It's easy to become cynical when life never goes your way.
Cole Reid has been a social recluse since he was 15, when he was outed by his high school baseball team. Since then, his obsessive-compulsive behavior and sarcastic nature have driven away most of the population, and everyone else hates him because he's gay. As he sees it, he's bound to repulse any prospective friends, let alone boyfriends, so why bother?
By the time Cole enters college, he's become an anal-retentive loner - but it's not a problem until his roommate graduates and the housing department assigns Ellis Montgomery to move in with Cole. Ellis is messy, gorgeous, straight, and worst of all, a jock!
During a school year filled with frat buddies, camping expeditions, and meddling parents, Cole and Ellis develop a friendship that turns Cole's glass-half-empty outlook on its head. There must be more to Ellis than a fun-loving jock - and maybe Cole's reawakening libido has rekindled his hope for more than camaraderie.
©2012 Wade Kelly (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Yes, just like the characters in the story, the book title is not perfect, it's dorky. Yes, the author changes point of view here and there (and out of blue), but darn it, I really liked the characters and even though there really is nothing very original about the plot and course of the story, I really loved the characters including a neurotic protagonist with his quiet-type lover to be with their friends.The sexual scenes, again, fairly traditional were still very hot and very well done. Narrator Jason Lovett indeed became Cole, bravo!
I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)
absolutely not, I've read the book more than once and loved it but I have no desire to listen to the audio version again.
I love cole, he is quirky
I think he did a great job but that being said, I didn't like his voice or something, it just got on my nerves
I think it's a great story, It's sweet, funny and a tiny bit of angst.
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
Wow... okay... that wasn't exactly what I expected.
Anyone else expect a really light, fun romance from the cover and the title? That's what I thought it would be. I was expecting another book like Frat Boy and Toppy but this was more serious than I expected. It had a lot of highs and a few lows. I'll break it down for all of you below ;)
First I'll talk about the narrator because the narrator can make or break an audiobook. Jason Lovett did a really nice job with the story. He sounded age-appropriate (KEY for a book about college students!) and was really easy to listen to. He had a nice, even speaking voice that had a lot of expression to it. My one complaint is that all of his characters sounded kind of the same, but other than that, I really liked his narration. (And I checked out his youtube videos and he is adorable so, bonus points!)
Now on to the story. I'll begin with what worked for me. I have a thing for gay first-timers so when I realized that I had a virgin on my hands I was like, ::booty dance, booty shake:: So, major score for me! Also, I think the whole difficulty with beginning a relationship and transitioning from friends to lovers rang true. It felt honest and funny and I liked all of the awkwardness and sexual tension there.
This book is also surprisingly religious in the way that it paints Christian characters in a really good light. The religious character of Rob was a loving, patient, understanding, intuitive friend and I actually liked seeing an example of someone who is religious but also open-minded in M/M. It wasn't heavy handed, but if you don't like any religion in your books, be forewarned.
Now what didn't work for me? Well, I'll be spoiler-tagging below so click at your own discretion.
I didn't like the POV changes, especially how they jumped from 1st to 3rd person. Some were okay, like the POV of Rob or Ellis, but the POV of Mike and Ellis's mom were just terrible. I don't mind characters that are flawed but I hated being in Mike and Ellis's mom's heads and felt like it took away from the story.
On that note, Mike's storyline was just random and sort of over-the-top, and Ellis's mom was annoying to the point that I wanted to skip over her section. I think if Ellis's mom's part was cut completely out of the book it would have been better. She was too self-centered and self-involved for my taste.
Also, I liked most of the characters but I thought that Cole veered a bit towards the whiny side. He was too complain-y and shrill for me at times.
So, yeah... this book was a mixed bag for me. Parts I really liked and parts I didn't so averaging out, this gets three stars.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Romantic, light-hearted and simple.
I think he nailed Cole's personality.
I wouldn't change it.
It's a fun story, nothing really complicated.
This was just an OK audible book; not bad but not really good either. It starts out good as a jock/geek romance. But then it starts to falter in the execution of the story. There are plot holes and leaps that just don't make sense to me. In addition, Cole (the geek) is really annoying after a while. He is suppose to be cynical, but he is so much so, you can't help wondering why Ellis (the jock) loves him so much. I mean at one point, he even turns on Ellis and blames him for the actions of others. I can usually look past that, as it happens sometimes, but then it just got kind of silly and contrived at the end.
In addition, the narrator also does just an OK job. Although there is NO diversity in the voices of the characters, at least he seems to inject some emotion in the voices. They just all sound the same.
If you are looking for just a sweet geek/jock listen, it is probably worth a credit. If not, I'd pass.
The narrator needed more voices, I couldn't tell the difference between one character and the next. Every character (straight friends, mothers, lesbian sisters, middle-aged men) sounded like a gay 20 year old co-ed.
The whole Mike side plot seemed like a Hail Mary at the end, and wasn't necessary at all. Also, Rob's Christianity did not need to be such a large part of the plot.
I know I listened to this book. I remember snippets, but much more than that escapes me. Pity it's unremarkable.
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