- File Size: 675 KB
- Print Length: 114 pages
- Publisher: Siren Publishing (October 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 6, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A3D6SBY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
My Fair Dork [Men of Holsum College 8] (Siren Publishing Allure ManLove) Kindle Edition
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Harold is an utterly adorable character whose sweet nature, shyness, and struggle to take what he wanted and deserved completely won me over. He's felt undeserving his whole life and because of his negative body images has kept himself hidden under baggy clothes and seeing him come into his own and become a social butterfly was inspiring and put a smile on my face. Once he completely transforms his looks it's he who is now the popular one and I enjoyed seeing a jealous Owen try to win Harold back.
Owen has denied his true orientation forever for fear of what his social circle might think. His helping Howard starts out innocently enough but once he gets to know the real Harold beneath the ugly clothes and bad hair he's completely drawn to him. Their relationship progresses in a natural and increasingly steamy rate that is immensely satisfying and shows a quietly romantic bond behind closed doors. In public though Owen continues to struggle until a grand gesture at the end wins all of us over and gives us a HEA wrapped up in a nice bow.
The sexual interactions between Harold and Owen start off a bit awkward and frantic but ultimately evolve into something more mature and assured. I loved seeing them together and Owen's complete acceptance of Harold gave me great hope for their future together. The secondary characters were equally appealing and it was nice seeing characters from previous books interact with new characters seamlessly. Collegiate life is nicely presented and conveys new students uncertainties realistically in this book that can be read on its own but will be more richly rewarding in a marathon reading of the entire series. Ms. Harris continues her streak of combining steamy and emotional encounters with likable characters and I highly recommend her to those wanting an entertaining and satisfying m/m read.
Harold Jacobs feels like an outsider and his self-consciousness over his plus size package is just one more reason to avoid the limelight. Trying to divert attention away from his biggest asset, he dresses in ill-fitting, mismatched clothes. Harold's circle of friends is small, his self-esteem is low, and he is suspicious of Owen's reasons for offering to jumpstart his social life.
Owen McKenzie is a popular football player and to all appearances, he is totally straight. What no one on campus knows is that Owen is really bisexual. His sexual experiences with other men have been limited to a few mutual hand jobs. He is incredibly attracted to Harold, but Owen has no intention of stepping out of the closet.
While Harold may be unsure of his personal appearance, he has no doubts about his sexuality. He knows he is gay, and he is comfortable with other people knowing it. The same cannot be said for Owen. Although he admitted to his parents that he is bi, he immediately jumped into a long term relationship with a girl and he has only dated women since going to college. Owen might be ok with exploring his attraction to Harold behind closed doors, but he does not want their relationship going public.
I really like Harold. His shyness and uncertainty are quite endearing. I enjoyed watching him gain self-confidence and turn from a self-perceived ugly ducking into a beautiful, self-assured swan. His concerns about the effect his larger than average package will have on his sex life are valid and I like how that part of the storyline played out.
In the beginning of My Fair Dork, I initially liked Owen. His reasons for helping out Harold rang true and he seemed self-confident enough to withstand the public scrutiny his relationship with Harold was bound to bring. For the most part, Owen was caring, considerate and sensitive. But there were a couple of things that occurred that made me question his motives and made him look like a selfish jerk. So overall, my emotions about his character are definitely mixed.
As with other books in the Men Holsum College series, My Fair Dork is incredibly erotic and Harold's particular "problem" makes for some very creative sex scenes. Daisy Harris always does a wonderful job of keeping the storylines fresh, unique and angst free.
A beautiful lesson in self-acceptance, I highly recommend My Fair Dork to old and new fans of this delightful series.
I received a complimentary copy for review.