Book Reviews

Incoming Freshman (Campus Cravings 13) by Carol Lynne at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 20-August-2011

Book Blurb

Three years ago, Chet Sloan left a promising job as Offensive Line Coach at the University of Arizona in an effort to put distance between himself and an Incoming Freshman. Bobby Ray Sikes first came to Chet’s attention as a high school sophomore when he took his small Arkansas town’s football team to a state championship. For two years Chet watched Bobby Ray Sikes play, knowing the boy was meant for greatness. When he recognized his feelings had grown from adoration to something more, Chet ran. In an effort to save his career and Bobby Ray Sikes’s chance to one day go professional, Chet took a job at North Central Idaho University.

For three years, Bobby Ray Sikes played for a team he hated. Not only was he expected to act like the rest of the guys on the team, but the one man he’d agreed to play for had left him high and dry. After reading an article on BK House, a privately funded all-gay dormitory, in OUT magazine, he decides to do the unthinkable and transfer colleges his senior year.

Most coaches would be thrilled to learn a two time All American was transferring in to play ball for their team, but Chet’s feelings for Bobby Ray Sikes haven’t changed. Will he be forced to run again or can he coach the man he loves?


Book Review

Maintaining a May/December relationship is often fraught with challenges, but for football coach Chet Sloan in 'Incoming Freshman' by Carol Lynne, it's even more difficult. Bobby Ray Sikes, the object of his desire, happens to be a young man he's supposed to be mentoring, not lusting after. To make matters worse, Bobby Ray's family admires and trusts him which only exacerbates his feelings of guilt and betrayal. When Chet realizes that his admiration for Bobby Ray has turned into feelings of love and lust, he is overwhelmed by the inappropriateness of the situation and rather than facing his fears, runs away from them, causing a plethora of tangled emotions for both him and Bobby Ray.

I wasn't sure that I liked Chet at first because of the emotional destruction his avoidance caused, but when I started to think about it, there truly was no easy answer for his situation and in his ass backwards manner, he tried to do what he thought was best for Bobby Ray. Unfortunately, a lot of this pain and confusion could have been avoided if he'd just been honest with himself and Bobby Ray about his feelings; I also realize that's something easier said than done. As the story progressed I began to realize that he really does feel love and not only lust for Bobby. They truly are soul mates. When they finally do come together, they love each other with such a great deal of passion that I couldn't resist cheering for them. I have to give Chet credit. Even though he doesn't always succeed, Chet tries hard to respect Bobby Ray's feelings and be open with him.

Bobby Ray has become one of my favorite Carol Lynne characters. I adore him. He suffers a lot because of his feelings for Chet, yet he's strong. When he sets his mind on something and knows he's doing what's right for him, nothing can change it. He's quite admirable in his sense of fairness and knowing what's right and wrong. In many ways, he knows himself far better than Chet who is ten years older and supposedly wiser. He knows he's in love with Chet and is able to stand up to him and fight for what he believes in. Bobby Ray is able to present a solid argument for why they should be together and convinces Chet that it's what's best for them, regardless of age or status. He's also brave enough to call Chet on it when he reneges on their agreement. I love the way Bobby Ray treats people. He's so fair and honest with them. He sees into a person's heart and instinctively knows what to say and do.

I enjoyed 'Incoming Freshman'. There are not only a lot of sexy men and hot, passionate encounters in the story, but there are also several life lessons. Such as the importance of learning to communicate effectively, to be true to yourself, to believe in your dreams, and regardless of adversity, love will find a way. I'd definitely recommend this story, not only to other Carol Lynne fans, but to anyone who enjoys a passionate love story which ends happily.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 87 pages/30000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-August-2011
Price $4.50 ebook
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