When Mike found out he would be sharing a dorm with a former football star, he was terrified. He'd been bullied by jocks all his life for being scrawny and weak and didn't have high expectations of how it would go. To his surprise, Brett was a great guy that was easy to get along with and seemed to enjoy his company. When Mike learned that Brett was gay, it was a shock but it also explained the threatening letters that Mike had been receiving. Was Mike really at risk because of a jealous ex? Was there even anything to be jealous of?
©2012-2014 Aria Grace (P)2014 Aria Grace
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"Sweet and stimulating"
This was a sweet coming out story that was also tender and erotic. You really get to like the two main characters. The story skillfully avoids the cliche that it could have so easily fallen into. The sex comes from the characters and situation and is not artificially forced onto the story. The narrator gives a real naturalness to the first person narration, and you feel like he is a real person telling you his story. He does a nice job distinguishing the other voices as well. His emotional content is full of nuances. I enjoyed listening to this story and hope to hear more by this author and from this narrator.
"A captivating listen"
Yes. It really drew me into the characters and storyline, and I enjoyed spending time with them. Like any good book or movie, it will be nice to hear again -- and I will probably find more nuances the second time around.
I liked the deep tenderness, yet real sensuality of the two main characters. Following Mike's journey and personal discoveries were especially heartwarming. He was very real. That is what made the sexual scenes all the more steamy.
Not yet, but I would like to see what else he can do. I love that he does not sound like a radio announcer, but rather like a real college kid. His narration drew me into the story and characters. I felt like I was experiencing a movie.
Yes. It was less than 2 hours, so that is certainly possible. The story moved quickly and had some unexpected twists. I was always curious to see what would happen next.
"Love the story itself, the narrator, not so much."
I loved the relationship between the two male leads and the way it played out. Sadly, the narrator was not a good choice.
I'd have to say Mike. He went through a lot both physically and emotionally throughout the story.
Everything! If I hadn't already read this book I wouldn't have known which character or when, he was so monotone and he would stress his voice at times and places that he didn't need to then be very matter of fact when perhaps he should have shown some enthusiasm.
Oh yes, I'd love to see where Mike and Brett are ten years after college. Just please god, a different narrator!
Mike is in his first year of college in a foreign state, away from his family and friends. Having spent much of his young life being picked on and bullied, the scrawny more academic than athletic type, is justifiably anxious to meet his new roommate.
Brett is the typical jock, the same kind of person that had picked on and bullied him in the past. Imagine his surprise when he meets Brett and he’s not only friendly and easy to get along with, but he’s gay.
His Undoing is the story of Brett’s hidden attraction to Mike, who is none the wiser in the beginning. As the story progresses Mike makes friends and even grabs himself a “girlfriend”, sadly, he also becomes the unwitting victim of a stalker that results in him being brutalized as the result of a hate crime. Brett and Maggie both are there for him through the ordeal and the aftermath and as his relationship with Maggie progresses to the next level, Mike realizes that he’s not quite as attracted to her as he thinks he should be.
Grace does a phenomenal job of squeezing a lot of content into this short story, as well as conveying Mike’s emotional journey while adding depth and realism to it. I loved the reality of the conversation he and Brett have when Mike is telling him how he feels. This is the first book I’ve read where one page had me saying “Awwww, they are just so damn cute!” then the next had me fanning myself from the steam radiating off the pages when Brett and Mike finally get together.
My only complaint was the way the situation was handled when they discovered who it was that had attacked Mike. I thought there could have been a better outcome, aside from that this was a well written, coming of age, gay love story with some Fantastic guy on guy action!
"Seductive Coming Of Age Story!"
I enjoyed listening to this short story. Yet, I had to adjust to the narrators voice. I enjoyed that it wasn't your typical gay romance plot that was purely sexual. The story moves along charmingly. I was saddened that the end came because I truly wanted to hear more. I would recommend this book to any and all who enjoy a story of mans evolution of understanding the gay mans plight.
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