Becoming Men

Martin Delacroix
Becoming Men
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Publisher
Noble Romance Publishing
Release Date
November 2010
ISBN
9781605922133
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Becoming Men offers three stories about college boys who share a common need: love from another young man.

In East Beach, Ian, a lifeguard, is forced to confront his hidden attraction to males when he's teamed for the summer with Kevin, a co-worker who's gay. Can Ian summon the courage to explore his sexuality?

In Angel from Asuncion, Jordy, a homesick college freshman, pursues affection from his Paraguayan roommate, Ariel. Can Jordy convince Ariel to abandon his vow of celibacy?

And in Aaron Sickles And Me, a promiscuous gym rat named Andy, lusts for his fellow body-builder, conservative Aaron Sickles. Will Andy forego his omnivorous sex life, to win Aaron's love?

Life isn't always about getting what we want, but each of these boys somehow manages to attain what he needs. Follow their transitions to manhood in the pages of Becoming Men.

Book Review by Jenn Shanks Pray
Jan 07, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
135 people found the following review helpful
A single author anthology, BECOMING MEN tells the tales of three college men and their first loves. Full of passion, fear and fate, BECOMING MEN captures the reader¡¯s heart from the start and prods it through some very emotional twists and turns. Like a sweet ray of light after a dreary storm, each story finds the sweet after the bitter, the pleasure after the pain and rewards the reader with the knowledge that the course of love never does run smoothly!

In ¡°East Beach¡±, the first story tells the tale of Ian and his summer job as a lifeguard on one of Florida¡¯s sunny beaches. Deeply closeted, Ian encounters openly gay men who revel in free love at the beach but he feels incapable of acting on his growing curiosity. Already attracted to men but in denial, he grows close to his co-worker, Kevin, as the summer passes. A traumatic event causes Ian to stop questioning and open up to the feelings he¡¯s developed for Kevin. Their consummation feels more like a conflagration as fumbling Ian learns to explore his sexuality and love.

In ¡°Angel from Asuncion¡±, Jordy learns to stand on his own for the first time in his life. Lonely and out of place, he attempts to find friends throughout the campus – fraternities, singles ads, etc. Finally connecting with another lonely man even farther from home, Jordy and Angel build a life, first as roommates, second as friends and lastly as lovers. Tentative and sweet, they both battle insecurities, stigmas and misconceptions and eventually find the love that they truly appreciate and deserve.

The final short, ¡°Aaron Sickles and Me¡±, the author pens a truly painful story of redemption and love. Andy as the promiscuous gym rat scoping on Aaron Sickles feels like the proverbial train on the track. Aaron comes by his conservative and guarded reserve naturally and Andy just doesn¡¯t seem to ¡°get it¡±. Once tragedy strikes, Aaron¡¯s seeming weakness becomes his greatest strength and his love heals our hero like no medicine can.

Big on romance, sex, and love – BECOMING MEN feels like the first chapter in a long story that ultimately finds its heroes reaching their own happily-ever-afters !
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