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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Str8te Boys by Evangeline Anderson

Str8te Boys by Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by: Ambrosia

How far would you dare to go…to win it all?

Maverick Holms and Duke Warren share almost everything—a college soccer team, an apartment and the same extremely competitive nature. Thanks to that never-back-down spirit, they’re about to share more than they bargained for.

The game is “gay chicken”. The rule: get as close as possible without kissing, and the one that pulls away first is the loser. The problem: neither of them likes to lose. It isn’t long before the game becomes an excuse to touch and kiss in every possible forbidden way. And after they pose for a gay website to earn extra money, things really heat up.

Suddenly Duke is talking lifetime commitment, and Mav is backpedaling as hard as he can, not sure if he’s ready to accept all his best friend is offering him. Or the truth about what he is.

A str8te shooting hetero finds true love with his best friend, a man who hides his true passion and heart’s desires while living together for four years. How hard can it be to live lusting and learning while at college for two soccer jocks?

Over the years Maverick becomes comfortable with Duke as the man constantly touches him and hugs him, lying cradled in each other’s arms at night as they sleep together, though still not lovers. Thinking he’s gone nuts, Mav begins having erotic thoughts about his best friend after playing ‘gay chicken’ and doing a photo shoot for a gay website.

When lips meet and body parts are explored, Mav panics telling himself that there is no way he’s gay. Once lips touch, he is shocked to feel the desire for more than a simple kiss from his long-time friend and begins to play games of his own, wanting to explore further.

How can a man tell he’s gay when he’s dated women his whole life and finds his brawny room mate more alluring than any woman? The story is a journey of the soul for a man who refuses to believe he’s capable of being a homosexual while being drawn like a magnet to another man.

For those who crave a romantic story of male/male love, this is a must read. Short, sweet, and to the point, you’ll adore the characters. This story deserves 4 Cherries. It’s well written, draws out emotions from friendship, to love, to pain, and follows a trail of the heart where two men come to terms with themselves and the world around them.

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