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Theater student Caleb Stockwell is ready to leave college behind. Too bad his past isn’t ready to let him go.
With less than a month to go until graduation, Caleb runs into Nathan Rhodes at a house party. Nathan is a star hockey player for Western Michigan University and finally ready to step out of the closet. He’s also the guy who broke Caleb’s heart in high school.
Nathan’s determined to make amends for what he did four years ago, but Caleb isn’t willing to risk getting his heart stomped on again. With only a few weeks left before they go their separate ways, it’ll take all of Nathan’s creativity and help from some interfering friends to convince Caleb to give him a second chance.
This is a back-to-the-basics new adult story. Meaning we’ve got the well-worn trope of closeted-jock and bullied-theater-geek, the school where stereotypes run rampant, where the fear of getting caught leads to all misunderstandings, and where you hope our mismatched couple can somehow find a way to make it work in the end.
I adore these books.
What makes Bully & Exit a bit different is that it takes place 4 years later. And second-chances love stories are my crack. Yes, there are alternating flashback, alternating POV’s, and for some, this doesn’t work. But, I didn’t mind it. Not once did I feel confused or get lost. In fact, I was totally engrossed in each chapter as the story unfolded. The author did a really good job of giving clues as to what happened both in history and present.
The characters of Nathan, the closeted hockey player with the overbearing father, and Colin, the bisexual theater geek who trusted and fell with all his heart, were both so endearing. The combination of the two made me feel emotions deeply and though I knew how the story would end (we ALWAYS know how the story will end in these books, right?), I still felt anxious and devoured the pages to get to the HEA.
Admittedly, the story wound itself up and figured itself out very quickly…too rushed in the end. And how very convenient that all worked out as it did. But, I’m not too bothered by it…because they worked for it. It wasn’t an easy path and that made it worth it.
I really liked this author’s writing as well. Looking forward to reading more…both in this series and from the author as a whole.