15 January 2016

Twofer by Daisy Harris

Hey everyone,

You all know I love a good M/M college based-story. Particularly ones where one of the heroes is just starting to explore/accept their sexuality for the first time. So how could I resist requesting a copy of Twofer by Daisy Harris from Netgalley? The answer is I couldn’t! Especially as Daisy Harris is one of my auto-buy authors. Shall we see what I thought?

The book:
Bottoms up!

If a college freshman can’t get laid in sun-drenched Miami, he’s doing something wrong. Frankie Perez is determined to help his roommate get some man action in any way possible.

When Frankie’s arsenal of dating apps, fashion advice, and playing-hard-to-get lessons doesn’t work, he realizes Jeremy needs remedial help. Except tutoring Jeremy in the art of sex gets steamier than Frankie expected—and it scares the hell out of him.

Jeremy’s not sure why he’s wasting his time hooking up when he’s only got eyes for the slinky, sexy roommate he comes home to at night. But the hotter their chemistry simmers, the quicker Frankie dances away.

In near desperation, Frankie suggests the two of them team up to find a third to top them both, forgetting that two bottoms aren’t immune from lusting after each other. In a world where every man is an option, choosing one to love can be the sexiest risk of all.

My thoughts:

What do you do when the only person you want to date is determined to get you laid by other people? Well if you’re Jeremy you play along and hope said person soon realises the error of their ways! From the very beginning it was clear that Jeremy only had eyes for Frankie; he cleaned and ironed Frankie’s laundry. If that isn’t a declaration of love I don’t know what is. Yet being from a conservative small-town in America, the metropolitan city of Miami is a little bit of a culture shock for our country bumpkin Jeremy. He doesn’t have a clue how to interact with guys, especially not in a romantic situation.

“So, you’re Jeremy?” The guy from Grindr had about fifteen piercings on his face and a tattoo that wound from his collar up the side of his neck. Though he was handsome, he was definitely not as he’d portrayed himself on the app.

In contrast Frankie is a fun-loving, club-hopping party boy who thinks life is to short to settle down with just one guy. He’s confident in his sexuality and his own self-worth. Having grown up in Miami Frankie knows the city and the gay-scene family well before starting College (University). It could have been a distartrous these two sharing a room and yet they become friends. Mainly because Frankie is confident and loud enough to break-down Jeremey’s self-imposed barriers. What keeps these two apart isn’t an emotional connection but instead a sexual one.

Sure there were plenty of men on Grindr, and at clubs. Maybe Jeremy could even hook up with them. But Jeremy wished he could give his heart to one man. And he was sleeping on the other side of the room.

At the beginning of the novel Jeremy is self-conscious about his virgin status and turns to Frankie for help. Something Frankie is only to willing to do, he gives Jeremy a make-over, teaches him how to flirt, encourages him to be more confident around men. As the two become closer the attraction between them grows, unfortunately both Jeremy and Frankie are confirmed bottoms. Now some people will instantly dislike this book because it does rely on a lot of gay stereotypes, the idea of confirmed tops and bottoms being one. But as a piece of romantic fiction this worked for me. I loved watching Frankie and Jeremy slowly try to overcome their sexual incompatibility. The eventual solution involves the inventive use of sex-toys and bringing over people into the relationship on a temporary basis. If a lack monogamy is a problem for you in romance books then don’t read Twofer.

Jeremy mattered more to Frankie than anything. He’d do whatever it took to make Jeremy happy.

I personally thought the solution worked. I loved how together Jeremy and Frankie grew as people; managing to mature and develop. Sure they had some low-moments including Jeremy’s flirtation with his TA and their joint experience with Frankie’s friend Stephan. But as a whole I loved Twofer for its humour, for Jeremy’s sweetness and Frankie’s wit. As I said before Daisy Harris is one of my auto-buy authors because she manages to combined light-hearted fun with serious issues about sexuality, following your heart and risking it all. For me that is exactly what Frankie and Jeremy did. They go against societies conventions of how a relationship should work because they know that they’re happier together than they are apart.

My rating:
Happy reading and see you next time!