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Even at that young age Zach knew that those two truths - all-star athlete and homosexual male - could not exist concurrently. So, he’d started dating Rebecca, his devoutly Catholic girlfriend who wants to wait to have sex until she’s married, during his junior year of high school and never looked back. But on the last night of a team trip to Rome, on the cusp of his senior Even at that young age Zach knew that those two truths - all-star athlete and homosexual male - could not exist concurrently. So, he’d started dating Rebecca, his devoutly Catholic girlfriend who wants to wait to have sex until she’s married, during his junior year of high school and never looked back. But on the last night of a team trip to Rome, on the cusp of his senior season at Northwestern University, a Heisman, a number 1 draft pick and a National Championship, Zach seeks out one last anonymous encounter. He opens Grindr and slips out into the Italian summer night to meet Liam - Liam who has a face that looks like it was carved from Carrara marble by one of the ancient greats and whose brazen facade becomes sheepish when he’s asked about his past in Paris. The night is intense, better than Zach could have imagined. But like all one-night stands, it comes to an end by morning’s light. But what happens to Zach’s carefully manicured plans for a professional football career and a life in the closet when Liam shows up, not only on the Northwestern campus the first day of the fall semester, but in Zach’s upper-level Plato seminar, too?


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Even at that young age Zach knew that those two truths - all-star athlete and homosexual male - could not exist concurrently. So, he’d started dating Rebecca, his devoutly Catholic girlfriend who wants to wait to have sex until she’s married, during his junior year of high school and never looked back. But on the last night of a team trip to Rome, on the cusp of his senior Even at that young age Zach knew that those two truths - all-star athlete and homosexual male - could not exist concurrently. So, he’d started dating Rebecca, his devoutly Catholic girlfriend who wants to wait to have sex until she’s married, during his junior year of high school and never looked back. But on the last night of a team trip to Rome, on the cusp of his senior season at Northwestern University, a Heisman, a number 1 draft pick and a National Championship, Zach seeks out one last anonymous encounter. He opens Grindr and slips out into the Italian summer night to meet Liam - Liam who has a face that looks like it was carved from Carrara marble by one of the ancient greats and whose brazen facade becomes sheepish when he’s asked about his past in Paris. The night is intense, better than Zach could have imagined. But like all one-night stands, it comes to an end by morning’s light. But what happens to Zach’s carefully manicured plans for a professional football career and a life in the closet when Liam shows up, not only on the Northwestern campus the first day of the fall semester, but in Zach’s upper-level Plato seminar, too?

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  1. 5 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    Zach knows he will never live the life he wants to, openly gay and an NFL player. He will live his lie, living with his girlfriend, get married, etc etc. When he’s with his team is in Rome Zach takes one last chance, through Grindr he got a one-night hook-up with a beautiful man Liam. Zach is shocked when, back in the US, this Liam sits in the same class as he is. He explains to Liam they have to avoid each other. Liam is a bit pissed but agrees, whatever. Avoiding seems impossible, they have to study Zach knows he will never live the life he wants to, openly gay and an NFL player. He will live his lie, living with his girlfriend, get married, etc etc. When he’s with his team is in Rome Zach takes one last chance, through Grindr he got a one-night hook-up with a beautiful man Liam. Zach is shocked when, back in the US, this Liam sits in the same class as he is. He explains to Liam they have to avoid each other. Liam is a bit pissed but agrees, whatever. Avoiding seems impossible, they have to study together, the attraction is heavy. Zach knows starting something with Liam will end his career. Only, his heart isn’t helping him. A widely written narrative, very appealing. We get to know Liam, studying at the School of Music at the University, how he lives his life, friends, and family. A kind personality who made mistakes in the past and wants to do better in the future. He can’t get Zach out of his heart but refuses to ruin his career. We get to know Zach, a starting quarterback for Northwestern University, his teammates, his girlfriend, and how his heart calls for Liam. The story is thoroughly developed, interesting only, for me at times a bit too much, now and then I scrolled through the pages looking for Zach and Liam. The way Zach handled it all was magnificent, mature, dedicated. Overall a quite enjoyable and entertaining story, with engaging characters, captivatingly written, all emotions wonderfully pictured.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia McLachlan

    "Striking" is the only word I can imagine to sum up ALL THE WAY OUT. Crafting a passionate college romance that is authentic and heartfelt, debut author Ingrid Sterling has conceived not one, but two deeply satisfying role models befitting contemporary LGBTQ+ culture. Her worlds are rendered with precision, full of sparkling details that pop effortlessly from the page, and a worthy cast of characters you'll adore spending time with. Themes of self-acceptance weave harmoniously through the cent "Striking" is the only word I can imagine to sum up ALL THE WAY OUT. Crafting a passionate college romance that is authentic and heartfelt, debut author Ingrid Sterling has conceived not one, but two deeply satisfying role models befitting contemporary LGBTQ+ culture. Her worlds are rendered with precision, full of sparkling details that pop effortlessly from the page, and a worthy cast of characters you'll adore spending time with. Themes of self-acceptance weave harmoniously through the central narrative, capturing a relationship that evolves from a surprisingly natural yet forbidden intimacy to a full-on and honest love affair. Zach has always known he was gay, but he has to remain in the closet for the sake of his prospective career in professional football. Composer Liam is still working through the pain left behind after a messy relationship blew up in his face. They both think they know themselves well enough and how to navigate the expectations set out for them, but through each other, they discover that self-preservation could end up costing them both true happiness. The sincerity that drives these characters compels us to trust that their happily-ever-after is inevitable, yet the impossible obstacles they face and the choices they make feel earned every step of the way. The character development here is deliberate, while the storytelling is both urgent and graceful. I had the pleasure of beta-reading an early version of this work, and have become a steadfast cheerleader for Zach and Liam's tale to reach a wider audience. If you enjoy queer romances with equally generous measures of heat and heart, I hope you'll find as much to love in this one as I have.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Annie's Readingtips)

    I absolutely LOVED this adorable, gripping and heart-warming m/m romance about a closeted star football player having to choose between risking his whole career or being brave enough to reveal his most vulnerable self for a chance of true love and happiness. Already in his early teens, Zach was absolutely sure about three things: 1) he wanted to play football at the highest levels of college and pro ball, 2) he was gay, and 3) those two truths could never exist concurrently. So Zach settled for a I absolutely LOVED this adorable, gripping and heart-warming m/m romance about a closeted star football player having to choose between risking his whole career or being brave enough to reveal his most vulnerable self for a chance of true love and happiness. Already in his early teens, Zach was absolutely sure about three things: 1) he wanted to play football at the highest levels of college and pro ball, 2) he was gay, and 3) those two truths could never exist concurrently. So Zach settled for a life in the closet, started dating Rebecca, who as a devoted Catholic conveniently wanted to wait to have sex until marriage, and kept his needs at bay with the occasional Grindr hook-ups. But on a team trip to Rome, he meets Liam, an American raised in Paris but now about to relocate his life due to a scandal. The night was one of the highlights in Zach’s life, but saying goodbye he never thought he’d see Liam again. So the sight of Liam in his uni class the first day of the fall semester almost stops his heart, and completely scatter his carefully laid plans to remain closeted. I rooted so much for both Zach and Liam from the very first moment and my heart ached for them in their struggles. They were both such wonderful characters, with depth and as far from any stereotype cliches you can come. Yes, Zach was an all-star football athlete, but he was certainly not the typical jock, being interested in philosophy and Roman history. And yes, Liam was a troubled music student, but he was also so sweet and caring and vulnerable, really putting his heart out there for Zach. I loved the wonderful chemistry between them… it was so intense and sizzling it was almost palpable! Ingrid Sterling’s writing style was incredible, with a wonderful flow and capture of the suppressed feelings and longings between the characters. I especially loved the way she made us readers come along on Zach’s and Liam’s journey to finding themselves and coming to a decision what’s really worth living for. I read this book in one sitting, it was so addictive and I rooted so much for all characters that I just couldn’t bear to put it down until the very end! It was not just Zach and Liam who stole my heart, but so many of the wonderful secondary characters too, like Zach’s best friend Des and Liam’s friends Mackenzie and Sam, and his brother Eben. I also really loved the way the relationship between Zach and Rebecca was portrayed; it was not just about using Rebecca as a cover, Zach had such wonderful respect and affectionate feelings for her. All in all, this is one of my absolute favorite m/m romances ever! It was such a powerful story about accepting and being proud of who you are, for wanting things and for being brave enough to chase after those things no matter how scary it feels or how hard it might make your life. It dealt with difficult topics in an honest and realistic way, but it was also such an uplifting, heart-warming, sweet and emotional rollercoaster for a love story! Thank you to Gay Book Promotions for the ARC and blog tour invitation for this gem! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review.  Zach was about to take a chance while in Rome, (it kinda reminded me of the saying what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas) with a reinstalled app a connection is made. Only the concept was for that connection to stay in Italy. Laim had transferred to the same school as his closeted hookup only it was going to be hard to stay just a hookup when the chemistry between them was so high up, just one sad little detail here was Z Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review.  Zach was about to take a chance while in Rome, (it kinda reminded me of the saying what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas) with a reinstalled app a connection is made. Only the concept was for that connection to stay in Italy. Laim had transferred to the same school as his closeted hookup only it was going to be hard to stay just a hookup when the chemistry between them was so high up, just one sad little detail here was Zach ready for what it will take to come out? Will he? Its such a sweet little burning romance that builds up in intensities. Of physical struggle to overcome fears.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sadonna

    4.5 stars! This review and much more can be found at Love Bytes Reviews Zach’s life has been quite carefully planned. He’s going to finish college, hopefully win the National Championship as the quarterback of his teamand then be set for life playing in the NFL as a top draft pick. He’s got a girlfriend who was his friend first and who is wanting to save herself for marriage. This make things a bit easier for him because the other thing that Zach knows is that he’s gay. He’s known for a long tim 4.5 stars! This review and much more can be found at Love Bytes Reviews Zach’s life has been quite carefully planned. He’s going to finish college, hopefully win the National Championship as the quarterback of his teamand then be set for life playing in the NFL as a top draft pick. He’s got a girlfriend who was his friend first and who is wanting to save herself for marriage. This make things a bit easier for him because the other thing that Zach knows is that he’s gay. He’s known for a long time. But he also knows that his planned life and his sexuality are not compatible. He’s managed to compartmentalize these two things and made due with sporadic anonymous hookups only where he’s sure he won’t be recognized. He’s reconciled to having a good life with Rebecca and football, suppressing his desire for men. Liam is in Rome for the summer recovering from a bit of a disaster that occurred in Paris at the conservatory where he was studying. He’s American but he’s grown up in Italy with American parents, so while he speak perfect American English, his sensibilities are much more European than American. He’s on Grindr looking for a hookup. Zach is on a two week trip to Rome with his teammates which he is loving as a Classics major. He decides before he heads back to Evanston for his senior year, he wants one last hurrah where he won’t be recognized and so he downloads Grindr one last time. He gets a hit with Liam and decides to leave the team and meet up. He’s surprised that Liam is American – although nominally really given that he’s grown up in Florence. He decides to use his real name for the first time, because he’s in Rome and he’ll never see Liam again. Things start off a little bit rocky, but they end up having a really good night 🙂 Imagine their surprise when they turn up in the same Plato seminar in Evanston. And there are even more surprising connections. But of course Zach is nervous and Liam is exasperated that Zach would even think that Liam would out him. Things do not start well and they basically ignore each other after an initial confrontation. When they end up at the same party one night though, things get a bit out of hand. And things get even icier. But when they are forced to work together on a class project, they have to figure out a way to compromise and get things done. But the attraction that is simmering just below the surface bubbles over and they are unable to resist. As the semester wears on and Zach’s team continues to win and he’s the focus of a lot of media, he looks to Liam to help keep him grounded. His relationship with Rebecca becomes strained as well under all the pressure. Liam is his safe place. And of course he realizes that he is falling in love with him, which is not what he ever expected to happen. As the season and playoffs wind down, Zach realizes that he’s got to do something. He’s accomplished so much. But he’s living half a life and he’s not being honest with too many people. And it’s taking a toll on his enjoyment of what he’s achieved and what he’s looking forward to. But Liam is dealing with his own issues. After his disastrous last year, he’s not really in a good place and whatever Zach decides, he knows it will affect him and he doesn’t want be the one who ruins things for Zach. So two broken hearts may be all they salvage. Well this was such a wonderful read – so much more than what I expected. From what I can tell, this is Ingrid Sterling’s debut book and I, for one, cannot wait for more. I’ve read a number of closeted athlete stories over the past few years, but truly this ranks right at the top. This story is just so complete. These two characters are just so well-written and believable. The authenticity of the dialogue, the situations, the reactions were so perfect. I wanted so badly for things to work out for these guys. There are some delightful twists and turns that I didn’t see coming at all. I totally fell for these two men and wanted to hug them both. They have a lot of obstacles to overcome, not the least of which is the continued homophobic nature of professional sports – particularly men’s sports. I loved that although they are a couple in many ways and they are in love, there are things that they have to face alone and decisions that they have make for themselves before they can begin to start acting like a real couple – not a secret hidden one. One of the other hidden treasures of this novel are the relationships each man has with his family. The changes and shifts within each man’s close circle were superbly captured as their relationship gets more serious. Liam’s family is much more laisse faire and European liberal in their approach, but they love and support their son. Zach’s family is not quite so obvious in their support of their son and because he’s never shared his truth with them, they have a bit more to deal with. But they come through have totally natural reactions to Zach’s revelations. I also loved Zach and Liam’s friends – particularly Des, Sam and McKenzie. One other thing I appreciated was the that their are no villains or one-dimensional character in the bunch. From Zach’s advisor to his football coach to his girlfriend, each character was convincing and genuine. This was just an absolutely beautiful story told so well. Brava! Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Brockman

    Zack has his life mapped out. He is all set for the NFL draft , a championship senior collegiate season, even the perfect life of a wife, children and fancy house soon inthe future. Except part of this is a lie. He has a beautiful girlfriend any man would envy, plus she is Catholic and wants to save herself until marriage which works in that perfect dream and the lie. Zach’s coach surprises the team with an Italian vacation before thier senior year starts. The last night of the trip is open curfe Zack has his life mapped out. He is all set for the NFL draft , a championship senior collegiate season, even the perfect life of a wife, children and fancy house soon inthe future. Except part of this is a lie. He has a beautiful girlfriend any man would envy, plus she is Catholic and wants to save herself until marriage which works in that perfect dream and the lie. Zach’s coach surprises the team with an Italian vacation before thier senior year starts. The last night of the trip is open curfew. Zach pulls up Grindr and meets up with Liam a gorgeous European. The one night stand was meant to settle his needs but only succeeded in wanting to be himself knowing he never could. Liam also has secrets. He is going to America for his senior college year to “regroup” Imagine both men’s surprise when they meet again face to face in one of their classes and that Zach’s senior advisor is Liam’s brother. This story has a lot going and and even if your not a sports romance fan... romance trumps the sports. There are a lot of great characters and I liked both Liam and Zach, but this romance was epic. It’s very emotional on many levels. If you like sports romance, namely football... coming out, Italy, lots of feels and an all over good romance with mostly off page sex you will like this. which works in that perfect dream and the lie. Zach’s coach surprises the team with an Italian vacation before thier senior year starts. The last night of the trip is open curfew. Zach pulls up Grindr and meets up with Liam a gorgeous European. The one night stand was meant to settle his needs but only succeeded in wanting to be himself knowing he never could. Liam also has secrets. He is going to America for his senior college year to “regroup” Imagine both men’s surprise when they meet again face to face in one of their classes and that Zach’s senior advisor is Liam’s brother. This story has a lot going and and even if your not a sports romance fan... romance trumps the sports. There are a lot of great characters and I liked both Liam and Zach, but this romance was epic. It’s very emotional on many levels. If you like sports romance, namely football... coming out, Italy, lots of feels and an all over good romance with mostly off page sex you will like this.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

    All The Way Out is an amazing debut novel by Ingrid Sterling. As a lover of sports romances, I find this one to be absolutely riveting and perfectly charming. I really love this book. Everything about it works for me. But, yes, I am probably biased as it's about a closeted athlete. Love this trope! Zach's a closeted college athlete with a long time girlfriend, Rebecca. The reader knows early on this relationship with Rebecca is for show only. One can easily feel how unattached they are. So, yes, All The Way Out is an amazing debut novel by Ingrid Sterling. As a lover of sports romances, I find this one to be absolutely riveting and perfectly charming. I really love this book. Everything about it works for me. But, yes, I am probably biased as it's about a closeted athlete. Love this trope! Zach's a closeted college athlete with a long time girlfriend, Rebecca. The reader knows early on this relationship with Rebecca is for show only. One can easily feel how unattached they are. So, yes, there's cheating, but he and Rebecca are waiting for marriage, and the cheating is not in a way that it bothers me at all. As for Zach and Liam. I love that they hook up in Italy. Their night together is entertaining and sweet. But adding to the fun is that Liam ends up at the same school as Zach. What follows is a beautiful romance between two people who clearly belong together. Their path isn't easy, but damn, I love them together. There's so much going on throughout their journey. Zach's closeted and terrified to be out as an athlete. This is a main part of his journey. The issues with his girlfriend definitely has some interesting surprises along the way. The author does a terrific job illustrating the pain of being a gay athlete who's unable to be themselves. I appreciate every bit of how this is handled. This is all too real and well explored. The writing style is fantastic, with two well developed characters who are both lovable. The feelings are laid out for the reader to easily feel all the ups and downs, all the want and need, all the pain and regret. The flow is great, the storyline is compelling. There's nothing I would change. All the Way Out is a wonderful coming of age romance. I adore every single moment of this Ingrid Sterling read and I can't wait to see what Ingrid writes next.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Murphy

    I kind of feel like I'm the bad guy because I'm rating this book three stars. The author did her thing, and I give her mad respect for all her time, energy, and soul she put into writing this. My review is purely a reflection of my ability to connect with, and enjoy the story. This book just didn't sit well with me. I found myself struggling with my feelings towards both MC's. There were things I enjoyed throughout the story, but there were also some things that really ruffled my feathers. It's I kind of feel like I'm the bad guy because I'm rating this book three stars. The author did her thing, and I give her mad respect for all her time, energy, and soul she put into writing this. My review is purely a reflection of my ability to connect with, and enjoy the story. This book just didn't sit well with me. I found myself struggling with my feelings towards both MC's. There were things I enjoyed throughout the story, but there were also some things that really ruffled my feathers. It's a bit frustrating that I am unable to overlook the flaws that caused Zack, and Liam, and their relationship, to be tainted in my mind. I wanted to forgive, forget, not judge, be understanding, but in the end I fell short of accomplishing that. Zach cheating on his girlfriend was not cool, but I was more bothered by what transpired between them after that Halloween party. Oddly, that felt more cheating than everything prior. I know, I'm freaking weird, it's kind of messed up! But, that was just how it felt to me. Liam was confusing, it was like he wanted everything, was wishing for everything, but then upon being offered it, he pulled some Jekyll & Hyde bs. As if that wasn't bad enough, his New Year's activity made me want to just completely write him off. It's hard to redeem yourself after such horrible behavior, and that's exactly what happened here, especially with Liam. I ended the book wishing them well, but not caring for their relationship, and future, like you would want to after finishing a story. Hopefully, not many will share my opinions, and this book will be exactly what they were looking for.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    This is a new author to me, All the Way Out is Zach and Liam story...Zach knows that he always wants to be a NFL player and that he is gay but he also knows that he never can come out, these two truths could not exist. So he started dating in high school and he is determined to never look back. He and his team when to Rome and in the last night he seeks out one last time being who he really wants to be, so he opens Grindr and looks for a hookup. That night he meets Liam, their night is better th This is a new author to me, All the Way Out is Zach and Liam story...Zach knows that he always wants to be a NFL player and that he is gay but he also knows that he never can come out, these two truths could not exist. So he started dating in high school and he is determined to never look back. He and his team when to Rome and in the last night he seeks out one last time being who he really wants to be, so he opens Grindr and looks for a hookup. That night he meets Liam, their night is better that what Zach could have imagined, this time is different for his previous hookup up but it has to comes to an end in the morning. This is his senior season at the Northwestern University he could be #1 draft pick so na number 1 draft pick and a National Championship, Zach seeks out one last anonymous encounter. He opens Grindr and slips out into the Italian summer night to meet Liam - Liam who has a face that looks like it was carved from Carrara marble by one of the ancient greats and whose brazen facade becomes sheepish when he’s asked about his past in Paris. The night is intense, better than Zach could have imagined. But like all one-night stands, it comes to an end by morning’s light. But what happens to Zach’s carefully manicured plans for a professional football career and a life in the closet when Liam shows up, not only on the Northwestern campus the first day of the fall semester, but in Zach’s upper-level Plato seminar, too?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 2.75 stars All the Way Out is a typical college athlete coming-out story. I’ve read many, and enjoy them, which was one reason I chose this story. Another huge reason I picked this book for review is that Northwestern is my alma mater. I am also a big college sports fan, and have been for literally decades. I have two children who are/were Division 1 athletes, as was my husband. So, I have a lot of insider insights into the setting and set up of this story, and all of those A Joyfully Jay review. 2.75 stars All the Way Out is a typical college athlete coming-out story. I’ve read many, and enjoy them, which was one reason I chose this story. Another huge reason I picked this book for review is that Northwestern is my alma mater. I am also a big college sports fan, and have been for literally decades. I have two children who are/were Division 1 athletes, as was my husband. So, I have a lot of insider insights into the setting and set up of this story, and all of those are reasons I was, unfortunately, disappointed while reading this book. There are so many inconsistencies in the facts about sports life and life on campus at Northwestern that I will admit to being disgusted, as a reader. I know, however, that the myriad issues I had with the campus and athletics details will likely not impact the enjoyment of another reader who doesn’t have so much experiential knowledge. So, setting all of that aside, I also had issues with the incredible coincidences in the story. Read Veronica’s review in its entirety here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lakerkat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed this book! I liked both Zach and Liam. I would like a book two - to see how this author would write an out football player actually playing the game. If that part of Zach and Liam’s life had been included in this book I would have added another star. Liam and Zach’s secret relationship coming to light could have been really messy. I was scared for them when they took chances in public places! Only one sticky encounter though. Now I think Liam’s friend Mackenzie would have figured thing I enjoyed this book! I liked both Zach and Liam. I would like a book two - to see how this author would write an out football player actually playing the game. If that part of Zach and Liam’s life had been included in this book I would have added another star. Liam and Zach’s secret relationship coming to light could have been really messy. I was scared for them when they took chances in public places! Only one sticky encounter though. Now I think Liam’s friend Mackenzie would have figured things out quickly if she’d seen them together. Rebecca was clueless in her Instagram world. I think she liked the idea of having a boyfriend. She wanted a star athlete boyfriend to post about. I did not have much respect for this character. Maybe if Rebecca had been written with more depth and awareness I would have felt for her and cared that Zach cheated on her. But seriously, in a closeted character story there’s usually going to be infidelity. I would have liked to read the coming out conversations Zach had with his parents, coach, teammates, and with Rebecca. I don’t know why they were glossed over. At least the press conference outing was as it happened. This was still an enjoyable read and I look forward to more books from this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarita Chapdelaine

    This is a great story with wonderful characters and an intriguing storyline. Zach is trying so hard to be the person that everyone expects him to be but not being true to himself is slowly wearing away at him. He knows that being out will change the way everyone feels about him and may end his NFL career before it even has a chance to start. Liam is starting over in a new country and a new school after he has to leave his previous school. They are both shocked when Liam turns up in one of Zach's This is a great story with wonderful characters and an intriguing storyline. Zach is trying so hard to be the person that everyone expects him to be but not being true to himself is slowly wearing away at him. He knows that being out will change the way everyone feels about him and may end his NFL career before it even has a chance to start. Liam is starting over in a new country and a new school after he has to leave his previous school. They are both shocked when Liam turns up in one of Zach's classes after an anonymous night together in Rome. Zach thinks he will lose everything if he starts a relationship with Liam but he cannot stay away from him. They are perfect for each other and I love how their relationship evolves except for the fact that Zach still has a girlfriend. I wish that he had been truthful with Rebecca from the beginning. Zach and Liam will have to decide what they want from each other and what they are willing to do to be together. The ending is good and I look forward to reading more books by this author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara Bauer

    All the Way Out is much more than a coming-out story; it's the story of finding yourself in the most unexpected places. To the world, college football star Zach has the perfect life, but it's all a lie. Meanwhile, Liam is running from his past and probably would have continued running, if not for Zach. Watching their complicated secret relationship evolve from sex to love is like watching a caterpillar become a butterfly. In the same way, these men are reborn in each other's arms. Debut author Ing All the Way Out is much more than a coming-out story; it's the story of finding yourself in the most unexpected places. To the world, college football star Zach has the perfect life, but it's all a lie. Meanwhile, Liam is running from his past and probably would have continued running, if not for Zach. Watching their complicated secret relationship evolve from sex to love is like watching a caterpillar become a butterfly. In the same way, these men are reborn in each other's arms. Debut author Ingrid Sterling indeed tackles (no pun intended) the serious issue of being a gay athlete in an intolerant world, but she also focuses on love of self. We can't rely on someone else to fix our problems and make us whole; however, we can find a true love that complements us and changes us into the best and bravest we can be. This is a beautiful, heartfelt book. You'll be cheering for these boys through to the last page. Give me a sequel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jerri

    This was kind of a hard read for me right now. I wanted Zach and Liam to have a happily ever after from the very beginning. They really had to work for it. Rome sounded wonderful. The text was very descriptive and seemed so authentic. Liam fit into it so well. It was a very hot interlude, and felt like it was more than just a hookup. Back on campus, Zach was larger than life as the star quarterback, and was comfortable with it. His fear of discovery was completely understandable! He had so much ri This was kind of a hard read for me right now. I wanted Zach and Liam to have a happily ever after from the very beginning. They really had to work for it. Rome sounded wonderful. The text was very descriptive and seemed so authentic. Liam fit into it so well. It was a very hot interlude, and felt like it was more than just a hookup. Back on campus, Zach was larger than life as the star quarterback, and was comfortable with it. His fear of discovery was completely understandable! He had so much riding on living up to expectations. It’s sad that he felt resigned to marrying Rebecca and hiding himself for the rest of his life. I loved the way the boys’ friendship grew as they spent time together. They both grew up a lot. I hated Rebecca for what she did, but she was the catalyst. All in all, it was very good! Not really your average coming of age romance. Highly recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    drew

    this was an interesting read? first off, i think Ingrid Sterling is a fabulous writer; i really enjoyed her prose here and will definitely check out whatever she puts out next. that said, i wasn’t enjoying this book all that much for maybe the first third of the story, but after that i really got invested in what was going to happen to these characters. both of the MCs were kind of... shitheads? in different ways, though, so it took me a while to warm up to both of them. in the end, i couldn’t he this was an interesting read? first off, i think Ingrid Sterling is a fabulous writer; i really enjoyed her prose here and will definitely check out whatever she puts out next. that said, i wasn’t enjoying this book all that much for maybe the first third of the story, but after that i really got invested in what was going to happen to these characters. both of the MCs were kind of... shitheads? in different ways, though, so it took me a while to warm up to both of them. in the end, i couldn’t help but root for them to end up together, despite their bad behavior throughout the book nn. both MCs felt like fully-realized and fleshed out characters to me, and their actions never felt out of character or in service of the plot, so even when i didn’t like what the characters were doing, i believed that was how they would act. this was a solid debut, all things considered, and i’ll definitely keep an eye out for Ingrid’s next book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz Patricio

    I absolutely loved this book. It’s so raw and real, I could feel the pain and every single emotion of the characters. It was mesmerising. Zach is living a lie. It’s so damn unfair how the world makes people hide their true self, how they have to live in fear of expressing their selfs, their true beliefs and feelings. And that’s exactly what’s happening with Zach, he’s hiding, silently suffering because of societies ignorance. It breaks my heart and makes me so damn mad. What started as some fun be I absolutely loved this book. It’s so raw and real, I could feel the pain and every single emotion of the characters. It was mesmerising. Zach is living a lie. It’s so damn unfair how the world makes people hide their true self, how they have to live in fear of expressing their selfs, their true beliefs and feelings. And that’s exactly what’s happening with Zach, he’s hiding, silently suffering because of societies ignorance. It breaks my heart and makes me so damn mad. What started as some fun between the sheets became so much more. I fell in love with this book, the characters are amazing and so well written, I loved every word the author wrote and I can’t wait to read more of her work 💗

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ida Umphers

    Your heart will break for both of these guys before this book is over and you'll be rooting for them the whole time as well. Zach thinks he knows exactly how his life is going to play out and what he needs to do to achieve his football dreams. Then, one night when he is out of the country he decides to be himself. Nothing from one night could derail his carefully crafted life, right? Well...I absolutely loved Liam in this story. Zach doesn't make it easy for him, but he hangs in there and behave Your heart will break for both of these guys before this book is over and you'll be rooting for them the whole time as well. Zach thinks he knows exactly how his life is going to play out and what he needs to do to achieve his football dreams. Then, one night when he is out of the country he decides to be himself. Nothing from one night could derail his carefully crafted life, right? Well...I absolutely loved Liam in this story. Zach doesn't make it easy for him, but he hangs in there and behaves with compassion and maturity. This isn't a shallow, fun coming of age story. It has real characters having to make some hard decisions about what is really important, who they really are and what they can show the world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maria Vickers

    Zach has his life figured out, but he didn't expect Liam to show up on campus after their one-night stand that happened in another country. Their journey isn't easy, and there are more than one cringe-worthy moment. Okay, I am going to say this. I've gone back and forth on this one between 3.5 stars and 4 stars, but I finally settled on 4 because overall, I loved this story and found myself constantly cheering for them. There are some issues that made me lose some respect for Zach, but he did in Zach has his life figured out, but he didn't expect Liam to show up on campus after their one-night stand that happened in another country. Their journey isn't easy, and there are more than one cringe-worthy moment. Okay, I am going to say this. I've gone back and forth on this one between 3.5 stars and 4 stars, but I finally settled on 4 because overall, I loved this story and found myself constantly cheering for them. There are some issues that made me lose some respect for Zach, but he did in many way redeem himself by the end. There are a few other issues, but trust me when I say, you need to stick with this one once you start. I appreciate what the author did and did like the story. One-Click.

  19. 4 out of 5

    E.Muddle

    All the Way Out is a beautiful, heartfelt new adult coming out novel. It’s nothing I haven’t seen before: the closeted jock who can’t come out or he risks ruining his career, and the secret hookup who ends up capturing his heart. But it’s still engaging and very well-written with wonderfully complex characters. Liam is just trying to move on and heal from his past, and Zach is struggling with having to hide his true self. It’s a beautiful journey as they go from a bit of fun and passion to an in All the Way Out is a beautiful, heartfelt new adult coming out novel. It’s nothing I haven’t seen before: the closeted jock who can’t come out or he risks ruining his career, and the secret hookup who ends up capturing his heart. But it’s still engaging and very well-written with wonderfully complex characters. Liam is just trying to move on and heal from his past, and Zach is struggling with having to hide his true self. It’s a beautiful journey as they go from a bit of fun and passion to an intense and so very real love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbye Campbell

    Good story... needs a bit of editing I really liked this story and on that basis alone it would have been a 4-4.5 star read. However, there were so many typos and so many unnecessary words that it was distracting to the pace of the book. I feel like the author wanted to increase her word count so she just inserted words she found in a thesaurus in every other sentence. The book would have benefited from a stronger edit. I believe this is the author’s debut novel, so I am chalking up any errors on Good story... needs a bit of editing I really liked this story and on that basis alone it would have been a 4-4.5 star read. However, there were so many typos and so many unnecessary words that it was distracting to the pace of the book. I feel like the author wanted to increase her word count so she just inserted words she found in a thesaurus in every other sentence. The book would have benefited from a stronger edit. I believe this is the author’s debut novel, so I am chalking up any errors on inexperience and I’m certain that I will enjoy future books from her.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chancellor Fangirl

    Romance ultimately succeeds or fails on the strength of the couple, and Zach and Liam are marvelous, individually and together. Obviously, they are even better together, because the closeted football player and the openly bi musician end up being so surprisingly right for each other, you can't imagine them with anyone else. And their ups and downs and flaws are written so beautifully, I couldn't help but be sucked into their lives. Romance ultimately succeeds or fails on the strength of the couple, and Zach and Liam are marvelous, individually and together. Obviously, they are even better together, because the closeted football player and the openly bi musician end up being so surprisingly right for each other, you can't imagine them with anyone else. And their ups and downs and flaws are written so beautifully, I couldn't help but be sucked into their lives.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah R

    April 1, 2021: Happy Book Birthday to All the Way Out! I can't wait to read this book. Order your copy here on Amazon | Barnes & Noble *Review copy received from the publisher via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!* April 1, 2021: Happy Book Birthday to All the Way Out! I can't wait to read this book. Order your copy here on Amazon | Barnes & Noble *Review copy received from the publisher via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet Hunt

    It was a good story. Zach is a closeted football player. When in Rome he uses a hookup app and meets Liam. It’s the best night of his young life. Once back home he sees Liam in one of his college classes. Liam agrees to keep his secret. I like the story but didn’t feel it so much. It felt like it dragged in places and moved slowly. I’m voluntarily reviewing from an advanced copy that I received.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kaki Duenner

    Such a great book. The depth of the characters along with the plot made it such a good read that I couldn’t put it down. Seriously. Once I started reading I didn’t put it down until I finished! Can’t wait to see what Ingrid Sterling does next. I already miss Liam and Zach. I’m obsessed with them and would love a sequel as I know they will do big things in the future!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wangari

    I am not sure why I started this and the first 20% was not good but then it was sooooo sweet. I loved Zach so much and honestly, it was all I wanted. Loved it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    I'm... unconvinced. I'm... unconvinced.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    Please, don't rely on Google Translate when you choose to use a foreign language in your books! Liam is supposed to be fluent in italian... ehm, he is not! Please, don't rely on Google Translate when you choose to use a foreign language in your books! Liam is supposed to be fluent in italian... ehm, he is not!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I fell in love with Zach and Liam as they fell in love with each other. A warm blanket of a book, I never wanted it to end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Marks

    A great romance with some interesting takes on issues going on today. Definitely a recommendation for characters and plot. (Note: I received a copy of this from a Library Thing giveaway.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicoleta Minculescu

    New author to me but I can say that this was good. Very good. I would have liked it more steamy but considering it was NA it was ok. In the beginning I loved Liam (I confess I have a soft spot for artsy bohemian , mysterious and a little femme characters) but by the end I adored Zach more. He was honest and decided and brave - much more than Liam. I like sports romances and this was one of the best.

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