Publisher: C-Squared Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 392 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today’s hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, including sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love.
Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket
Metrics and tournament brackets—who knew they were sexy? When competing dorm advisors Edwin and Ollie bet on a basketball tournament, neither expects he’s risking his heart. As the challenge becomes a hot bedroom battle to avoid real feelings, the two “frenemies” must change their definitions of losing to win a shot at lasting love.
Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock
Hockey jock and English Lit major Brendan knows he’s gay, but hasn’t come out to anyone, fearing a possible backlash. Then he’s tapped to be a TA for a hot professor and feels an immediate connection. Now he must decide how much he’s willing to risk to score the ultimate goal.
Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned
Adam Warren is counting down the days until he can put “Professor” next to his name—and his disastrous past with Tyler Ford behind him. When a fluke puts Tyler in Adam’s class, the graduate assistant faces some hard choices while Tyler faces an uphill battle for a second chance at first love.
Mia Downing: Switching Leads
Coach John Graham needs a new assistant for Cathia U’s equestrian team. The last person he expects to get the job walks into the barn and stops his heart. How is he supposed to focus on the team when his ex-lover—sexy horse trainer Finn Parker—wants back into his life…and into his bed?
Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor
When friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce shy virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks—lust is his thing, not teaching. But Cobey’s problem meeting men fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love.
Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education
Gage Tackett comes off as a bad boy—detached and maybe a little dangerous. Definitely not Vet Sciences Professor Derek Paulson’s type. When Gage arrives at Derek’s veterinary clinic with a frostbitten stray dog, Derek realizes his most difficult student has a few things to teach him. Things he’s more than willing to learn.
KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons
Ryan Kane could lose his scholarship and his position on the pitch. Jake Finely offers to help. Only Ryan and Jake discover their private lessons have more to do with sex ed than Business Ethics. When a tenured professor offers Ryan an indecent proposal to make the grade, will he choose soccer or Jake?
LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza?
Paul Switzer has been miserable ever since his childhood love, Cory Bowman, chose a fraternity over him. When a pizza delivery to the frat house lands the exes face to face for the first time in eighteen months, the wound is reopened… and so are Paul’s feelings for the only man he’s ever loved.
Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life
Cole only has the courage to lust after the swim team from afar. When Seever asks to share a table at the packed coffee house where Cole is studying, he’s sure it’s a joke. But after one touch and one scorching kiss, Cole thinks the chance meet could lead to something with substance.
Review: Where do I start with Campus Cravings? How about with Wow! I was totally blown away by the caliber of the stories in this collegiate anthology. The only thing I can say about this book is that I loved it and that I could not get enough.
All the stories take place at Cathia University, a mythical college in upstate NY, a place that became so real for me that I wanted to go there. I actually liked that Cathia U was the thread that connected all the stories, and some characters crossed over from one story to another, which made the anthology that much more enjoyable for me.
The theme of Campus Cravings is hot jocks being paired up with sexy nerds in a college setting, where hormones and sexual exploration butt heads with maturing and entering the post college world. Not all the pairings are between students, some are between teachers too. All I can say is hot, hot, hot!
College brings many freedoms, and sex is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the characters come to college to come out and explore, and a couple of the stories dealt with the first times. I loved those because the first time theme is my favorite, but most of all they are the sweetest, and what’s better than reading about a perfect first time?
The stories run the gamut from unrequited love turning into real love, to a virginal teacher only wanting sex ed lessons but getting love in return. All the stories had the balance of angst, lust, sex and love. All these stories had a good dose of humor that just made me laugh out load. In other words, perfection.
I usually pick one story and review it, but this time I just couldn’t pick a favorite because I truly enjoyed them all. But I will mention Winning Bracket by Annabeth Albert, because there’s a reference to another book with an Asian lead character, No Souvenirs. I love this book, and it’s my go to book when I need something funny and hot. If you haven’t read it, you must!
Campus Cravings represented the fantasy of college I didn’t get to experience firsthand, but which was brought to life through these wonderful stories.
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