Given the Circumstances [NOOK Book]

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Two promising college athletes meet, each needing something only the other can give him…

When Roger Ehrens and Brian Rauch lock eyes on the first day of their junior year, a friendship is born. Both men are hungry for connection – Brian needs the acceptance, encouragement and support he never had growing up, and when he finds out his new best friend is gay, it brings his ...
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Given the Circumstances

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Overview

Two promising college athletes meet, each needing something only the other can give him…

When Roger Ehrens and Brian Rauch lock eyes on the first day of their junior year, a friendship is born. Both men are hungry for connection – Brian needs the acceptance, encouragement and support he never had growing up, and when he finds out his new best friend is gay, it brings his own identity into question. Roger needs a big brother, a best friend, but that will never be enough, especially not when he’s this close to big, strong, handsome Brian.

And both men want something more – careers as professional athletes. For Roger, the demands of the closet, the need to reject the love of a man to fulfill his love of the game, will be a crushing burden. For Brian, his downfall will be the substances he uses to get an edge over the competition, and to suppress his gnawing self-doubt and guilt.

One set of desires will bring them together, the other will force them apart…

EXCERPT:
Just give me another minute, Brian appealed. But his feet didn’t listen, kept propelling him forward, his hand went to the door handle. I’m not ready.
It didn’t matter, he knew. He was here, the die was cast, as Caesar had said. He opened the door and walked in.
Look at them, he told himself. Brainiacs. What are you doing here? It was Cal State Berkeley, man. Not Party Hearty State College, where maybe he should have gone. Not Lessing College, where he’d at least been able to keep his scholastic head above water. He had a year of sitting out ahead of him, a year in academia alone for the first time in his life
There was nobody with a hand on his shoulder, nobody to whisper, “You belong here.” He was here on a baseball scholarship, or would be next year. This year he was here on a boatload of student loans. And like anyone else in his situation, when he’d made the change and it was too late to unchange it, his blood went ice cold and he thought, What have I done?
Everyone in the classroom was in their own little world, not even looking up at the new guy. Nobody looks at anybody, he thought, anywhere ever. Trying to make eye contact with people on campus was like a contact sport where the goal was to avoid contact. Some people were oblivious, in their own world, some people were shy, some people were assholes. But almost nobody wanted to look at you, nod, smile, say “Hey,” just be…civilized. Like you were going to ask them for spare change, or beg them to join your cult. It was the first time in his life he’d been somewhere he didn’t know anyone. And it sucked.
But one guy in the classroom looked at him right away. A fellow jock, no doubt – another guy always watching the patterns, the movements, making sure no detail of the action escaped his attention. Instinct or ingrained, at this point in their lives it didn’t matter, it was habit, permanent.
The guy nodded, Brian nodded back. The desk on his left was empty, and Brian took it. Something tense unknotted inside him, his first friendly moment of the day, of his new life, something he’d needed like a glass of water.
“Hey, I’m Roger,” Roger said, offering his hand. The guy looked familiar to Brian, his dark hair and big blue eyes, with the ultra-white sclera of a clean-living man, the pale skin of someone who either spent this last summer indoors or had sensitive skin. He looked to be just short of Brian’s own height of six foot four, but not as beefy as Brian. A firm grip, a big hand, a really big hand. Meaty and work-toughened, like his own. Football, Brian thought. Was he a wide receiver? I feel like I should know who he is…
“I’m Brian.” Roger looked at Brian, at his serious handsome face, tanned from a summer outdoors without any of the sunscreen Roger applied rigorously, took in his dark hair and dark eyes, felt his grip match Roger’s own. Put it back, he told himself. But “it” was out, he was young and horny and this guy was…hot. He’s a big bastard, he’s got to be 240 at least. All muscle, heroic shoulders and chest. Rolling on top of you, wrestling with you, pinning you down, one of the one tenth of one percent of guys in the world who are bigger than you, who can do that, who can win that fight, the fight you’d put up to make him prove his worth, all the while wanting to lose, refusing to lose, thrilled to lose…
And then what? he said, discipline kicking in like it did every time now, every time he met a hot guy. Walk it forward. And then you do it, and then you fall in love, and then you’re a couple, and then everyone knows you’re gay, and that’s it for your NFL dreams, buddy.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148890928
  • Publisher: Brad Vance Erotica
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 59,970
  • File size: 328 KB

Meet the Author

Brad Vance is the author of the romance novel "A Little Too Broken," and numerous M/M erotica stories. Get more Brad at !
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Hot!!!

    Wonderful story, steamy hot, and tender, yearning for those long gone college years and the bitter sweet of the first true love!

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Wow, this was an amazing story. Roger and Brian are 2 athletes,

    Wow, this was an amazing story. Roger and Brian are 2 athletes, both wanting the dream of going professional. For Roger, it is football and Brian is baseball. They grew up with totally different backgrounds. Roger has been raised by a single parent for most of his life(his mom died when he was 2), but his dad was a loving parent and supported him in whatever he did. He also realized at an early age that he was gay, but knew he was going to have to deny himself if he was going to succeed at his dream. Brian grew up with 2 parents and 2 other brothers but didn't get the love from his home life. He had to get support from outsiders. Roger and Brian did not meet until they were juniors in college. This is the story of their friendship, their relationship and their dreams of their athletic careers. Brian did not realize he was gay until he met Roger and all of these feelings crashed up on him.(I think he was actually bi) Brad takes us on the journey of how they live their lives, in a closet at least from the sports world. There were times this story was just so emotional, the decisions made were not always easy or the right ones. But in the end true love wins out. So come read their story and see for yourselves how everything is played out. Just a note, there are graphic sex scenes, most of them m/m and there is drug use through out the story. I received a copy of this book for an honest review. I absolutely loved this and I loved the trust and true friendship that they developed and how they supported each other all the way until they reached and achieved their biggest dream of all: each other!!

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    From the beginning of this story I was captivated with the two l

    From the beginning of this story I was captivated with the two leads, Roger and Brian. I loved every word of their very real story. It’s well-written, characters are fully developed, real and likeable, the story has a great flow, LOVE Brian and Roger… the sexual scenes are realistic, very sensual and OMG steamy! I also enjoyed the sports aspect (you can tell the author did his homework), but what I liked best is the love story (I’m a girl, what can I say) and Roger and Brian’s romance is one of the best I’ve read in awhile. As I said I was totally hooked right from the beginning. Parts of this story are sad and heartbreaking to read, but much of it, much of them together is just so sigh worthy! I can tell you I hated when it was over and I had to move on. I wanted more!! Brad Vance is a new author to me (and frankly fairly new to M/M romance), but he can consider me a sold-out fan. GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES was an amazing read and he is a talented writer! Excuse me while I cruise his backlist!

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