Wade’s first book in the series, My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap! is a household favorite and about the only book, I’ve read a couple of times. There is just that extra little something that she puts into these books that I really connect with. I’ve often asked myself, what is it that attracts me? It’s not because there are jock characters it is the innocence of the characters that make them vulnerable. that in turn makes it easier for me as the reader to attach myself to them. This is also the case in book 2, No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys.
Chris and Alonzo are both vulnerable and for very different reasons, it’s really the old “Opposites Attract” conundrum. Chris is drawn to Alonzo through the mystery of Alonzo. He first sees him in the high end of summer sitting in the bleachers in a black trench coat watching soccer practice. It became a game of can the cat catch the mouse, with Chris in the role of cat and Alonzo in the role of mouse. As Chris makes the moves on Alonzo, he’s getting beat back at each turn UNTIL he takes a run at it with the gummi bears. Being an avid gummi bear lover myself, I found this flirtation quite amusing and original. That is another thing that makes these books so good, the originality of the story, the characters and the setting. We’ve probably all read a jock and nerd story before, but the way that Wade brings her boys to life, the way that her characters are so well rounded and full of depth, make them unique, they could actually be a person you pass on the street. (In the case of Chris I would definitely have to do a 180 to take a look at the retreating side)
As different as Chris and Alonzo are, it’s what each offers the other that make them a couple. Chis’s devotion and love is what helps Alonzo begin to separate himself from the mental anguish of his past. For Chris, Alonzo gave him purpose and self respect. Alonzo gave Chris the confidence and self esteem (not that he was lacking in that regard, remember Soccer Stud) it was geared more towards his emotional confidence. Funny part was how confident Alonzo was in the relationship but Chris…whoa he has a jealous streak. For now the relationship is strong, but can Chris get over his jealousy or will it turn into possessive?
Wade took us on a roller coaster of emotions, from comedy, sadness, erotica and elation. I would also have to say a little mad, there’s a scene with Chris and his best fried Doug that Chris didn’t handle well and it left me a little lost, you’ll have to come to your own conclusions in this regard. I do have to remember that these guys are young and mistakes will be made, it’s this type of realism that Wade brings into her stories that give the stories more character and depth.
From birth, Chris Jackson has been schooled on how to land a cheerleader. After all, his father married one, and his father’s father before him. Heck, even his older brother married a stereotypical cheerleader the summer before Chris went off to college. For two years, Chris dodges invasive questions about relationships by blaming his lack of female companionship on grueling practices and heavy course loads. But his lack of interest in girls should’ve given his family a clue. It isn’t until Chris mentions meeting a boy that his father’s synapses short-circuit.
Alonzo Martin is anything but a buxom blond. From his black hair, combat boots, and trench coat to his nail polish and guyliner, the mysterious introvert isn’t easily persuaded to date. Alonzo’s insecurities keep Chris at arm’s length, but Alonzo’s painful past might meet its match in the charismatic jock’s winning smile and sense of humor.
When opposites attract, only cheerleaders and gummy bears can help overcome fear and family tradition.
Unlike some authors, I have no huge background in writing. I’m not good at punctuation and spelling, and my thoughts often surpass my ability as an author to express them. However, I can’t NOT write. It’s who I am. I hope you are touched by my stories.
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