Before jumping into his first semester of college, Thomas Maloney decides to lose his virginity at a party to a stranger he’s sure he’ll never see again. Only the next day, he’s surprised to learn the same one-night stand will be sharing his dorm room. Thomas considers himself lucky, but his new roommate—not so much.
Closeted as they come, football jock Remington “Rem” Daniels is on track for a shot at the pros. Rem tries to play it cool and avoid falling for the confidently gay Thomas, which could hurt his chances. Dealing with their constant need to get in bed together wouldn’t be so hard if Rem didn’t have a girlfriend and Thomas didn’t have a conscience.
When she delivers news that will change Rem’s life forever, Thomas knows it’s time to move back home to Thornwood, Colorado. But neither the distance nor knowing Rem belongs to someone else helps Thomas get over him. Rem’s feelings haven’t changed either. When it comes down to love or football, Rem will have to make the hardest choice of his life and hope Thomas will still be waiting for him when he does.
Let me start by saying that Caitlin Ricci is hit or miss for me. I’ve really loved some of her series like “The Watchers” and “Master of Dragons” and “Patching Up” but this was a total miss for me.
The premise was interesting – that’s why I chose it to review – a planned loss of virginity to a one night stand goes wrong when they end up being roommates.
***Warning from here on out spoilers abound – I don’t usually like to give spoilers but I have to in order to explain my review****
*I didn’t understand why Thomas wanted a stranger to take his virginity – sure he told us – but I didn’t buy it.
*I HATED that both Thomas and Rem were willing to cheat on Rem’s girlfriend.
*I thought the whole adoption thing where Rem’s girlfriend gives the baby to Rem’s roommate’s (and boyfriend’s) parents was preposterous and totally unbelievable.
*I had no earthly idea why Rem felt he needed to marry said girlfriend once the baby was out of the picture – especially when he didn’t even really like her all that much.
*I thought Thomas acted like a doormat in allowing Rem to treat him like a booty call up to and including where he calls him a fag.
*The idea of these boys having any relationship whatsoever is totally unbelievable as they only demonstrable feelings they have for one another is a very unbalanced and unhealthy sexual obsession with the other.
*I felt very bad for Rem’s daughter as she was going to have a rough time reconciling her role in this family with Thomas and his parents and then later Rem all acting as parental figures.
I usually don’t go into specifics but I was so surprised by this book. I am absolutely willing to look over plot holes and gloss over improbabilities when it moves a story forward in a meaningful way. I never liked these characters or felt compassion for them and so it was very difficult to look over the other problems in this story.
I cannot recommend this story. I still admire and respect the author and will continue to read her other works – especially the paranormal series – but I won’t be reading book one or other books in this series. I rounded up from a 1 to a 2 because the writing was fine and I liked Thomas’ family so much.
2 of 5 stars
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