Thursday, August 18, 2011

Incoming Freshman

Title: Incoming Freshman
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-615-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Three years ago, Coach Chet Sloan left the University of Arizona, due to his attraction to incoming freshman Bobby Ray Sikes, a young man whose high school football career he’d followed for two years previously. He couldn’t give into his feelings for the young eighteen year-old man he adored and ran, taking a job with Central Idaho University. 

It’s Bobby Ray’s last year of school but tired of hiding his sexuality, he transfers colleges and decides to live in the privately run and gay friendly BK House dormitory. Chet isn’t thrilled to learn Bobby’s coming to his university and he’s even less happy to hear of his living arrangement, fearing it will ruin Bobby’s chances of a pro football career.  The question is whether Chet can coach the man he cares for or will his feelings cause him to run again? 

I was thrilled to learn Carol Lynne had decided to write more books in her popular Campus Cravings series and has now resumed it with number thirteen, Incoming Freshman. It picks up a couple of years after the original set of books ended and while reading the last release would be helpful, it’s not mandatory.  

I liked Chet when he was first introduced in Live for Today in 2008 and getting to know more about his warm and caring personality is a treat. Through Ms. Lynne’s further development of his character, he’s shown to be a man deeply dedicated to his job and the young men he coaches, but he’s also capable of deep personal love and emotion as well. It’s his sense of responsibility that almost costs him the young man he loves. Her expression of Chet’s difficulty getting over the gap in his and Booby’s age is handled well, as is their desire, which can’t be denied. 

Bobby is a great new character and it was nice seeing his growing relationship with Chet and how he interacted with the old favorites we’ve meet from the previous books. He fit in well with this group and he and Chet make another great couple inhabiting the Campus Cravings world. Then there’s Bobby’s roommate, Dane, an interesting man who I want to know more about.  

Overall, I liked this book and the return to the campus and people I’ve enjoyed so much in the past. It’s a quick read with a good flow and characterization that caught and keep my attention from beginning to end. I can’t wait for the next release coming in sometime in December.

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