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Townie and the Twink (MM)

Men of Holsum College 3

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Insightful to a fault, Gabe Ashton knows Nick Flynn’s gay even if Nick doesn’t. And after seeing how the townie looks at his "buddy," Gabe knows Nick is in love with a guy who’ll never love him back. So Gabe invites Nick to campus parties and to hang out with new people. But soon their friendship turns physical, and Gabe wonders if he’s in just as much denial as Nick is.

Nick’s straight—or so he’s always assumed. But he can’t deny that the things he’s doing with Gabe are hot. More than that, he likes Gabe in a way he’s never liked anyone else. Well, anyone else except his high school friend, John.

The hardest thing to give up is a fantasy, and the hardest thing to face is the truth. But if Nick wants the man standing in front of him, he’ll have to give up the one he never had.

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I really loved this book. It's the third in the series, but you don't have to read the first two to enjoy this book. This is a fun series of shorter books that are difficult to put down once you start...

- Jilrene

Daisy Harris continues her run of great stories with Townie and the Twink. This one features Gabe and Nick. Gabe is gay and is pretty sure Nick is too. Nick's not as sure. The journey Nick takes to di...

- Cassandra Carr

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5 KISSES: "Alright…I admit that the Men of Holsum College series has become a favorite of mine. Ms. Harris has an ability to grip this reader into these characters’ lives. Each one of her books in the series has had well-written characters that easily live in this reader’s heart and mind long after I finished reading these books. Although, I’ve really liked all of the books in the series so far, Townie and the Twink, is my favorite in the series so far. If there is such a thing as a perfectly spot on ‘gaydar’ Gabe has it. He’s proud that just in a few moments, he can instinctively tell who is straight and who is gay. Lately, Gabe has been eyeing a fellow classman, Nick, who even though he looks and acts straight, Gabe instinctively knows he’s gay. When Gabe spots Nick sitting alone at a local pub, Gabe can’t help but approach the quiet man and is soon invited to sit with him. As Gabe and Nick begin to talk, Gabe is more than a little positive that Nick is not a straight man…even if Nick doesn’t realize it himself. But just when their conversation is just getting interesting, they are joined by Nick’s childhood best friend, John, and Gabe immediately senses the attraction and love Nick has for his very straight best friend. Days later, Gabe can’t get Nick off of his mind. Determined to get to know the man better, Gabe invites Nick to a party and encouraged Nick to stay with him and his roommates afterward, instead of going home across town. Although Nick tells him there’s a very good chance he’ll not be able to come, he does end up going to the party and meets Nick and his friends partying together in the basement of the frat house. Soon, a friendship develops between them and Gabe finds himself hopelessly falling for the naïve Nick. To Gabe’s delight, Nick starts slowly admitting his attraction for Nick, and their relationship slowly starts to deepen into something truly special. But even though they fool around, Nick still has a hard time admitting his attraction to Gabe, much less to anyone else. Soon, both men are forced to come to terms with their feelings toward each other and Nick knows he must make a life changing decision. Will he chose a new life with Gabe or will he embrace his old life with his straight best friend, John? I loved this book! I thought both Gabe and Nick were interesting and well-written characters. At first, they seem to exist on very opposite spectrums of life. Nick comes from a poor family and has had to work hard for everything he’s gotten. Although he’s been attracted to men in the past, he really doesn’t think much about it. He’s resolved to get through college, graduate, get a good job and settle down with a wife and kids. Gabe on the other hand, looks to come by things a little more easily. Gabe’s very sure of himself and embraces his sexuality and the lifestyle he lives. I loved his zest for life and his sense of humor cracked me up at times. They really balance each other out. Nick makes Gabe settle down and Gabe makes Nick not to be so serious and enjoy life. The banter and camaraderie between Nick and Gabe was very apparent throughout their story and I loved the connection they had together. I also thought the confusion and fear Nick goes through as he faces his sexuality, and what changes it will make in his life should he embrace it, was very realistically written. I did love how pure I thought Nick’s feelings were for Gabe, and it was very obvious that there was a strong emotional bond between them that could not be denied. I loved the chemistry between these two characters and I hated to see their story come to an end. Although I do believe that The Townie and the Twink could be easily read as a stand-alone book, I recommend you read the entire series. This way you will truly understand and love the dynamics between Ms. Harris’s amazing characters. "-- Gabbi, Top 2 Bottom Reviews

4 STARS: "Gabe and Nick, WOW. The beginning of this friendship is fun to watch. Gabe is slick, that’s for sure, getting Nick comfortable with him while showing Nick how gay Nick is. Straight guys look at other guys, straight guys masturbate together, straight guys kiss each other, and straight guys suck each other off. LoL Gabe or how I like to think of him, Mister Know It All, falls quick and hard; as the reader I really feel for him because Nick has no, I mean absolutely no, really truly no idea what he wants and needs from Gabe. I found myself pulling for Gabe, holding back tears, because he fell hard and fast for Nick. It’s a little hard trying to understand Nick’s logic, he’s comfortable in an exclusive relationship with Gabe not wanting to see anyone else and not wanting Gabe to see anyone else but still this is all ‘not in a gay way’. Townie and the Twink is really interesting. I laughed every time Nick said or thought, “Not in a gay way”. This book is the perfect everyone experiments in college story: I had this thought and then read a quote in the book that describes not only Townie and the Twink but also the series as a whole. Best Quote: “ a lot of people say everyone is bi to some extent.” Chris lip curled into a smile. “I’m pretty sure that’s true in college.” " -- Charnel Chante, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4 STARS: "With TOWNIE AND THE TWINK, Daisy Harris is coming back to that level of ‘wickedly good' that first hooked me to her Men of Holsum College series. The great characterization is back and the level of hotness as well as intimacy is high enough to keep the reader interested. This time she won me over with Gabe and his special superpower, which made me laugh more than once. Nick was a bit lost and confused, but genuinely a nice guy and by the end of it, it was pretty easy to forgive all of his tripping points and just accept him as a man with flaws who is only better for them. I liked the seemingly innocent development of their relationship and the ensuing hotness certainly didn't hurt any. Just the idea that Gabe knew Nick was gay while even Nick wasn't aware of it made this book different, but it was Nick's overall attitude that charmed me all the way through. Now, it probably is one of those things that people will love or hate, but Daisy Harris made an effort to make her characters real and the cloud of denial following Nick around was nothing but entertaining for me. While great chemistry is something to be expected with this series together with almost burning sexual interactions, each of the books is different and it is precisely that diversity that keeps Men of Holsum College refreshing. Right now I have a few books from this author behind me, and I still consider this series to be the best. So take a jump and start with College Boys, it just might be your thing." -- Valentina Heart, The Romance Reviews

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STORY EXCERPT

 

“D’you wanna take off your jeans?” Gabe figured Nick had to be uncomfortable still completely clothed. He shifted in case Nick wanted to get undressed, and also to get his crotch out of Nick’s line of sight.

“Um…I don’t want to make you uncomfortable.” Nick rotated to sitting. He pulled his sweatshirt over his head.

In the blue light of the movie, Gabe couldn’t tell if Nick was blushing, but his shoulders were lifted like he was nervous.

“Nah.” Gabe wrapped his arm around the back of the couch, adopting a relaxed posture. He fixed his attention on the film so Nick wouldn’t think he was watching. “It’s nothing I haven’t seen before.” He laughed, though his throat felt a little dry. Gabe leaned over the edge of the couch to where they kept a footlocker with blankets.

“Here.” He tossed the fleece blanket at Nick then went back to staring at the screen. He tried not to notice when Nick finally gave in and skinned off his jeans under the cover of the blanket.

Then, as if he had something to be embarrassed about, Nick pulled the fleece up to his chest before dragging his shirt over his head.

“Dude, I’m not going to launch across the couch and rape you or something.” Gabe tried to sound funny and not offended.

“I didn’t think you were gonna.” Nick must have heard Gabe’s annoyance, because he shoved the blanket down to his lap defensively. “I just didn’t want to make you feel awkward, okay?”

Gabe wasn’t sure what he meant, and he couldn’t help but study Nick’s face, looking for a hint as to why Nick would think Gabe would be uncomfortable. “Do you think seeing you with your shirt off would get me hard?” He’d meant to ask it as a serious question, but somewhere along the line it became a tease.

Nick shuffled around so that he was lying on the couch again, taking up more than his fair share of space. “Why, does it?” Nick cocked his eyebrows, teasing Gabe right back.

“Huh.” Gabe wasn’t sure how to respond, so he answered honestly. “Maybe a little.” Nick had a great body. His frame was square but muscled. Other than his face, arms, and a ring of darker color around his neck, he was extremely pale. Gabe had to get that boy outside with his shirt off and get rid of his farmer’s tan.

“Hmm. I’ll take that as a compliment.” Nick gave him a little smile as he turned back to the movie. On screen, the actors had parted ways because of a fight. There was a lot of cigarette smoking and gazing into the distance.

Gabe found it a bit boring, though it was clear from Nick’s rapt expression that he loved every second. He wondered if the best friends on screen made Nick think of John. Gabe shuffled around so he and Nick were lying like they were before, but instead of cocking a leg up on the back of the couch, Gabe let one leg hang over the edge and braced his foot on the floor. He laid his other leg in between Nick’s legs. And if Nick minded, he didn’t say so.

“So…” Gabe watched Nick watching the movie. The film had a fair amount of nudity and attractive people making out, and Gabe figured that alone was a foray into what he wanted to ask. “What turns you on?”

“What?” Nick looked up from the movie, and this time his blush was obvious.

At least he didn’t jump off the couch, though Gabe could tell he considered it. “You don’t have to freak out, man. I was just making conversation.” That wasn’t technically true. The topic was turning Gabe on, especially since Nick’s foot was only a few inches from Gabe’s cock. “I don’t know what gets straight guys off.”

“Really?” Nick tilted his head, his voice sarcastic and his expression disbelieving. “You’ve never seen straight porn? Or a woman?”

Gabe flashed him a sly wink. “Well, yeah, but that’s not what I mean. I mean, are you one of those guys who likes titties and doesn’t bother to look any lower? Or an ass man? D’you get off on munching rug?”

Nick kicked him in the thigh, though not hard enough to hurt. “Nobody even says ‘munching rug,’ you dork.” He laughed, rolling his eyes.

“It’s just, when you watch straight porn there’s a lot of close-ups of cocks.” Gabe eased the conversation in the direction he wanted it to go, hoping he was being subtle enough Nick wouldn’t notice.

“So are you asking if I want to suck one?”

Gabe decided to pull back while he was ahead. “Nah. Nothing that extreme. I just mean, I’ve always wondered if straight guys liked to think about cocks or maybe see them while they whacked off.” He tried to make it sound like a scientific question, like he was running surveys for the Kinsey Report. “Or even men’s bodies. I mean, do straight guys think other guys are hot, or gross, or…?”

“No, men can be attractive,” Nick said without hesitation. He seemed very sure of himself when he added, “A guy with a good body is like…” His gaze got unfocused, and Gabe could perfectly well guess who Nick was thinking about. “Well, it’s like a work of art. Like that Italian statue.” Nick crossed his arms, as if maybe he’d said too much.

“No, I totally get it. Like, girls are pretty. Some are flat-out beautiful. I don’t need to want to fuck them to appreciate it.” Gabe twisted around, trying to get more comfortable on the cramped couch. His dick ached, and he wasn’t sure whether to ramp down the conversation before he embarrassed himself or whether to push it to its logical conclusion.

“Yeah, I get it.” Nick shifted. Then he reached under the blanket and looked like he was adjusting his dick. Or it could have been just him getting his balls out from some weird position between his legs. Still, Gabe chose to believe Nick was getting hot.

“But watching something like this is great.” Gabe nodded at the TV. “The girl is cute, and the boys are sexy. It’s got something for everyone.”

Nick’s lips were parted when he nodded his head in agreement. He visibly swallowed.

And Gabe was absolutely sure he’d just given Nick permission to be turned on.

 

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Nick smiled. “You can touch me if you want.” He hoped Gabe would stroke him. It had been a while since Nick felt the hands of someone he actually wanted.

Gabe made a sound that might have been a stifled groan. And Nick couldn’t tell if he was flattered or if he was getting hot. His cock plumped in his jeans even before Gabe made contact. But when Gabe rested his hand on the tender skin of Nick’s throat, Nick’s erection went from chubby to battering ram in no time flat.

“S’okay, right?” Gabe asked.

Nick would have thought Gabe was going to move his hands lower, over Nick’s pecs and down his belly to his cock. But instead, Gabe slid his fingers to tangle in the back of Nick’s hair. It felt good, but now that Nick had imagined Gabe touching his dick, his erection felt like it was about to bust out of his pants. Before he knew what he was doing, Nick scooted closer, so that in one of his fitful movements, he felt the front of Gabe brush his bulge.

The sensation was electric, sending shivers through his body and down his thighs. Nick wanted to get closer—rub his dick against Gabe’s leg or maybe Gabe’s crotch—grind it against hard, hot skin.

Gabe tugged on Nick’s hair, and the slight jolt of pain brought Nick back to reality, where he was palming Gabe’s ribs and they were hardly even touching. Nick opened his eyes and saw that Gabe’s were still closed. And Gabe looked…Well, pretty wasn’t the right word. But, he looked something. He looked like something Nick wanted.

“Were you gonna let Brooks kiss you?” Nick asked.

Gabe opened his eyes. They were dark and shining. “No. I wasn’t going to let Brooks kiss me.”

Nick was surprised how let down he felt, but then Gabe pinned him with a soulful gaze. “But you can.” He hitched his shoulder up in a shrug. “If you want to.”

As if pulled by some kind of irresistible force, Nick eased closer. They were too close to watch each other, so he closed his eyes. He felt Gabe’s breath on his lips. Nick considered how he felt about it. Better to stop now than to freak out midkiss and hurt Gabe’s feelings. But it didn’t feel weird to have Gabe’s face so close or to have Gabe’s hand in his hair. So, Nick wound his arm around so his hand rested right between Gabe’s shoulders. Instead of crossing that last distance himself, he pulled Gabe into him so their lips sealed.

Neither of them moved for a moment, but then Gabe opened his mouth. And though it felt like maybe Gabe was about to say something, maybe that they shouldn’t be kissing, Nick seized the opportunity to lick the inside of Gabe’s mouth and then nip his top lip. He tasted like beer and something salty, and his mouth was soft and sweet.

Gabe relaxed, his muscles softening in Nick’s hold. He sighed. And when Nick started kissing for real, slanting his mouth against Gabe’s and lapping at his tongue, Gabe responded with enthusiasm. He shimmied closer, so their chests brushed together, and their hips rubbed with delicious friction. Gabe kissed in a way that was slow and intense, tempering Nick’s aggressive tongue with slow suction and gentle nips.

Then Gabe dragged Nick’s hand lower, until Nick felt the swell of Gabe’s cock pressing through his pants. Gabe thrust, grinding at the end of the movement. When he pumped forward a second time, Gabe moaned.

Nick had never been with a woman so aggressive, and it totally turned him on. He rubbed Gabe through his pants, hoping Gabe would take the hint and reciprocate. “Take off your clothes.”

Gabe humped into his palm a couple more times before whispering, “You, too.” Then Gabe unbuttoned his pants and shoved them off. He paused with a hand on the waistband of his briefs. “Just get my dick out or all the way off?”

“Off. All of it.” Nick pulled off his shirt then he shucked his jeans to his ankles and kicked them away. He’d never been so happy in his life that his jeans were loose.

“God, you’re really sexy.” Gabe pulled Nick into another kiss the second he was done undressing. They stayed side by side, which worked great since Nick was left-handed. It was like they were made to jerk off each other, though Nick realized he was crazy for thinking that. After all, Gabe was far from the only right-handed person on the planet. It was just—Nick had never felt before like he and the person he was with in bed were so well suited.

Gabe was almost his size and every bit as horny. He palmed Nick boldly, not like he was just doing it because he thought he was supposed to, as so many girls Nick had fooled around with had. No—Gabe fisted Nick like he loved it. Like he couldn’t get enough of touching Nick’s cock and he was thinking about swallowing it whole.

“Crap, you ain’t bad yourself.” Nick kissed his way down Gabe’s neck to his shoulder. He’d stopped worrying about whether he was doing things right, because Gabe moaned or panted or wiggled every time he liked something. And it didn’t take Nick long to realize that Gabe would press his dick up to Nick’s hand or his hip or his leg no matter what Nick did. But that was okay, because Gabe worked Nick’s cock the whole time with hands that were bigger than a girl’s and twice as strong.

“Are you going to freak out if I try to blow you?” Gabe asked.

Oh, thank fuck! “Not at all.” Nick licked Gabe’s nipple. When Gabe squirmed, he did it again. “I want it.”

“Oh, thank fuck.” Gabe said out loud what Nick had been thinking, and Nick would have laughed if Gabe didn’t take that moment to skim down his body and close his mouth over the top half of Nick’s cock.

 

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