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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. Ni 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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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. Ni 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.

30 review for Townie and the Twink

  1. 5 out of 5

    Breann

    Well, hell. Could these college boys get any hotter? I don’t know if I could handle it if they did. So if you’re in the mood for some light, sexy fun… c’mon, let me tell you about Nick & Gabe. Nick is straight. Of course he is, why else would he let his new friend Gabe blow him? Gabe has excellent gaydar. It’s like his superpower and knows Nick is gay at first sight. He slowly but surely gets Nick to realize this about himself as well. Daisy Harris knows how to write some good sexual tension. Oh Well, hell. Could these college boys get any hotter? I don’t know if I could handle it if they did. So if you’re in the mood for some light, sexy fun… c’mon, let me tell you about Nick & Gabe. Nick is straight. Of course he is, why else would he let his new friend Gabe blow him? Gabe has excellent gaydar. It’s like his superpower and knows Nick is gay at first sight. He slowly but surely gets Nick to realize this about himself as well. Daisy Harris knows how to write some good sexual tension. Oh my, with the tentative touches, the accidental rubbing and the innocent mutual masturbation… I thought I would burst into hot flames and they hadn’t even had The Sex yet. But when they did have The Sex? It was hot and rough, just how I like it. *licks lips* So, yeah. They were hot. But Nick & Gabe were also really sweet. So sweet I caught myself talking to my book out loud saying, "Oh my gah! They are so friggin' cute." And they were. I loved how their relationship developed from friends (with benefits) to an eventual real relationship. They really did care about each other and it definitely showed through their interactions. So darn adorable. My only tiny gripe is the whole 'I'm not gay' thing went on a little too long for me. Seriously, you had a guy’s dick in your mouth. That is definitely gay territory. How in denial could he possibly be? But, I was glad it didn’t really change how he treated Gabe. He knew he liked Gabe and that he was someone special so he continued to treat him as such. This series is basically all sex and fluff. But it’s goooooooood sex and fluff.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    I really liked this one! It exceeded my expectations. A well-written, light read. I thought the characters were great. And the portion where Nick had to come to terms with maturing past an idealised image he held in his mind was wonderful. I would try this author again :-)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    I like this one just for the title - cute and fun, just like the story! This series is pretty easy reading including this book which has a gay-for-you theme. Gabe befriends Nick. Gabe supposedly has a finely turned gaydar and recognises that Nick is gay although Nick doesn't think so himself. Nick has always been a bit obsessed with his best friend John, something even his mother picks up on, but he denies his feelings are actually attraction. He continues to deny he can be attracted to men and ma I like this one just for the title - cute and fun, just like the story! This series is pretty easy reading including this book which has a gay-for-you theme. Gabe befriends Nick. Gabe supposedly has a finely turned gaydar and recognises that Nick is gay although Nick doesn't think so himself. Nick has always been a bit obsessed with his best friend John, something even his mother picks up on, but he denies his feelings are actually attraction. He continues to deny he can be attracted to men and may be gay, even when he and Gabe start a sexual relationship - it's just guys mucking around together, isn't it? I liked the way Gabe was careful with Nick, letting him lead the way but I also like the way Nick was so into everything and accepting. He didn't have doubts that being physical with Gabe was something that he wanted. It was very cute the way they are relaxed and joking during sex, making it a fun experience. "Yeah, it's different for me, too."..(..).."Y'know, with you having a dick and all." Although these are new experiences for Nick, it is also very new for Gabe as his experience of sex with Nick is like nothing he has experienced before. A bit frustrating as Nick continues to deny his feelings but they get their in the end. 3.5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

    3.5 Stars I had avoided reading this series but well ManLove classic or not isn't a huge advertisement of thoughtful written romance. Also, this publisher can be a bit pricey and the books are never lendable so I can try a writer through lending without buying and with a ManLove title my library doesn't seem to carrying them... However, I am liking this series. Gabe goes after Nick. The part of the book where Gabe has superpowers of observation is a bit underdeveloped and a bit arrogant as well. I 3.5 Stars I had avoided reading this series but well ManLove classic or not isn't a huge advertisement of thoughtful written romance. Also, this publisher can be a bit pricey and the books are never lendable so I can try a writer through lending without buying and with a ManLove title my library doesn't seem to carrying them... However, I am liking this series. Gabe goes after Nick. The part of the book where Gabe has superpowers of observation is a bit underdeveloped and a bit arrogant as well. I would have liked Gabe to grown as much in this book as Nick does. Nick is well drawn. I love that he is a transfer student to the college and walking the working class/middle class change over that become more educated sometimes signals. Gabe was very kind and loving to Nick and I liked the romance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    V

    Another lovely sequel, this author really created such a cute and adorable characters. I think this story was the simplest among this series, although very enjoyable. The way this 2 characters got together was nicely done. My humble opinion is, if you weren't happy with book 1 or 2, this story may not be for you. If you are looking for lots of drama and angst, you won't find it here. For me, it was perfect. I'm looking forward to read the next sequel. Another lovely sequel, this author really created such a cute and adorable characters. I think this story was the simplest among this series, although very enjoyable. The way this 2 characters got together was nicely done. My humble opinion is, if you weren't happy with book 1 or 2, this story may not be for you. If you are looking for lots of drama and angst, you won't find it here. For me, it was perfect. I'm looking forward to read the next sequel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Very good m/m romance about a college student who can tell that the cute townie from class is closeted, even from himself, although his blatant lusting after his lifelong best friend gives him away.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ro

    Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews I am a big fan of the Holsum College men (and I feel like a complete idiot in that I never connected Holsum=Wholesome. Maybe Ms. Harris didn’t mean it that way, but suddenly it hit me they are wholesome men. OMG). Anyway, this is a series I enjoy and I am happy that I liked this one as well. Actually, I adored Gabe (the twink). He is funny, insightful and kind. The man is never mean, though he could be. He does things because they make him feel good about himse Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews I am a big fan of the Holsum College men (and I feel like a complete idiot in that I never connected Holsum=Wholesome. Maybe Ms. Harris didn’t mean it that way, but suddenly it hit me they are wholesome men. OMG). Anyway, this is a series I enjoy and I am happy that I liked this one as well. Actually, I adored Gabe (the twink). He is funny, insightful and kind. The man is never mean, though he could be. He does things because they make him feel good about himself and they help others as well. Nick is the townie, embarrassed because he went to community college while he saved up enough to go to Holsum. He lives at home with his mom, and he’s fairly shy and self conscious. He is also in love with his best friend, John. He doesn’t admit it, of course, because he isn’t even gay. He isn’t! The first time Gabe sees Nick with John, he knows immediately that not only is Nick gay, but that he loves John. John seems clueless about it and Nick is in denial. A nice situation. Gabe gets to know Nick, and since he is friendly, he invites Nick to stay over at the house he shares with Matt and Sarah, his roommates, so that he can go to the big frat party. Nick is always thinking people are looking at him, judging him about being poor. Gabe and his friends don’t do that. When Nick goes to the party, Gabe and friends are there. Nick is shocked to find Chris, from soccer, is also gay. He is also broke like Nick and no one makes a big deal of it. This is a truly nice group of people. The same can not necessarily be said for John and his friends. The John that Nick “loves” is a fictional thing, more someone from the past than who John really is. Really, that isn’t John’s fault, it’s misperception on Nick’s part. Nick is VERY much in denial. Things aren’t “too gay”. You are sexing up and kissing a guy. Sounds pretty gay, Nick. He puts what Gabe calls a “straight charade”. When Nick hurts Gabe I wanted to slap him. Hard. He spends a lot of time giving out mixed signals and then (maybe unintentionally) hurts him anyway. I was shaking my ereader at this point, as if I could shake some sense into Nick. Silly, but did I mention, I love Gabe? John can be an ass. He doesn’t appreciate Nick. Hell, it doesn’t even seem like he likes Nick. When they have a heartfelt conversation, you wonder what Nick ever saw in John. Nostalgia? At least at this point Nick starts to be honest with himself. We get to revisit Chris and Peter from the first book, who are still together. Chris is a good friend for Nick as well. He is there for Nick when he realizes that he needs to talk to his mother. That scene was a little bit heartbreaking, and pretty happy. I liked the ending, a little resolution to things. It’s another worthy entrée in the Holsum College boys series. I just like these guys. Very recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    This third installment in the Men of Holsum College series was kind of a mixed bag for me. There were some things I really liked, while others didn't quite work. Let me give you a little set-up on the story. Gabe is an openly gay college student who knows Nick only as an acquaintance through class. But Gabe is a very perceptive guy and he recognizes the fact that Nick is likely gay. In fact, after running into him at a pub one night, Gabe realizes that that Nick is in love with his very hot and v This third installment in the Men of Holsum College series was kind of a mixed bag for me. There were some things I really liked, while others didn't quite work. Let me give you a little set-up on the story. Gabe is an openly gay college student who knows Nick only as an acquaintance through class. But Gabe is a very perceptive guy and he recognizes the fact that Nick is likely gay. In fact, after running into him at a pub one night, Gabe realizes that that Nick is in love with his very hot and very straight best friend. Of course, Nick is in denial. He's never considered himself gay in his life. As a local, Nick doesn't live on campus, but as he strikes up a friendship with Gabe, he starts hanging out at Gabe's house... and eventually sleeping on his sofa. It's during a sleepover that their friendship turns physical. I'm going to stop here and tell you what really works about this book: the sexy times. From making out, to mutual masturbation... to eventually the big enchilada, Daisy Harris delivers. The sex scenes are hot and believable, and every single one of them was great. The other thing I really like about these books is how they are all so different from each other. I would imagine it would be easy for these stories to feel the same, but they don't. The characters have clearly defined voices and the issues are unique to each couple. Now for what I didn't like. The first is a small thing. I felt like too fine a point was put on Gabe's "mind reading" skills, especially early on. It was off-putting, redundant, and just didn't feel organic. The second problem was more significant and that was the fact that I had a hard time keeping up with elapsed time in the story. Sometimes I wasn't sure if a chunk of time had passed or just a day. By the end of the story, the guys referenced their relationship had been going on for "a few weeks," but that was closest we got to any time reference that felt clear to me. And this ties into my third (and biggest) problem, which is the fact that these dudes are throwing the L-word around in a nanosecond. A week, maybe? Talking about living together and "forever" in less than a month. Love too soon is my biggest peeve in romance of any kind. It rips all the realism away from the emotions between the characters and leaves me feeling annoyed. So like I said, mixed feelings. A sexy diversion, yes. A romance that touched my heart, no. Rating: C *ARC provided by author for review

  9. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Charnel's review posted on Guilty Pleasures 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 a Charnel's review posted on Guilty Pleasures 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.”

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mandy*reads obsessively*

    Like the first one in the series there was an out and proud MC and a clueless MC. It was sweet watching Gabe help Nick realize that he wasn't as straight as he thought he was. A light cute easy read. Like the first one in the series there was an out and proud MC and a clueless MC. It was sweet watching Gabe help Nick realize that he wasn't as straight as he thought he was. A light cute easy read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Silkeeeeeereads

    When you are ready to just cuddle down and read hot sex scene after hot sex scene, this is the book.  Fortunately I love hot sex scenes. 

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gabbi

    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, The Townie and the Twink, is my favorite in the series so far. If there is such a thing as a perfectly spot on 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, The 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. Here are the Men of Holsum College books in series order: College Boys Diva and the Frat Boy The Townie and the Twink

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ni_kii

    Gabe knows as soon as he meets Nick that he’s gay; unfortunately, Nick doesn’t realise himself. When he witnesses the lovelorn looks that Nick gives his best friend, Gabe recognises that he is mooning after a straight man who can never reciprocate his feelings. He tries to help Nick out and extract him from a potentially hurtful situation by taking him into his fold and trying to give him other friends. But the more time they spend together, the more the attraction builds for Gabe. Is he destine Gabe knows as soon as he meets Nick that he’s gay; unfortunately, Nick doesn’t realise himself. When he witnesses the lovelorn looks that Nick gives his best friend, Gabe recognises that he is mooning after a straight man who can never reciprocate his feelings. He tries to help Nick out and extract him from a potentially hurtful situation by taking him into his fold and trying to give him other friends. But the more time they spend together, the more the attraction builds for Gabe. Is he destined to get his heart broken by a man who is convinced he is straight? Nick has always had girlfriends, always been very much attracted to the girls that he dates. He isn’t stupid enough to ignore the feelings that he has for his best friend, but he squashes them, never really acknowledges them or what they mean about his sexuality. When he starts to append more time with Gabe, he finds it harder to repress his doubts on his sexuality. There is only so many times he can chant “I’m not gay” before he has to question who he is trying to convince? Can this mess of feelings and repression be untangled to become a relationship worth fighting for? Well, this is book three of a series which I am truly starting to love. In this one we have the story of Nick (The Townie) and Gabe (the Twink). I really liked Gabe. He had no hang-ups, no baggage; he just had the misfortune of being attracted to a straight man. I did feel he took a little too much shit from Nick (and his ridiculous “I’m not gay” mantra’s), but I’m sure I’ve done equally ridiculous things for boy’s I’ve liked! I have to say that this review was questioned on the blog as I stated the character was gay and not bi; I stick by my assessment. Although he seemed to attracted to women, it was merely as an appreciation of prettiness...I'm pretty sure he is gay! The main character of this book is Nick. It is his story that we are seeing, his journey which is causing all the mayhem! He doesn’t want to believe he is gay and his head was so far in the sand I’m surprised he didn’t suffocate. He had blatant feelings for his best friend which he couldn’t deny or hide. When his relationship with Gabe starts to develop more, he starts to become attracted to him. No matter what he thinks, men do not watch each other masturbate to homoerotic foreign films (yes, he tries to tell himself straight boys do it all the time...), nor do they allow a gay man to blow and kiss them. It started off being quite cute, but once Gabe started getting attached it got very fricking annoying. If I could have jumped in the book and slapped some sense into him I would; it was not fair on Gabe that all the feelings and tenderness they shared were dismissed in such a way. I didn’t want them to part but I wanted him to appreciate what they had together...I suppose it’s easier said than done. Nick’s best friend makes frequent appearances as the barrier to true love. Nick is obsessed with him and Gabe is obsessed that Nick will never return his feelings as he has lost his heart to another. I thought the guy was a complete douche from start to finish; stand him and Gabe next to each other and there really is no comparison! The sex scenes were fricking hot. From the steamy innocence of the masturbation scene to the scorching enactment of Gabe’s fantasy, the whole thing gets the heart racing and the palms sweating. If I had one complaint it would be Nick’s little kinky secret. I won’t go into detail but it was very ick inducing! This is a good addition to a very hot series. I loved the story and Nick’s journey of self discovery; it was all very lovely and hot. Watch out for the masturbation scene....Daisy Harris really does write good hand jobs!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Full review can be seen at Sedutive Musings. Daisy Harris is going down as one of my favorite authors of 2012. She’s been writing for a while but I didn’t discover her until this year when I read the first book in the Men of Holsum College series. I love her characters, the amount of emotion she manages to drag out of me and how genuine the romances feel. She delivered exactly that once again in Townie and the Twink. Gabe has a superpower, after careful observation he can read people. He’s been wa Full review can be seen at Sedutive Musings. Daisy Harris is going down as one of my favorite authors of 2012. She’s been writing for a while but I didn’t discover her until this year when I read the first book in the Men of Holsum College series. I love her characters, the amount of emotion she manages to drag out of me and how genuine the romances feel. She delivered exactly that once again in Townie and the Twink. Gabe has a superpower, after careful observation he can read people. He’s been watching a classmate, Nick, for a while and thinks he has the guy figured out. Gabe sees that Nick is lonely and in need of some friends on campus. Gabe is a genuinely nice guy and makes it his mission to befriend Nick and make him feel welcome at school. Nick recently transferred into Holsum College from the local community college. Nick finds himself on the outside of two different worlds. There is the world of his high school friends which he still sees but doesn’t really fit in with and then there is the entirely separate world of the students at Holsum College where he doesn’t know anybody. He feels like he has been thrown a lifeline when Gabe approaches him and invites him to a campus party. As their friendship forms they both start to feel a longing for something more. Gabe is openly gay and recognizes his attraction and feelings for Nick quickly. Nick has no idea what is going on. He knows he likes Gabe a lot, he knows he likes when Gabe touches him but he’s not ready to accept that he might not be as straight as he thought. There is also the problem of Nick’s infatuation with his high school friend John. Gabe sees how Nick looks at John, knows he secretly loves him and it’s something he can’t compete with. Gabe can’t force Nick to acknowledge his feeling for his friend but he can can certainly nudge him along on the path to figuring it out. After that, it’s up to Nick to choose what the future holds for them. There was so much I liked about these characters. I thought Gabe’s use of his superpower was a lot of fun. I liked that Nick and Gabe were two normal college guys. They weren’t heroes or angels, just average guys trying to get by and have some fun while doing their best not to hurt anyone in the process. I loved that they didn’t play games and respected each other and their friendship. They always stayed true to their character. Gabe and Nick have a great romance too. It develops at the perfect pace and has just the right amount of angst to feel genuine. It’s sweet but still has that raw, young love feel which makes it realistic rather than fluffy. Every book in this series has been fun, sexy and sweet.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa theJeepDiva

    Each book in this series seems so realistic to me. Now granted that thought is coming from a heterosexual woman’s opinion on these fictional men’s relationships. It’s just that Daisy has written these men in a way that they seem so real to me. The emotions these guys go through just seem to me as open heartedly genuine. Part of growing from teen to adult people discover new things about themselves, they meet new people, and some move off. Nick falls into most of the above. He has transferred int Each book in this series seems so realistic to me. Now granted that thought is coming from a heterosexual woman’s opinion on these fictional men’s relationships. It’s just that Daisy has written these men in a way that they seem so real to me. The emotions these guys go through just seem to me as open heartedly genuine. Part of growing from teen to adult people discover new things about themselves, they meet new people, and some move off. Nick falls into most of the above. He has transferred into Holsom College after spending several years at a neighboring school. He is trying to fit in, get to know new people, and still trying to keep some of his friends from childhood. The obvious thing with one of his childhood friends is that he never realized he was attracted to him. Gabe not only has a high functioning gaydar, but he can read people exceptionally well. He knows Nick is gay. He also knows that Nick has got a serious crush on his best friend. Gabe likes Nick. He thinks Nick is a great guy and would love to be more than just friends with him. Gabe just needs to figure out how to enlighten Nick into something he does not realize about himself. I loved Nick and Gabe. I wanted to scream at Nick a few times. I guess like most people Nick learns things the hard way and sometimes unintentionally hurts those that mean the most while learning. Gabe is a good guy. I hated reading him being hurt. He was the perfect person for Nick though when Nick was on the other side of those hurt feeling though. Nick and Gabe made a great must read couple. I just have to say that Nick and Gabe’s first kiss is ridiculously hot! These two… oh my. There are so many things that are new to Nick. Man on man loving is completely uncharted territory for him and reading him and Gabe was just…wow. I mentioned above that this series has a very real feel to me. Everything that happens between Nick and Gabe could easily be something Daisy picked from someone’s real life experiences.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    This review was posted at Under the Covers First things first...there is no way I will go any further into this review without acknowledging the elephant in the room. Or in this case, the terrible cover. I really almost did pass up on reading this because it was hurting my eyes. Gahhhh! But the blurb was catching and I really did want to see what these college boys were all about. I am actually really glad I did! So if this is holding you back, please get past that! This was my first read by Dais This review was posted at Under the Covers First things first...there is no way I will go any further into this review without acknowledging the elephant in the room. Or in this case, the terrible cover. I really almost did pass up on reading this because it was hurting my eyes. Gahhhh! But the blurb was catching and I really did want to see what these college boys were all about. I am actually really glad I did! So if this is holding you back, please get past that! This was my first read by Daisy Harris and obviously I'm coming into this series in the middle. I worked great as a standalone and it worked pretty good being that it's a short story. Yes, as with other short stories there are things in a relationship that do feel rushed and I had some issues with. But I have come to expect that a lot of times there will be an I love you that I feel shouldn't be there. Nick, the townie, is the local boy still living at home and going to college. Doesn't have a lot of money. And thinks he's straight. Gabe is the openly gay guy at school. Their relationship is actually kind of cute. Gabe right away knows he has a chance with Nick and he eases him into pushing his boundaries. I thought, for someone who thought he was straight, Nick was too easily persuaded to do a lot. But for the length of this book it worked. There was a little bit of humor and some hot smexy times (especially the smoking hot one where Nick bangs on the door and comes in all rough and ready, oh my!) and, along with liking both Nick and Gabe, I also enjoyed the secondary characters in this story. I can't wait to go forward and read about Brooks and Matt. *Review copy provided by author

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I liked Townie and the Twink much more than Diva and the Frat Boy, but it still didn't capture the magic of College Boys for me. Still, I enjoyed learning more about the boys of Holsum College which continues to become a more detailed and sometimes poignant setting as the series progresses. Both main characters were interesting and went beyond the typical gay stereotypes despite Gabe's flamboyant nature. Gabe was a hilarious protagonist and I loved reading about how insightful he was about other I liked Townie and the Twink much more than Diva and the Frat Boy, but it still didn't capture the magic of College Boys for me. Still, I enjoyed learning more about the boys of Holsum College which continues to become a more detailed and sometimes poignant setting as the series progresses. Both main characters were interesting and went beyond the typical gay stereotypes despite Gabe's flamboyant nature. Gabe was a hilarious protagonist and I loved reading about how insightful he was about others' sexuality. He was obviously very confident with himself which is very admirable and an interesting parallel to Nick. I did get a bit frustrated with how oblivious Nick was to admitting his true feelings, but I am willing to give him a pass. His confession to Gabe was very sweet and had me sighing with contentment. The plot was simplistic, but still kept my attention especially when it came to Nick discovering his true feelings for Gabe. Like the other Holsum books, the sex is pretty erotic and a big part of the overall storyline. But, what I really enjoy is how the author uses those scenes to further the development of the romance. Very entertaining installment of a continually entertaining series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nichole (DirrtyH)

    I was right, book 2 was an anomaly. I liked book 1, but book 2 did not work for me on any level. But I decided to go ahead and try book 3 and I'm glad I did. This was just the right amount of sweet and sexy. Very short, and it ended a little abruptly, but otherwise it's exactly the kind of book I love. Romantic without being sappy, hot but not porny, enough tension to be interesting but pretty low on the angst scale. Recommended. I was right, book 2 was an anomaly. I liked book 1, but book 2 did not work for me on any level. But I decided to go ahead and try book 3 and I'm glad I did. This was just the right amount of sweet and sexy. Very short, and it ended a little abruptly, but otherwise it's exactly the kind of book I love. Romantic without being sappy, hot but not porny, enough tension to be interesting but pretty low on the angst scale. Recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I'm going with "cute" for this one. Okay, cute and hawt! Dayum, some of those sex scenes were just....wow. We have Gabe, an out and proud gay college boy and Nick, a "straight" boy who becomes Gabe's bff and stroke buddy. Things get hot and sticky and yeah, you know. I'll admit I was annoyed with Nick's gay denial but overall a really cute read. I'm going with "cute" for this one. Okay, cute and hawt! Dayum, some of those sex scenes were just....wow. We have Gabe, an out and proud gay college boy and Nick, a "straight" boy who becomes Gabe's bff and stroke buddy. Things get hot and sticky and yeah, you know. I'll admit I was annoyed with Nick's gay denial but overall a really cute read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nikko

    I loved this one from the series so far!! Will definitely read this again!! =)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    Very enjoyable, wish it was longer...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Selipperydickdip

    Quick easy read Kinda sweet

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I hate to say this..I really do….but I just didn’t like this one. Daisy Harris has continually won me over with her strong writing and her ability to make me care about her characters in a short amount of time. I’ve come to enjoy her gay romance novellas and have found that I don’t generally like that sub genre. I think my main problem with Townie And The Twink was Nick’s completely delusional take on his sexuality. Nick spends a good chunk of the book saying things and then doing the complete op I hate to say this..I really do….but I just didn’t like this one. Daisy Harris has continually won me over with her strong writing and her ability to make me care about her characters in a short amount of time. I’ve come to enjoy her gay romance novellas and have found that I don’t generally like that sub genre. I think my main problem with Townie And The Twink was Nick’s completely delusional take on his sexuality. Nick spends a good chunk of the book saying things and then doing the complete opposite. Like he keeps saying he’s straight and then engaging in completely un-straight activities like….oral sex with Gabe. Cuddling with Gabe. Showering with Gabe. Touching Gabe. I could go on and on. It’s one thing to be first coming into your sexuality and realizing you’re gay. It’s a complete other to refuse to admit it even as you’re doing a dude. Had Nick not been participating in these activities I could have seen how he was trying to talk himself out of it. Not wanting to be different. Since in this novella he was an active participant it just made me not like him. Gabe acted like Nick’s doormat for much of the book and that rubbed me the wrong way too. He knew Nick was gay even if Nick didn’t know it and he took it upon himself to try to get him to come out. It’s like he was asking to get hurt. Especially since Nick kept saying he wasn’t gay at all and guys routinely whack off together. Um no…Nick….just no. Gabe basically let himself be used as Nick experiment and I wanted him to balk at that idea. I wanted Gabe to stand up for himself as a proud gay man and not let himself be used like that. It just didn’t happen. There is a point in the book where Nick leaves Gabe sitting at a table to go hang with his straight friend John (who Nick is secretly in love with). Instead of Gabe standing up and bold declaring he won’t be treated like Nick’s bitch…he quietly took it and instead had tears in his eyes at the subtle betrayal. Tears are fine….but I wanted him to be strong too…and I didn’t get that. I just didn’t connect with either character in Townie And The Twink. This one needed to be longer to delve more solidly into the transformation Nick goes through to embrace his sexuality and learning to love Gabe. It felt way to surface emotion for me and progressed way to quickly in light of Nick’s hedging and insistence that every guy does things with other guys… I did enjoy returning back to the campus and hearing about past characters and what they are up to now. Even though I didn’t really get into this one it did keep me reading, maybe for the wrong reasons but still…and I will continue to read Harris’ work because to date she’s the only author to make me pick up a gay romance and not want to put it right back down. Unfortunately I have to give Townie And The Twink by Daisy Harris 2.75 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    ~lil maso~

    Gabe and Nick's story is a beautiful one, heartbreaking at times. Gabe can see that Nick is gay, sadly Nick doesn't know or accept that. This story is mainly about Nick's self discovery. He is in some serious denial about his sexuality. Gabe gently introduces Nick to the side of himself that he has been denying. During it all, Nick tends put his feelings down to "not in a gay way". Its heartbreaking watching this story unfold and watching Gabe fall head over heels for Nick, all while Nick remains Gabe and Nick's story is a beautiful one, heartbreaking at times. Gabe can see that Nick is gay, sadly Nick doesn't know or accept that. This story is mainly about Nick's self discovery. He is in some serious denial about his sexuality. Gabe gently introduces Nick to the side of himself that he has been denying. During it all, Nick tends put his feelings down to "not in a gay way". Its heartbreaking watching this story unfold and watching Gabe fall head over heels for Nick, all while Nick remains in denial about his sexuality and his feeling for both his best friend and Gabe. When Nick FINALLY realizes that he wants to be with Gabe, the story takes a lighter, loving approach. The sex scenes... WOW! This story is quiet realistic, along with all of Daisy's others, you can see this happening in everyday life. I can not get enough of this series, On to the next in Holsum College :) For more reviews, news and giveaways, check out Saucy Reviews on Kinky Korner at; Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  25. 5 out of 5

    Valentina Heart

    This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there. 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 genu This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there. 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bubbles Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions

    Okay, this cover is just bad, it so many ways. I looked at it and said "oh, gross. Wonder if that's why this book has fewer ratings than book four?" Yeah bad, unappealing cover. :( (view spoiler)[ Gabe knew nick would be coming over soon but he also invited brook over? And then is mad at nick for coming over? And we never get Gabes pov on this, like what was he thinking inviting brook over? He doesn't even like brook so he was that desperate? That slutty? Then one sex scene just leads into anoth Okay, this cover is just bad, it so many ways. I looked at it and said "oh, gross. Wonder if that's why this book has fewer ratings than book four?" Yeah bad, unappealing cover. :( (view spoiler)[ Gabe knew nick would be coming over soon but he also invited brook over? And then is mad at nick for coming over? And we never get Gabes pov on this, like what was he thinking inviting brook over? He doesn't even like brook so he was that desperate? That slutty? Then one sex scene just leads into another. Way too much sex IMO and it was pretty boring sex. Then nick ditches Gabe and his friends. Why? What did John invite him to do? What about him wanting to watch Casablanca? It mentions all these little things to cause conflict but it never developed them or anything to actually make me care. Just left me going WTF and feels like there are several loose ends No condoms because the one guy, Nate is like a virgin because he has only had sex with women? Women can't have stds? And other loser, Gabe was tested back at the start of the school year? But gabe hasn't had sex since then? What about when Nate interrupted Gabe and Brook. Brook left like he was already done and then when Nate kisses Gabe he tastes something odd and salty. So they must both be clean because one only did women and the other just blew anyone with a dick, but didn't let them stick it up his ass, or so he says. Yeah lovely This book felt like it ended at 82% but it's going to keep going I guess... Hope it's worth it . That last bit was good. This was much better than book 2 but not as good as book 8 or 1 IMO (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julesmarie

    Again, I was impressed by Ms. Harris's ability to create realistic characters that made me care about them. Watching Gabe fall for Nick was indeed heartbreaking, as many other reviewers have said. But I was very impressed by the way he handled everything with Nick. (view spoiler)[Especially refusing to let their relationship continue as long as Nick was still (unconsciously) in love with John. I loved how that was the push needed to turn what they had into a true relationship--one that I could s Again, I was impressed by Ms. Harris's ability to create realistic characters that made me care about them. Watching Gabe fall for Nick was indeed heartbreaking, as many other reviewers have said. But I was very impressed by the way he handled everything with Nick. (view spoiler)[Especially refusing to let their relationship continue as long as Nick was still (unconsciously) in love with John. I loved how that was the push needed to turn what they had into a true relationship--one that I could see working. (hide spoiler)] Much as I loved parts of this, though, I can't rate it higher than 3.5 because there were a few huge things that I didn't like as much. (view spoiler)[The biggest one is how Gabe and Nick's first time actually having sex happened. I understand why Gabe made the offer he did that it was okay for Nick to think about John, but I was expecting John's reaction to be different. And having their first time together involve Nick picturing someone else was so sad! I understand that something like this needed to happen in order to finally free Nick of John so that he and Gabe could attempt a relationship. But did it need to happen during what should have been a special moment for the two of them? (hide spoiler)] Still, this was a delightful book, and I'm looking forward to continuing the series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christi Snow

    My Review: I really enjoy books like this where one of the guys is struggling with his sexuality. In this book, that guy is Nick. Not only is he struggling, he's in flat-out denial, even when things go a bit further between him and Gabe than would ever happen between two hetero guys. He's DEEP in denial, which is incredibly frustrating for Gabe who is falling big-time for this guy. I felt so badly for Gabe in this book. He tries to gently push Nick into understanding what's happening, but Nick jus My Review: I really enjoy books like this where one of the guys is struggling with his sexuality. In this book, that guy is Nick. Not only is he struggling, he's in flat-out denial, even when things go a bit further between him and Gabe than would ever happen between two hetero guys. He's DEEP in denial, which is incredibly frustrating for Gabe who is falling big-time for this guy. I felt so badly for Gabe in this book. He tries to gently push Nick into understanding what's happening, but Nick just doesn't see it or accept it. The problem is that Gabe is getting in too deep and is going to end up getting really hurt. Gabe is incredibly perceptive. Not only does he realize what Nick really is, but he also knows that Nick is actually in love with his best friend from high school. And poor Nick is just clueless about it all. I really enjoyed his talks with Chris (one of the heroes in book #1 of this series) in this one because Chris had the same issues about shocking self-realization the year before. Overall, this was a good book. I absolutely fell in love with Gabe's character and felt badly for how clueless Nick remained throughout so much of the book...both about himself, Gabe, and his friend John. It was an interesting story. On to book #4 in this great series...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sadonna

    I think this is my favorite so far in this series. Here we have Gabe, a student at Holsum who is definitely out and Nick, a local who has just transferred to the college after having attended a community college, who claims to be straight. They have a class together and when Gabe runs into Nick at a pub off campus , he can see the crush that Nick has on his high school friend John. He just knows that Nick is gay, even if Nick himself doesn't know it. What ensues is Nick figuring out what it is t I think this is my favorite so far in this series. Here we have Gabe, a student at Holsum who is definitely out and Nick, a local who has just transferred to the college after having attended a community college, who claims to be straight. They have a class together and when Gabe runs into Nick at a pub off campus , he can see the crush that Nick has on his high school friend John. He just knows that Nick is gay, even if Nick himself doesn't know it. What ensues is Nick figuring out what it is that he wants and who it is that he wants. The story is sweet and a surprisingly Nick seems to be fine with the physical stuff that he and Gabe engage in. But he still seems to have feelings for John which hurts Gabe. Gabe pushes Nick to tell John about himself and John is not very nice to Nick - in fact he is pretty much a dick about it. So Nick ends up back at Gabe's acting like a caveman. The rest of the story of Nick's realization that he wants to be with Gabe is kinda cute and sweet with relatively little trauma. I really liked this couple and was glad to see them able to work things out. This series is a lot of fun and I hope it keeps going.

  30. 5 out of 5

    books are love

    Gabe is the best thing to happen to Nick. Nick’s best friend John is a douche. Okay well he uses Nick for his own who knows but he knew Nick had a crush on him and took advantage of it. Made him feel like he was nothing without John. Gabe is the one that helps Nick out of that. Gabe Is also the one that helps Nick see who he is and be comfortable with that. Although I think Chris has a role there as well. Chris helps him see it is okay to be a regular guy and like Gabe. you don’t have to change w Gabe is the best thing to happen to Nick. Nick’s best friend John is a douche. Okay well he uses Nick for his own who knows but he knew Nick had a crush on him and took advantage of it. Made him feel like he was nothing without John. Gabe is the one that helps Nick out of that. Gabe Is also the one that helps Nick see who he is and be comfortable with that. Although I think Chris has a role there as well. Chris helps him see it is okay to be a regular guy and like Gabe. you don’t have to change who you are so you can be with Gabe Is what Chris shows him. Gabe is a kind patient and sweet guy. Didn’t deserve all the angst Nick has about his sexuality. Nick though more than anything didn’t deserve to see Gabe as second. Good thing he woke up or I would have to smack him upside the head. Don’t get me wrong Nick is a wonderful guy just confused and lost. A story of how one journey’s to find out who he can love and with patience and support he comes out safe and secure in who he is. A nice read one that can help those questioning themselves as well.

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