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Freshman: Uncut

Freshman: Uncut

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by Daisy Harris

Sparks fly between jaded film TA, Shane, and tough-acting freshman, Angel. Shane gives Angel the sex he craves, but struggles to be the man he needs.

Shane's too old for Angel. Even if Angel weren't a freshman in Shane's Intro to Film class, the kid would be too closeted, too confused, too darn changeable and needy. But when Shane sees the pain


Sparks fly between jaded film TA, Shane, and tough-acting freshman, Angel. Shane gives Angel the sex he craves, but struggles to be the man he needs.

Shane's too old for Angel. Even if Angel weren't a freshman in Shane's Intro to Film class, the kid would be too closeted, too confused, too darn changeable and needy. But when Shane sees the pain lurking behind Angel's tough exterior, he can't help but reach out to him and give in to the desire in those scared, brown eyes.

Pacific Rim University may as well be another planet from the Oakland neighbourhood where Angel grew up. Angel's fought all his life to get respect, and to stay hard in the eyes of his friends back home. Always the weird kid, Angel was the guy who never hooked up with girls. Meeting his very sexy, very male Film TA, Angel starts to understand why. He refuses to admit he's gay, but he lives for every one of Shane's smiles.

When Shane takes Angel to task for his insolent attitude, Angel can't resist pushing his TA further. He wants Shane to show him, force him, make him accept all the feelings battling around in his mind and his body. But Angel doesn't just need sex. He needs a man who can help him navigate the new and very raw landscape of his feelings.

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Totally Entwined Group Ltd
Publication date:
Ivory Towers , #1
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Age Range:
18 Years

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Shane stared out into the auditorium—his gaze kept landing on the scrawny punk slumped in the second to last row.

The kid didn’t look up.

He was a shade or two darker than Shane, with a scruff of kinky brown hair and a broad nose. His bone structure was amazing—high cheekbones, sharp, strong jaw. Shane couldn’t tell for sure, since he was sitting down, but he seemed short. Maybe five foot eight. He wore a white wife beater and a heavy gold chain. Black track pants and a tat on his shoulder? He was trying way too hard to look tough.

"That’s all for today." Professor Boehner flicked off the overhead and wrapped up the Intro to Film class. "Make sure you have those papers in by Monday. We’ll move onto archetypes next week."

The class burst into a round of applause, the over-excited freshmen falling all over themselves to get to the front of the room and swoon over the professor.

Shane cleared his stuff off the desk. He hadn’t taken any notes. As one of Boehner’s teaching assistants, he’d sat through Intro to Film three times already.

"Mr Roberts?" Boehner called over the heads of his adoring throng. "A moment?"

"Sure thing," Shane called back.

Boehner jerked his head at the back of the room, his eyes on the punk trying to make a quick getaway out the door. "Could you grab Mr Cruz? I’d like to speak with him."

Cruz. So that was the kid’s last name. "I’ll grab him."

Shane fought his way through the kids trying to get out of the auditorium. The brats would have parted like the Red Sea if it were Boehner walking up the aisle. Next class, Shane would make sure Boehner introduced him to the students and made it clear Shane would be grading a lot of their papers.

The punk was out the door by the time Shane reached him. He had his backpack hitched on one shoulder and a black PUMA track jacket draped over the other. The kids around him were giving him a wide berth. Stupid freshmen probably bought his gang-member act.

"Hey. Uh…"

The kid turned at the sound of his voice. "Angel," he said, jutting his chin forward.

"Okay, Angel." Shane was too used to freshmen to be bugged by his impudent tone. "Boehner wants to talk to you."

The attitude drained from Angel’s face, making him look younger. He paled a little, and Shane saw a pattern of freckles across his nose and cheeks. Angel’s eyes were brown, but his right eye was grey in the lower right corner. Shane didn’t remember what it was called when a person’s eye was more than one colour. But whatever trick of genetics had given him that grey-blue slice, it added a layer of intrigue to his appearance that made Shane want to look for a lot longer than was appropriate. Damn, the kid was cute.

"I didn’t do nothin’ wrong." Angel leaned on his heels. The swagger crept back into his posture, and he lifted his chin and stuck out his chest. Something about how he did that made Shane think it wasn’t entirely an act. Angel had probably had to stand up for himself, and most likely to guys bigger than Shane.

"I didn’t say you did. He just wants to talk to you."

Angel glanced Shane over, rolling his gaze to Shane’s toes and back up to his face.

Shane was used to being cruised, but he couldn’t tell if that’s what Angel was doing. The kid didn’t look interested as much as scared.

"I’m the TA." Shane shoved out his hand.

"Yeah. Hi." Angel didn’t shake.

Shane crossed his arms, tossing every bit of Angel’s attitude back at him in the form of a cold, hard sneer. "You know, if you want to work in the film industry someday, you’re going to have to learn to deal with a few fags."

He watched his words sink in. Angel’s expression shifted from surprise to a blush of embarrassment. "Hey, man, I didn’t ask if you were." His defiant attitude was back, but he wouldn’t meet Shane’s eyes.

"No. You didn’t." Shane wasn’t letting Angel off so easy. "But I’m telling you now. I’m gay, and you may as well get over it."

Angel’s eyes widened. "Oh. Well, no disrespect, man. What, you got a boyfriend or something?"

That one came out of left field, but Shane chose to ignore it. "We better get in there before Boehner has an aneurism." Shane headed for the door.

Meet the Author

Birkenstock-wearing glamour girl and mother of two by immaculate conception, Daisy Harris still isn't sure if she writes erotica. Her romances start out innocently enough. However, her characters behave like complete sluts. Much to Miss Harris's dismay the sex tends to get completely out of hand.

She writes about fantastical creatures and about young men getting their freak on, and she's never missed an episode of The Walking Dead.

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Freshman: Uncut 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheMorningAfterRomance More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Wonderfully complex characters and lots of laughs! First, let me tell you how much I love flawed characters. Complex, confused, crazy as hell characters push all my happy buttons because I can relate to them. They seem real, they have substance, and they send me through a super intense ride on the emotional rollercoaster. Add that to the fact that I love Daisy Harris books because they feel like cuddling up with a favorite blanket (the characters are always loveable, and their interactions and humorous dialogue keep me grinning the entire time) and you will understand why I was in heaven reading this. Oh! Don't forget, that favorite blanket I just mentioned, it's one of those electric heated ones. Because, Daisy Harris gives good sexual tension. No. Screw good, great. And you just know the sex scenes are going to be off the hook. Which they were. Like, DAMN. Angel is a freshman on a scholarship to Pacific Rim University. College is completely different from the area he grew up in and he feels a little out of place. He's hard and he looks it, with plenty of attitude to spare. Angel has both feet firmly planted in the closet, and when he finds himself achingly attracted to his Intro to Film TA, Shane, he dissolves into a confused mess. There aren't enough mops to clean up the mess that is Angel. Despite Angel's unapproachable attitude, Shane is drawn to him and their courtship of confusion begins. Freshman: Uncut is a little darker than other books I've read by Daisy Harris. It's less adorable, more heartbreaking dysfunction with a sprinkle of sweetness. It works perfectly. I so loved the characters in this, even though they were a hot mess. Actually, probably because they were, since they felt more rounded and real. Angel, I just wanted to smother him in hugs. He is painfully vulnerable but he covers it in layers of hardness and this badass attitude that is pretty much ingrained from growing up rough. He's also a little jerk. Sometimes I couldn't decide if I wanted to hug him or smack him upside the head. He's abrasive, defensive, and continually mouths off to Shane. He is a confused, conflicted hot mess, and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Daisy Harris did an amazing, and I mean AMAZING job conveying Angel's confusion about what he wanted, about how torn up he was inside. Seriously, cheers to Daisy for the epic characterization that is Angel Cruz. Shane seems like a bit of a dick at first. A loveable one of course, but damn he is cocky. He's sarcastic, a little rude, and he baits Angel. He is oh so funny, but I was still all "What are you doing man?! DON'T WAKE THE BEAST!" To be fair, it mostly comes from him not knowing how to read or deal with Angel. He eventually figures it out, and it was hilarious watching him get there. The novella mainly focuses on Angel, Shane, and their relationship. They have issues. ISSUES. I can't even call them communication issues, even with the complete lack of communicating going on, because they just take it to a whole other level. It was like watching people trying to talk over a yawning chasm, underwater, with a language barrier. They just completely miss everything the other is saying, either verbally or through body language. Angel is confused, which makes Shane confused, which means no one knows what anyone wants and feelings just get stomped on. Angel and Shane struggle for a bit. Eventually they work through their problems, grow a little, and figure out how to be together. But it was like torture watching them fumble around each other's emotions. Really. Good. Torture. This was short, but it was great. Of course, I wish it were longer since I would have loved to keep reading. Freshman: Uncut is the first in a series about Shane and Angel. Even though the ending was sweet and nothing was left unresolved I think both characters still have a lot to work through and a lot of growing to do. I'm looking forward to watching them do just that in the upcoming books. I'm happy that there are no irritating cliffhangers to make the waiting process even more painful. Just, don't read the excerpt for the second book if you want to keep it that way. And I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on the next one. 4.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, and am interested to know what happens next BUT it is less than 70 pages for $5.49. May not want to purchase next 3 in series.....