Campus Cravings- Higher Learning M/M Boxed Set by Various ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Campus Cravings Title: Campus Cravings- Higher Learning M/M Boxed Set

Author: Various

Publisher: Other

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today’s hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, with over 200,000 words featuring sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love.

Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket

Metrics and tournament brackets—who knew they were sexy? When competing dorm advisors Edwin and Ollie bet on a basketball tournament, neither expects he’s risking his heart. As the challenge becomes a hot bedroom battle to avoid real feelings, the two “frenemies” must change their definitions of losing to win a shot at lasting love.

Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock

Hockey jock and English Lit major Brendan knows he’s gay, but hasn’t come out to anyone, fearing a possible backlash. Then he’s tapped to be a TA for a hot professor and feels an immediate connection. Now he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to score the ultimate goal.

Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned

Adam Warren is counting down the days until he can put “Professor” next to his name—and his disastrous past with Tyler Ford behind him. When a fluke puts Tyler in Adam’s class, the graduate assistant faces some hard choices while Tyler faces an uphill battle for a second chance at first love.

Mia Downing: Switching Leads

Coach John Graham needs a new assistant for Cathia U’s equestrian team. The last person he expects to get the job walks into the barn and stops his heart. How is he supposed to focus on the team when his ex-lover—sexy horse trainer Finn Parker—wants back into his life…and into his bed?

Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor

When friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce shy virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks—lust is his thing, not teaching. But Cobey’s problem meeting men fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love.

Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education

Gage Tackett comes off as a bad boy—detached and maybe a little dangerous. Definitely not Vet Sciences Professor Derek Paulson’s type. When Gage arrives at Derek’s veterinary clinic with a frostbitten stray dog, Derek realizes his most difficult student has a few things to teach him. Things he’s more than willing to learn.

KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons

Ryan Kane could lose his scholarship and his position on the pitch. Jake Finely offers to help. Only Ryan and Jake discover their private lessons have more to do with sex ed than Business Ethics. When a tenured professor offers Ryan an indecent proposal to make the grade, will he choose soccer or Jake?

LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza?

Paul Switzer has been miserable ever since his childhood love, Cory Bowman, chose a fraternity over him. When a pizza delivery to the frat house lands the exes face to face for the first time in eighteen months, the wound is reopened… and so are Paul’s feelings for the only man he’s ever loved.

Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life

Cole only has the courage to lust after the swim team from afar. When Seever asks to share a table at the packed coffee house where Cole is studying, he’s sure it’s a joke. But after one touch and one scorching kiss, Cole thinks the chance meet could lead to something with substance.

My View:

This boxed set is a collection of novellas set at the fictional Cathia University. Each story is connected by the location, but some are even connected by theme, character type, and one even has a mention of characters from another story. I enjoyed reading this boxed set. Each story was short enough to keep me interested, but long enough to have some plot movement or character development. It is a long read as a whole, but you can easily break this apart as time allows. Overall, I think this is worth the time it takes to read.

 

Private Lessons by KyAnn Waters

I enjoyed this cute coming out story. Ryan is afraid that his soccer team will not accept that he is gay and so he tries to keep his relationship with Jake hidden. In the end, Ryan grows enough to realize that Jake is more important than hiding. This is a HFN with the promise of more in the future.

 

The Dust of Everyday Life by Sara York.

This was another coming out story. This time it is about the swimmer jock that is afraid to come out. The difference here is that, he is maliciously outed. People are accepting and show once again that hate is the minority. I like that this was a HFN instead of a HEA in such a short time. These guys were cute together.

 

The eloquent Jock by Cassandra Carr

This is the third in a row that deals with jocks being afraid to come out. Hockey is the sport this time. However, this story also introduces a professor with the risk of losing his job. But the attraction between these men is too fierce to ignore and in the end, they decide to go for it. The love was a bit fast for me but it was a good story.

 

Switching Leads by Mia Downing

This is a romantic tale of two former lovers who overcome poor communication and past hurts to rekindle their relationship. This story changes the focus from a coming out story, to one of openly gay men trying to form a lasting relationship. It was a good story, but needed a bit better editing. Sometimes, I had to reread sentences and restructure them in my head to understand the meaning. I don’t normally comment on editing, but this one kept pulling me out of the story and it dampened my enjoyment. This was one of my least favorite because of that aspect.

 

Solid Education by Bianca Sommerland

This is another story involving an already out teacher and is one of my favorites of this collection. It contained well developed characters and a tender storyline. The power struggle and the flirting between these two was HOT. Loved Matty and I was so happy that it ended as it did. The love was a bit fast, but I still greatly enjoyed this one

 

Did Somebody order a Pizza? by L.A. Witt

Unfortunately, this was another of my least favorite stories of the collection. It was very fast and not well developed. I did not connect with the characters or have any investment in the relationship. I felt that forgiveness was too easily given with no real apology other than a half-assed “I’m sorry that I hurt you but I’m not sorry I did it because I needed to see other options to realize you are the one for me!” Barf. I did like when Cory finally saw the light and did the right thing, but not enough for me to really enjoy this story.

 

Winning Bracket by Annabeth Albert

This was a very cute tale of two best friends discovering that they are really in love with each other. Once they get their heads out of their asses and realize they both want the same thing, that is. I liked this one because these men had a history so the falling in love and relationship development was not rushed or out of the blue. It was a good read.

 

Artistic Endeavor by Whitley Gray

I would have to say this one is one of favorites as well. It was well written and easy to read. Cobey is a scared virgin and Michael is an anti-relationship player. Michael agrees to be Cobey’s teacher. Nothing can go wrong here right? Lol The love developed between these men snuck up on them in the disguise of sexual tutoring. It was so fun to watch Michael grow out of his comfort zone. In fact his HEA was more satisfying to me than Cobey’s. Michael had some baggage and hurts to get over, and with Cobey’s help, he gets his final wish and they live HEA.

 

Lesson learned by Dalton Diaz

This one focused again on the concept of two ex-boyfriends reuniting and working through their issues. Once again, I did not like that the apology was basically “I had to hurt you because I needed to know if you were the one”, but unlike the previous story that used this idea, this apology was backed up with remorse. This was a bit short and could have used some more development, but it was enjoyable.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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