raise a child. When he’s offered a place to stay in his friend Bates’s basement, he jumps at the chance. The problem with living there is he is attracted to Bates, who he is almost certain is a closet case, but he can’t help having lustful thoughts about him.

Vince’s baby’s mother carried her through a pregnancy she didn’t want, but rejected the baby after she was born; she’s too busy with her own life to be saddled with a child. Vince is sad about it, but he doesn’t have one moment of regret for having the bundle of joy he loves more than life, although he isn’t exactly sure how to adequately care for her. Fortunately there’s a gay couple next door who have taken in and raised lots of foster children. Their knowledge and compassion, plus occasional babysitting, goes a long way to relieving not only Vince’s concerns about the baby’s care, but also provides him some free time for himself.

Bates has just sold his multimillion-dollar business to a new firm. He has more money that he will ever need, and, unlike his work partner, doesn’t feel the need to be involved in the company any longer. Not quite knowing what to do with himself, he decides to remodel his house. It keeps both his body and mind occupied so he doesn’t have to think so much about his partner, with whom he has been in love with for years, and how happy he is with his new boyfriend. Bates considers himself to be straight, although there are those who doubt it. Having Vince and his baby there is an adjustment at first, but he soon finds that having someone else around quenches his loneliness, even if isn’t the man he secretly he loves. Bates becomes attached to Vince and his baby. Their proximity makes him want things a straight man should not desire. Vince has been flirting with him for weeks; so far, Bates had been able to resist his advances, but one lonely night, Vince kisses him and the confusion Bates has been having about his physical reactions to Vince goes into overdrive. Because of something in his past, his fear and anxiety are exacerbated by the closeness; Bates tries to pretend that nothing ever happened. His reaction leaves Vince sad and regretful since he guessed that pursuing Bates would be a bad idea in the first place.

Tatum is a great storyteller. I love her characters; they are unique, often flawed, but with great potential, merely waiting for the right set of circumstances enabling character growth and pursuit of happiness. Thanks, Tatum and Beau, for helping untangle the feelings between Vince and Bates so they can find their happy ending.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 237 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-November-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Out-DC-Pride-Book-2-ebook/dp/B081QWKPB1