Book Reviews

Mulligan by Nora Roth at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-June-2013

Book Blurb

The only thing between Jesse Yates and the top of the air hockey leaderboard is Cameron Greene. When Cameron returns home from college unannounced and knocks the win out of Jesse’s reach, the last thing Jesse plans to do is strike up a friendship with the guy he dislikes on principle. But Cameron charms Jesse without even seeming to try, and the attraction and friendly rivalry between them soon leads to something more.

Everything is perfect until the world as Jesse knows it comes crashing down when Cameron’s secrets are revealed. Before Jesse can find his balance, Cameron is gone without a word, leaving Jesse alone with anger and grief—hoping against hope for a second chance.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".


Book Review

In 'Mulligan' by Nora Roth, the last thing on Jesse Yates's mind is finding a romantic interest at the bowling alley while defending his championship in air hockey; and he certainly didn't expect it to be his arch rival. Cameron Greene, the man who blew away every score in the arcade except one, should be the last person he'd like, much less have feelings for. But Cameron is charming, attractive, and gay. Jesse is too, but still in the closet, with absolutely no experience in the art of romance. For a while, Cameron's overtures go right over his head until he tells Jesse that he is flirting with him. Jesse thinks that's absurd, but can't help falling for him anyway.

One of the things I liked was the bathroom scene where Jesse has his first sexual experience with Cameron. He is considerate and patient and makes it a memorable experience rather than of a sordid one. There's a certain sweetness to it that I didn't expect to find in such a situation. Their relationship escalates from there, but Cameron is keeping secrets from Jesse, for what is a good reason to him at least. When the truth comes out, Jesse sees it as a lack of trust rather than a way for Cameron to protect himself and have a somewhat normal existence. Cameron can't deal with things the way they are, so he runs away from everything, including Jesse. Jesse, who is just getting his sexuality footing and his growing feelings for Cameron, is forlorn and angry, wondering what went wrong. He tries to wait for Cameron, thinking he will be back any day with a good explanation, finally gives in to despair, makes some bad choices, and ends up in a lot of trouble. This turmoil leaves him wondering if he will ever get a second chance with Cameron.

This is a bittersweet story about growing up and finding yourself. It's short in length, but it is packed with a roller coaster of emotion. Jesse and Cameron are both endearing and I became instantly emotionally involved in their plight. I wanted these two to work it out and be together, but I also recognized that they had a way to go before they could. I would love to read more about Jesse and Cameron so I can see how they bring their intense romance together. I'd recommend this story to anyone who wants to relive the angst of being young and uncertain and in love. Thanks, Nora, for an endearing story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 66 pages/16943 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $3.99 ebook
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