Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines 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

  • Title: Outside the Lines
  • Author: A.R. Barley
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  • Page: 454
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  • 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 needsFalling for the drag queen next doorMitch 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 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

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    • 4⭐️ Outside the Lines by A.R. BarleyMitch widower over two years and father of two kids. Sitting in the local club to finally find a date and start talking to Chi-Chi a sweet guy who loves to wear dresses and make-up. He is the drag queen at the local gay club and has several other jobs. Mitch offers the 'lady' a drink and they will drink coffee when Chi-Chi is done with the job and Mitch is still therey.Mitch is gone with the wind.Next time they meet is at a neighborhood bbq. Mitch can't ge [...]


    • 2.5 starsUhhh Not sure how to say this the nice way butwhile there were some nice things about this book, it mostly grated on my nerves. Remember Chi Chi the drag queen that moved in with Jesse and Kelly sometime in the last book? The Latino cutie who certainly deserved his HEA? I liked his personality and his penchant for women's clothes but his character wasn't done justice. Chi Chi was supposed to be this bright, shiny diamond of a man with a personality as big as the universe, but instead th [...]


    • Outside the Lines is a fairly straightforward M/M romance with plenty of the usual tropes and an unusual amount of charm. It is a fairly short, afternoon read that will satisfy your craving for warm romance that includes a whole family and their everyday trials. I myself can never resist such books, especially when one of the MCs has adorable, realistically written kids. Mitch’s life came crashing down when his wife died unexpectedly, leaving him with two small kids. His nanny is horrible and [...]


    • Nice, harmless m-m romance with little tension and some sex. Brain candy. Fluffy, little read. It gets a little more serious towards the end, with the required drama and usual shenanigans of any typical romance story. The plot is decent, the main characters well drawn. Besides Mitch and Chi-Chi, the most vivid was Vic. I probably wouldn't mind reading a romance centered around him.I read this out of synch with the entire series and it worked just fine as a standalone story.Some editing mistakes [...]


    • Lovely!This is such a lovely story. It is a simple romance with two guys who are really very different but who decide to see where their attraction takes them.And they are very different. Chi-Chi is a latino from the 'wrong side of the tracks'. He has had a harsh upbringing with a father who was brutal and violent towards him. He survived his childhood because of his older brother Vincent who always looked out for him and who taught him to repair cars. Now Chi-Chi takes college classes, holds do [...]


    • It's time to throw in the towel. I've tried multiple times to read this and couldn't get into it; I found it dull. DNF, no rating.


    • DNF @48%. There was nothing new added to the well worn story of a small fem guy escaping an abusive childhood. And not enough groundwork laid to feel any genuine chemistry between the MCs. This is the kind of book where their interest is expressed early and often via their responsive members. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a big misunderstanding somewhere in the second half of the book. The kids were well done though, they felt true to their ages.


    • I love Chi Chi! I’ve been a fan of Chi Chi since the beginning, so I was psyched to see him have his own story. If anything, I think this story showed how special he is, but could have gone even further to showcase his unique take on life.Mitch, on the other hand, was as exciting as dry toast. ☹ He was a big disappointment and didn’t do much to make me think he deserved Chi Chi in all his glory.Chi Chi’s gender fluidity is easily accepted by Mitch, and to me that’s Mitch’s main savin [...]


    • 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. [...]


    • I absolutely loved Chi-Chi in the previous books and still do. It took me a while to warm up to Mitch and the lack of communication got on my nerves a bit. Not totally convinced by the HEA ending, felt more HFN to me but I am hoping for more in the series.*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


    • Chi-Chi is in Mitch's words a beautiful butterfly with a core of steel. Mitch loves him. His kids love him. Mitch is afraid of loosing his kids to his former in-laws. His fear keeps him from publicly acknowledging that Chi-Chi is more than the nanny and he almost looses him.Both men learn and grow as the fall in love. It is not enough to trust someone with your heart. Sometimes you have to be honest and trust them with your fears as well. This one really needed an epilogue.


    • I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review:I’m going to start by being very honest with all of you. I have never read a book where a protagonist was a drag queen. I’ve read them as side characters, but never as the lead. I was curious as to whether or not I would be interested in this novel because of that. Long story short: I loved it.Mitch plays the single father of two wonderful children after being widowed by his late wife. He has been mourning her loss for a long [...]


    • So I have a slight obsession with drag queens. Ok maybe it's not slightlol. Anyway when I was given the opportunity to review this book I was over the moon!!! I was not aware that this was the third book in the series, but it read beautifully as a stand alone. Chi Chi is an amazing queen with hopes of making it to New York City to be on the big stage. He is working several part time jobs along with performing to help fund those dreams. One night a handsome man makes his way into the club and he [...]


    • Attracted to ¬both men and women Halston professor Mitch Dalton finds himself at Ale Mary’s, Halston’s only gay nightclub looking for something. It’s been nearly two years since his wife passed away. Since then his life has been a hasty rush of shuffling kids to and from anything and everything while running late for the next thing on his busy schedule. Even if he finds a man that is interested in his messy life he’s not sure how to go about taking thing further with a man. Before marri [...]


    • ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads This is the third in a series, and I have to admit the first that I have read. I did look at the blurb for the first two to give me reassurance that it would be ok as a standalone, and it was. I am sure that I missed some nuance, but the story still worked well. This is a good read, basically about a very flawed Dad and a sexy, extremely helpful neighbour. I enjoyed the story, although at times did wonder whether Mitch cou [...]


    • Copy from netgalleyThis was the first book Ive read in this series and I have to say that I didn't feel lost or left behind. There was a lot that was great about this story but some things thatI didn't love so much. I loved Chi-Chi's personality. He was fierce and didn't care what anyone thinksor does he? There were moments that I hated that he tried to hide parts of him from Mitch and then he would worry Mitch wouldn't accept him they way he was. I also didn't like how quickly Mitch moved Chi-C [...]


    • * ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.I have a profound love in my heart for books featuring gender fluid characters. Which probably colors how I feel about this book, because I am predisposed to like Chi Chi, and I did, I loved him. I loved how great he was with the kids, and how protective he was of them. I loved how quickly they embraced him. Mitch I loved a bit less. Basically what I most liked about him was that he recognized how awesome Chi Chi was [...]


    • I'm so torn on rating this. Chi Chi was supposed to be this vibrant Latino guy with a love for women's clothing, but Mitch's bland ordinariness brought him down two or three notches. The two babies had more personality than Mitch did, especially little Sadie. And Jack seemed more capable of running the household than Mitch. To me, this didn't stand up to the flow of the first two books and I'm walking away slightly disappointed. But if there happens to be another book **cough** Vic because why n [...]


    • I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.Chi Chi is a wonderful character and I loved the clash of cultures that happens when Michael and Chi Chi’s very different worlds collide. Unfortunately, this ends up as the story of a brave, original human being being moulded into a suburban Stepford Wife. At the start of the story, Chi Chi is preparing to take his drag act to Broadway. By the end, he is driving carpool and making muffins. I really struggled with Mitch. There [...]


    • I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews but all opinions expressed here are my own. Review first posted onNautical Star Books.Outside the Lines by A.R. Barley is book number three of the Boundaries series but I read it out of order and had no trouble understanding the storyline.Basically, Mitch’s wife died 2 years ago and he needs a nanny. In comes the cross dressing Chi-Chi to the rescue. While Mitch is reserved, disorganized and intense, Chi-Chi is a d [...]


    • This story did a lot of things right in my world: there's a straightforward plot, clearly delineated characters, and a sense of something important at stake. For bonus points, one of the MCs is a newly widowed straight man, the other a struggling drag-queen. If I'm not 4-star raving about it, it's because everything felt just a little too neat: (view spoiler)[Mitch came to terms with being attracted to Chi-Chi too readily, his children accepted their mother's death and Chi-Chi's presence with al [...]


    • My Review:I've really enjoyed this whole series and this was a great addition to it. We met Chi Chi in the last book, so when I saw this book featured him, I had to grab it. Chi Chi is a go-getter. When the book begins, he's working 4 jobs of them as a drag queen. He dreams of someday making it to NYC and Broadwayd is willing to work to get there. He's had a hard life. He had an abusive father and is from the wrong community. As a smaller, more delicate and feminine guy drawn to pink, and glitte [...]


    • I loved this one - so much feeling!Outside the Lines is the 3rd book in The Boundaries Series by A. R. Barley. Of the three books this one is by far my favorite. Mitch and Chi-Chi’s story is full of so much feeling; I was pulling for these two every step of the way.Mitch is a bisexual widower with two children. When he sees Chi-Chi at the only gay bar in town he’s instantly attracted but runs away because he can’t imagine anyone like Chi-Chi being interested in him.Chi-Chi feels a connecti [...]


    • ¸.•*¨)☆♡¸.•*´¨)☆♡¸.•*´¨)☆♡♡☆(¸.•Chi Chi Ramirez was fierce and fabulous and oh so adorable. Who could not love the drag queen who blew on the scene in book 2 Against the Rules? I was waiting for this book. And now I got to see what all the hype was about. "Thank God, I thought I was the only normal one here."Chi chi didn't know normal, but he sure knew attraction, and university professor Mitch had it in spades. The recently widowed father of two was a mess, but [...]


    • “Outside the Lines” was the third book by this author I read and loved. Her stories are always tender, sweet, slightly angsty and hot. Barley’s writing is amazing and the characters she creates are always 100% adorable. This series is simply amazing and one of the steadiest in regards to the high ratings from me that I’ve read so far. Really, I applaud the author for that – seen as I lose interest in series pretty fast. But not so with this one. I would probably read another 3 books ab [...]


    • Outside the Lines is the third book of A.R. Barley's Boundaries series. Each book is a standalone but you see characters from the previous stories. I've read all 3 books in the series, but I don't think you absolutely need to read them in order to be able to follow this one. The previous characters don't play a very big role in this story.I absolutely LOVED Chi-Chi! He knew exactly who he was and was very proud of it. Even though he is a drag queen, he is one tough cookie. He had a rough upbring [...]


    • I'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 th [...]


    • This is the book I was patiently waiting for and it was everything I thought it would be. We finally learn about the charismatic performer at Ale Mary's, Chi-Chi. Outside the Lines is the third book in Boundaries series. Chi-Chi is working multiple jobs and is a part-time college student dreaming of making it to NYC to perform on Broadway. Mitch is a college professor at Halston and was widowed close to two years ago raising two young kids. He's always known he was bisexual, but had only been wi [...]


    • Out of all the M/M books I have read, this was the first one where one of the MC's was a drag queen. HonestlyI was not sure how I was going to like it, simply because sometimes I worry one of the character's would be too feminine and that's not something that I personally enjoy reading in my books.However, Chi Chi was probably the perfect combo for me. He was just a sweet little nugget. 5 foot 2, killer sense of style and the perfect man to come in and clean up Mitch's life.Mitch is a widow rais [...]


    • NOTE: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have to acknowledge all the good things about this book: good writing, good intentions, heart in the right place, etc. I just wasn't totally into it. Mitch was kinda boring, as others have said, so it was hard to see what Chi Chi saw in him for all the complications. I also think there was just too much going on in the book-- the plot was cluttered with subplots and back story that didn't get filled in really. [...]


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