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I was looking forward to this book and and I did enjoy it expect for a few things. The writer does a great job with the angst and I really wanted things to get better for Tom. I wanted to see Tom & Reese together and loved how their love life progressed. I loved watching Tom become more and more comfortable in his sexuality. College and coming out stories are some of my favorites. The author has a good grip on what college life is like. The writing kept me engaged for most of the book and I loved the variety of the sex.
But the reason I can't give this book more than 3 stays is the books needs better editing particularly at the end. I found the last few chapters from the climax till the epilogue confusing. Sometimes I don't like how a book ends, and in this case that isn't the problem it's how it's written. There is a change in style and it's confusing and distracting. I found myself very confused, was it only a few days or a few weeks? Did they break up? The style of the last few chapters the authors jumps forward in time and then explains briefly what happened over those weeks. In addition to the problems with the end there were also several times through the story where I couldn't figure out who was speaking in a section of dialog, there was one I had to re-read over 3 times and then guess. A simple.. Tom said, or Reese said after the first dialog would have helped.
The other reason I can't give this book a higher rating was because the author needs to do a bit more research. I'm still freaking about the scene where Resse puts Tom's 2nd degree burned hand in a bucket of ice water, as if this what the correct first aid. DO NOT PUT A BURN IN ICE WATER, a simple Google check of 1st aid for a 2nd degree burn will tell you this. This is one of the reason's I'm writing this review because I can't get this out of my head till I say this here. A bucket of cool water is a good idea. Ice water can damage the skin. BTW all college students in Mass are required to have health insurance. Of course this is a pivotal scene in the book so I can imagine Tom may just not have know this. But I would have liked to have heard how his arm healed. Huge scene in the book and then the arm is forgotten.
Despite this issues the author has a lot of promise. Make sure the next books is better edited. This book has what I find missing from many m/m books, writing that makes me CARE about the outcome for the main characters. I will consider her next book but probably wait to see how the reviews come out first.
There are things about this story that I liked, and also things that totally irritated me about these characters. Overall the writing for this book was done well, just personal preference *Tom bugs me*.. LOL.
I love the whole Premise of College Guys being thrown together as roommates and then becoming Closer as they are stuck spending more time together. Also there are scenes in this book that are totally completely HOT to me. Voyeurism, written at its best.. These characters both have a lot to deal with emotionally during the course of this book and its kind of hard to determine where they will end up, and whether they will actually even be together, but it does end with a HEA.. Just not a very exciting one. I wanted more when the inevitable Break up / get back together happened and it just didn't feel like enough..
Tom - Dealing with the blowback of his fathers Ponzi scheme. Trying to make enough money on the side to get through college. Refuses help from everyone. Martyr. Jock. Introvert whos afraid of being friends with anyone, and letting anyone in. Not sure if he's gay or straight or bi, or whatever. Worries constantly about what every single person he doesn't even know thinks about him. Inner-monologue every detail of his life to death. UUGGHHH.. He is Frustrating and I wanted to Shake him on more than one occasion, especially for some of the times he treats Reese like crap.
Reese - Sometimes Hard to like. Unapologetically gay. Defensive. Fragile. Tries to push everyone away, especially his stupid roommate. Dealing with some leftover PTSD from his previous college year. Just wants his boyfriend to not be ashamed of being in public with him. You cant help but like him....
Audio - I liked this one.. I just cant decide if I liked reading this book or listening to it better, and I guess it doesn't really matter since I have both options now. Cooper North is a pretty dependable narrator, getting the story out with no errors. He makes sure that the characters are all different so you don't get lost listening to him, and instead you will get more of the actual story. I think he did good with this one for sure and I would recommend others to give it a chance and listen to the Audio version.
The struggle, mostly on Tom's side, is portrayed so clearly and realistically. His emotions are shown so clearly that MY stomach was in my throat half the time. Moments of tenderness, like those from Reese's dad, are really heartwarming. This book made me want to read Cash's story, too. I actually listened to the audio version of this one, and the narrator did a great job. Very appealing voice, with a discernable change for most of the characters.
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