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My Fair Dork by Daisy Harris

16031880Title: My Fair Dork (Men of Holsum College, Book 8)
Author: Daisy Harris
Published: October 13, 2012
Pages: 134
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

Harold Jacobs is embarrassed of the size of his penis and as a result feels compelled to shower in the middle of the night when no one will see him. But one night when Owen McKenzie sees him, all bets seem to be off. Owen becomes surprisingly fixated that particular part of Harold’s anatomy, so much so that he wonders if he might actually play for a different team. The two of them are as different as two people can be, but can they get past that, Owen’s sexuality, and Harold’s insecurities to find a place that might allow them to be together.

I adored this series, and while this is probably one of the weaker titles in it, I still think it’s worth a read in the context of the larger series. Can’t get enough of the Men of Holsum College.

Genius and the Jock by Daisy Harris

15989967Title: Genius and the Jock (Men of Holsum College, Book 7)
Author: Daisy Harris
Published: September 15, 2012
Pages: 131
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher Link: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

During freshman year, football jock Griff Parker did something completely unexpected–he had a sexual encounter with another guy. Although it was a momentary thing, he’s never been able to shake that experience in the locker room with Raj Mehir, even though he never really saw him again. Now that he’s working in the lab building and seeing Raj on a daily basis, it’s even more present in his mind (and elsewhere). But Raj wants absolutely nothing to do with him, still angry about what happened and not entirely willing to go down that road. Will proximity wear down his resolve?

I love the way in which Daisy Harris has seamlessly assembled this series. They can all be read as stand-alone books, but there is a wonderful added layer if you read them in order and start to recognize the various characters that make cameos–it definitely gives the sense of this all taking place at the same school. This one was frustrating, but mostly because of the characters, not the writing. But it was very interesting to see their development over the course of the book and to see where they ended up at the conclusion.

Pride and Politics by Daisy Harris

15771980Title: Pride and Politics (Men of Holsum College, Book 6)
Author: Daisy Harris
Published: August 25, 2012
Pages: 145
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Hunter Ford has led what anyone from the outside would call a privileged life.  He’s from an affluent and influential family, and it looks like their prominence is only set to rise.  But for Hunter, the restrictions and chains that come with the ‘perks’ just don’t seem enough to make him happy–like being stuck on his uncle’s campaign for Vice President.  And to make him even less happy, his uncle has hired Steve, an image consultant, to make sure he doesn’t mess anything up.  Steve knows Hunter will be difficult and Hunter certainly doesn’t want him around–but will they be able to find some common ground since they’re stuck with each other?  And what might the tension between them give way to if it breaks?

This is definitely one of my favorite installments in this series.  We’ve had a glimpse of Hunter before, so it’s nice to get more of an understanding of his story and who (and why) he is.  The build and dynamic between Steve and Hunter is intriguing and it’s wonderful to see the character growth that occurs here.  It feels natural–not forced–and seems to fit in with their personalities (both as individuals and together).

Bossy and the Brat by Daisy Harris

15763030Title: Bossy and the Brat (Men of Holsum College, Book 5)
Author: Daisy Harris
Published: July 28, 2012
Pages: 126
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:

Calvin’s life is set. He has a girlfriend, he knows what’s expected of him, and he’s going to be happy. Well, maybe not entirely happy since he sort of likes boys. Well, more than sort of… What’s worse, though, is that he’s quite attracted to Tyler, which is even more off-limits since Calvin is Tyler’s resident advisor. Until it’s summer and Tyler is no longer his resident. But how can Calvin reconcile his feelings for Tyler with everything else that’s expected of him?

I found this to be an interesting combination of angst and fluff. Calvin is certainly trying to sort through a number of issues, but there are a number of sweeter moments tucked away in here, too. I did think Calvin was a bit hard on himself, though he clearly is only using the ‘Tyler was my resident’ issue to avoid having to come to terms with what he finds to be a very difficult situation overall.

Another fun installment in the Men of Holsum College series.

Player and the Prude by Daisy Harris

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Title: Player and the Prude (Men of Holsum College, Book 4)
Author: Daisy Harris
Published: July 7, 2012
Pages: 120
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
I continue to enjoy the Men of Holsum College series, though I don’t know that I feel this one was as enjoyable as the previous three. The story itself worked for me, but I was not a fan at all of Brooks in the beginning (though I suspect we’re not really supposed to be) and it impacted the way I read the rest of the book. Ultimately, I had a different opinion of him by the end, but it did stick with me for a large part of this. Still looking forward to seeing what more of these boys get up to in the next installment.

Title: Townie and the Twink
Author: Daisy Harris
Publication Date: June 11, 2012

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and like the second – but the third is probably the best yet. Daisy Harris is a brilliant author (I’ve liked everything of hers I’ve read to date).

Gabe has pegged one of his classmates, Nick, as gay even though Nick insists that he’s not. But Gabe can’t believe that after he sees the way Nick looks at one of his high school friends. And as Gabe and Nick start spending time together, Gabe starts to be even more convinced until he finds himself wondering if he’s just wishing for things he can’t help himself…

The characters (main and secondary) are very well-written and dynamic, the character development is believable and sound, and I just fell absolutely in love with this story. I highly recommend this book.

Title: Diva and the Frat Boy
Author: Daisy Harris
Publication Date: May 14, 2012

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Another wonderful little story involving college students from Daisy Harris. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series and was definitely looking forward to the second. And I cannot say I was disappointed. It’s fun, quirky, and well-written.

Why 3 stars, then? There was something about the way Greg kept information from Nathaniel so that he wouldn’t mess up their relationship that really struck me in a not-so-positive way. And the fact that he didn’t stand up for Nathaniel to his fraternity brothers rubbed me the wrong way, too. And while I know it happens, it just seemed to glorify that treatment a bit and I’m not really a fan.

Title: College Boys
Author: Daisy Harris
Publication Date: April 9, 2012

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
Chris Fischer knew that coming to Holsum College would mean new experiences – he was miles from home and knew no one when he first arrived. And it didn’t take long: he had a completely new experience with Peter Cohen during his orientation weekend (nothing sexual, and it surely didn’t make him gay). Other things in his life allowed him to forget about it until he found himself moving in next door to the guy he barely knew. The wall between them being paper-thin, Chris quickly learned he was going to get to know Peter better than he had expected – and would get to know more about himself than he ever imagined.

The novella is a relatively quick and easy read, flowing very well from chapter to chapter. I had no trouble connecting with the characters – the situations, dialogue, and storytelling helped make them very easy to relate to. Avoiding some of the cliches of M/M stories set in college, I found College Boys to be unique, intriguing, and one of the best gay erotica I’ve read in some time.

(eGalley provided by Siren Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)