Erryn reviews Want Me (Extra-Curricular Activities) by Neve Wilder. Published May 8, 2019, 275 pages. The audiobook was released September 17, 2019, is 8hrs and 39 mins and is narrated by Kirt Graves. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read it: I had heard great things so had to try for myself.
Two roommates. One calculus exam. A whole lot of extracurricular activity.
Living with four other guys, it’s bound to happen. Every guy’s been caught taking care of business at least once, right? It shouldn’t be a big deal.
But I don’t know Eric as well as my other roommates, and things are a little awkward now. He’s a loner. A mystery. Quietly confident. Smart. Sexy as hell.
I’ve been happily subsisting on the typical frat guy diet of booze and sorority girls. But the way Eric looked at me that night? There was something there. Something that’s got me curious. Something that’s stirring up feelings I thought I’d left behind for good.
Something that’s making me think I’m not as straight as I thought I was.
I can’t get him off of my mind. I don’t think I want to.
So when he offers to help me study for a midterm, I take him up on it.
It’s innocent. Probably. Maybe.
There’s no way I could’ve known what it’d start….
This is a steamy stand-alone new adult/college MM romance with HEA that unfolds across six “episodes” following Nate and Eric. Now bundled up in one collection with a bonus episode for a seamless listening experience. 87,000 words.
I had heard this was a hot book and that was incredibly accurate. Sexy, hot…and endearing.
Nate lives in a house with Eric and three other guys, one of whom is his frat brother. He’s never looked at a guy before, but when Eric walks in on him masturbating, things get interesting. Eric is bi, although he’s chosen not to advertise that fact in the testosterone-filled house. One night Eric is helping Nate with his calculus and things get…interesting. Well, more than interesting, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Thus unfolds six ‘episodes’, each hotter than the previous. Nate might not believe he’s an exhibitionist, but he sure succumbs to Eric’s ministrations in some pretty interesting places. In some pretty creative ways. Grab a fan because, have I said this, it’s a HAWT book.
In one particularly interesting episode (location as well as physical acts), Nate has the following thought:
After some rummaging around, I glimpsed a flash of silver near Eric’s mouth and then a cold drizzle down my crack. Trust Eric to always be prepared for some down and dirty debauchery. The Boy Scout of fucking on the fly.
I laughed. There were a few laughs in this book and humor was definitely part of it. There was also an endearing quality to the book. It falls under New Adult as these are two juniors in college who are making their way in the world, trying to figure out who they are and what they want. I was so glad they found each other for the journey. A journey told entirely through Nate’s point of view which makes Eric that more mysterious.
There is a bonus Episode 7 and I’m so grateful because I really like my happy endings.
Kirt Graves narrated the book and I was glad. I loved his performance narrating Rosalind Abel’s Lavender Shores series and I think he did a comparable job with this book. In other words, I loved what he did and I loved the book so I highly recommend it.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Neve Wilder lives in the southern U.S., where the summers are hot and the winters are…sometimes cold. She is a mom to three rambunctious weebeasts who have joined forces in a mission to carpet the family home with toys and small items that really suck to step on at six in the morning.
She reads promiscuously, across multiple genres, but her favorite stories always contain an element of romance. Incidentally, this is also what she likes to write. Slow-burners with delicious tension? Yes. Whiplash-inducing page-turners, also yes. Down and dirty scorchers? Yes. And every flavor in between.
She believes David Bowie was the sexiest musician to ever live, and she’s always game to nerd out on anything from music to writing.
And finally, she believes that love conquers all. Except the heat index in July. Nothing can conquer that bastard.