Outside the Lines (Boundaries #3) by A.R. Barley

outsidethelinesFalling 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?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I’ll admit that the first line in this description definitely grabbed my attention. That’s the only excuse I have for picking up the third book in a series before reading the first two. (It’s the only one I’m using anyway because it sounds MUCH better than I once again wasn’t paying attention…) It is also proof that you don’t have to read the rest of the books in the series to enjoy Outside the Lines. Having said that, I also have to admit that reading this one made me want to go back and read the rest.

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. 😉



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