The Ivory Towers Series
Sometimes a college fling is just a fling, but sometimes that spark burns forever.
Angel Cruz arrives at Pacific Rim University hard and cold, cut off from his feelings. Meeting Shane Roberts his freshman year changes all that. Free to explore his passions, Angel revels in his relationship with the older and wiser graduate student. But fear, family, and the call of adult life outside Pacific Rim’s walls threaten to destroy the fragile world Angel and Shane are building together.
Shane was raised to believe career should come first, and Angel was taught gay men couldn’t forge families. But in Pacific Rim’s IVORY TOWERS, they’ll build a love strong enough to survive growing up.
- Freshman: Uncut (book #1)
- Sophomore: Undeclared (book #2) – in this review
- Junior: Unscripted (book #3) – release due 30th August 2013
Sophomore: Undeclared by Daisy Harris
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Graduation looms for Angel’s lover Shane. Neither guy wants to break up, but in a world of temptation, Shane will have to fight to make first love last.
Shane is graduating soon, and when he leaves, he’s going to tear out Angel’s heart. It’s been more than a year since Shane laid Angel over a desk and changed his life, but with the end of the school year approaching, Angel sweats over what will happen when Shane leaves. Shane says he loves Angel…but only when they’re naked and panting…
Preoccupied with finding a job, Shane doesn’t know what’s got Angel so stressed, but when he gets an opportunity to go to New York to make one of his movies, Shane realises just how badly his leaving will hurt his boyfriend. He wants to stay together—Angel is the best damn thing in his life. Shane knows all about temptation, though, and about how even the best relationships fall apart.
Time and distance, temptations and fears…Love may not be enough to keep Angel and Shane together. But first love is stronger than either of them realises. Will it be strong enough to turn the jaded Shane into a believer, and to keep them together despite the odds?
So what did I think?
The action takes place one year after the first book Freshman: Uncut and continues the story of Angel and Shane. The focus of this installment (it definitely doesn’t feel like a book on it’s own) is the unease setting in as the time nears for Shane to graduate.
Angel is still terribly insecure in their relationship, to the point of not even wanting to talk about what the following year will bring. Angel is worried about their relationship but Shane is only focused on getting a job, wherever that may be. But things come to a head when Shane has an opportunity to make a film in New York.
Shane travels to New York for a long weekend and they both get a taste of what separation may potentially mean. Obviously Angel was going to be heartbroken but it was wonderful to see Shane actually realising what the separation would mean to him personally.“The only time things made sense was when he was with Angel. Kissing, f**king, hell, even cutting Angel’s hair. He was struggling every second they weren’t together.”
This is short (~64 pages) and ends abruptly. Strangely the last 9% of the book is a excerpt of Freshmen: Uncut which I would have assumed most people would have already read given this was book two in a continuing story of the one couple. Anyway, it’s not a cliffhanger as such, the story just ends but so many questions are left unanswered. I will definitely be pouncing on the third book Junior: Unscripted as soon as it is released in August.
To find out more about Daisy Harris and her books, visit her website.
Buy Freshman: Uncut at Amazon. At the time of writing this review it is only $0.99 on Amazon so really good value.
Sophomore: Undeclared will be available 19th July 2013 or is available now direct from the publisher.
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