Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wrestling with Desire

Title: Wrestling with Desire
Author: D.H. Starr
Publisher: Featherweight Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60820-221-8
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Young Adult
Rating: Golden Blush Award
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Derek is looking forward to his final year of high school. As a member of the school’s wrestling team, he knows this is their year to make it to the state championship. What he doesn’t expect is to meet someone like Scott.

Scott is the new kid in school, something he knows all too much about. Not happy about this latest move, Scott expects this to be the year from hell. Then he meets Derek and not only does he find a new friend but soon, the young athlete begins to mean a whole lot more.

Wrestling with Desire by D.H. Starr is a first rate coming-of-age story. Right from the beginning, you can see the connection forming between the main characters, Derek and Scott. Both young men are in their senior year of high school. That each is gay, in the closet and developing feelings for the other means they will soon be facing more than their fair share of issues. All the insecurities they struggle with will take the reader back to their own years in high school. It is also easy to understand the conflict Scott has with his family, particularly his father, and Derek’s inability to grasp what Scott is going through.

These two pulled me into their story from the beginning. Their relationship is not an easy one and more than once I found myself close to tears. After reading Wrestling with Desire, I decided to check out the writer’s web site and was glad to see that this is the first story in a trilogy. I can’t wait to see what the author will throw at them next and can only hope that they will continue to find their happily ever after.


DH Starr said...

I don't know what to say. What a wonderful review. I'm so touched that you love Derek and Scott as much as I do. Keep your eyes posted for Reward of Courage coming out very soon through Ai Press. This story follows Derek and Scott as they enter their Freshman year in college. Sexual exploration enters this second story and the series crosses-over to erotic romance. In Reward of Courage, the reward comes as Derek and Scott each learn how to handle being gay and out to others. They learn about themselves and about each other and end up closer than ever.

T said...

A satisfying read.

lyne said...

I can't wait for the second book, already requested for review, and hope the third will be coming soon. Thanks for a very great story. lyne