Title: Diva and the Frat Boy
Author: Daisy Harris
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Buy Link: Diva and the Frat Boy [Men of Holsum College 2](Siren Publishing Classic ManLove)
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: 28,485 words
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: A fun romance between guys struggling with stereotypes and discrimination within the gay community.
Blurb: Nathaniel Reece is savvy and fierce and wouldn’t give boring-ass Greg Sanders the time of day, except Greg is the president of a fraternity Nathaniel wants to join. But once Nathaniel gets a taste of the ferocity under Greg’s cool exterior, he can’t stop himself from trying to lure the uptight frat brother out of his shell.
The face of gay life on campus and a crusader heading off to law school, Greg doesn’t see any problem with seducing the flamboyant and exciting Nathaniel. But that’s before he finds out his fraternity brothers are refusing Nathaniel’s pledge bid. Greg’s athletic and masculine and has never had to deal with the censure of his friends or the odd looks of strangers, but if he’s going to be what Nathaniel needs, he’ll have to be comfortable not just being out, but also standing out.
I had a friend once tell me, “Anyone who says the best days of your life are in high school has never lived on a college campus,” and I completely agree with her. College was an eye-opening experience for me, to say the least, and probably the most fun I have ever had in my adult life. I love that I get a trip back to my college days every time I read one of Daisy Harris’s Men of Holsum College books. The characters always seem familiar because they remind me of people I knew back then. I always enjoy the Men of Holsum College series because of that!
Nathaniel is the diva. He knows he’s flamboyant but that’s who he is and he owns it. He routinely gets harassed because of it but refuses to make apologies or to pretend to be anything other than himself. He tried that in the past and it didn’t work, he was miserable. Nathaniel has a quiet strength and an endearing vulnerability. Greg is the complete opposite, he’s the frat boy. He is the good looking. boy next door face of gay men on campus.
I immediately understood why Greg would be attracted to Nathaniel, even if he was uncomfortable with his mannerisms at times. I had a much harder time understanding what Nathaniel saw in Greg. I saw Greg as cold and selfish, which aren’t two of the most appealing qualities in my opinion. I’m still a little bit mad at him because he saw how Nathaniel was being discriminated against within the gay community and passively stood by and let it happen. Actions like that don’t scream love to me. That leads into my one issue with this book.
I wasn’t feeling the love. I felt a lot of attraction and passion between them, but not love. Surprisingly though, that didn’t kill the romance for me. There was so much hot, rough, angry sex happening in the beginning that I wasn’t feeling the need for love and affection anyway. It took me a while to warm up to the relationship but I eventually got there and even grew to like Greg. In the end I got exactly what I was hoping for out of this book, a light and fun read that I truly enjoyed.