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    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 connection to Mitch when they first meet, too but when he disappears during Chi-Chi’s performance he writes him off as a jerk. The two meet again later at a backyard bar-b-que and it takes a while for Mitch to realize that one of his neighbors sharing the house next door, is the gorgeous person he ran from at Ale Mary’s. This story starts off hot and just keeps getting hotter and hotter. I felt the connection between these two main characters right away and once I started reading this book I didn’t want to stop. All Mitch wants is to be a good father to his son and daughter and to find someone he can love and be with. Chi-Chi has dreams of performing on Broadway but he’s struggling to get there, working at multiple low-paying jobs. I felt so bad for Mitch and the struggles he is going through with his kids and his in-laws. He’s afraid if he does anything “wrong” they will try to take his children from him but he doesn’t share this information. Chi-Chi has ghosts from his past life and also doesn’t share with Mitch. These two seem to have trouble communicating everywhere but in the bedroom. Outside the Lines touched on all of my emotions and I feel like a broken record sometimes when I say (over and over - lol) that that’s my favorite kind of story. You don’t need to have read the first two books in the series to enjoy this one. Characters from the earlier books appear in this one but only in a minor way. I’ve enjoyed reading this series and while book 2 wasn’t my cup of tea, I would certainly be willing to read more M/M stories from Ms. Barley. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
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    This is the 3rd book in the Boundaries series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding of the characters in the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Mitch meets a sexy drag queen at a club, and then chickens out on meet her later. Then he sees her again next door..... as his daughters princess. Can he convince his neighbor that he is the real deal? Chi-Chi has had enough with the wrong men. Too many times they want only one thing and Chi-Chi wants more. With much to offer, he is ready to find the one. So sweet and fun. There was so much in this story for everyone. I definitely laughed, cried and rooted for these two to get together. This series just has so much heat and heart. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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