Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Contemporary, m/m, cowboy
Series: Pickup Men #2
Collin is one of the leaders of his frat, which recently publicly announced their acceptance of gay/bi brothers. Collin is also in the closet, for the most part. He doesn’t seem worried about his frat brothers’ acceptance, but he knows his Uncle Monty, the father figure in his life, will not be accepting of him if he came out.
Eric is a firefighter paramedic. He responds to an explosion and fire at the frat house and is attracted to Collin, who keeps his cool under pressure. When he sees Collin again, he flirts with him and Collin flirts back. It’s not long before the two of them hook up. (And that’s one very hot night!) Both of them are interested in more, but step carefully, not sure if the other would want anything to do with them.
While the fire and an attempted bombing at the frat house drive the storyline, we get to watch Eric and Collin fall for each other and work through issues that come up. And it’s all so very sweet and hot and good!
It surprises me that I am ok with things in the m/m genre that I know would bother me if the book was m/f. But it just doesn’t. In this case it’s Collin’s age (21). Fifteen years (36/21) is a really big age difference between Collin and Eric. It’s almost icky. By the end of the book I really didn’t have a problem with it. Collin was really mature and handling a lot in his life, so he seemed older than 21, especially compared to some of his frat brothers.
Oh, and let’s talk about the frat brothers. I loved them! They provided a great comedic backdrop that kept the story from getting too heavy or emo. The good hearted but clumsy attempts of the straight brothers to support their gay brothers was hilarious and sweet. They came across as pretty dumb at times, but I was willing to accept that. I’m not sure how realistic it is, but I’ll suspend disbelief in favor of the humor in this case.
This was the 3rd book in this series, but it stood alone very well. I hadn’t read the first two and had no problems keeping up.
I’m adding Anne Tenino to my list of m/m authors I love! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes m/m, but especially those who liked College Boys by Daisy Harris.