I was immersed in the story very quickly. I absolutely love Dante. Everything is from his point of view, which I prefer. There’s just a bit more connection to the character when that character is the one sharing their life with me. Here Dante is a little confused about his sexuality. I felt Dante’s confusion as I read. He meets Serena, who he thinks is stunning, and thinks he must be straight. Then he meets Sven, and discovers he is attracted to men, too. See, confusion. Dante finds himself as he gets to know both Sven and Serena. I like Dante’s voice. He’s funny, sweet and completely believable. As much as I love Dante, Sven stole my heart and kept it. Sven is a little damaged and needs Dante.
This is one of those stories where I felt like I was there, actually a part of Dante’s life. It’s a low angst adventure both fun and sweet. The boys make their way to a lovely HEA amid a few twists and turns. I did predict one of the twists. It’s a good twist, though. I also completely missed another twist. There are only a couple secondary characters we get to know in general terms. Perhaps they could have been more involved in the story, but it’s not too distracting. Speaking of distracting, there are two or three grammar errors, such as chip instead of chin; however, over 172 pages I can’t really complain. I really enjoyed reading this and can recommend this as a light and satisfying story.
Dante Mathers, college student, fifth year, has a track record for being dishonest with himself, and is about to undergo the biggest, scariest change of his life.
Dante’s forced himself to go out with girls in the past and he does it again when he’s approached by the beautiful Serena one day on campus, desperate to prove to himself that he’s “normal.” But when he loses a drinking contest and is dared to go to the next campus GLBT meeting by his best friend, he’s not sure how to handle it. Sure, he could blow it off and say he went, but something nagging at the back of his mind compels him to go anyway. After all, he’s had problems with intimacy in the past and his first crush was a boy in high school. But is he really forcing himself to go, or is he finally starting to be honest with himself? No need to overthink this, Dante tells himself. It’ll be get in, get out. No need to talk to anyone. Easy, right?
But then he meets Sven. Sexy, toned, wearing a leather jacket with spiked up bleach-blond hair, Sven’s bad-boy flare sticks out on campus and catches Dante’s eye. But there’s more to Sven than his punkish looks, and Dante’s about to find out all the sultry little details.