An Ashlez Review: Outshined (Tall Thicket Tales #1) by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

Rating : 3.5 stars out of 5

Fall 1993.

Well, it isn’t his Plan A…

At his surgeon father’s insistence, premed bad boy Cameron Lord transfers from the massive University of Texas to tiny Tall Thicket State University in small-town East Texas. After the scandal of seducing the dean’s son during their sophomore year in Austin and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Cameron needs a fresh start. Dr. Lord insists Cameron’s lucky any school still wants him, but Cameron’s more concerned with whether a certain gorgeous blond undergrad is interested.

After spotting Tim Sullivan through the plate glass window of Big Cheeser’s Pizza, Cameron can’t resist the opportunity to apply for a job there. Angelically handsome, Tim’s also frontman for popular local cover band the Angry Goats, proving there’s more to him than polo shirts and shy smiles. When Tim reveals he’s on Prozac for severe depression, Cameron’s convinced they understand each other. But with Tim’s evangelical upbringing, the terror of the AIDS epidemic, and the casual homophobia of Tim’s bandmate, will virgin Tim be brave enough to acknowledge his growing interest in worldly, reckless Cameron?


Overall this was a good read.  It had a lot more religious aspects than I had expected – it was homophobia centered which wasn’t bad it was actually very well done – though the mental illness aspect I was a little disappointed in – I feel like it was brief though talked about a lot if that makes sense.
Cameron – wild and crazy, free, I figure him to be just a free spirit doing whatever it is he feels like – which partially explains his faults – but his spirit is just so wild.
Tim – shy – I would put him as just very shy but his upbringing 100% explains this – their characters honestly balance eachother so well it’s awesome.
I think a lot of the book was good – some was a bit blah – but the last chapter – this was where the magic happened and I felt just so happy reading it – the band aspect of this book was awesome, I wish it was more focused on that though the relationship of Cam and Tim of course is forefront .. because the beginning of that last chapter.. whew I just felt amazing reading it!
Overall I’d say give it a read!  i’m curious how the rest of the series will pan out
Cover art: Thursday Euclid:  I’m a bit disappointed by the lack of piercings/tattoos on the cover, though it’s still hot and fits in a way – and those glasses with that jacket – so good!

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Book Details:Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2019
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesTall Thicket Tales #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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