Simple Men

Simple Men

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by Eric Arvin
     
 

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Chip Arnold is a well-liked football coach at a small liberal arts college, but his personal life is in a bit of a rut. He goes out drinking with his colleagues, gets along well with his players, and dates all the prettiest women in town--he has the life most straight men dream of. But lately none of the women he dates seem to be igniting any passion in him. Then he…  See more details below

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Chip Arnold is a well-liked football coach at a small liberal arts college, but his personal life is in a bit of a rut. He goes out drinking with his colleagues, gets along well with his players, and dates all the prettiest women in town--he has the life most straight men dream of. But lately none of the women he dates seem to be igniting any passion in him. Then he meets the new school chaplain, Foster Lewis. Romantic attraction to another man is new and terrifying, and Chip just can't put his finger on why he's drawn to Foster, but it's stronger than anything he's felt for anyone in his life. Never one to back down from a challenge, Chip decides to go for it. But love is never simple, and sometimes it's a downright mess!

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ISBN-13:
2940043321893
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
04/26/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
362 KB

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Simple Men 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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bigbearphx More than 1 year ago
Chip Arnold considers himself to be a simple man. Coach of a small-town college football team, he dates attractive women he often meets in singles bars, and considers "settling down" to be something he is not ready to do, at least anytime soon. But when he meets Foster Lewis, the new chaplain at the college, there is an instant spark of realization that the missing piece of his life has just been found, though how that will fit - since Chip has never been attracted to another man before - is something he cannot imagine. Foster feels the same way, and, coming off a bad breakup with a boyfriend who was with him while he studied for the ministry, is excited yet wary of what may happen when he tries to form a relationship with a man who is very different than him. In science they say opposites attract, but can it work in love? In the wrong hands, a story about a tough football coach realizing he is gay could be a cliché'-riddled mess. With Arvin's trademark wit and considerable talent as a writer, "Simple Men" comes off more like a gay version of a John Hughes romantic comedy, full of familiar but quirky characters dealing with realistic but unusual situations. The secondary story, of two of Chip's football players also accepting their sexuality, is the icing on this well-written, entertaining treat, and the slightly madcap ending will leave you smiling for days. Arvin scores another touchdown, and I give the book four stars out of five. - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine