Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review...XO, Blake (The Undergrad Years) by: Avery Aster

XO, Blake (The Undergrad Years, #3)

For fans of the dark comedy BDSM film Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down comes an erotic exploration in domination and submission where Ivy League students let their naughtiest desires run wild…

If you think my besties Lex, Taddy, and Vive have had some bad luck earlier this year, cut to me at Glamorama. Last thing I remembered was dancing with Diego and Miguel from my English class, when the room started… spinning. And not in a good way! We got sick. Think Regan in The Exorcist. Taddy was rushed to the hospital. Holding on for dear life, I was carried out by the boys and taken back to their dorm.

Now I’m waking up in Diego’s bed and Miguel keeps staring at me from across the room. I’ve wanted to get into these dudes’ pants since the first day of class. But Diego told me he likes to be tied up and—wait for it—spanked. WTF! The news on TV reports that last night we all got roofied. And Vive just texted me saying that someone is out to kill her. Could this semester get any more bizarre? -–Blake Morgan, college freshman, gay best friend, virgin

The Undergrad Years is a new adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships

My Review:
(Copy provided for an honest review)
4 stars!

I love Blake! What a fun book. It was like being in college again. Now my college experience wasn't as dramatic but this stuff happens and it was so well written I felt like I was experiencing it with these people. This was a novella so it was very short and the one thing that disappointed me a bit was the relationship between Diego and Blake wasn't built up enough for me. After reading more about the books and the authors work I realize this is really just a back story to Blake's future story.

When a night out goes terribly wrong, Blake ends up in the dorm room of Diego and Miguel, which so happen to be the two guys Blake's been crushing on. Blake and Diego connect and Blake is finally able to get to experience something he hasn't yet. Miguel thinks Blake is just a big partier and drama queen, but he soon realizes how wrong he is.

There are a few subjects touched that are very true to college life no matter how much money you have. I loved this group of friends and am looking forward to reading more about them.

I recommend this book if you want a little laugh and some hot M/M action!

This isn't really about Blake's HEA because this is his back story so if you want to know if he gets one you'll have to read, Unsaid (The Manhattanites #3).

About the author:
I'm a New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it's juicy prequel companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.
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