Review: Outside the Lines by A.R. Barley

Monday, October 31, 2016

Title: Outside the Lines
Author: A.R. Barley
Series: Boundaries, #3
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: October 31st 2016
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Synopsis:
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?

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Outside the Lines is the third book of A.R. Barley's Boundaries series.  Each book is a standalone but you see characters from the previous stories.  I've read all 3 books in the series, but I don't think you absolutely need to read them in order to be able to follow this one.  The previous characters don't play a very big role in this story.

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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