18 Jun '12

A Nix Review – The Townie and the Twink by Daisy Harris (4 Stars)

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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!
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!   

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