Review: Townie and the Twink by Daisy Harris

Wednesday, June 20

Title: Townie and the Twink*
Author: Daisy Harris
Series: Men of Holsum College #3
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Format: E-book
Date/Year:  June 11, 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Insightful to a fault, Gabe Ashton knows Nick Flynn’s gay even if Nick doesn’t. And after seeing how the townie looks at his "buddy," Gabe knows Nick is in love with a guy who’ll never love him back. So Gabe invites Nick to campus parties and to hang out with new people. But soon their friendship turns physical, and Gabe wonders if he’s in just as much denial as Nick is.

Nick’s straight—or so he’s always assumed. But he can’t deny that the things he’s doing with Gabe are hot. More than that, he likes Gabe in a way he’s never liked anyone else. Well, anyone else except his high school friend, John.

The hardest thing to give up is a fantasy, and the hardest thing to face is the truth. But if Nick wants the man standing in front of him, he’ll have to give up the one he never had.

 

My Musings:

Daisy Harris is going down as one of my favorite authors of 2012.  She’s been writing for a while but I didn’t discover her until this year when I read the first book in the Men of Holsum College series.  I love her characters, the amount of emotion she manages to drag out of me and how genuine the romances feel.  She delivered exactly that once again in "Townie and the Twink".

Gabe has a superpower, after careful observation he can read people.  He’s been watching a classmate, Nick, for a while and thinks he has the guy figured out.   Gabe sees that Nick is lonely and in need of some friends on campus.  Gabe is a genuinely nice guy and makes it his mission to befriend Nick and make him feel welcome at school.

Nick recently transferred into Holsum College from the local community college.  Nick finds himself on the outside of two different worlds.  There is the world of his high school friends which he still sees but doesn’t really fit in with and then there is the entirely separate world of the students at Holsum College where he doesn’t know anybody.  He feels like he has been thrown a lifeline when Gabe approaches him and invites him to a campus party. 

As their friendship forms they both start to feel a longing for something more.  Gabe is openly gay and recognizes his attraction and feelings for Nick quickly.  Nick has no idea what is going on.  He knows he likes Gabe a lot, he knows he likes when Gabe touches him but he’s not ready to accept that he might not be as straight as he thought.  There is also the problem of Nick’s infatuation with his high school friend John.  Gabe sees how Nick looks at John, knows he secretly loves him and it’s something he can’t compete with.  Gabe can’t force Nick to acknowledge his feeling for his friend but he can can certainly nudge him along on the path to figuring it out.  After that, it’s up to Nick to choose what the future holds for them.

There was so much I liked about these characters.  I thought Gabe’s use of his superpower was a lot of fun.  I liked that Nick and Gabe were two normal college guys.  They weren’t heroes or angels, just average guys trying to get by and have some fun while doing their best not to hurt anyone in the process.  I loved that they didn’t play games and respected each other and their friendship.  They always stayed true to their character.

Gabe and Nick have a great romance too.  It develops at the perfect pace and has just the right amount of angst to feel genuine.  It’s sweet but still has that raw, young love feel which makes it realistic rather than fluffy.  Every book in this series has been fun, sexy and sweet.

Ratings:

Overall: 4
Sensuality level: 4
(There is some rough sex role-playing but it’s entirely consensual.  It’s fun and works really well in the story.)
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3 Comments:

lorimeehan June 20, 2012 at 6:23 AM  

Thanks for the informative review. Sounds like a series to look into reading.

Andrea June 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM  

The first one is still my favorite but the entire series is good.

Mary June 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM  

sounds like a series I'd like, thanks for the review.

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