Review: Outcast by Jamie Schlosser (Good Guys #4)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Outcast is the fourth and latest novel in author Jamie Schlosser's Good Guys series. The book starts off with a young adult (YA) feel and then ventures into more new adult (NA) territory throughout most of the story. When he was only fourteen, Ezra Johnson fell in love for the first time and at first sight with fellow freshman and transfer student Kayla Reynolds. For years, he was seen as nothing more than the disparaging nicknames his peers threw his way, such as cripple and slug. While Kayla may have been a target as well, she had one solid presence by her side to ward off most of the bullying, the school's star football player. Ezra could only love Kayla from afar, believing he wasn't good enough for someone like her. What he didn't know was that Kayla had a couple of secrets that she's been hoping to tell him; when she does, Ezra decides it's time to play for keeps. But being in college poses a new set of challenges for these two lovers. Ezra wants to be seen as someone more than his limitations, and Kayla wants to know more about her heritage. Will their love see them through?

Ezra and Kayla's love story was low on angst but high on romance, giving readers a sweet tale about two young people who were outsiders in one form or another while they were in high school and are trying to find their place now that they're adults and in college. I liked the way these two clicked and how they were trying to make up for all the years they had lost not being more vocal about their feelings for one another. As much as this was about two teenagers falling in love, this was also about family, although in a far smaller scale, and that gets bonus points on my end (the family angle, not the smaller scale part). One of my favorite things about the story had to do with Kayla's quest to have a better understanding of who she is and where she comes from, not because she hates her fathers, but to feel more complete. There were several supporting characters, but the ones that truly stood out to me were Gavin--who I REALLY hope will be getting his own happily-ever-after--and Pierre--because dogs who aren't used merely as props in a book deserve kudos. I'm giving 4.5 stars to Outcast. ♥

Release Date: 15 March 2018

Date Read: 14 March 2018

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