Title: My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap
Author: Wade Kelly
Narrator: Jason Lovett
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
It’s easy to become cynical when life never goes your way.
Cole Reid has been a social recluse since he was fifteen, when he was outed by his high school baseball team. Since then, his obsessive-compulsive behavior and sarcastic nature have driven away most of the population, and everyone else hates him because he’s gay. As he sees it, he’s bound to repulse any prospective friends, let alone boyfriends, so why bother?
By the time Cole enters college, he’s become an anal-retentive loner—but it’s not a problem until his roommate graduates and the housing department assigns Ellis Montgomery to move in with Cole. Ellis is messy, gorgeous, straight, and worst of all, a jock!
During a school year filled with frat buddies, camping expeditions, and meddling parents, Cole and Ellis develop a friendship that turns Cole’s glass-half-empty outlook on its head. There must be more to Ellis than a fun-loving jock—and maybe Cole’s reawakening libido has rekindled his hope for more than camaraderie.
This wasn’t my first time through this story. I read it first, as an eBook, shortly after its initial release in 2012. I love opposites attract and enemies to lovers stories and this one fits both bills. I also have a soft spot for first person narrative, in this case we hear from Cole’s point of view, mostly. I am not a fan, however, of first person narrative interspersed with third person narrative unnecessarily.
Overall, My Roommate’s a Jock? Well Crap! is a sweet enemies/opposites become lovers story. Ellis is a virgin and a jock (in this case soccer). Cole is an openly gay, nerdy perfectionist. They shouldn’t work. If it weren’t for Ellis’ infinite patience and understanding of Cole’s idiosyncrasies, I don’t think it ever would have been believable. Somehow, however, they overcome each of their issues and come together in a strong love story.
So back to the third person interspersed into the first person thing. I don’t mind it in some instances. Seeing a little into Ellis’ mind, for example, was actually nice. However, I was not a fan of the chapters from the points of view of Ellis’ mom’s, Mike, or Rob. Honestly, those chapters served to make me dislike the characters and stall the story build. Harsh, I know, but I think the story would have been better served sticking with the main characters in this instance. Seeing the immediate aftermath of Mike’s attack from Cole and Ellis’ perspective would have helped build the relationship that I often saw as lacking. Seeing Ellis go stir crazy from his mother’s hovering, would have given me some sympathy for her. Instead, I just wanted to slap her and tell her that her son was 20 not 12. As for Rob, I appreciate that he is trying to get past the fact that his best friend is gay and accept him, but his chapter only made me lose some respect for him and tainted his interactions with Cole and Ellis the rest of the book.
This is one of those books that I would say is BETTER in audio than in eBook form. Jason Lovett’s voice was absolutely perfect for the Cole I had in my head. Since most of the book is in Cole’s voice, that made this narration all the better. It does create a little confusion in the few chapters not from Cole’s perspective, but that is to be expected with audio (remember, audio books are readings, not dramatic performances of the work).
In the end, I would recommend this audiobook if you like enemies to lovers, first love, and coming out themes.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audio version of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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