Friday, August 24, 2012

Townie and the Twink by Daisy Harris

Title: Townie and the Twin
Author: Daisy Harris
My Rating: A-


Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Men of Holsum College #3
Main Characters: Gabe and Nick
Release Date: July 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Siren
Links to Purchase:
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview: 
Insightful to a fault, Gabe Ashton knows Nick Flynn's gay even if Nick doesn't. And after seeing how the townie looks at his "buddy," Gabe knows Nick is in love with a guy who'll never love him back. So Gabe invites Nick to campus parties and to hang out with new people. But soon their friendship turns physical, and Gabe wonders if he's in just as much denial as Nick is. Nick's straight-or so he's always assumed. But he can't deny that the things he's doing with Gabe are hot. More than that, he likes Gabe in a way he's never liked anyone else. Well, anyone else except his high school friend, John. The hardest thing to give up is a fantasy, and the hardest thing to face is the truth. But if Nick wants the man standing in front of him, he'll have to give up the one he never had.

My Review:
I really enjoy books like this where one of the guys is struggling with his sexuality. In this book, that guy is Nick. Not only is he struggling, he's in flat-out denial, even when things go a bit further between him and Gabe than would ever happen between two hetero guys. He's DEEP in denial, which is incredibly frustrating for Gabe who is falling big-time for this guy.

I felt so badly for Gabe in this book. He tries to gently push Nick into understanding what's happening, but Nick just doesn't see it or accept it. The problem is that Gabe is getting in too deep and is going to end up getting really hurt. 

Gabe is incredibly perceptive. Not only does he realize what Nick really is, but he also knows that Nick is actually in love with his best friend from high school. And poor Nick is just clueless about it all. I really enjoyed his talks with Chris (one of the heroes in book #1 of this series) in this one because Chris had the same issues about shocking self-realization the year before.

Overall, this was a good book. I absolutely fell in love with Gabe's character and felt badly for how clueless Nick remained throughout so much of the book...both about himself, Gabe, and his friend John. It was an interesting story.

On to book #4 in this great series...

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