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Rating the Holsum College Series by Daisy Harris

Janette and I have read the Holsum College series from its start and although we love the series as a whole, we have some differences in which of these college hotties really do it for us. In honor of embracing differences we thought we’d share how we rate the books in the series so far. Which Holsum College pair is your favorite?

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Kristy’s Rating from favorite down:
1-Owen & Harold My Fair Dork
2-Peter & Chris College Boys
3-Cal & Ty Bossy and the Brat
4-Gabe & Nick Townie and the Twink
5-Matt & Brooks Player and the Prude
6-Raj & Griffin Genius and the Jock
7-Nate & Greg Diva and the Frat Boy
8-Hunter and Steve Pride and Politics

Janette’s Rating from favorite down:
1-Peter & Chris College Boys
2-Owen & Harold My Fair Dork
3-Cal & Ty Bossy and the Brat
4-Hunter & Steve Pride and Politics
5-Matt & Brooks Player and the Prude
6-Raj & Grif Genius and the Jock
7-Nate & Greg Diva and the Frat Boy
8-Gabe & Nick Townie and the Twink

Dex in Blue by Amy Lane

Release Date: October 1, 2012
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Purchased Copy

Having read and loved her Talker series, I’m no stranger to Amy Lane. She writes amazing stories about troubled, broken guys. The Johnnies series is no exception. In the first story, Chase in Shadow,  she introduces us to a really unique, diverse group of guys. Each has his own reason for joining Johnnies, a gay-for-pay porn site, and Dex has been there almost since the beginning.

About half way through book one, I felt like I knew Dex or at least had a fairly decent handle on him. He’s everyone’s rock, he manages their schedules, he’s the go-to guy. Hell, he makes sure everyone knows about the importance of fiber. But by the end, Amy Lane changed all the rules of the game, and I wasn’t sure what was true about Dex except that there was WAY more to him than I originally thought. Dex needed something, but everything that should have fulfilled that need failed to help.

I loved Dex in Blue. It’s the ultimate in not being able to see what you need is right in front of you. The way Dex and Kane discover this together was really fulfilling for me.  I was so sad when it ended that I stalked Amy Lane on Twitter trying to get clues or hints about what’s to come for the Johnnies crew. (She is SUPER nice & friendly BTW!)  I’m happy to say there are a few more books in the works, but it’s going to be hard to keep myself busy.  Tom Petty was right, the waiting is the hardest part.

RATING: STILETTOS!

Aaron by J.P. Barnaby

Published 8 October 2012
Dreamspinner Press
Purchased Copy

Aaron is the first title by J.P. Barnaby that I have had the pleasure to read. I’ve heard that J.P. Barnaby is a tough author to read because she doesn’t pull any punches. You will quickly discover that I like the hard reads. The broken boys with the issues and a lot of baggage. I like to see characters who have struggles but still manage to grow and overcome those issues. This book pretty much has all of that. Aaron is a very broken boy. He was the victim of a brutal attack and has severe PTSD. Fate puts him in the path of Spencer, a deaf boy, who is tired of being the tagged as the slow guy because of his hearing impairment. Aaron and Spencer become fast friends and it is through Spencer that Aaron sees that life might really be worth living.

What I loved about this book: Where do I even start?? Okay, the struggles. The sensitivity Spencer shows toward Aaron. The special moments shared together as an obstacle is overcome. How the story of what happens to Aaron is slowly revealed. The tenderness. This book is light out of darkness. Hope out of tragedy.

Rating: Bad Ass Boots!