- File Size: 2858 KB
- Print Length: 172 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (October 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2016
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A5OIERQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Outside the Lines (The Boundaries Series) Kindle Edition
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My heart broke for Mitch. He wasn't entirely clueless, but he was most definitely overwhelmed. Being a loving, attentive dad doesn't always include handling the every day stuff. Things that a mom does that not just a dad takes for granted. He was trying and failing. Worse, he had in laws waiting on the side lines for him to screw up enough for them to have the perfect excuse to take control. For Mitch, that wasn't an option.
Then there was Chi-Chi. I adored him and so did the kids. He swooped in and brought order and stability that Mitch didn't even realize was missing. At least not to the extent that it was. The connection between Mitch and Chi-Chi was strong, even before they officially met. Sounds crazy, but once you read the book you'll understand, honest.
They're journey to an inevitable HEA is full of bumps and a few twists and turns, but it was totally worth it in the end. ;)
I received Outside the Lines in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It's the tale of drag queen Chi-Chi, who's fabulous inside and out of drag, gender fluid, who meets a widower with two kids, a guy who's seemingly straight. Well, said guy, Mitch, isn't and their romance was the sweetest thing.
The tale had them starting off as nanny/employer, despite the attraction between them, so with Chi-Chi interacting so much with Mitch's kids, there was 'aah' factor galore. The kids were lovely and totally un-precocious, and I loved, loved, loved the teenage son, Jack, whose attitude and reasoning were spot on. This young man deserves his own tale some day (please Ms Barlow). The sex was hot, and as it had to be furtive, it was even sexier and with more meaning that anything more plentiful or more casual.
Chi-Chi might have been diminutive in stature, but in every other way, he was a giant. I loved his wit and sass, his devotion to the kids, his big heart, his dreams and his determination to leave his past behind, to better himself and that he had ambitions. Mitch was more the guy next door, but sweet and unashamed of his attraction to a guy (though he'd experimented in college) and I loved that he eventually got it right and manned up when the in-laws (more like outlaws) tried to claim his kids would be better off with them.
The tale ends in the start of the guys' HEA and I wonder if theirs won't end up being the first wedding of the series. I mean, there's Kelly and Ian, and Nick and Jesse living their HEA, but this little family needs that little extra bit of cement. We're also introduced to Chi-Chi's hard man (caveman!) brother in this, who seems to have a heart of gold where his little brother is concerned, and I hope that the author gives him his own tale, whether it's in the series, as a spin-off or a standalone.
ARC courtesy of Carina Press and NetGalley for my reading pleasure.
Chi-Chi is working multiple jobs and is a part-time college student dreaming of making it to NYC to perform on Broadway. Mitch is a college professor at Halston and was widowed close to two years ago raising two young kids. He's always known he was bisexual, but had only been with his wife since college. He meets Chi-Chi and is drawn to him from the get-go.
Being neighbors, Chi-Chi agrees to watch the kids and in the process, the two fall for each other. Outside pressure will test them and they must decide if what they have if enough. I absolutely adored Chi-Chi. He's true to himself and is going to live the life he wants. He loves those kids and their interactions were everything to me. Love this series.
I absolutely LOVED Chi-Chi! He knew exactly who he was and was very proud of it. Even though he is a drag queen, he is one tough cookie. He had a rough upbringing and learned to stand up for himself. Chi-Chi was really adorable with Mitch's kids. I loved all of the scenes with them all together.
Mitch was a bit of a mess. He is older than Chi-Chi, but you wouldn't really guess that by how he acts sometimes. He lost his wife and didn't have any clue what he was doing with his kids. He seemed a little too clueless to me. What parent wouldn't have ANY edible food in their house because it slipped their mind? He also can't seem to get his kids up on time for school...ever. His son is 11 (i think?) and is more of an adult than he is. So Chi-Chi enters the picture and automatically plays the "woman in the kitchen" role. A little irritating, but after a while I let it go. I also had a big problem with Mitch not being able to call Chi-Chi is boyfriend until the very end of the book. Not cool.
Overall I liked this one more than the 2nd book and maybe a little more than the first book because I loved Chi-Chi so much. lol!
** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
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I've really enjoyed this whole series and this was a great addition to it. We met Chi Chi in the last book, so when I saw this book featured him, I had to grab...Read more