Sunday, September 28, 2014

Campus Cravings by Various Authors

Title: Campus Cravings

Series title:  Higher Learning M/M Boxed Set

Author:  Anthology (KyAnn Waters, Sara York, Dalton Diaz, Bianca Sommerland, Whitley Gray, Cassandra Carr, Mia Downing, Annabeth Albert, L. A. Witt)

Publisher: C-Squared Publishing

Genre: Contemporary, LGBT, mm

 (M/M, Oral Sex, Anal Play, Anal Sex, Toys)

Page Count: 458 pages

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Publisher 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 hes 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 hasnt come out to anyone, fearing a possible backlash. Then hes tapped to be a TA for a hot professor and feels an immediate connection. Now he must decide how much hes 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 nameand his disastrous past with Tyler Ford behind him. When a fluke puts Tyler in Adams 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 Parkerwants back into his lifeand 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 Cobeys problem meeting men fuels Michaels decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. Itll all be fun and gamesunless 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 Paulsons type. When Gage arrives at Dereks veterinary clinic with a frostbitten stray dog, Derek realizes his most difficult student has a few things to teach him. Things hes 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 its a joke. But after one touch and one scorching kiss, Cole thinks the chance meet could lead to something with substance.

Review of book:

Im typically not a fan of anthologies for a couple of reasons.  Ive found that in the ones Ive read, usually there is a significant range in ability between the authors, (making it difficult for me to actually finish the series), as well as finding that some of the novellas are actually previously published, and books I already own.  No need to worry about that with Campus Cravings.  These are nine fabulously crafted stories all centered around the mythical Cathia University, so no re-dos here.  The novellas run the gamut of plots from the not so out jock, to the unabashedly gay TA and all have something important to teach the reader about love and acceptance.  What I really got a kick out of and this is just me that there was an equal mix of authors Id heard of/read before, and ones that were completely new to me.  Each author packed a lot of plot into a short word count, but at no time did I feel that a story was rushed.  As someone who can read several books in a weekend (if left to my own devices), thats saying something.

I found that the nine installments were each emotional in their own right, showing the fears that many of us have in our daily lives.  We all want to be loved and accepted as we are, regardless of who we love, whether were a little nerdy (or a lot), the hot jock, or the professor that you love to hate.  I really felt that in between the hot sex and humor, I was treated to some deeply vulnerable and poignant journeys, which was an extra treat.

I know when you have more than one child, youre supposed to say that you love them all equally, and with the Campus Craving anthology, I truly did enjoy all of the stories.  However, there was one that stood out for me, and it was Bianca Sommerlands Solid Education.  I loved how she gave Gabe a life that was so flawed, but exactly what Derek needed to actually learn to live in the moment.  It also didnt hurt that the third main character in the novella was Matty the German Shepherd.  What can I say? Im a sucker for dogs, and apparently for Campus Cravings as a whole.  It was a complete win for me, and as a result Ive added quite a few new authors to my watch list, and will be looking to pick up books in their back catalogue.

                                                     Five Shooting Stars

1 comment:

Mia Downing said...

Thank you so much for the awesome review!