Title: Get What You Need
Author: Jeanette Grey
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Love isn’t rocket science. It’s much, much harder.
Determination and elbow grease propelled Greg London from blue-collar background to Ph.D. candidate. His single-mindedness doesn’t leave a lot of room for a personal life, but that’s the price of success. Besides, it’s not like the boring nerd ever ends up with the hot guy.
Then his housemate, gorgeous undergraduate jock Marshall Sulkowski, invites him to watch a movie. In his room. Side by side on his bed. Needless to say, the sexual tension is wreaking havoc with Greg’s focus.
Marsh seems to have it all—looks, charm, and a baseball scholarship to a great school. In reality, his father’s cut him off, and he’s floundering and desperate for a break.
One impulsive kiss leads to a red-hot affair that gets them a little bit of what they need to stay afloat. But as the end of the semester approaches and the pressure rises, Marsh realizes charm may have gotten him into his brilliant lover’s pants, but he’ll have to dig deeper to discover what they both need.
What a sweet, wonderful story! Greg is an adorable, brilliant PhD candidate in mathematics, and he is driven to succeed beyond his family’s meager blue collar life. One of his housemates is hot Marshall, who is attending college on a baseball scholarship. Greg and Marshall eye each other for a while, and eventually begin to have a sexual relationship that soon develops into something much, much more. The author’s characterizations of these two young men is pitch perfect (ok … forgive the baseball reference, but I just couldn’t control myself!). Despite being incredibly smart and having a promising future, Greg is shy and socially awkward. He’s convinced that there is no way that someone as gorgeous and popular as Marshall would want anything beyond a casual sexual relationship with a geek like him. At the same time, Marshall doesn’t see himself as any type of catch for someone as amazing as Greg, and thinks there is no way that Greg would want a real relationship with someone as stupid as he thinks he is. Greg and Marshall’s mutual lack of self confidence causes these two men to grapple with how to deal with their burgeoning relationship.
It’s this idea of both of these young men who outwardly have so much going for them – one is cute, smart and on the pathway to success and the other is handsome, athletic and popular – having so many inward self doubts, that makes this story wonderfully real. Beneath the surface everyone has self doubts, and we let these doubts color our view of how others see us. It is when Greg and Marshall allow each other “in”, and show each other their hurts, dreams, hopes, and doubts, that they find within each other acceptance and love. Together they begin to see themselves as the other man sees them, they bolster each other, and they find that they have each other to lean upon when life is difficult.
Also, the story has an honesty about it – it feels authentic. The dialog sounds like two college men, the emotions feel real, and the author allowing the reader to alternately glimpse of the perspective of both Greg and Marshall makes the characters especially vivid. There is also a natural flow to the story that is particularly representative of how two young men on the brink of their first real relationship may likely think and react – the back and forth of their first sexual encounters, the awkwardness of not knowing where they stand with each other, and as they slowly work themselves toward a relationship is almost tedious, but it does seem very real.
This story is so reassuring in the power of self acceptance and true love. It is the perfect “coming of age” story in which Greg and Marshall learn to not diminish their own self worth, and that together they will have a future filled with promise and love.
I just love this endearing and lovely story, and I highly recommend that you read it, as well!
I would like to thank Samhain Publishing for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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