A Men of Falcon Pointe Novel
Eighteen-year-old Nephi Rafe Norton goes to Falcon Pointe University to find himself. Away from his conservative family, he hopes to discover if his attraction to men is the real deal. Encouraged to be someone a little different, he starts using his middle name. "Rafe" quickly makes friends, some of whom use a paddle to dispense caring discipline, and he lives it up--until midterms hit, and he realizes he's flunking statistics class.
When Scotland native Éigneachán Jackson Levlin offers to help, Rafe is eager to accept--not only because Levlin is a psychologist, but also because he's out and proud and hot as hell.
As their relationship heats up, Rafe decides to spend one last Christmas with his family before he tells them. When his little sister outs him to his siblings, they turn out to be fully supportive, and he takes heart--until he introduces Levlin to his father, who brutally dismisses both of them. Now Rafe must come to peace with his father's rejection or risk losing Levlin--and all that he has become at Falcon Pointe--forever.
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I’ve not made a secret about the fact that I enjoy Durston’s writing immensely. I find her writing style to be smooth and engaging, her characters feel like real people, and their journey to happiness to be unique to the couple and well worth fighting for. Within the Men of Falcon Pointe series, even though each of the young male leads has dealt with coming to terms with his homosexuality, how his Mormon upbringing affects him, and how his family reacts to the revelation of his sexuality, each couples’ journey has been different. For me, I find that the series just keeps getting better with each book. Much like his cousin Sebastien, Rafe chose Falcon Pointe University because of Bas and Trent’s experiences. He is hoping that by going to school away from his family, he will be able to discover if being gay is worth turning his back on his Mormon upbringing and losing his family, both of which are extremely important to him – the latter more than the former. Having a great roommate, becoming closer to Bas, forging friendships with the men of 959 Brenton Street, and reinventing himself means life in Falcon Pointe is good in the beginning. But when Rafe’s porn addiction and failure to grasp the material means that he may flunk statistics, he finds support and a firm, yet guiding hand in Éigneachán, a friend of Cory’s, who just so happens to have a lovely Scottish brogue and a sexy kilt – why don’t romance novels come with pictures?!?!? Is it any wonder that Rafe fell for Éigneachán? I really enjoyed how Rafe and Éigneachán’s relationship built slowly, and that while there was no rush to bed, they practiced Domestic Discipline well before the men were physically intimate, as it not only gave Rafe the balance he needed, but also brought them closer. Further, I found that Éigneachán’s willingness to follow Rafe’s lead on how fast to proceed, was perfect. I also liked that Rafe’s religious issue were addressed differently. Despite being Mormon, Rafe did not deal with the constant nagging from his mother about getting involved with the local church like Trent and Bastian did. I found this break from focusing on the church to be a refreshing change of pace. In fact, his parents’ reaction to Rafe’s coming out was only partially religion-driven as opposed to what Trent faced in book one. As for Rafe and Éigneachán’s twist in the series, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed how Durston included the psychological aspects that Rafe experienced when his parents addressed his homosexuality – and that Éigneachán was able to help him through it. Like the previous installments in the series, I freaking loved Becoming Rafe. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
3.5 Stars ~ I was excited to be reading book three in Thianna Durston's 'Men of Falcon Pointe' series. I wanted to see how Cory, Trent, Bastien, David, and Alan were doing, plus the description of Rafe had me intrigued. I shared my reservations during Bastien's story about the author making it too similar to Trent's, but nothing of the kind happened so I was confident that Rafe's story was going to be sufficiently different to keep me entertained. I could tell right from the beginning that Rafe is definitely a different type than Trent and Bastien. Rafe is excited about coming to Falcon Pointe and getting away from his large family. He wants to experience what his life could be like as an out and proud gay man. In fact, when he registers for his dorm assignment, he requests a gay roommate. He is very open to the new experiences he has been dreaming of ever since he figured out he was gay. The fact that Bastien is his second cousin helped in his decision to move to Falcon Pointe for school. Levlin is originally from Scotland, is seventeen years older than Rafe, owns his own psychology practice, and is incredibly hot. He's also very attracted to Rafe, although he holds off for a while just to make sure it is true attraction versus physical wanting. When he realizes that Rafe is floundering, he steps in to help and this also gives them time to spend together. I really liked the way the author handled this May-December age gap, particularly seeing as Rafe was fairly mature for his age, and all the other issues that can occur in a new relationship. The sibling Skype call where Rafe admits to being gay was so heartwarming. I loved it that all of his siblings supported him, unanimously. Rafe was so terrified they'd hate him, and he loves his family so much, and he's very close to his brothers and sisters. Of course his parents, or specifically his dad, are a different story. I enjoyed this addition to the series, although I have to admit that I didn't connect with Levlin. I really liked Rafe, but I couldn't warm up to Levlin and I was sorry about that as I'm sure it was my fault. I adored Rafe's family, and even though quite a bit of that storyline was predictable, I still enjoyed it. Thank you, Thianna. NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews