On The Outside by Louise Lyons

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On The Outside 400 x 600On The Outsdie 
by Louise Lyons
Release Date: April 30, 2016
Pages: 112 • Format: eARC
Published By: Louise Lyons
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When Craig Ferguson is released from prison after a year’s sentence for fighting, he returns home to his father and brother, and the family business. Throwing himself back into the life he left, with family, work, and women, Craig tries to forget his time on the inside, but there’s one thing he just can’t get out of his mind.

Cell mate, Rocky Kirk, still has six months of his sentence to go, and after a year together in a tiny cell, Craig misses him more than he cares to admit. He does his best to forget, but when Rocky is released, and arrives on Craig’s doorstep, homeless and hurt, everything that happened between them comes flooding back.

Craig’s family takes in Rocky, now known as Kirk, and gives him a home and a job, but he’s reluctant to join in with their partying, and never seems entirely comfortable in their home. A few months later Kirk announces he has to leave, and when Craig presses him for an explanation, Kirk blurts out that his unwanted feelings for his friend are hurting him too much to stay. His admission changes everything, but Craig’s uncertainty, and fears of his father discovering their secret, threatens to ruin anything that could develop between them.


I did not like anything about this story. The cover was horrendous, and the blurb was super misleading. When one reads prison and cell mates in the blurb one expects the setting to be in prison. It was false advertising all around. The only reason that it wasn’t one star was because the writing of the story was good, that doesn’t mean I enjoyed the story at all because I didn’t. The sex was boring me, and it went very fast for these two guys. I think the concept was good, maybe it cold have been longer so it would have time to gel together.

Okay let’s take this by points, the cover should have been a major no. The floating head was a big N-O. The prison bars misleading, and then the model guy? Why? Major turnoffs for me. I tired really hard to find something that was good for me with the characters but nothing appealed to me. I never connected with Craig or Kirk. The relationship aspect between both guys never seemed genuine. It might have felt someway on Kirk’s side but he didn’t have a voice in this story to me. I just felt like the author made Kirk this timid guy who didn’t have a voice or opinion. It didn’t gel with what Craig talked about. It went from Craig never being with a man but until he spend 1 year in prison. I must say that whole prison sentence bothered me. I don’t know if first offences get prison time for fighting when no one died. It seemed so extreme to me, and then to tide over time you decided to have sex with your cell mate. I’m sorry it’s not for me. The execution was huge miss and neither characters were inspiring to like.

About Louise Lyons

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.

Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

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