Book Reviews

Out in the Blue by Kelly Jensen

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Age Gap / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-April-2021

Book Blurb

Jared isn't looking for a hookup. Fin is.

At forty-five, Jared Tailler suddenly feels old. When his employer grounds him, he starts thinking in terms of measuring his coffin. Well, not quite, but he’s creakier and hairier than he was ten years ago, and his closest relationship is the one he has with his frequent-flyer card.
It’s time to get out there.

On the first day of a five-day hiking trip, he meets Finley Macrae, a younger, seemingly brighter man. As they inch together in halting steps, Jared learns he’s not the only one lost out in the blue—Fin’s good cheer hides a turbulence deeper than Jared’s midlife crisis. Maybe together they can find the trail to happiness.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2015.


Book Review

Aging gracefully is not a talent everyone possesses, and Jared, just having turned forty-five, definitely has no idea how to enjoy getting older. So he goes the other way and signs up for a five-day hiking tour, to get out into nature and maybe meet some likeminded men. Fin is about a decade younger and far less worried about getting old, but not just because he is younger. He is the kind of person who, despite his tragic loss, focuses on moving forward. In many ways these two men are very different—one always grumpy, the other ready to see the sunny side of life—but inside, where it matters, they have quite a few things in common. In a story that proves the power of love, Jared and Fin stumble their way to the beginning of what may be a wonderful relationship.
Jared is an accountant who likes numbers far better than people. He’s been able to focus on his job, using the many business trips he had to do as a way of hiding from “life”, but when he is promoted and has to stay in one place, life catches up with him. It gets to the point where he has anxiety attacks, and he knows he has to do something. All he can see is the loss of his youth, and when he meets Fin, who is clearly interested in him, he can’t believe it. Jared can barely imagine having a real friend, so Fin’s innuendo and flirting completely throw Jared. He has a hard time dealing with the situation, but over the five days of the tour, he begins a learning curve that I hope, for his sake, will continue once they go home.

Fin is a teacher, he loves his job, and he has been on quite a few hiking tours. He is cheerful, always laughing and smiling, and when Jared finds out why Fin is alone, he is astounded that Fin can still be so happy. But for Fin it is a matter of survival to focus on the positive, and he does his delightful and endearing best to pull Jared along with him, whether Jared is ready or not. The few glimpses at the darkness inside Fin made me respect the way he handles his life even more! What a guy!

If you like stories about mature men finding new direction in their lives, if a wilderness hike with all its beauty and angers (such as ants!) sounds like an interesting setting, and if you’re looking for a sweet read with lots of tender moments between men who are just getting to know each other, then you will probably like this short novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 45 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-July-2019
Price $1.99 ebook
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