Book Reviews

Risking It by Posy Roberts at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-June-2013

Book Blurb

August Farrell doesn’t have a clue how to go about finding a boyfriend. He’s eighteen, a high school senior, has barely been kissed, and the thought of flirting with a boy terrifies him. What if he gets punched? Or worse? It would be easier if he at least knew the rules of the game. Then during the state basketball tournament, August meets Luca Knutson, who flirts with him shamelessly, but is this connection worth it? Will August play it safe by sitting on the sidelines or take a chance on Luca and the freedom to love he offers?

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


Book Review

It is hard enough being a teenager trying to figure out what sort of adult you'll be when you finally get to go to college, but being gay and shy on top of that? Absolute torture. Fear of being rejected is a natural, if unfortunate part of trying to find someone special, but in this story August has to handle the fear of approaching the wrong guy, a straight guy who will punch him in the face, on top of everything else.

August wants to find a boyfriend. As scared as he is about coming out, he's pretty sure he wants ore than the occasional bit of fooling around with one of the dancers at his younger sister's ballet school. Problem is, there is nobody at his school except for a clingy out boy whom August isn’t interested in at all. Also, August has no idea how to flirt and he's pretty sure that is a prerequisite to finding a boyfriend.

When another boy, a very cute one, shows an interest in August during an away game, August is scared, but he also finds out that the saying "love gives you wings" is true. Suddenly, his fear is less important than his curiosity and the need to find out "what it is like". August develops the courage to try new things, to stand up for himself, and, in the end, to begin a new life.

If you like stories about boys on the verge of becoming men, if you enjoy reading about the first hesitant steps into the sometimes confusing minefield of figuring yourself out, and if you're looking for a sweet, touching read, then you will probably enjoy this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 30 pages/6760 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $1.49 ebook
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