The Ivory Towers Series
- Freshman: Uncut (book #1) – in this review
- Sophomore: Undeclared (book #2)
- Junior: Unscripted (book #3) – release due 30th August 2013
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Sparks fly between jaded film TA, Shane, and tough-acting freshman, Angel. Shane gives Angel the sex he craves, but struggles to be the man he needs.
Shane’s too old for Angel. Even if Angel weren’t a freshman in Shane’s Intro to Film class, the kid would be too closeted, too confused, too darn changeable and needy. But when Shane sees the pain lurking behind Angel’s tough exterior, he can’t help but reach out to him and give in to the desire in those scared, brown eyes.
Pacific Rim University may as well be another planet from the Oakland neighborhood where Angel grew up. Angel’s fought all his life to get respect, and to stay hard in the eyes of his friends back home. Always the weird kid, Angel was the guy who never hooked up with girls. Meeting his very sexy, very male Film TA, Angel starts to understand why. He refuses to admit he’s gay, but he lives for every one of Shane’s smiles.
When Shane takes Angel to task for his insolent attitude, Angel can’t resist pushing his TA further. He wants Shane to show him, force him, make him accept all the feelings battling around in his mind and his body. But Angel doesn’t just need sex. He needs a man who can help him navigate the new and very raw landscape of his feelings.
So what did I think?
This is the first installment of the story of Shane and Angel. Shane is pretty much a good guy who is TA for an Into to Film class. Angel is a freshman in the class and although he has a very tough exterior, Shane sees something more in him.
Angel’s desire for another man does not sit easy with him. He battles his own feelings. He is frustrated, he is angry, he is confused. “Hell, he wanted Shane to force him. Angel was too hot. Too hard. Too scared, and angry. He didn’t know what to so with any of it. He wanted to punch Shane, but he wanted Shane to punch him worse.” It is really interesting to watch Angel’s internal battle – he wants Shane’s attention, he wants Shane to look at him, to touch him but at the same time he wants to run away.
I loved the dream sequence where Angel dreams of having sex with Shane – a bed appearing in Shane’s office, suddenly being naked, unexpectedly changing locations. It was quite a unique sex scene and really illustrated all Angel’s desires, his desire for hot and passionate sex but being not having to make the decision to do it.
Shane is older than Angel but is afraid of how needy Angel is. They have explosive sex but the emotional toll is high. But as afraid as he is, Shane wants Angel badly enough to keep trying.
HFN with the the story to be continued in Sophomore: Undeclared
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Buy Freshman: Uncut at Amazon. At the time of writing this review it is only $0.99 on Amazon so really good value.