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The Men of Holsum College: Bossy and the Brat (book #5) by Daisy Harris

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!

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Bossy and the Brat (Men of Holsum College #5)Bossy and the Brat by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Calvin Beaumont is supposed to marry Nicole. He’s a biology major, lab tech, and resident advisor—everything everyone expects him to be. There’s only one problem. He likes boys. In particular, a flirty dance major who was a freshman on his hall.

It’s sizzling summer at Holsum College, and Tyler Burk isn’t a freshman anymore. When he notices his hardworking resident advisor has same-sex feelings, he goads, teases, and tempts Mr. Bossy into dating on the sly. Cal may not be out, but he’s domineeringly hot, and Tyler doesn’t mind keeping things quiet…for a while.

But Calvin has wanted Tyler all year, and their sexting and secret rendezvous soon blossom into something neither one of them can control. Can Cal control his secret, as well as his sexy little brat? Or will he be man enough to admit he’s not the man everyone thought he was?

So what did I think?

This is the fifth book in the series and follows the Player and the Prude  which was the darkest book in the series yet. With this story, the series reverts back to the somewhat lighter side of romance as Tyler and Cal start to connect.

At the start of the book, Cal has a girlfriend who moved to college with him from their small town. They haven’t had sex, and Cal has used the small-town-values-sex-before-marriage thing as a excuse. But he really knows that he is not really attracted to her. She knows it too and they part ways but this all seemed a bit too easy and I would have expected more tension in the situation.

It’s Cal’s obvious obsession with Tyler, the guy in the room across the hall, that makes his true desires evident. But Cal is reluctant to start anything mainly because he was the RA and Tyler was a freshman. Tyler is a flirt and is looking for love and a boyfriend in all the wrong places. I never totally warmed to Tyler, perhaps because he seemed quite immature. It was also a bit of a struggle to truly believe in the relationship because I never got a real sense that the men knew what was in the heart and soul of the other, the relationship seemed a bit superficial.

There’s lots of teasing between Cal and Tyler and it doesn’t take much to get either of them going. Cal’s virgin status has him focused on sex pretty much all the time! A bit of sexting takes place as Tyler sends some nude photos to Cal and there is scene where they get off while texting back and forth – phone sex seems so much easier than text sex – surely it’s difficult to coordinate the texting with the other activity that’s going on? 🙂 Given Cal’s lack of experience I was also a bit worried for Tyler with the shoelace thing!

So all in all, I enjoyed reading this book, although perhaps not as much as the earlier books in the series.

3 Stars

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The Men of Holsum College: Player and the Prude (book #4) by Daisy Harris

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!

Check out the Book Trailer for the series!

  • College Boys (Book #1) – see links at bottom for this review
  • Diva and the Frat Boy (Book #2)  – see links at bottom for this review
  • Townie and the Twink (Book #3)  – see links at bottom for this review
  • Player and the Prude (Book #4) – in this review
  • Bossy and the Brat (Book #5)
  • Pride and Politics (Book #6)
  • Genius and the Jock (Book #7)
  • My Fair Dork (Book #8)

Player and the Prude (Men of Holsum College, #4)Player and the Prude by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The blurb…

Brooks Price loves a challenge. So when a frenemy dares him to sleep with a dorky, over-tall film major, Brooks amps up his considerable charm.

Matt Porter can’t guess why Brooks is flirting with him. Raised religious, Matt doesn’t believe in sex before relationships. Unfortunately, Brooks is all about sex, and Matt doubts Brooks is interested in anything else.

Slowly, Brooks chips away at Matt’s armor—taking him on dates, asking for kisses, holding hands—baby steps, none of which Matt can resist or refuse. However, when Brooks pushes too far, Matt freaks out.

Despite his stoic exterior, Matt’s painfully conflicted over his sexuality—scared of his darker desires, worried about hurting Brooks. The pair explores boundaries, but when things turn rough and Matt unleashes his inner wants, he doesn’t know if he can overcome his shame about sex in order to be with the man he’s growing to love.

So what did I think?

This book was really unexpected with it’s darker side. This wasn’t focused on happy-go-lucky college students, it dealt with deeper issues.

As the title suggests, the main characters are opposites to each other in terms of their views towards sex and experiences.

Brooks is very much out for a good time. He has no qualms with the casual hook up. A bet results in him trying his charms on Matt.

Matt has had a religious upbringing and feels tremendous guilt over his sexuality, “He could hear his mother’s voice in his mind, telling him he was sick and perverted, his father’s voice telling him he was disgusting and going to hell.” and compounded by his darker desires “He heard their laughter and happy whispers through the door at night. He knew neither one of them ever harbored the type of dark thoughts he did. Or had been wracked by sick obsessions.” (when overhearing his roommates).

Brooks takes things really slow with Matt in his quest to get him into bed but in doing so, comes to know the man. It is wonderful to watch him change into a man who not only loves Matt, but stands up for him. Matt, with Brooks gentle touch and acceptance, does come out of his shell – it’s almost like they meet in the middle with Brooks curbing his casual hook up and committing to one man and Matt accepting that sex outside of marriage is okay.

However, and it’s a big ‘however’, I don’t think Matt’s sexual desires were fully resolved. Was the sexual aggression and violence as portrayed in the book, as far as Matt would go? Did he really know his own limits?

Of course the big, romantic, happy ending was perfect – I just parked my concerns about the rough play and assumed they would live happily ever after!

3.5 stars (rounded to 4 GR stars)

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Hidden Desires (Tri-Omega Mates #3) by Stormy Glenn

This series continues to impress! Great characters and lots of humour!

The Tri-Omega Mates series

  • Secret Desires (book #1)  – click here for review
  • Forbidden Desires (book #2) – click here for review
  • Hidden Desires (book #3) – in this review
  • Stolen Desires (book #4)
  • A Tri-Omega Christmas (book #4.5)
  • Unspoken Desires (book #5)
  • A Hunter’s Desires (book #6)
  • Dangerous Desires (book #7)

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Hidden Desires (Tri-Omega Mates, #3)Hidden Desires by Stormy Glenn

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

After watching his alpha and beta almost lose their mate, Thomas decides he needs some time alone. Driving across country, he discovers Micah, a human that smells like dark chocolate and summer rain. He knows immediately that Micah is his mate, but before he can claim him, he has to get Micah’s sexy little butt out of trouble. They are attacked by a band of bullies. In his bid to protect his mate, Thomas reveals his true nature to the bullies and to Micah. Afterwards, he has to call in reinforcements to help clean up the mess. It comes in the form of Caleb Hunter, alpha of the Hunter Pack and Micah’s other mate. But Micah’s human. Isn’t he?

So what did I think?

The third book in the series, this is quite an entertaining story – quick moving and lots of humour.

Thomas sees Micah, knows he’s destined to be his mate but has to save him from the bullies first. He steps up in protective mode, placing himself between the smaller, delicate Micah and the men who are taunting him. He doesn’t hold back in proclaiming his attraction to Micah and demanding respect at which point the bullies are surprised to learn he is gay.
“You’re a fag?”
“Oh please, you need to be more politically correct when insulting someone. Don’t you ever read the papers? We’re progressive. We prefer the term pussy challenged. Now, get with the program, boys. My lunch date is waiting.”

Thomas uses his wit and humour to defuse the situation only to find that Micah has left but not before leaving him a pink rose and a note. (Luckily Micah had a rose handy!)

As per the other books, sizzling hot sex without much buildup – cause when you know the guy is your mate you just go for it – instinct just demands sex and claiming!

There is another incident where Thomas need to protect Micah. This time he needs to use his special skills so makes Micah close his eyes while he deals with the bad guys. Finally he resorts to calling in the pack’s “clean up” crew to help him and Micah get away. Unfortunately Micah overhears some of his conversation – he must have had good hearing to overhear both sides of the conversation. “What did Jake mean by shifting? Into what? A werewolf? Really? It’s quite funny to watch he reaction to finding out this pretty momentous news but just seems to accept it, more annoyed about the lying rather than the actual werewolf thing. “Okay, it is a little weird, I think I already said that, but we all have our idiosyncrasies. Yours just seem to be a little stranger than most. So what? It still doesn’t change the fact that you lied to me.”

The local pack is dispatched to the scene to help out and the Alpha just happens to be Micah’s other mate and claims him before Thomas becomes aware. This leads into the bulk of the story – the challenges of being a threesome, the tri-omega complexities & secrets from Micah’s past.

I did find Caleb to be not very appealing when he first joins the story and at times Micah was a little annoying (referred to as ‘spunkiness’ in the book). Thomas is just supportive and nice and all too kind and sharing.
There were a few things that I didn’t quite grasp or thought weren’t well explained – Micah just leaving his old life behind, Micah’s parent’s behaviour, some lack of observation about Micah’s physical appearance  – but I just accepted the story for what was presented.

Overall, perfect book if you like a cute story filled with lots of humour and lots of very well written sex scenes!

Favourite quotes:

“It wasn’t easy being werewolf and gay. Everyone wanted you to have cubs. The more cubs you had, the more pack members. The more pack members there were, the stronger the pack – yada, yada, yada.”

“We never had a first date, or a second one. We’ve never even had a date. We just went from hello to bed. And now I find out you’re a werewolf?”

“Yes, I’m housebroken.”

“Don’t you Micah me, fur ball.”

“I’m not real sure how this whole greeting thing works, but if you’re going to try to sniff my ass I expect dinner first.”

3.5 stars

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★★★★ Forbidden Desires (Tri-Omega Mates #2) by Stormy Glenn ★★★★

This series continues to impress! Great characters and lots of humour!

The Tri-Omega Mates series

  • Secret Desires (book #1)  – click here for review
  • Forbidden Desires (book #2) – in this review
  • Hidden Desires (book #3)
  • Stolen Desires (book #4)
  • A Tri-Omega Christmas (book #4.5)
  • Unspoken Desires (book #5)
  • A Hunter’s Desires (book #6)
  • Dangerous Desires (book #7)

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Forbidden Desires (Tri-Omega Mates, #2)Forbidden Desires by Stormy Glenn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Ryland has loved Gregory for six years, ever since Gregory rescued him from the brink of death. He has also known since then that Gregory is his mate. He’s been old enough for a couple of years now, he just can’t understand why Gregory won’t claim him.

Gregory knew the moment he saw Ryland six years ago that they were mates. Ryland just wasn’t old enough to be claimed. So, Gregory bided his time, waiting for Ryland to grow up. But as his desire for Ryland builds, he wonders how much longer he can wait.

Gregory finally claims Ryland only to learn that by doing so, he has endangered his life. Ryland is a tri-omega and needs two mates to keep him grounded and safe. But he hasn’t met his other mate yet, which could be a problem. It could mean Ryland’s life if they don’t find him.

So what did I think?

This second book in the series was just as good as the first, with great characters and interesting story.

This book cleverly overlaps in time with the first book, Secret Desires, showing the same scenes but with a different perspective. This is the story of Gregory and Ryland who have known they are destined to be mates and have known since they first met years ago. Gregory has been waiting for Ryland to ‘grow up’ and now that he is over eighteen, Ryland can’t understand why Gregory won’t claim him.

When they finally get together after some initial misunderstandings, it is hot and sizzling. The relationship starts with a bang and from that time forward the two men are all over each. Ryland is totally inexperienced and has been pining over Gregory and Gregory hasn’t had sex for 6 years so they are very passionate!

Once again not fully understanding the implications of the tri-omega causes problems and suddenly Ryland’s life is at risk. Luckily the third mate for the relationship is discovered. Viktor immediately recognises Ryland as he mate but Gregory’s prior claiming causes a few concerns but nothing Viktor and Gregory’s attraction to each other can’t resolve. And luckily Leyland, Lucas and Jake are able to share some more insight into the whole tri-omega workings. “You know, it would have been really nice if someone had explained all of this to us in the very beginning. Maybe you should think about publishing a fucking how-to manual,” Gregory yelled before slamming the phone down.

Once again, this is a fun book with great characters and lots of humour. There are some minor editing problems including the odd changing of a minor characters name, noticed but easily overlooked.

4 Stars

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★★★★ Secret Desires (Tri-Omega Mates #1) by Stormy Glenn) ★★★★

I really liked it! I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book! It is a great start to the series.

The Tri-Omega Mates series

  • Secret Desires (book #1) – in this review
  • Forbidden Desires (book #2)
  • Hidden Desires (book #3)
  • Stolen Desires (book #4)
  • A Tri-Omega Christmas (book #4.5)
  • Unspoken Desires (book #5)
  • A Hunter’s Desires (book #6)
  • Dangerous Desires (book #7)

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Secret Desires (Tri-Omega Mates, #1)Secret Desires by Stormy Glenn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Everyone has secret desires, especially werewolf Leyland Summers. He dreams of two sexy mates to bring all of his fantasies to life. When he encounters a sexy cowboy who wants to take him for a wild ride, what does he say? Hell yes!

Coming to ranch country for a picture shoot, Leyland was shocked to find not one, but two mates. Being a tri-omega, he had always known that he would have two mates. He just never expected to find them in the same place. Or to find out that they had been lovers for years.

Having two mates is no big deal for Leyland. He grew up with two fathers. But having two mates that were already in love is something all together different. How is he supposed to share Lucas with Jake…or Jake with Lucas? And where does that leave him?

So what did I think?

I really liked it! I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book!

I think the appeal lay in a combination of the characters and dialogue, with the characters being so engaging and with so much humour and cute flirting.

“…When I see something I want, what’s the point in pretending I don’t? And I want you, baby?”
“Baby?”
“Well, sex on a stick just seemed too long to pronounce, so, yeah, baby.”

The attraction is instant when Leyland and Jake meet – it’s that werewolf mating thing, when you find your mate you just know it! – and they pretty much get it on straight away. The sex scenes are sizzling and I don’t think I have ever read a sex scene on horseback before – very unique!

With mating and claiming comes instant love and the conversation reflects this. There are some lines that should sound corny but are just adorably cute. It’s so sweet to see Jake’s alpha instincts kick in and him to go all protective over Leyland.

The complication lies in Leyland being a tri-omega. He needs two mates and regular claiming, just to stay alive. The third in this relationship happens to be just the guy I was hoping it would turn out to be and the three together are brilliant, with the relationship being well balanced.

It is so amusing the watch Jake, the Alpha, in action with his mates. “I don’t understand this. I’m supposed to be the alpha here. I’m the man in charge, the ruler. How is it that neither of my mates gives me any respect? Where did I go wrong?” Jake said to no one in particular.

There’s a nice theme in this series about acceptance and understanding. The Tri-omega is unique and there is some question about the rest of the small pack accepting Leyland’s place with their Alpha. “Gregory, I didn’t ask to be born this way any more than you asked to be born below an alpha ranking.We are born to be who we are, and nothing can change that. Our only choice is how we use what we have been given.”

The only part of the story I really didn’t enjoy was the punishment dished out to Leyland by his mates, albeit at the advise of his fathers. It was essential to the story line but I still didn’t really like it as it seemed too much that they were treating him as a child.

This is a story that does contain some world building, particularly in explaining the role of the tri-omega to the pack but really this is limited. The story is more focused on the relationship building.

Note: There were quite a few editing errors including spelling mistakes and strange symbols in my Kindle version but they weren’t too distracting for me. So just a warning in case this type of thing puts you off. The errors were less in the subsequent books I have read so far.

4 Stars

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The Men of Holsum College: Books 2 & 3 by Daisy Harris

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)

Diva and the Frat Boy (Men of Holsum College, #2)Diva and the Frat Boy by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

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.

3 Stars

Townie and the Twink (Men of Holsum College, #3)Townie and the Twink by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

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.

4 Stars

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