Wednesday, February 19, 2014

College Boys (Men of Holsum College # 1) by Daisy Harris

*Big thanks to NetGalley, Siren Publishing, and Daisy Harris for the free copy to review*

When soccer star Chris Fischer moves next door to an openly gay classmate, he doesn't realize the wall between their rooms will be so thin he'll hear his neighbor's every move. But soon he and Peter become friends, and Chris is intrigued—imagining what happens on the other side of the wall.

Active on the Queer Student Council, Peter Cohen wishes he wasn't so damn hot for his straight neighbor. He can't tell if Chris is flirting or in denial or what, but Chris's innocent overtures lure Peter into flirtation that throws his world into chaos. Peter doesn't want to date a closet case, but he desperately, passionately wants Chris.

Soon Chris must choose whether to run away from his new feelings or embrace a relationship with the guy he loves. And Peter must decide if he can give his heart to a guy who hasn't yet figured it all out.

When I started reading this I planned on only reading a few chapters. I was busy and had chores I needed to get done, but I wanted a reading break. It was a bad idea to start reading this book cause I got no chores done and ended up reading the whole book in one sitting! (Although this book really isn't super long, only about 1,400 pages on my kindle). 

I loved the characters. Peter and Chris both came off and very sincere and real. They also are both nice people, and aren't jerks, which I liked a lot! The way it was written was really great too and very addictive. I was half way done with the book before I even knew I'd read that long. 

This book really got me thinking though about gay rights and how people are treated differently at times for loving the person they love. It just made me angry, even though this book doesn't delve that deep into all of those issues. This is a coming-of-age story, where both Chris and Peter find themselves and accept themselves for who they are. 

My only complaint I guess would be that it kind of got a little smutty in some spots. It's a romance novel though, and I kind of expected that would happen at least once or twice, so it wasn't a huge shocker. haha

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