When his college biochemistry class turns out to be much more difficult than star quarterback Freddie Samuelson imagined, his lab partner, Kurt Maxwell, agrees to help. They're very different: a rich kid athlete and a hardworking openly gay scholarship student. But Kurt slips past Freddie's defenses, and little by little-despite Freddie ignoring his own sexuality in the past - Freddie realizes he wants to get to know Kurt, especially when Kurt helps him through more challenges than their science class. But it isn't long before rumors begin to fly, and the obstacles Freddie will face may block him from both the future he planned on and the future he didn't know he wanted.
©2013 Andrew Grey (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Kurt Maxwell, nerdy, out & outspoken, scholarship student from a poor Pennsylvania family, transfers in his junior year to a more prestigious school and is determined to do well.
When he's teamed as a lab partner with Freddie Samuelson, the studly closeted/clueless quarterback, scion of a wealthy east coast family, who shares a name with several campus buildings, friction is inevitable, and in the case of m/m fiction some sweaty wish-fulfillment fantasies.
This is a fun, if periodically incredible, romp in the hay, centered on the modern college experience. Sure there are plot glitches - (What guy gets a drivers' license without ever getting his eyes checked?")
However, if you're in the mood for fantasy fulfillment and aren't too concerned with the elegance of the prose (or plot plausibility) then this may be the book for you.
As I was reading this I was reminded of the time I once helped an artist friend take an estate donation of "folk art" from the NY Met down to the Smithsonian. It was an astonishing mix of clever mixed with crude mixed with meaningful.
Somehow listening to this book reminds me of that collection. This will not be to everyone's taste but if you are the type that can see the art in it, it can be a lot of fun.
It should be noted that this is the second book in a series but can be read independently with no problem.
One purely personal sour note for me... Nick J. Russo, the narrator, in this book was tasked with recreating the voices of a number of gay men, some bone-headed jocks and even an assortment of women. His portrayal of the women and a few of the more effeminate men was border-line awkward for me as a listener.
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