From the author: Holsum College is your average liberal arts school nestled in the scenic hills of Vermont. Well—except that it has more than it’s fair share of gay and gay-curious students. Handsome and horny, Holsum College boys get into all kinds of hijinks as they text, party, make out, pretend to study, and basically act like your average university students.If you remember the days when every conversation eventually turned to sex, the walls were thin enough to hear your neighbor breath, “massage” was code for “hook-up” and every Friday night meant a new party, then Holsum College is the series for you!
This review is for books 2 and 3 in the The Men of Holsum College series. Book 1, College Boys, was reviewed previously.
- College Boys (Book #1)
- Diva and the Frat Boy (Book #2)
- Townie and the Twink (Book #3)
- Player and the Prude (Book #4)
- Bossy and the Brat (Book #5)
- Pride and Politics (Book #6)
- Genius and the Jock (Book #7)
- My Fair Dork (Book #8)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Nathaniel Reece is savvy and fierce and wouldn’t give boring-ass Greg Sanders the time of day, except Greg is the president of a fraternity Nathaniel wants to join. But once Nathaniel gets a taste of the ferocity under Greg’s cool exterior, he can’t stop himself from trying to lure the uptight frat brother out of his shell.
The face of gay life on campus and a crusader heading off to law school, Greg doesn’t see any problem with seducing the flamboyant and exciting Nathaniel. But that’s before he finds out his fraternity brothers are refusing Nathaniel’s pledge bid. Greg’s athletic and masculine and has never had to deal with the censure of his friends or the odd looks of strangers, but if he’s going to be what Nathaniel needs, he’ll have to be comfortable not just being out, but also standing out.
So what did I think?
“Nathaniel wasn’t just gay, he was a raging, bright pride parade with a rainbow-colored cherry on top.”
This is the story of the very flamboyant Nathaniel. Usually I am not so much into the flaming characters “Oh come on, Nathaniel would be the first to admit he’s flaming!” but there was something really endearing about Nathaniel.
Nathaniel and Greg made a nice couple, and although I didn’t really like their first get together, I did want them to end up together. This doesn’t happen easily though as Greg needs to battle his worry that Nathaniel is too ‘obvious’ (his frat mates judge him poorly) plus is worried about starting a relationship as he is president of the fraternity that Nathaniel wants to join. And Nathaniel tries to keep a distance from Greg, fearful that “Any time they spent together might give Greg a chance to get uncomfortable and act like an asshole. Nathaniel liked to think that Greg was too nice for that, but he knew all too well how even nice guys could be dicks.”
A nice continuation of the series.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Insightful to a fault, Gabe Ashton knows Nick Flynn’s gay even if Nick doesn’t. And after seeing how the townie looks at his “buddy,” Gabe knows Nick is in love with a guy who’ll never love him back. So Gabe invites Nick to campus parties and to hang out with new people. But soon their friendship turns physical, and Gabe wonders if he’s in just as much denial as Nick is.
Nick’s straight—or so he’s always assumed. But he can’t deny that the things he’s doing with Gabe are hot. More than that, he likes Gabe in a way he’s never liked anyone else. Well, anyone else except his high school friend, John.
The hardest thing to give up is a fantasy, and the hardest thing to face is the truth. But if Nick wants the man standing in front of him, he’ll have to give up the one he never had.
So what did I think?
I like this one just for the title – cute and fun, just like the story!
This series is pretty easy reading including this book which has a gay-for-you theme. Gabe befriends Nick. Gabe supposedly has a finely turned gaydar and recognises that Nick is gay although Nick doesn’t think so himself.
Nick has always been a bit obsessed with his best friend John, something even his mother picks up on, but he denies his feelings are actually attraction. He continues to deny he can be attracted to men and may be gay, even when he and Gabe start a sexual relationship – it’s just guys mucking around together, isn’t it?
I liked the way Gabe was careful with Nick, letting him lead the way but I also like the way Nick was so into everything and accepting. He didn’t have doubts that being physical with Gabe was something that he wanted. It was very cute the way they are relaxed and joking during sex, making it a fun experience. “Yeah, it’s different for me, too.”..(..)..”Y’know, with you having a dick and all.” Although these are new experiences for Nick, it is also very new for Gabe as his experience of sex with Nick is like nothing he has experienced before.
A bit frustrating as Nick continues to deny his feelings but they get their in the end.
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- College Boys by Daisy Harris (someonehastosetabadexample.wordpress.com)