Out on the Serve

Out in College, Book 7
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Series: Out in College, Book 7
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Roommates to friends to lovers… 

Elliot:

I need a roommate fast. Even a temporary one. Beggars can’t be choosers. Going pro after graduation has been intense, and time is precious. Thankfully, Braden seems cool. He’s a little quirky…and very sexy. Of course, I would never get involved with a roommate. That’s a bad idea. Isn’t it?

Braden:

Moving to Long Beach seems like a no brainer. It’ll be a perfect chance to wind down before grad school and a nice respite from my folks. Plus, my new roommate is a great guy. A little messy, but sweet. Gotta admit, I like him more than I should. And we’re off to a strange start when a mutual friend hooks me up with his ex. Elliot’s the one I want, but going from friends to lovers is a risk. We could end up out on the serve…or we could win it all.

Out on the Serve is a low-angst MM, bisexual romance starring two roommates, one neat, one messy, beach volleyball, a lot of sand, and a little summer fun. This story is part of the Out in College series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

©2020 Lane Hayes (P)2020 Lane Hayes

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Sweet romance

This is another great addition to the Out in College series by Lane Hayes narrated beautifully by Michael Dean. Low angst, sweet, sexy times. Recommended!

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Lan8iie Hayes Did it AGAIN!!

So good. If you're in the market for fun, erotic, sexy, loving, sweet men loving men,they 99 *_*in all their imperfections, Michael Dean will take you through it!! In all the messy imperfections of our humanity this sweet story reminds you of the romance that exists in each of us.

Thank you, Ms. Hayes, for this sweet romp into anyone's past. I adore this romantic series; having experienced some of this passion, angst, abandonment..., I thank you for reminding me of what was. My mate of 18 years & i experienced snippets of the beauty of these stories, B4 liver cancer reared its ugly presence in '97. Thank you for reminding me of what was!

Michael Dean..., what can I say??? His beautiful, masculine tones conveyed Lane's beautiful story in utter perfection. As if I needed to confess, his vocal truly did perfection to this well written saga. i can't believe she, once again, crafted another jewel in her Out in College series. Utter perfection.

Will there be any more??? This wasn't MY collegiate experience, not by a long shot!! Hence its attraction. Years after my exit from my alma mater I can so relate to these men. These stories; The hopes, desires, fears and opportunities she revives in every young person...., thank you!!!

Write on, and we'll read on, without fail!!❤

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Great story and narration

If you love sports romance, MM, and friends to lovers, you will love Out On The Serve by Lane Hayes.

STORY: 4 stars
What's not to like? Hot guys who play volleyball and are moving around an at times awkward dance of friendship and longing. It didn't start out the best way, but when the spark was ignited, it was hard to ignore. Braden and Elliot are at time like oil and water, and yet, they also mesh so well that you know they belong together.

I loved the push and pull as well as the story and dialogue. The characters and plot were engaging, and I wanted to slap Sophie. LOL. But this story was an enjoyable read that I highly recommend.

NARRATION: 4 stars
This one was a little harder for me to decide on my rating. Michael Dean does a great job of bringing the story to life and making the characters real, but there are times when all of the voices melded together and sounded the same. It only happened occassionally, and overall, he did a great job at the narration.

OVERALL: 4 stars
Overall, this story was really good and I highly recommend downloading the book or the audiobook. I enjoyed listening to it, and the ending...happy sighs. It's well-written and well-read with interesting characters. One-click this 4 star read today!

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Great addition to the series!

5 Stars!

Elliot and Braden couldn't be more different if they tried. Where Elliot was messy and easygoing, Braden was borderline OCD and a bit high-strung, however, somehow they manage to balance each other after becoming roommates for the summer. They're both lusting after the other and finally give in to their attraction, but their arrangement is as temporary as their living arrangements, or can it turn into more?

The chemistry between Elliot and Braden was off the charts and they were uber hot together, *fans self* and while yes, there's a lot of sexy times in this book (and the super hot short accompanying story), these guys talk a lot and spend time together doing other things and spending time with their friends. 

It was great catching up with some of the guys from previous books, although I could have done without Sophie's drama and Gus, Elliot's volleyball partner. I'm quite intrigued about Drew, though. 

Michael Dean's narration is as amazing as ever. He's just so consistently awesome in every single book I've listened him perform, and Out on the Serve is not the exception. He captured Elliot's quirkiness and Braden's more serious nature perfectly, making them come to life for me. 

Overall, a fantastic book with an outstanding narration, what's not to love? Definitely a book you can't miss out on! 

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Excellent heartwarming summer romance audio book.

I loved this heartwarming new adult gay romance audiobook.

The narrator,Michael Dean,really makes these two characters,Braden and Elliot,come to life.

I loved both of these characters,Braden and Elliot.

They are both such loveable,goofballs.

This story made me smile and laugh out loud lots of times while listening to this story.

I highly recommend this book.

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Serve me up more of Hayes and Dean and this series

I have a thing for Lane Hayes's stories; I especially have a thing for her audiobooks, proudly declaring that I have every single one of them. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I adore her writing and her ability for finding just the right kind of narrator for every single series. Don't you love it when an author uses the same narrator for each book in a series? Yep, that's part of why I never hesitate to one-click her audiobooks. Her latest one is the newest Out in College story, and it's once again voiced by none other than Michael Dean, one of the absolute best VO artists around.

Out on the Serve is a roommates to friends to lovers story between two former collegiate volleyball players who used to be rivals. Elliot Newcombe, a new professional volleyball player, has got himself a new roommate in Braden Marquette, a volleyball player who was on the opposite side of the net when they played in college. With Braden moving to Long Beach, being able to afford housing with someone like Elliot is a great setup. Becoming friends is a bonus, but not being attracted to your roommate is an impossibility. Spurred on by lustful feelings, Elliot and Braden cross that line, but when a more serious emotion creeps in, will these two be able to fight for their newfound love when pressure comes at them from all sides?

I always enjoy getting to re-experience a book I've fallen in love with through a different format, which is why audiobooks have become so darn addictive. Lane Hayes did a great job allowing Elliot and Braden's story to develop over a period of time, so listeners get to hear about how they became roomies and then buddies before they decided to act on that undeniable attraction of theirs. Michael Dean took the story and characters and added his own brand of brilliance to it, making for a wholly entertaining listening experience overall. Out on the Serve receives five stars.

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Another great audio frm Lane Hayes & Michael Dean.

The audio versions of the Out in College series is a fantastic way to experience these stories. I loved Out on the Serve when I read it last month and I loved it even more when I listened to it. Michael Dean has done a fantastic job performing all of the books in this series. He has a variety of voices that he uses and it's never difficult to distinguish which character is speaking.

Below is what I had to say when I read the book. The only thing I have to add about the audiobook is what I said above and that I loved it!

I really love the Out in College series and Out on the Serve is another great book by Lane Hayes. I am not a sports fan but for some reason I find that I really love reading romance stories that are sports related. In addition to that, New Adult stories are among my favorites so this whole series has right up my alley.

Elliot needs a roommate and his ex-roommate hooks him up with Braden. Braden needs a place to stay but he's not sure how things will work because he and Elliot are complete opposites. Elliot is messy and carefree and Braden is almost obsessively neat and serious. I guess the old saying about opposites attract holds true in this case.

Braden has always done what his mother expects, except when he told her he's bisexual. She didn't really believe him and he didn't push it. Now he's involved with Elliot and he's afraid of what she will think. Elliot's mom is just the opposite. She's a free-spirited person who wants Elliot to be happy and doesn't care if that's with a male or female.

Out on the Serve was a fun story to read with lots of hot, sexy time between Elliot and Braden–once they decided to give in to their attraction to each other. While the story is very low angst there are complications with a couple of Elliot's exes, including his ex-roommate who tries to matchmake but doesn't try to match up Elliot with Braden.

I don't know if Lane Hayes has more books planned for this series or not but I hope she does. A few secondary characters in Out on the Serve seem like prime candidates to receive books of their own. 😊

A copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com*** (Posting August 18, 2020.)

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I love these guys!

I read this book in July and really liked it, so I jumped at the chance to listen to the audio. I think I liked this even more listening to it than I did reading it which is rare. I can decide if these guys are my 2nd favorite couple in the series or if Logan and Ned are. Mr. Dean’s vocal performance is great; he puts a lot of emotion into the performance which makes listening to a favorite book that much better.

Somehow in just over a month, I’d forgotten how much I like these guys. I went back and started highlighting my favorite parts of the book but there were too many to put in the review.

The audiobook included a bonus novella – Out With Toys – which was awesome because this story didn’t feel finished and that helped finish their story nicely!

Here is my original ebook review which still stands.

This is another great book in this series! It can definitely be read as a standalone. Elliott is in a previous book, but he is nothing like he seemed in that book. Being from California with two kids who played volleyball, this book is right up my alley! This is a quick, sweet, low angst read.

I love the opposites attract and friends-to-lovers aspects of their relationship. I was highly entertained by how quickly Braden went from irritated by Elliott’s slovenly ways to turned on to happy with just one sentence or joke from Elliott. Their banter is absolutely endearing. Their sexual chemistry is off the charts. They balance each other perfectly. My only little niggle is I wish the ending would have been a little longer as it felt rushed but maybe we’ll see more of them in the future.

For those of you who have read the entire series, Sophie is in this one but where she has been mildly exasperating in previous books, she’s downright infuriating in this one. And Elliott’s volleyball partner drove me nuts!

I have no idea if we’re getting another book in this series…maybe with Drew? I’m in for whatever Ms. Hayes throws our way! 

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Elliot and Braden

I loved every minute of this! I laughed, I cried and got all hot and bothered...lol Lane and Michael are a perfect match!!! I just love this series so much and can't wait to hear more of it.

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  • 08-10-20

Perfect!

Another successful effort by Michael Dean. I've read and listened to all of the books in this series, and each one has been better than the previous one.

I absolutely love this series. Ms Hayes writes beautifully, she really shows an empathy with each MC, and draws you into their world. This particular story is full of light hearted moments, but also has painful ones too, for both MCs.

Lane definitely knows how to write a cracking story, that is just full of all the feels that you can imagine, and this book was no different.. Iike I said before, I was drawn in hook line and sinker,desperate to find out how the story would work out for Elliot and Braden.

Braden is stronger than he thinks and strives to be independent, but he struggles with OCD and things which he can’t control and plan. Elliot comes along and throws a spanner into all of his plans! Elliot is thoughtful, funny and very loyal to his friends and family. He is adorable, with how sensitive he is, but also how strong he is too. He’s handsome, fit and adorable all round! I absolutely loved listening to their story.

The story is full of sass, laughter, tears, compassion, love and so much more. it transfered beautifully onto audible. Michael Dean totally captures the essence of the story.