Saturday, April 3, 2010

Simple Men


Title: Simple Men
Author: Eric Arvin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
ISBN: 978-1-61581-428-2
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Chip is a well-loved football coach who, unfortunately, is having a bad year with both his team and his love life. For some reason, the women he has dated are just not doing anything for him and his current relationship is starting to crumble.

Foster is hoping his new job as the school’s chaplain will help him recover from a bad break up. He has no plans of getting into a new relationship but doesn’t want to spend all his time alone, either.

Readers will get an interesting story with Simple Men by Eric Arvin. The characters are strongly written and the story has enough twists and turns to keep the reader’s attention. While the characters do not seem to have anything in common, the pairing just seems to work. Both men are surprised by the instant and intense reaction they seem to have to each other. The author allows the men’s insecurities - Chip’s regarding his attraction to another man and Foster’s fear of getting hurt again - to play out, making the characters more realistic. When these two do get together, the passion between them is just that much sweeter.

The secondary characters are just as engaging. Whether it is Jason and Brad, two of the football players that Chip coaches, finding the path in their own relationship, Wendell the president of the college where both men work, or Lynn, Chip’s girlfriend and Foster’s best friend, each plays a part in this story that helps move the story along as well as keeping the reader entertained.

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