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Posted May 18, 2012
This book blew me away! It begins with Chris moving into a single dorm room. He decided to move from his old dorm and his soccer team roommates in order to get some privacy after the death of his mother. He’s hurting, he’s confused and he needs some time to think and be himself without his friends hovering and trying to help. Peter is his new next door neighbor. He hears Chris crying at night through the thin dorm room walls and they start talking. A strange friendship begins from there. They talk through the wall and open themselves in a way they wouldn’t and couldn’t have opened up if they were face to face. Peter and Chris felt so real for me. They reminded me of normal college kids and totally took me back to my first couple of years in college. I loved the vulnerability they each had. The timid flirtations and awkward situations had my heart going out to them, they were adorable. It was such a sweet and heartwarming romance that built up to a passionate and fulfilling relationship. The indecision they were dealing with was especially touching. Peter was berating himself for having a crush on a straight guy. Later he was questioning the intelligence of getting involved with a closet case. Chris had never even considered that he might be gay or questioned his sexuallity before. Once he realized he did want to be with a man he was working through the confusion, embarrassment and all the emotions I would expect with such a dynamic lifestyle change. They each had their own group of friends, some were supportive and others were not. The various friends helped to add depth and interest to the story outside of the dorm room. I loved this book, I miss Chris and Peter already and it’s only been a day since I finished the book.
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Posted August 24, 2012
Vanessa, the Jeep Diva, recommended this book to me after she read Frat Boy and Toppy based on my recommendation (yes, we have VERY similar book tastes!) I am so happy that she did because I loved this book and now have the next 3 books in this series sitting and waiting for me in my TBR pile.
This book is about Chris and Peter who live in the dorm at Holsum College. Chris's mother dies and he needs some privacy to get through his grief and moves into a single room. The problem with the single rooms, which Chris didn't realize, is that they used to be doubles that were simply split by a very thin piece of sheetrock. As a result, besides the fact that you can't see each other, you are basically in the same room with the guy beside you. In this case, the guy beside Chris is Peter. Peter is gay and out of the closet which Chris is completely fine with. They have a bit of a history from a camping trip which involved some subconscious spooning while asleep, but Chris is straight and cool with Peter.
I love the fact that these guys develop such a close friendship through the wall. They maintain their distance outside of their rooms, staying as acquaintances, but develop a great friendship when in the rooms. Chris is a bit torn...he's having physical reactions to Peter's voice that are completely unexpected and he's not quite sure what to do about them. As for Peter, he knows that Chris is straight and that his crush isn't going to develop into anything. I love the way that Daisy wrote this. There is a slow build-up which seems completely natural and right. Then in a single instance things start to change and it gets incredibly hot. LOVED this book!!! And I loved Peter and Chris. And I loved how it ended. Just gorgeous story telling and writing!
I like that Chris is confused about what's happening, but he never really goes to that homophobic place, although he definitely has moments where he worries about what others are thinking about him. To him, his friendships are worth more than others perceptions and I LOVED that about his character. Nathaniel was awesome in these parts of the book.
In this book, Peter's friend is Nathaniel, who is pretty flamboyant with his personality, but he had some moments with Chris that just melted my heart. Such a good friend to Peter and it made me anticipate his story all the more (his book is #2 in the series.) I'm excited about this series. Thank you so much Vanessa for telling me about it!!!
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Posted April 21, 2014
I received a copy of this book from Netgallery in exchange for an honest review.
I will be the first to admit that M/M romance is not a genre that I read on a regular basis. After several recommendations from fellow book lovers I figured why not. I was not disappointed with this one. Daisy Harris did a wonderful job conveying the difficulties of finding yourself. On the problems that arise when your sexual orientation might not be what you assumed it was and how it affects other relationships in your life.
Chris Fischer is trying to get his life together. After losing his mother to cancer he is confused about her loss and just wants to be alone so he can stop pretending to all his friends that everything is fine. He decides the best way to do this is to move into a single room where he can just be himself. He moves into the room next to Peter Cohen, an openly gay guy who he had met several months before during a camping trip.
Peter still remembers his meeting with Chris. Knowing that he is straight doesn't stop him from imagining what he wants to do with and to him. He realizes that it is only a one-sided attration and he's ok with that. Until suddenly it seems like maybe its not one sided at all.
The mixed signals they sent each other were entertaining and sweet at that same time. There were some points where I laughed aloud at things that Chris and Peter did or said. I really enjoyed the interaction between the two of them. I really liked that even though there was an attraction (even unknowingly) between the two of them from the beginning that the author took her time to develop it throughout the story line vs an instant wham bam thank you mam.
I am looking forward to reading more books by Daisy Harris and seeing where this series goes.
Posted February 1, 2014
I really enjoyed this story! I loved the main two characters in the novella, and thought that the feelings
between the two of them built naturally. The way they interacted with each other was very sweet. So often I
n these types of stories , I feel like the romance is forced, but the progression of their love felt very real and natural.
I loved how Chris questioned his sexuality and explored it even through his fear of how others might react.
I only wish it had been longer! Oh and did I mention the sex scenes were hot?!
Posted December 2, 2013
We have Chris Fischer the star soccer player . Chris has just lost his mom to lung cancer and is feeling a
bit overwhelmed by his soccer team buddies and their constant questions so he moves out of the dorm
house and into a new one across the way. Enter Peter Cohen he is Chris’s neighbor and the walls are
very thin. Chris knows Peter from a campout that happened back in the summer and remembers too
vividly what happened and how they woke up. During the next week or so Chris hears everything that
goes on through the thin walls and is totally overwhelmed by the sexual feelings he is having. Chris
never thought himself gay but what he feels when hearing Peter is nothing short of Excited..
Peter and Chris start hanging out more and become really good friends and by the time things are
done they are in each others beds and in each others hearts.
Can they get through the constant bullying expecially from Chris’s teammates?
This is a short M/M love story !! Not overly graphic and very sweet .
Posted September 21, 2013
Posted June 15, 2013
Sweet, sexy and HOT!
This little novella was sooo good! Chris moves into a dorm after his mothers death for some time to think and deal with things alone. Chris quickly realizes that he can hear everything his neighbor Peter is doing because the walls are paper thin. Chris finds it comforting and easy to talk to Peter through the wall and they soon develop a kind of “relationship”.
Not to get too deep into this but I love that Chris starts to discover himself through conversations with Peter through the wall. Its like he feels its okay to do this because if Peter cant see him then he cant be scrutinized, judged or made fun of. Then the more Chris becomes comfortable with his feelings, he slowly lets down the walls. Oh and lets not forget about all the steamy, hot, sexy and sizzling sex! Whew, I want some more! Definitely a fan of Daisy Harris and cant wait to read more from her.
Posted June 11, 2013
A wonderful novella about falling in love!
Chris and Peter both attend Holsum College, a small liberal school in New York. Chris is a star soccer player whose mom recently died. He decided he needed some space, so he moved out of the dorm he shared with 2 of his teammates and into a single room in a dorm across campus.
His next door neighbor Peter is openly gay. Chris is not. Chris has dated girls in the past, though he doesn’t have much experience with the opposite sex.
He soon discovers that the “single” rooms in this dorm used to be double rooms until thin walls were constructed to divide them. The kind of walls where you can hear everything going on in the room next to you.
Chris and Peter become friends. They even lie in bed at night in their own rooms and talk to each other through the thin wall. Things become more intimate as they realize their attraction to one another. But Chris isn’t entirely sure of his feelings. How will his teammates react? How will his parents react? And Peter isn’t sure he wants a relationship with someone so far in the closet.
This is a short and sweet coming of age story as Chris and Peter explore their feelings. They are adorable, awkward, and clumsy… just like first love. And the sex is unbelievable hot, even when there’s no actual sex involved! It’s very easy to read and I loved it! I will definitely read more from Daisy Harris.
ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 11, 2013
College Boys [Men of Holsum College] Daisy Harris
ARC supplied by Netgalley
I love a good romance, and its the love story that matters to me not the sex of the people involved. Having said that there's something really tender in this story where its clear that Peter who's openly gay has feelings for Chris who's on the surface a typical hetero sports jock. Yet beneath that he's unsure of his feelings and the thin walls of his neighbour cast them even more in doubt when he finds he's turn on by the sound of Peters pleasure....Slowly they draw closer, and feelings are exposed though Chris is anxious not to let anyone outside the small gay circle know about him. I guess that's a hard decision for anyone – not only lost in the passion of the throes of love but wanting to shout it to the world as others do and yet being scared of the reaction of homophobes :( Anyone a bit different whether it's sex, race or disability has faced that at some time, and people seem to look upon sexuality as a choice issue rather than just nature. It can impact on not just emotions but families and careers, so taking that plunge needs a lot of thought for some people. Daisy does that so well in this book, we feel for Peter who wants to be open about his boyfriend and has never hidden his sexuality, and yet also understand about Chris who wants that too but is scared to let people know – he has so much to risk.
Its a beautiful story of a slowly unfolding passion the two boys have for each other. Like another reviewer I felt the mention of engagements and marriage at the end was perhaps not necessary, I think they'd just still be busy enjoying the Now rather than thinking of the future, especially when Chris has only just admitted his sexuality. There's lots of graphic sex here so if you don't want that then don't buy this book. I feel it fits well but know others want there sex to stop at a kiss and a hint of action and Daisy goes much further than that but its well written and fits the scenes.
At £3.59 for 88 pages its quite expensive I feel although it is well written and devotees of m/m fiction with a HEA will probably re read. For me its too short for that, I like long novels where there's a lot more to the story and a greater drama and storyline to get engrossed in.
Stars: three and a half from me, I do feel its an excellent story but expensive. I'd have liked a longer version, and would have given four stars for that.