Erryn reviews ‘Boyfriend 101 (Fever Falls Book 6)’ by Riley Hart. The ebook was published December 11, 2019. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Dean, released January 6, 2020 and is 7 hrs and 22 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m loving this series.
I’m a fun-loving guy who doesn’t take life too seriously. If there’s something I want, I go for it. Why not? Life’s too short to slide into the grave with regrets. But what I don’t do is go for men who aren’t out and proud. Been there, done that.
The only real way to get to me is to hurt my brother, but now that Sawyer’s happy, he doesn’t need me anymore. I’m stoked for him, I am! But seeing my friends and brother paired off is a constant reminder of the one thing I don’t have but desperately want: Jude.
There’s something about this beautiful man who insists he’s not into men. Even with my rules about guys who aren’t out, I’ve craved him since the moment he stepped foot in Fever Falls. Now that he’s one of my best friends, that desire has raged into an inferno I’m powerless to tame.
I’ve always considered myself straight. I wrote off the whole fascination with my longtime best friend Rush as something weird that happened. I’ve been over him for a while now, and the person who helped me was Camden Burke, the flirty man who calls me beautiful.
I used to hate getting compliments about my looks, but when Cam does it…well, let’s say the way he makes me feel is my first clue that the thing with Rush wasn’t a one-time deal. I’m bisexual. And Cam makes me laugh and always listens. Since I’ve been in Fever Falls, I’ve become closer to him than I’ve ever been with anyone, Rush included. So, when I decide to explore my newfound sexuality, who better than Cam to show me all the pleasures of being with a man?
Only, we get caught, and now it’s not just Cam showing me what it’s like to be with a guy – he’s become my professor in what he calls Boyfriend 101, and apparently, I’m a very good student.
But unfortunately, I have some issues to work out and a few exam scores start slipping. Cam has already graded on a curve by breaking some of his rules to be with me. If I can’t get my act together, I’ll flunk out of Boyfriend 101, and I can’t imagine retaking the course with anyone but him.
This is (for now) the last Fever Falls book. I had mixed feelings about this. I’ve loved the series and there are several younger characters whose stories I want to read. On the other hand, the slate of characters is starting to get unwieldly. You need a score card. Totally worth it, though. And this was the book I was looking forward to the most – Jude’s book. Jude came along to Fever Falls in a low point in his life. He was even persuaded to seek counseling and try meds. Those are not just brave things to do, they can be life changing. And, as I can attest, it can be hard to talk to people about these things (even more so for guys which is unfortunate). I liked that although Jude was beautiful he also had personal struggles. Made him more real for me.
Camden is just a great guy, coasting along in life. The book starts out with him in a threesome and gets more interesting from there. He’s always had a crush on Jude but believed Jude was straight. Hell, Jude thought he was straight until he fell in love with his best friend Rush. In the end, though, he came to realize that not only would those feelings never be reciprocated, but that it wasn’t the true and abiding love that Rush has for Linc. He’s trying to move beyond those feelings and when he’s caught in a compromising position with Camden, he agrees to be a fake boyfriend – a trope I love.
Jude obviously has a lot to learn about how to date a guy, be intimate with a guy, love a guy. Camden is thrilled to be that guy. It’s not an easy road and there are plenty of bumps along the way, but the men stick it out and their relationship moves beyond sex into the realm of lovers.
There is a great subplot in this book involving a young man that Jude and Cam mentor. I’m hoping the young man will get his own story years from now.
I can’t praise the book without mentioning the narrator Michael Dean (formerly Michael Pauley). He’s been perfect for the series and pulls it off, even with a dozen leading men and plenty more secondary characters. Again, another stellar performance.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.
Riley lives in North Carolina with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.