Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Getting Schooled on M/M with Daisy Harris

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Do you like college boys? It’s a time of experimentation. Erotic romance author Daisy Harris takes readers on new excursions, whether it’s with her wet and wild Urban Merman, the Love-Bots or her retelling of M/M mythology. Now, it’s time to go back to school with College Boys, Men of Holsum College 1.

In the opening chapter, Harris writes the syllabus for a misaligned romance: Wanting a bit more privacy after the death of his mom, Chris moves into a single dorm in a new residency. He ends up neighbors with Peter, who is gay and the guy Chris woke cuddled against in a tent.

While Peter obviously sports a “straight-man crush” on Chris, the straight-man fights his own attraction:

“In clothes, Peter seemed skinny. But topless, he was strapped with ropey muscle that ridged along his sides. Maybe it was because he was mostly naked, but his walk was sort of a strut. And—was that a nipple piercing?”

Although Holsum is known as a small, liberal college, unfortunately, homophobia exists. Chris fights against it in the opening chapters and tackles it head-on later. Along the way, he questions his own sexuality but doesn’t dishonor Peter.

The minute Harris explains the thin, makeshift wall separating the two dorm rooms, I immediately waited for the scene when the wall comes down. She not quite that overt, but the story definitely pays out – in a subtle, growing romance to full-on physical contact. Harris delicately and artfully captures the intricacies within life and the hearts of readers with these college boys.


College Boys
[Men of Holsum College 1]
by Daisy Harris

When soccer star Chris moves next door to an openly-gay classmate, he doesn’t realize the wall between their rooms will be so thin he’ll hear his neighbor’s every move. But soon he and Peter become friends, and Chris is intrigued—imagining what happens on the other side of the wall.

Active on the Queer Student Council, Peter wishes he wasn’t so damn hot for his straight neighbor. He can’t tell if Chris is flirting or in denial or what, but Chris’ innocent overtures lure Peter into flirtation that throws his world into chaos. Peter doesn’t want to date a closet case, but he desperately, passionately wants Chris.

Soon Chris must choose whether to run away from his new feelings or embrace a relationship with the guy he loves. And Peter must decide if he can give his heart to a guy who hasn’t yet figured it all out.


Peter listened to the sound of Chris stomping around next door but couldn’t figure out if Chris was trying to be loud for some reason or if he was drunk. “Hey, Chris.” Peter had been going out of his way to be extra friendly ever since their unfortunate date. Of course it hadn’t really been a date—Peter had been completely delusional thinking that it was. But regardless, their first attempt to interact outside of their connected room had been a disaster, and Peter had been trying ever since to feel back on his footing.

“Heya Pete!” The volume and cadence of Chris’s voice told Peter that he indeed was drunk. “Have a good night?”

Peter looked down at his chemistry textbook, open on his bed. He cursed the professor who had set the midterm for Friday. Most classes’ midterms had been earlier in the week, and the entire campus seemed to have started their post-test celebrations early. “Just cramming for the test tomorrow.”

“Aw, man. Forgot about that. Sucks you still have one left.”

“Yeah.” Peter closed the book and set it aside. His vision had gone blurry from hours of staring at diagrams.

“You should blow off some steam,” Chris said through the wall. His voice was different—quieter and more tentative.

Peter wasn’t sure what he meant, so he just answered, “Yeah, I’ve got a couple parties lined up for tomorrow night.”

From next door, Peter heard some moving around and then the sound of Chris’s door opening. Still, Chris’s knock startled him and Peter looked up. “Yeah? Come on in.”

He knew it was Chris, but that didn’t stop Peter from feeling lightheaded when he saw the other boy in his doorway. A red blush striped Chris’s cheeks, but Peter couldn’t tell if it was from the cold outside or if he was embarrassed. His blond hair seemed to sparkle under the hallway lights.

“Can I come in?”

Peter blinked. “Uh, sure.” He piled his books and papers onto the floor and shuffled to the far end of the bed. The only other place to sit was a chair, and Peter’s pulse raced as he wondered whether Chris would chose the seat or flop down on his mattress.

He almost swallowed his tongue when Chris did the latter, bouncing like a happy Labrador onto Peter’s bed. Peter could smell the beer and sweat on him and under that the rich masculine scent Chris always left behind in the showers.

“So, you wanna watch porn tonight?” Chris gestured over to Peter’s laptop sitting on his shelf. He stretched out, leaning back on Peter’s throw pillows as if he hadn’t just suggested something insane.

“Um…” Peter wasn’t sure how to respond. He didn’t want to embarrass himself in case he was somehow misinterpreting Chris’s suggestion. “Really?”

“Man, you should see your face.” Chris slapped his arm in that mock-fighting way he had in the car. He looked at Peter with his big, blue eyes—all innocence and temptation. “C’mon, it’s no big deal.”

Peter tried to cover his panic with a snicker. “It’s not every day someone asks me on a porn date.” He hoped Chris was too wasted to hear his voice tremble. Ever since Chris’ birthday a couple weeks back, his soccer buddies had been pushing him to drink past his limit. Normally, it pissed Peter off, but that night he was grateful Chris probably wouldn’t remember. “I should have bought you a corsage.”

“Dumbass.” Chris socked him in the arm again, though this time it was less of a slap and more of a stroke. He smiled in that good-natured, country-boy way of his. “I used to watch it with my old roommates all the time.”

Peter smirked. “How very heterosexual of you.”

Chris ignored his snide remark and used his bare foot to point at the laptop, as if he was too lazy to get out of Peter’s bed. “Load it up, man. I want to be shocked and awed.”

“Fine.” Peter stood just far enough to reach for his computer. He tried to distance himself emotionally from what was going on, even though his cock was already hard and his skin felt so tingly he worried he’d climb onto Chris’s lap.

“So, do you have a favorite site or something?” Chris curled up to cross-legged, his eyes intent on the screen. He bit his nail, looking sexy as hell—excited and curious.

God. Peter thought he was going to burst into flames. He wished he were drunk, too. Then he’d have an excuse to lean in and kiss Chris’s damp, pink lips. Peter could touch him, maybe fondle him or offer a blow job. And if Chris turned him down, he could blame it on the alcohol the next day. But unfortunately, Peter was stone-cold sober and too much of a chicken anyway. “Yeah, there are a few I like.” He tried to sound nonchalant, though his hand shook as he struggled to use the touch screen. “Some can be pretty gross.”

He opened a site that he thought wouldn’t freak Chris out too badly. The guys were clean-cut and young. The lighting was good. Everyone used condoms. “So, um…What do you wanna watch?”

Peter couldn’t look at Chris as he waited for the answer. He kept his eyes glued to the screen as if the thumbnail pictures were the most fascinating things he’d ever seen. But he listened with every fiber of his being for what Chris would reply.

“Uh…what do you mean?”

Confused, Peter turned his head to find Chris only inches from his face. Chris was looking at the computer, his body lined up with Peter’s but not touching. And unlike Peter, who had only pretended to be riveted to the screen, Chris was staring at the images with wide eyes, like he was terrified and fascinated all at once.

About Daisy Harris

Birkenstock-wearing glamour girl and mother of two by immaculate conception, Daisy Harris still isn’t sure if she writes erotica. Her paranormal romances start out innocently enough. However, her characters behave like complete sluts. Much to Miss Harris’s dismay, the sex tends to get completely out of hand.

 If you like science-y subplots, fantastical creatures, and red-hot chemistry, you’ll love Daisy Harris.


  1. College is a time of discover - in anyone's world. A fabulous time in life to live & read about.


  2. I am very eager to read this story. I have it on my Amazon wishlist/must buy list. I can't wait to read more about Chris & Peter, and I am looking forward to more in this series.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  3. Woohoo looking forward to this one! :D


  4. Hi Louisa—Thanks so much for hosting me today, and for the great review! I really appreciate the time you took. <3

    Maribelle, June, BLMorticia—thanks for the comments. I'm thrilled about your excitement. :)

    My question of the day: what do you prefer in male-male romance, a slow build-up or passion that explodes from the beginning?

  5. Hallo Daisy,
    your book sounds good and as to your questions I think it depends on my mood and on the genre. In a fantasy m/m romance I'd prefer a slow build-up while I wouldn't mind an explosion of passion in a comtemporary romance.


    anzuazura at yahoo dot de

  6. Totally have to agree with Lane -- the pacing varies, depending upon the story. College Boys is perfect for this tale. Now, who's next? Nathaniel?

    Thanks for stopping by, Daisy. It's always a pleasure.

    June! I owe you a lip balm goody bag. Expect an email later.

  7. Lana—interesting point. For some reason, I tend to be able to write immediate passion more easily in paranormals, and most of my contemporaries have slow build-ups. Then again, the second book in my Holsum College series (Diva and the Frat Boy) has a fair bit of immediate passion. I can see what you mean about fantasy, though. Makes sense.

    Louisa—Yep, Nathaniel is up next. His book releases on Bookstrand on May 14th. :)

  8. Sounds like a great read, Daisy. Congrats on the release! :)

    lucy at lucyfelthouse dot co dot uk

  9. I like both approaches, depending on the theme of the book and the type of characters involved (longtime crushes=slow buildup, and so forth). As long as the end result is scorchingly hot, I don't mind a slow trip there. :-)


  10. Do I like college boys...Heck YES...When I was a college girl! LOL...I work at a college now and the boys look younger & younger every year, as do the girls.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. Hi, Catherine.

    I can imagine! I gotta admit, I'm writing from memory more than observation. When I see actual kids that age they do in fact seem young. Of course, I thought I was an ADULT back then, so it's all relative. LOL

  12. Daisy I love your stuff! Now as far as your question I think it depends on the books and where your going with them. I appreciate both takes. I just picked up College Boys and look forward to reading it! Xoxo

  13. To answer you question it really depends on the characters and the story. I've read both and loved them. This sounds like a great book.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  14. Heya, Dawn! So glad you're going to give my boys a read. I'm so enjoying this series.

    Sherry, Thanks for commenting! I always wish I could get to the smexin' sooner. But all my boys seem to need time to warm up. :)

  15. I'm looking forward to reading this one. It's on my wish list!

    Michelle V

  16. Excerpt was very interesting.

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

  17. College age is definitely a time of experimentation. I enjoyed the blurb and the excerpt.


  18. It depends on the story I'm reading, sometimes slow burn works better for a specific situation.