5 Star, 4.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Out in the Open (Browerton University #1) by A.J. Truman #MM #NewAdult

CoverTitle: Out in the Open (Browerton University #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.J. Truman
Publication Date & Length: September 30, 2014 – 281 pgs


Libraries are meant for studying – not sex

College sophomore Ethan Follett never says what’s on his mind and never wants to rock the boat. After a high school social life spent anonymous and alone, things are finally falling into place for him. He’s found a group of friends just as studious as he, and is on track for a promising legal career. Out in the open, things couldn’t be better, but secretly Ethan yearns for some real excitement in his life.

He finds it in cocky fratboy Greg Sanderson, who challenges every rigid, preconceived notion Ethan lives by. Soon, their sparring relationship turns sexual, and these enemies-with-benefits get their freak on all over campus. Yet the more Ethan comes out of his shell, the more Greg retreats into his, working overtime to keep his ladies man public persona intact. As the sex gets hotter, and they get closer to getting caught, one part of their arrangement can’t stay hidden any longer: love.

OUT IN THE OPEN is a M/M new adult romance filled with humor, heart, and hot guys. The book is intended for audiences 18+ as it contains explicit sex and language.

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What is it like to be a professional baseball player and to be in the closet? Well that is what this book is exactly about. It is not always easy to gay out in theopen because so many people are negative about it but to be a professional baseball player in a game where it is not always easy to let you guard down because you do not know who will turn on you or who is homophobic, it does not make it easy for two players that have stayed in the closet for this very reason. Both Matt and Iggy are professional ball players and both are in the closet and both are in a relationship together.

This in my opinion is a book about finally having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. It should not matter if a player is gay or not but that sometimes is just not the reality because of fear of coming out.

Once Matt retires and decides to finally come clean about his sexual status due to wanting to live in the open and no longer lie about it, it changes things for Iggy and gives him the courage to do the same even though he is still an active player. These two men love each other so much. They encourage one another to follow their dreams and desires regardless of what others may think. They stand behind one another’s decisions and they lend each other support when the other needs it. Most of all they do not let negativity in the world come between them, they do the opposite and give each other strengths and love.

This was a very good read and I enjoyed every bit of it. It is a very inspirational story and I only hope others enjoy it as much as I did.



Well, that was a flashback to my college time, and blushing at the memories. This story was well written and brought a real-life feel to college days. Oh things that we did….ok, time to move on before I get all flushed.
I really enjoyed Ethan and Greg. I felt like I was on an old-fashion balancing scale. The scale was heavily tipped one way at the beginning. While Greg got Ethan to open up and grow out of his shell, the scale started to balance and the two were having all sorts of physical fun all across campus. The chemistry between these two was hot and intense. I enjoyed the casual time the two shared, like sitting on the grass outside of a coffee shop and just opening themselves up. But as Ethan grew into himself, Greg started closing up and the scale started to tip the other way. Just when we thought Ethan and Greg were done (and you start not liking Greg), something happens and Greg is there to rescue Ethan. Greg sees how much he has hurt Ethan, and truly accepts himself for who he is and what he wants to do and the scale is balanced in the world.
Greg got bonus points for wanting to be a special education teacher, as I am one too. 🙂 The ending did seem a little rushed but after the build up, the crush, and rooting for them, you just were happy that they had each other.
This story is told from Ethan’s POV, and we get to see his character development from the inside and how matures and becomes a social little butterfly. I wished we could have had Greg’s POV at times, but it all worked out perfectly.
Overall, this was a low angst, fun loving, sexy romance read. I read it in one sitting as I could not stop wanting to know where all over campus they were spending smexy times. This is shaping up to be a fabulous series.
A sweet, fun read about two college guys turning from enemies to lovers. Greg pushes all Ethan’s boundries and they’re hot together. Greg is the life of the party while Ethan whats to be more like Greg, but he’s insecure. Overall it’s like a coming of age story in a college life.
Greg’s a closet case so there’s a lot of hot and cold towards his relationship with Ethan. I felt bad for that and got annoyed. Still, fun read.


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A.J. Truman remembers his college days like it was yesterday, even though it was definitely not yesterday. He writes books with humor, heart, and hot guys. What else does a story need? He loves spending time with his pets and his partner and writing on his sun porch. You can find him on Facebook or email him at ajtruman.writer [at] gmail [dot] com.

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