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Overall rating – 5 silken sheets

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It started with an accidental click…but where will it end?

His Roommates Pleasure - coverDesperate to turn in a paper, Adam borrows his roommate’s computer and mistakenly opens a folder that contains Josh’s collection of porn. Adam had no idea that his jock roommate was gay—and into leashes, paddles and domination. And Adam, an inexperienced virgin who’s only ever kissed one guy, is surprised to find himself curious about submitting…

Josh can’t believe that his roommate discovered his spank bank—and he can’t believe that Adam is so turned on by the thought of giving up control to someone. Taking a chance, he offers to look through the photos with Adam…and maybe try acting some of them out.

Night after night, the boys delve into their darkest fantasies of domination and submission. And as lust and experimentation grow into the promise of something deeper, Adam must decide if he’s brave enough to tell Josh how he feels.

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I’m not sure what drew me to this novella, but I’m glad I picked it up. Young love in all its glory, with all its uncertainty and inexperience, and beautifully handled. Josh and Adam have been sharing a room for months, but barely ever spoken. Josh is a jock. He plays sports, hangs out with other jocks and is buff and toned. Adam is a geek… and gay. They could be polar opposites.

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4403243_sHe had known from the first time he’d seen all of Josh’s sports gear that he and Josh would have nothing in common.

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Adam’s anxiety about submitting his college paper is tangible, and so is his utter surprise about what else he finds on his roommate’s laptop.

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He must have accidentally clicked on something though, because suddenly his screen was full of extra-large icons of what was clearly porn.

“Fuck.” He meant to minimize the window, put the computer to sleep and pretend he’d never seen whatever it was got Josh off when Adam wasn’t around, but his hand hovered over the mouse, because – because the pictures were of guys. They were of guys, and they were of guys in collars, and on their knees, and in handcuffs, and all of a sudden he was hard.

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If that wasn’t bad enough, Josh comes back to find Adam with his hand down his pants…

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“What the fuck?” Josh stopped in the doorway, dropping his gym bag on the floor by his feet. Behind him, the door closed with a muted click. “Adam?”

“Fuck.” Adam was trying to get his zipper done up again, but he couldn’t get it up over his erection. “This wasn’t – I wasn’t.” He was burning red with embarrassment, trying to get his pants up and grab his memory stick and hide the fact he’d been about to jerk off.

“What were you doing? Are you – to my porn?” Josh looked a bit dazed.

“I was submitting my paper. And I -”

“You tripped and fell into my porn folder?”

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Poor Adam. I felt his utter embarrassment, and was eager to see his reception when he finally returned to his room. Josh wants to talk about it. For some reason, Josh is surprised to find Adam is gay.

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He’d assumed he hadn’t needed to come out, because it was probably obvious from outer space that he liked dick. Maybe he should have displayed his LGBTQ equality key ring more prominently. Or, potentially, noticed that Josh liked dick too.

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Josh suggests they look at the porn again – together.

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“You like this one?”

It had gotten even hotter in here in the last minute. His palms were sweating. “Yeah.” His voice sounded kind of dry and hoarse, which was stupid. It was one picture. One really tame picture. He’d seen some of the others in Josh’s collection, and he knew.”

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They look at some pictures and talk about how it turns them both on. How Josh likes to be in control… and Adam likes to be controlled.

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“I wouldn’t let him come. I’d make him wait until I told him he could.”

Adam let out a breath, long and a little shaky. It was like there was suddenly a key to the locked door inside his head, and he’d only just discovered there was a door in the first place, let alone that he needed to look for a key.

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9166407_sHe couldn’t get his words out. All he could concentrate on was how turned on he was. “I love the leash. The leash is fucking awesome.”

Josh glanced at him, then back at the screen. “Good. I like it too.”

“It’s your porn. The whole point is that you like it.”

“I like it all.” Josh grinned, awkward and wide. He turned back around so he was facing the computer. Reaching down, he touched his fingertips to the back of Adam’s neck. He jumped, but Josh didn’t pull away. “I like it when you like it, though.”

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I loved that this story took me through everything. Every awkward touch, every sidelong glance and every heated cheek and gruff word. They were both so hesitant, so uncertain with each other and it was refreshing. And sweet… and very hot!

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9098054_sHe was going to come. He was going to come like this, on his knees with Josh watching.

“You should do that. Next time. On your knees.”

“Yeah.” His entire focus narrowed down to his erection and Josh’s face. He was still desperately jerking himself off, but he was near to the edge, and he knew it. His orgasm was building in his stomach, fast and near.

Josh’s hand shifted, sliding around to the back of his neck again, stroking. His other hand was in Adam’s hair. It was only two points of contact but somehow it felt like Josh was touching him everywhere.

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They start to experiment and slowly, work out what they like, and how they like it. There are some boundaries though, and the main one is that Josh hasn’t come out yet.

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“Are you ever going to tell them you’re gay?”

Josh looked down at the ground for a moment, and then back up. “I want to. I don’t like lying. I keep thinking this isn’t the right time.”

“Is there going to be a right time?”

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Gradually, their hot bedroom scenes begin to spill over into their normal lives. Josh brings early morning coffees to the library where Adam’s studying with a friend.

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Josh was sleepy-eyed and already dressed for the gym. For a way-too-weird moment, he was sure Josh was going to lean in and kiss him, but Josh moved past him to put the coffees down on their table.

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19063034_s“The last I heard, you two weren’t friends. What happened?”

“We finally figured out we had some stuff in common, that’s all.” He carefully didn’t point out that what they most explicitly had in common was a certain kind of porn and a general desire to act it all out in real life.

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And then the awkwardness starts. Josh wants Adam to be part of his crowd of friends.

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“Do you maybe want to tell me what my friends ever did to you to make you hate them all? They’re good guys, they’re not dicks. Everything you ever say about them is about how they’re jerks.”

“They remind me of the jocks in school I used to hate. They were always stuffing kids in lockers.” Stuffing me in lockers.

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You know it’s never going to work out. The two crowds just can’t mix, right? You’ll have to read it to find out for yourself 🙂

It was a truly satisfying read, amusing in parts, sizzling hot in others, and with enough genuine emotion to make me feel as if I really know Adam, as though I shared every encounter with him.

I think this is the author’s debut, and it’s superb. I will definitely be looking out for more from her in the future.

Overall rating – 5 silken sheets

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Sexy rating – 5 lips

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Plot – great

Characters – great

Warnings – M/M, anal, spanking and light kink

DETAILS:

Genre: Contemporary M/M romance

Published: 1 July 2013,  $1.99 (Amazon)

Publisher website: Carina Press

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