Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wrestling With Love

Title: Wrestling With Love
Author: D.H. Starr
Publisher: Ai Press
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ISBN: 978-0-9833747-0-1
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Derek and Scott are finally on their way to college where they plan to move their relationship to the next step. When Scott continues to shy away from making love, Derek begins to wonder just what kind of relationship they really have, if any. As both young men struggle with the added responsibility of college life, will their relationship get left by the wayside? Or can they survive just one more obstacle in their way?

Wrestling with Love is Mr. Starr’s follow up story to Wrestling with Desire. This ongoing story picks up shortly after the two young men graduated from high school. For this reason, it is important that you read the first book before starting this one. You may also wish to return to this review at a later date to keep from seeing any possible spoilers.

Derek and Scott continued to hold my interest just as strongly in this second book as they did in the first. For me, they are the type of characters that you just can’t help wanting everything to turn out okay. In no way are they perfect. In fact, no matter how hard he tries, Scott still struggles with being openly gay. His fears, at times, lead to major problems for the two, especially when he sends mixed signals to Derek. Derek, on the other hand, is so ready to jump into the openly gay experience that he is, at times, naive. This leads to even more problems for the two and I could not help wondering if these two were once again coming to an end.

Now that they are in college, the author has moved them into a more mature relationship. The passion they share, whether it is just kissing or all out sex, is intense, as is their fighting. Luckily for them, they have strong family figures and friends to turn to for help. This is just one of the things that I loved about Wrestling with Love. The author does such a wonderful job bringing the characters and their situations to life that, as readers, it is easy to see that these two belong together. However, like any realistic relationship, their personalities to do not always mesh and Mr. Starr makes these times just as believable for the reader.

I wish that I could have given Wrestling with Love the Golden Blush award because the story itself was that good; however, there were some typos and name confusion issues that made that impossible. Never the less, this is still an outstanding book and I am eagerly awaiting the third installment so that I can see just how Mr. Starr plans to wrap up Derek’s and Scott’s story.

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