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Out in the Open

Browerton University, Book 1
Written by: A.J. Truman
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction, LGBT

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Publisher's Summary

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 frat boy 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.

Contains mature themes.

©2014 A.J. Truman (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Alex
  • 24-06-19

A Relatable Read for the College-Age Gay Man

One things I can say about this book that I can't say about most of the romances I have read, is that I find it relatable. It felt real, with just enough fantasy mixed in to keep it exciting. Hearing Ethan's inner monologue throughout reminded me of myself when I started college, and I found myself wanting so badly to impart wisdom onto him. It was nice to see how he grew and developed as a character.

Ethan and Greg's relationship is something amazing, and I enjoyed following it through all the ups and the downs that happen throughout the book. I found it exciting, adorable, and extremely hot. I felt so invested in their relationship, I found myself smiling, "awing" out loud, and on the verge of tears right there with them. I haven't felt so invested in book characters since middle school!

The narration from Cendese is phenomenal. His voice really brought the characters to life, detailing both their demeanor and their emotions. I was impressed, and even went to his page to see what else he had narrated. I am looking forward to rest of the books in this series, as he narrates all of them so far.

Fair warning, there is a lot of sex in this title. If you like that, then this is a great book for you. Still, the book isn't all about sex. So if you don't mind it, it is worth getting through to enjoy the great story. Highly recommend.

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  • James
  • 03-06-19

Enjoyable, Funny, and Sexy

If only it had been longer, instead of rushing to an end too early! The characters are well drawn and the narrator is really good. We get everything through Ethan’s eyes but there’s plenty of hot descriptions and it all works together. More of the same please AJ Truman, and longer novels!

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  • good
  • 02-10-19

story was not what I thought

first things first I changed the speed at which the story is being read at from 1.0 to .85 after that story speed felt a lot better. the book starts off feeling like a story on a fanfiction site. but as the characters develop little by little the story hooked me in more and more. and by the time I knew it I was at the end of the book. I will say the person narrating the book although, he may not have a wide range of voices(there were moments I had no idea who was saying what). I really did appreciate the constant amount of enthusiasm through the book.5 🌟 for effort all in all not bad.

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  • John C
  • 09-08-19

Oh the memories...

This is a sweet story of two coming og age All American boys, that familiar forbidden fruit feeling and adrenalin rush of realizing the feeling is mutual. It does feel a bit repetitive after the first rush, but overall a nice ride along the way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-19

good book

Saheel was my favorite. even though he was only in the book briefly I loved his accepting attitude towards Ethan and Greg... YEAHHH RAINBOW!!!

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  • Alan Verhagen
  • 29-09-19

Fun with great narration!

Ethan, a studious, fairly uptight college student, is annoyed when he has to sit next to Greg, an obnoxious frat boy who doesn’t take his classes seriously. I usually prefer romance novels narrated from both main characters’ POV, but it was intriguing only being in Ethan’s head as he and I both puzzled out what was going on in Greg’s head. Fun & expertly performed by Alexander Cendese!