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Str8te Boys by Evangeline Anderson

The lasting impression I have, after reading this book, is of young and sexy, of men that could be on a glossy magazine. It's an erotic dream and the author well know this, since she herself wrote that her characters can be an erotic imagery of both gay guys or straight girls. For gay since it shows two "apparently" straight boys that are hot for each other... it gives hope, isn't it? If the object of your desire is a straight man, reading about two straight men who realize that they can be attracted by another man let the gay guy believe that it can happen also to him, to find a straight man that can be "turned". And instead if you are a girl, it's sexier to read about two real "men" getting busy together; as the author wrote, the male fantasy about two women in bed is never played by lesbian, but always by the male idea of a beautiful woman.

Evangeline Anderson also plays along the "gay for you" theme that already explored in "The Assignment": Maverick and Duke are two college students and jocks. They met as freshmen in the same soccer team and they went to live together as roommate. They are real buddy friends, and Mav learned from Duke to be more open and friendly: the son of divorced parents, Duke replaced his lost family with a lot of friends, of every shades, straights, gays and in between. Mav, coming from a conservative family, has never thought to be possible to be like that and he is fascinated by his roommate; from looking to him in a perplexed way, after four years Mav actually respects his friend, and maybe he also envies him.

Duke is also a very touchy feeling guy, one who seems unable to don't couple his words with a hug, a massage or some other touch. Being him like that with everyone, Mav got used to it, and he has no trouble at all if not that lately he is starting to respond. He is starting to wonder how it would be to do something more, to go a step further. They start to play gay chicken, getting always more intimate and daring to other to give on first. At first I had the idea that the "gay for you" character was Duke, it seemed to me that it was Mav that started to question their friendship and to wonder. But then I realized that there was something strange, Duke was always to eager to start the dare. I realized that he had planned a slow seduction of his best friend, and Mav was trapped, and he didn't understand when it happened.

It would have been a perfect plan if Duke wasn't so eager and he didn't rush exactly when he was near the goal... not a right move for a skilled sportsman. Luckily for Duke, this is the romance, and the author doesn't ruin the mood; usually the "gay for you" themed novels have a heavy mood, but not this one, it always remains light and sexy.


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( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 24th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I am beyond annoyed. I have been trying to download this since yesterday (at the Samhain website) and I keep getting this prompt "there's nothing in your cart" after I enter my CC# - and yes, the money is on my card. GRR And 2 emails to their support have gone unanswered.

Has anyone else had this problem?
Jun. 24th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Mmm, it's also a strange error, something it has never happened to me. When you said that "money is on my card", you mean that the card has funds, but you can't complete the payment? so nothing is credited in your CC balance? It looks to me like a problem of the vendor, not of the single book. Elisa
Jun. 24th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Sorry, yes, the card has the funds. I thought it was odd too, but didn't know if it was just me. I haven't tried any other books because well... This is the one I want. LOL Hopefully they figure it out soon.
Jun. 24th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Evangeline Anderson is not among the author I have contact with, but maybe I can try with the publisher. Hope it will resolved soon. Let me know. Elisa
Jun. 24th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'll wait a day or so and then try again. Definitely will keep you posted.
Jun. 24th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I had that problem last week. I think I ended up logging in, then adding the book to my cart again. Then it said that I had two copies and I took one out. And then I could check out correctly. It was annoying, but I did eventually get it to work. I think the problem was that I added the book to my cart, and then logged in. I do want to get this, so I'm planning to get it tonight and I'm going to log in first before doing anything else.
Jun. 24th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Well, at least there is a way to buy it ;-) I think the publisher will check, but it's good to know that it's possible to buy the book anyway. Thank you for letting us know. Elisa
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Nope, did that too. I made absolutely sure I was logged in AND had the item in my cart and it still did that to me - a minimum of a dozen times.
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I finally heard from them. It's a problem that they're working on, so it's not me. ;-)
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Good to know they are on the piece. Elisa
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Indeed. He actually gave me a phone number to call and place the order, but we have thunderstorms moving in, so I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow before I do anything, more than likely. ;-)
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
I bought 2 books from Samhain last week and had the same problem as Delibby. I had to log in first before it would add them to my cart, then after I logged in and added the books, it logged me out again when I tried to pay (and emptied the cart). I logged in AGAIN and added the books, and that time it worked. I paid with paypal though, so don't know if that made a difference.
Jun. 24th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
I used a credit card.
Jun. 24th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
I bought this e-book last night, and after a few chapters I'm really enjoying it. You're right, Elisa, it's light and sexy, and the charm, so far, is the friendship.

I did have a small tussle with purchasing the book. Similar to the other commentors, but it worked out quickly after the first failure.
Jun. 25th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
I liked the mood of the book, nothing too serious, but very sexy, and the relationship between the two hero, friendship or love or whatsoever, was strong, and I loved it. Elisa
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Also had problems download
I also had problems downloading this book yesterday. I bought it from Books on Board. It had Str8te Boys in my bookshelf but when I went to download it came up as a different book. I think it was called Man of her Dreams. I emailed them and about four hours later Str8te Boys was gone from my Books on Board bookshelf. Another book was there in its place but when I click on the link to download it is actually Str8te Boys. Weird mix-up but I am glad it finally worked. I am just happy that you posted this review yesterday because it was a really good read inspite of the aggravation.
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Also had problems download
the problem with wrong download link happened also to me, but with King Cart, not with Samhain. And the customer service in that case was very fast.

Glad you liked it, I think it's very nice and fun to read. Elisa
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