Title: Out of the Gate
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Wesley (Wes) Tremayne, Evan Taylor
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Suspense
British actor Wesley Tremayne thinks he’s close to hitting the big time—a film career—with his role as a hunky explorer on a popular American TV show. Success should be just around the corner, as long as he keeps his sexual orientation a secret. Wes’s best friend and beard, Julia Compton, forms the other half of a glamorous Hollywood couple that’s merely a façade.
Evan Taylor left his acting career behind five years ago without looking back. He’s always been more comfortable around horses than people—especially Hollywood types. His new life training racehorses is a dream come true, but increasing financial problems and an abusive boyfriend have him doubting himself and his choices.
Then Wes and his friends buy a third-rate racehorse—partially for publicity—and send him to Evan’s stable. Wes’s friendship with Evan soon develops into an overpowering attraction he can’t act on. He’s never met a man like Evan, but if there’s any chance for a future together, Wes must choose between a career he loves and the man he adores.
I’ve read a couple of books by EM Lynley and I’ve enjoyed them all. Ms. Lynley has a way of getting to the heart and soul of her characters, while writing a gripping storyline that will not only pull at your heartstrings but leave you with a smile on your face.
Since the blurb does an excellent job at describing the gist of the story, I won’t rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about why I really liked this book and why I recommend it.
One of my favorite things about this book was the main characters. I loved Wes and Evan. Both men are likable, humanly flawed men who lived and breathed off of the written page. I loved how both, Wes and Evan, had their own issues and insecurities they had to work on as their relationship progressed. As a reader, I really appreciated the pacing of their relationship throughout the novel. I loved how they slowly formed a friendship into a beautifully written romance in which I found myself really rooting for. The chemistry they had together on both an emotional and a physical level really resonated with me and when they do finally give into their desire and feelings for each other I wanted to jump for joy!
Another great thing about this book was the interesting storyline. I loved the details Ms. Lynley gave about horses and horse-racing and enjoyed learning more about the sport itself. It was easy to see how the characters got involved in this lifestyle. Not only was it interesting, I was impressed by the knowledge Ms. Lynley seems to have on the sport, and I found myself wanting to know more about it.
Between the romance, the horses and the big mystery of Evan’s past, as well as, who is sabotaging Evan’s business, I found myself really enthralled with this story and I loved every second I spent reading it.
Out of the Gate is a very easy story to recommend. If you crave well-written stories that will give you plenty of suspense along with a very sexy, romance then this is definitely the book for you!
Reviewed By: Gabbi