Sunday, October 6, 2013
Review: My Roommate's a Jock? Well, Crap! by Wade Kelly
by Wade Kelly
Published December 31st 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: .epub, .mobi, html, pdf, Paperback
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
It's easy to become cynical when life never goes your way.
Cole Reid has been a social recluse since he was fifteen, when he was outed by his high school baseball team. Since then, his obsessive-compulsive behavior and sarcastic nature have driven away most of the population, and everyone else hates him because he's gay. As he sees it, he's bound to repulse any prospective friends, let alone boyfriends, so why bother?
By the time Cole enters college, he's become an anal-retentive loner—but it's not a problem until his roommate graduates and the housing department assigns Ellis Montgomery to move in with Cole. Ellis is messy, gorgeous, straight, and worst of all, a "jock"!
During a school year filled with frat buddies, camping expeditions, and meddling parents, Cole and Ellis develop a friendship that turns Cole's glass-half-empty outlook on its head. There must be more to Ellis than a fun-loving jock—and maybe Cole's reawakening libido has rekindled his hope for more than camaraderie.
It is funny that I ended up congratulating the author Wade Kelly for landing in the Rainbow Award finalist list the Romantic Comedy category and I had not even read the book yet. Well, it was due to that list that I turned my eyes on to this story but I was unsure if I should thrust myself back into the world of an author whose writing made me cry too many tears. Then I saw it was a romantic comedy and I thought it would be a great deal fun to compare it with her heavy and emotional books.
To be honest, I opened this book and read the mental diarrhea Cole was thinking up and I cracked a smile. I thought, hmmmm, this guy is some sort of OC and I guessed right. I actually had a blast reading what he was thinking, all his references to Murphy's Law and how it is the appropriate law that defined his life. There was a sarcasm in Cole's thoughts that was depressing and funny all at once. Let me tell you, that was quite a ride knowing what Cole was thinking.
Then there was Ellis. Now this Ellis guy, I had a hard time dealing with and I came to the point of actually not liking him and feeling sorry for Cole and thought he could do better than this jock. Then I started reading Ellis' own mental diarrhea and like a bulb lighting up, I realized that despite their seeming differences, these two men were actually so much alike! That was a strange revelation.
This was such a difference from the other two I had read before, the Unconditional Love Series where the subject matters were very sensitive and quite heavy to bear at times. I found I really could not compare the two books for these were poles apart in every way.
Sure, there was the reference to Lori, the partner of Ellis' sister, who also happens to be Darian or Dare's best friend. So there is a connection, althought it is quite a loose one. It was through Lori that Ellis finally sees the light and faced up to himself and Cole which began to solidify their relationship.
This was a totally unexpected but delightful read, not tough at all. There were moments of drama, I don't think this author can really help inserting some tough love into her stories. However, the bit of drama was hilarious as heck and it came out to be an unexpected light read. A heavier light read, mind you, but light nonetheless. Highly entertaining, a lot of funny moments especially the wild banter between the two best friends Rob and Russell. Although these two boys were straighter than straight, I had moments of dreaming they could turn gay then thought, nah! it would ruin these two characters and am quite happy they maintained their straightness.