Advanced Book Review by Kristie: Outside the Lines, by A.R. Barley

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Outside the Lines, by A.R. Barley
Series: The Boundaries Series (Standalone)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 31, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


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?


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Bisexual Characters
New Adult Romance
Dad with Kids
Drag Queen
Nanny Attraction
Nasty Grandparents


I’ve had trouble figuring out how to review this one. It’s a cute and sweet little romance about these guys who get together. Mitch, with two adorable kids who honestly steal ever scene they’re in, and Chi-Chi, the neighbor who’s a drag queen/princess with a fabulous voice, and dreams of Broadway.

I enjoyed the cuteness of the story. The simplicity. In truth, it is a really nice story with a nice happy ending. I guess I’d hoped for a little more conversation between the MCs in the end. A little more work at the relationship. Once it starts, it just goes, and goes fast. So there isn’t a lot of angst because it moves too fast for that. There is also the added element of the deceased wife’s parents. They seem to love the children, but are so horrible to Mitch and Chi-Chi that it put me off. There are times when books like this don’t bother me at all. This was not the time. And that’s okay, you know? I’m sure others will like this.


A.R. Barley is a writer of humorous (she hopes) contemporary romance for everyone. She writes M/M romance under the name A.R. Barley and M/F romance under the name Aleah Barley. After living all over the United States, she recently moved to Motor City with a fluffy Maine Coon Cat who is constantly trying to appropriate her computer. She also lives with a rambunctious Labrador and a sexy engineer who can wiggle his ears. She is preparing for the zombie apocalypse while she works on her next book.


You can purchase Outside the Lines from:
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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