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Wrestling With Love [Kindle Edition]

D.H. Starr , Les Byerley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Length: Super novel (113,079 words)

Hot new M/M author, D. H. Starr delivers his latest tale of loven and the challenges of relationship. The road of love is fraught with difficulty, even when you’re sure that man is your soul-mate.

Derek Thompson and Scott Thayer met in high school. Facing challenges and overcoming obstacles that would make lesser young men fold, they now have the chance to forge a life together. As they enter college, they finally have the time and space to discover each other. However, in spite of the erotic thrill of exploration, there are still challenges ahead, challenges that will test their love and devotion…

While Derek wants to live as an openly gay man, Scott wishes to maintain a degree of privacy. Not only that, but another freshman, Tyrell Jackson, becomes infatuated with Derek and wants Derek for his own. In the face of these threats to their burgeoning relationship, Derek and Scott are forced to look within themselves and make difficult decisions which will change both of their lives forever.

Is their relationship strong enough to bear the strain of balancing their needs as individuals and as a couple? The only way Derek and Scott will attain their ultimate reward is by finding the courage to face their fears. Will they rise to the challenge?

Publisher's note: This book was previously published under the title Reward of Courage

Product Details

  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ai Press (December 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story of love and growth February 27, 2011
By David
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, I have read the two other published works by Mr. Starr and I must say that this new addition does not disappoint. In this new story, Wrestling With Love, the journey Derek and Scott began in Wrestling With Desire is continued. Where they were sweet and innocent in the previous book, this new installment transcends from young adult to erotic romance. Ms. Starr has infused very real issues with a steaming love story and the effect is nothing short of a beautiful journey. What I particularly enjoyed about this read is how the character's emotions and the action of the plot propelled the story together. It was a perfect marriage of story line and exploration of feelings.

In this second book of Derek and Scott, the two have graduated high school and are now in college. Derek, eager to live out of the closet, immediately joins the LGBT group on campus while Scott prefers to remain more contained about his sexuality. This issue becomes a bone of contention between the two of them as each tries to be understanding of the other, but frustrated at the distance their stances places between them.

Add to the story a third character, Tyrell Jackson, who is a militant gay freshman who has taken an interest in Derek. Derek wants to have a gay friend who he can talk to, but Scott sees Tyrell as extreme and dangerous. As the story progreses the tension continues to rise until it comes to a head.

Throughout the story I felt like I was on the perfect kind of roller coaster ride. Mr. Starr would bring to a high and then I would fly down to a low and feel frustrated that Derek and Scott missed yet another opportunity to listen to one another. Well, maybe not missed an opportunity, but the tension in their relationship rises, almost resolves, then rises once again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Finish It February 22, 2013
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Full disclosure: I didn't finish this book. Didn't even get half way through it. I couldn't! After reading a quarter of it there just seemed to be no point to it. I don't mind coming-of-age stories (even though I came of age quite some time ago). However, the pace of this book was AGONIZINGLY slow, the characters were uninteresting (I had a hard time keeping the two main characters straight in my head), and most glaringly there didn't seem to be a plot!

Maybe things picked up later in the book. Maybe I should have read the first installment. Maybe! I can tell you this, after get through what I DID read I have no intention of reading the first book, and wouldn't recommend this book to anyone else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastically recommended March 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second of a series by D. H. Starr, the first I've read, but Wresting With Love [Ai Press, 2011] is a stand-alone story and a good place to start.

The basic story, written in third-person narrative style, explores the relationship between two gay young men, Derek and Scott, as it matures from high school into college. Although they both love each other very much, they have quite different attitudes. Derek wants to express his love and sexuality freely, while Scott is more reticent--preferring to keep his expressions private.

Enter the mischief-maker in the person of Tyrell Jackson, a gay-activist, who has designs on Derek and not willing to take "no" for an answer.

Altogether it's an interesting, complex story that the author weaves very well. In fact, D. H. Starr is a superb craftsman when it comes to the written word. His journalism is top notch, his ideas flow consistently, and his understanding of the characters comes across as real. However, for my taste the pace was frustratingly slow in places, sometimes devoting one or more pages to a point I found only passsingly relevant.

Having said that, the pluses far outnumber the quibbles and I have no problem in enthusiastically recommending this story. Four stars.

Gerry Burnie
"Two Irish Lads" & "Journey to Big Sky"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Passing Grade July 29, 2013
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Here is a good example of what happens without an editor. The story starts with two 18 year old wrestlers who are too weak to lift and move a sofa because the author created an opening scene laced with sexual innuendo, and employed it. It's as though she attended a Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest and thought it was a creative writing lesson. The rest of the book is just as bad. The text is overly descriptive to the point of being obnoxious, employing more adjectives than several stories should use. There are repeated attempts at forced sexual innuendo and multiple examples of poor construction.

"A mother hen never wants her chicks to leave the nest." -- Actually, most mother hens push the babies out of the nest if they don't leave when it's time.
"The thought rankled, like pouring salt on a cut."
"His errant thoughts drifted from his mind, as if carried away on a light breeze."

Early on, the author states that the boys' friend, Beck, is the only person who knows about their relationship. And later in the same chapter, the author introduces George, Beck's boyfriend, saying George is the only other person who knows the boys are gay. I never realized only was a compound noun.

First was have Scott and Derek, two gay guys with a bossy fat female friend. Then on campus Derek meets two gay guys with (shock) a bossy fat female friend! Talk about stereotypes...

Spare yourself, and find a better story to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate, and Sexy Gay Read! Wonderful in every way, and just...
Very well written, good character development, lots of tension building in the plot, great family insights! Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Lance Lenon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner for DH Starr
Derek and Scott have had their shares of ups and downs, but what happens when a young man who can't take no, tries to get in the middle of this relationship?

It's weird. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Will Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I really enjoyed this book. I read it as a sequel to Wrestling with Desire instead of a stand alone and even though it can be read alone I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND reading both books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Melisha B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeck!!!
I saw all the GREAT five star reviews for this so i picked it up. Wow, the five star reviewers must not read a lot!. This book was horrible. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Buke
5.0 out of 5 stars The sequal is better than part 1
I'm still a bit misty eyed... This book has a simple enough plot, but it mirrors what so many of us have been through in our lives. Read more
Published on March 8, 2013 by Hans Hirschi
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the first
Serious editing error at 41% where the name Scott was used instead of Derek and throughout instead of though. Read more
Published on October 26, 2012 by Smm
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE PLEASE
Published on September 6, 2012 by LW911202
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
While this is a stand-alone book, I feel that you will enjoy it much more if you read the first in the series. Just realize that the first novel is listed as young adult. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by MaryMary
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
After reading all of the great reviews, I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss was about. Truth be told, I didn't get it. Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Shay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great!
If you liked the first one you will love this one. You get to visit Scott and Derek again as they face the new challenge of college. Read more
Published on September 26, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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