When it comes to love, there's no such thing as smooth sailing.
Rafael Castro is so far out of his element he can't even see it anymore. Carlisle College in Massachusetts is a long way from his Chicago home, even farther from his Dominican Republic roots.
The only thing keeping him attached to his last nerve is the prospect of seeing Denny Winslow again. The first time they met, Denny taught Rafi to fly across the water, rowing hard in a knife-like boat. Now, two years later, on the wings of a rowing scholarship, Rafi is attending Denny's elite college.
Even before the excitement wears off, Rafi is struggling with classes and fending off rumors that Denny's family, not Rafi's talent, won him his spot. To quash the gossip, Rafi tries to steer clear of the man he wants. A plan that evaporates in the fire of renewed attraction.
But Carlisle's academic pressure cooker has Rafi barely treading water. And when a family crisis hits, both Rafi and Denny must pull hard to keep their relationship from capsizing in rough waters.
Warning: Contains a surly Dominican-American guy determined to show no weakness, a golden boy who knows his soft spots, some seriously dirty bachata dancing, and an excellent excuse for voyeurism in the locker room.
©2015 Amy Jo Cousins (P)2016 Insatiable Press
Somehow, despite the promising premise - two already in love out jocks on a pretty gay-friendly team - this story turns into a cliché. The grumpy, self-pitying, cowardly macho top tries his hardest to resist real love, and the smart, caring, brave bottom manages to melt his defences. The happy ending almost saves the story, but I only made it that far because I was bored, liked the prequels and paid 13 bucks for the book. Plus, the narrator's voice is really nice to listen to.
After the first book I need this series, I was really excited to hear more. The second volume wasn't as good as the first and they've gone down hill from there for me; lacking substance and interesting story lines.
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