Wrestling With Love

D. H. Starr
Wrestling With Love
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Ai Press
Release Date
February 2011
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

Hot new M/M author, D. H. Starr delivers his latest tale of love, sexual exploration and the challenges of relationship. The road of love is fraught with difficulty, even when you're sure that man is your soul-mate.

Derek Thompson and Scott Thayer met in high school. Facing challenges and overcoming obstacles that would make lesser young men fold, they now have the chance to forge a life together. As they enter college, they finally have the time and space to discover each other sexually and give their virginity to each other. However, in spite of the erotic thrill of exploration, there are still challenges ahead, challenges that will test their love and devotion…

While Derek wants to live as an openly gay man, Scott wishes to maintain a degree of privacy. Not only that, but another freshman, Tyrell Jackson, becomes infatuated with Derek and wants Derek for his own. In the face of these threats to their burgeoning relationship, Derek and Scott are forced to look within themselves and make difficult decisions which will change both of their lives forever.

Is their relationship strong enough to bear the strain of balancing their needs as individuals and as a couple? The only way Derek and Scott will attain their ultimate reward is by finding the courage to face their fears. Will they rise to the challenge?

Book Review by Debbie (reviewer)
Mar 10, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
258 people found the following review helpful
Wow, what a book. This is one awesome story. It is sexy, exciting and emotional all rolled into one. The love between the young men is so real and so believable. I first smiled and then laughed. I cried and I got angry. Every emotion in me was brought forth and I won't soon forget the journey I took while reading this book.

I have to say WRESTLING WITH LOVE is an absolutely wonderful story of romance, passion and courage. The journey Derek and Scott began in Wrestling with Desire is continued in this book. Where there was innocent newfound love and friendship in the previous book, their relationship in this sequel goes from young adult to erotic romance. And let me just say, once the boys "discovered" each other, it was extremely erotic. Their first true sexual experience together was so well written I was in awe.

Derek and Scott have graduated high school and have started college. They are living together in the same dorm room and are now free to explore their relationship to the fullest. Derek wants to be out of the closet and free to live the openly gay lifestyle that he was afraid of doing in high school. Scott however does not want anyone to know he is gay. He is on the wrestling team and is worried he will be shunned or not accepted should anyone find out. This brings quite a bit of tension between the two of them.

Derek has joined the LGBT group at college and is making some great friends. He met Tyrell while at the first meeting and was excited, thinking he would have another gay friend to be able to talk things over with. But Tyrell wants a relationship, not simple friendship. Derek keeps telling him there will never be a relationship but Tyrell won't accept that fact. Derek told Scott about him and Scott warned him to be careful that Tyrell could be trouble. And he does cause trouble because he won't accept that Derek does not want him.

Beck, the boys' best friend from high school, makes an appearance towards the end of the story. She was the one who finally forced Tyrell to tell the truth of what he had done to Derek, in front of the people at a dance. She was great. I won't give away what happened, but Tyrell paid the price for his bad behavior. I loved Scott too. I loved his protective nature towards Derek. He sat back and watched how people accepted Derek when the fact he was gay was found out. He decided it was time to stop hiding his sexuality. He protected Derek from Tyrell and got in his own punches.

This story shows the true dynamics of growing up gay and the daily struggles that must be dealt with to learn to accept who you really are. This story had the perfect balance of story and emotional development. Even though this was the second book of the series, I don't think it's absolutely necessary to read the first one. You wouldn't know as much about the characters' history, which is great, but I don't feel that you would be totally lost without reading it.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a better understanding of the trials and tribulations young gay men must endure to finally feel accepted.
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