Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Big Man on Campus

Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL: www.pride-publishing.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78430-693-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Benny Allenbrand lost his high school sweetheart when he moved away to college. Now that Benny’s graduated and attending the same school, he’s determined to win Chase back. It doesn’t matter that Chase is in a committed relationship. Benny does find a surprise in his attraction to another man and is willing to give in to the need for a physical relationship.

Jamie Whitmore’s father is a homophobic politician. When Jamie comes out to him, Jamie’s life turns into a mess, complete with the media camping out on his doorstep. He doesn’t need to make things worse by getting involved with a football player determined to get his former lover back. Feelings change and while their relationship might have begun as only physical, it quickly turns into much more. Will the pressure of the media and Jamie’s family destroy their new love or will they find a way to survive?

Big Man on Campus is release twenty in the Campus Cravings series by Carol Lynne. Being familiar with the characters from the most recent books would be advantageous, and I recommend reading Coming Clean first, but it’s not vital to understanding this plot.

I like both Benny and Jamie and I found their backgrounds believable. I’ve seen similar plot lines for individuals in other releases but putting the lives of these guys together made it stronger. Yes Benny didn’t want to give up his old love, and that does happen in the real world—and Jamie’s trouble with a homophobic family that lives in the limelight isn’t unexpected. Putting these men in a relationship is just asking for drama and angst—and reasons to read their story.

As with the other books in the series, Big Man on Campus is a novella, so the pace moves along rather quickly. That space constraint unfortunately doesn’t allow a realistic timeframe for the development of feelings or relationships. I understand how Jamie feels about his family and Benny because that was unchanged from the beginning, but not so for Benny.  His change of affection from Chase to Jamie is so swift; I almost got whip-lash. But then Benny is only eighteen and I was often uncertain if he really knew what he wanted, which made me feel sorry for Jamie. 

The scenes with Jamie’s father and their aftermath are nicely done and Daniel and Tony are great additions to the plot. Pulling Benny’s family in from Cattle Valley is also nice. I’m not a huge fan of epilogues but this one set two years in the future lets us see what’s happening to this cute couple. Enjoy.

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