Author: T.T. Kove
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: T.T. Kove
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/24/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult
Adrian isn’t looking for a boyfriend. He’s focused on school and social situations make him anxious. When his mother encourages him to make a friend and be more outgoing, he takes a chance at a party. It doesn’t live up to expectations. His classmates ignore him and the alcohol tastes bad. Worse? Oliver finds him moping in the bathroom.
Oliver, the class clown and know-it-all, might grate Adrian’s last nerve, but he’s the only one paying Adrian any attention. Not only does Oliver flirt him into a bedroom, he charms Adrian’s pants off. Adrian loses his virginity to a man he doesn’t even like and in the morning his anxiety spirals into full panic. They didn’t use protection and popular-with-everyone Oliver insists they need to get tested.
Adrian is sure this isn’t the kind of friendship his mother meant and he tries to distance himself. But it turns out Oliver’s brash personality is just a mask to hide his own insecurities and family embarrassments. Adrian can relate. Oliver may be a know-it-all, yet Adrian can’t abandon him. Besides, they still need their test results. But how can the popular kid be friends with him when Adrian doesn’t want to come out of his shell?
This novella knocked me out by how good it was. It was a truly enjoyable short read that had me hooked from beginning to end.
Protection doesn’t start slow by any stretch of the imagination, it gets right to the thick of things with shy Adrian meeting outgoing Oliver at a party Adrian didn’t even want to go to. Before he realizes he’s having sex with Oliver and losing his virginity.
Not only was this scene hot it was also very realistic. It was awkward and quick and it blew my mind away. It even reminded me a little of my own first time. This is the way to start a story because even though I didn’t know much about either young man I had to know more.
Adrian and Oliver’s romance can hardly be called that, at least not at first. There isn’t much romance considering Adrian is extremely socially awkward and more than a little rude to Oliver. Oliver persists, resulting in more smoking, realistic sex, and he and Adrian end up together more than once. Adrian doesn’t understand why, but before long the reasons become clear.
The story doesn’t end with the ending. Instead it’s just the beginning of Oliver and Adrian’s relationship and I sincerely, truly, really hope that the author writes more about this unique couple.
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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