Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review: College Boys by Daisy Harris

College Boys (Men of Holsum College #1) by Daisy Harris
Siren Publishing
Novella: 115pgs
3.5 Pants Off

When soccer star Chris Fischer moves next door to an openly gay classmate, he doesn't realize the wall between their rooms will be so thin he'll hear his neighbor's every move. But soon he and Peter become friends, and Chris is intrigued—imagining what happens on the other side of the wall.

Active on the Queer Student Council, Peter Cohen wishes he wasn't so damn hot for his straight neighbor. He can't tell if Chris is flirting or in denial or what, but Chris's innocent overtures lure Peter into flirtation that throws his world into chaos. Peter doesn't want to date a closet case, but he desperately, passionately wants Chris.

Soon Chris must choose whether to run away from his new feelings or embrace a relationship with the guy he loves. And Peter must decide if he can give his heart to a guy who hasn't yet figured it all out.

Chris Fischer has just moved to a new dorm to get away from the bustling of his old dorm while dealing with the death of his mother. As much as he appreciates the caring from friends and teammates he just wants silence and to get away. His new and very tiny room is exactly the solitude he needs; only thing the walls are thin and he can hear every sound coming from his neighbour.

Peter has had a huge crush on Chris since they shared a brief bromance a while back, all snugly under the stars. Now is crush his closer than he ever thought possible, and they begin a tentative friendship, Which changes when Chris gets an audio show to Peter’s happy alone time, and he finds that he really likes listening in. Thus begins playtime through the walls, but all this fun could cause a whole lot of awkward with a very gay Peter and Chris the straight jock.

Off the bat, this book had me at straight jock because it always gets me excited in my pants. I loved Chris’s conflicting emotions while he played with Peter through the walls. I also enjoyed Peter, his fear of being rejected in the end but unwilling to deny to his crush.

I think what made it truly special for me was the realistic feeling Chris portrayed. He’s afraid of becoming an outcast but he is willing to stand beside his friend, because without all the sexual content and growing feelings Peter is his friend.

Some small things kept this one from being a solid four. The pacing and writing was well done, but close to the ending, it all felt very rushed. Chris easy breezy acceptance of being attracted to a man was too quick. His feelings before was so strong, and then boom he’s cool with it all. I am glad Peter was spared the pain but… I wanted more. I also do not like the word ‘fapping’ it annoys me. I saw it an eye roll numerous came out. Seriously fapping?

Overall, I liked the story and really look forward to reading the rest in the series. I enjoy the authors writing style, it’s very fun, quirky, and made me smile.

3.5 Pants Off

1 comment:

  1. This sounds cute. I like books where the characters are also friends but WTH does fapping mean?


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