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Rider Dillinger likes who he is, and he knows what he wants. He works hard for one of the toughest teachers on campus and he likes to unwind the same way any other twenty-something does; with sex. When his friends with benefits arrangement ends badly, Rider finds himself at the school health clinic where he meets campus nurse, Eli James. Rider thinks this will be a simple Rider Dillinger likes who he is, and he knows what he wants. He works hard for one of the toughest teachers on campus and he likes to unwind the same way any other twenty-something does; with sex. When his friends with benefits arrangement ends badly, Rider finds himself at the school health clinic where he meets campus nurse, Eli James. Rider thinks this will be a simple hook-up, but he doesn’t count on the connection that forms between them. He sees this as his golden opportunity to tell Eli his secret desires, after all, what has he got to lose? Eli James was enamored with Rider from the moment he saw him. His round eyes, and pouty, innocent mouth hid a man who wanted sinfully delicious things. The idea of sharing Rider appeals to Eli, but only on his terms. As they navigate a relationship based on emotional exclusivity and sexual variety, they end up falling deeper and deeper in love. When an event neither see coming rocks their world, Rider knows he needs to do something drastic to rectify the situation or risk losing Eli to the crushing weight of guilt.


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Rider Dillinger likes who he is, and he knows what he wants. He works hard for one of the toughest teachers on campus and he likes to unwind the same way any other twenty-something does; with sex. When his friends with benefits arrangement ends badly, Rider finds himself at the school health clinic where he meets campus nurse, Eli James. Rider thinks this will be a simple Rider Dillinger likes who he is, and he knows what he wants. He works hard for one of the toughest teachers on campus and he likes to unwind the same way any other twenty-something does; with sex. When his friends with benefits arrangement ends badly, Rider finds himself at the school health clinic where he meets campus nurse, Eli James. Rider thinks this will be a simple hook-up, but he doesn’t count on the connection that forms between them. He sees this as his golden opportunity to tell Eli his secret desires, after all, what has he got to lose? Eli James was enamored with Rider from the moment he saw him. His round eyes, and pouty, innocent mouth hid a man who wanted sinfully delicious things. The idea of sharing Rider appeals to Eli, but only on his terms. As they navigate a relationship based on emotional exclusivity and sexual variety, they end up falling deeper and deeper in love. When an event neither see coming rocks their world, Rider knows he needs to do something drastic to rectify the situation or risk losing Eli to the crushing weight of guilt.

30 review for Half as Much

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 stars So this is kind of a non-traditional romance story, but I think Denning totally makes this relationship work. Eli and Rider have an open relationship of sorts; they don’t date others, but from time to time they gather a group of men to have sex with Rider while Eli watches. It is a long-held fantasy of Rider’s and when he works up the nerve to tell Eli about it, it turns out that the idea makes Eli hot as well. So this book is probably not for everyone, as we hav A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 stars So this is kind of a non-traditional romance story, but I think Denning totally makes this relationship work. Eli and Rider have an open relationship of sorts; they don’t date others, but from time to time they gather a group of men to have sex with Rider while Eli watches. It is a long-held fantasy of Rider’s and when he works up the nerve to tell Eli about it, it turns out that the idea makes Eli hot as well. So this book is probably not for everyone, as we have graphic scenes of group sex and sex outside of the primary relationship. But if you are all cool with that, I think there is a lot to offer in this story. Denning really showcases the intense love these men have for one another and I never doubted the depth of their feelings and their strong romantic connection. They are sexy and sweet and romantic and I loved the way these guys support each other and take care of one another. Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn

    I don’t usually rate books I DNF, but I just cannot understand all the 5 star reviews here. The subject of this book completely drew me in and I was so excited to read a new author. Was I actually reading the same book everyone else was reading? I got to 40% and had to call it quits. Some sentences didn’t even make sense while others were complete run on sentences with a bunch of commas. This book had a great premise, but there was no substance to it. I love reading smut, but I expect more from I don’t usually rate books I DNF, but I just cannot understand all the 5 star reviews here. The subject of this book completely drew me in and I was so excited to read a new author. Was I actually reading the same book everyone else was reading? I got to 40% and had to call it quits. Some sentences didn’t even make sense while others were complete run on sentences with a bunch of commas. This book had a great premise, but there was no substance to it. I love reading smut, but I expect more from the authors I read. This book was in dire need of a proofreader.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    I made it to 85% and then just skimmed to the end. The whole incident popped up and I just couldn't help thinking that it was inevitable especially dealing with college kids. I couldn't really get past that. It's a a huge stretch of the imagination that most of the football players were involved in the WHOLE situation from when they came into the picture until they left. I mean I am sure there are gay/bi players but not that many on one team or who are out. And there's the fact that it's mostly I made it to 85% and then just skimmed to the end. The whole incident popped up and I just couldn't help thinking that it was inevitable especially dealing with college kids. I couldn't really get past that. It's a a huge stretch of the imagination that most of the football players were involved in the WHOLE situation from when they came into the picture until they left. I mean I am sure there are gay/bi players but not that many on one team or who are out. And there's the fact that it's mostly the Rider story with Eli almost being a secondary character if he hadn't have had his own POV. It was mostly sex with some plot sprinkled in but that's not necessarily a huge problem with me but it wasn't as hot as I would have liked. Not to mention that the writing style was not my favorite and in need of some desperate editing. I read the blurbs on the other books in this series and nothing is very compelling to me so I doubt if I will be continuing with this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    New to me author. This is a mm contemporary story set in a college environment. Eli and Rider don’t have the usual romance but it works for these two. Amazing sexy times. I looked forward to reading more from this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sue bowdley

    It's no secret that I love Ms Denning's books and this one is just perfect...I loved Rider and Eli right away....They were just perfect together....Eli looked after Rider just right......I know some people might not like books where the MC's sleep with other people but it really isn't cheating in this....Eli gives Rider what he loves and that's to be used whilst Eli watches....The hot scenes really are so damn hot.....Eli is always there for Rider especially when things go wrong....An amazing bo It's no secret that I love Ms Denning's books and this one is just perfect...I loved Rider and Eli right away....They were just perfect together....Eli looked after Rider just right......I know some people might not like books where the MC's sleep with other people but it really isn't cheating in this....Eli gives Rider what he loves and that's to be used whilst Eli watches....The hot scenes really are so damn hot.....Eli is always there for Rider especially when things go wrong....An amazing book and one I will definitely be re-reading x

  6. 5 out of 5

    JD Crittendon

    Sometimes You Meet Someone and You Just Know! A tale of a hookup, first date, kinky fantasy for Rider & Eli. This should be 3 1/2 ⭐️s. I like the storyline, simple yet intriguing. I liked the MC’s, the pacing, even a bit of a fairytale (I don’t think the sports team would get involved). Well written, solid story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    T.L. Travis

    I absolutely loved it!! You know what was best? None of those pissy on again off again romances. Needs were voiced and fulfilled, bringing them even closer than they were before. The sex was unbelievably hot and they never once lost sight of each other. Fantastic!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pixie

    DNFd at 22%. My issue was not with the content of the story, I have no issues with non-monogamous partnerships or kink, the writing style didn't work for me. DNFd at 22%. My issue was not with the content of the story, I have no issues with non-monogamous partnerships or kink, the writing style didn't work for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Denise GremoryKohta

    Beautifully done! This was such a wonderful story. I love how he author approached this. There are only a few author's who can write kink while showing the respect and understanding it deserves and E. M. Denning has shown here that's she's on that list. Eli and Rider are great characters. There is so much to work with here and I hope to see much more. Beautifully done! This was such a wonderful story. I love how he author approached this. There are only a few author's who can write kink while showing the respect and understanding it deserves and E. M. Denning has shown here that's she's on that list. Eli and Rider are great characters. There is so much to work with here and I hope to see much more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (not Lily)

    This would've been a 4 star read if only it had been better edited, the number of sentence splices were extremely annoying. However, these two characters and their relationship was lovely, and the sex was smoking hot. I'm sure I'll be reading the other book in the series, so hopefully the editing is a bit better. This would've been a 4 star read if only it had been better edited, the number of sentence splices were extremely annoying. However, these two characters and their relationship was lovely, and the sex was smoking hot. I'm sure I'll be reading the other book in the series, so hopefully the editing is a bit better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    Wow! Something different to what I normally read but oh so worth it! The writing of this story by E.M. Denning is completely absorbing, diving headfirst into a relationship between Rider and Eli. Though it's a quickly moving relationship, it's packed out with enough emotion, connection and interaction that you can't fail to see them working well together. Rider is a TA and studying at university and Eli is a nurse at the clinic. We get to see a little of their separate lives but most of the story Wow! Something different to what I normally read but oh so worth it! The writing of this story by E.M. Denning is completely absorbing, diving headfirst into a relationship between Rider and Eli. Though it's a quickly moving relationship, it's packed out with enough emotion, connection and interaction that you can't fail to see them working well together. Rider is a TA and studying at university and Eli is a nurse at the clinic. We get to see a little of their separate lives but most of the story is the two men together, developing their friendship and relationship, date nights and exploration. The way that they work so well together allows for each being so perfect for the other, especially with Eli wanting to provide everything that Rider could ever want, both in every day life and his fantasies. Their lives also come together well with Rider's family and Eli's friends being a big part in certain areas of the book. One of my favourite things about the two is that everything is talked about. With such events as what happens in their relationship, it's a massively important aspect and E.M. makes sure to cover it well. There is no shame in what the two men have, or what they choose to do and that came across so very well. This book contains a committed between two men but also the occurrences of multiple partners during sex. I cannot recommend this book enough. The story is fully engaging and I was highly invested in the outcome, rooting for their HEA. Looking forward to book 2 in the Upstate Education series. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I have been wanting to read this since I found out what it was about and the fact that I loved her other work’s made it easy to snatch it up as soon as it was released. Rider is adorable and..........I feel like I open with that on every review but damn it these author’s know how to make the most adorable characters no matter the situation’s they find themselves in. Rider is no exception to this trend, when he meets Eli he begins to gain confidence in himself in little ways. The way they came tog I have been wanting to read this since I found out what it was about and the fact that I loved her other work’s made it easy to snatch it up as soon as it was released. Rider is adorable and..........I feel like I open with that on every review but damn it these author’s know how to make the most adorable characters no matter the situation’s they find themselves in. Rider is no exception to this trend, when he meets Eli he begins to gain confidence in himself in little ways. The way they came together might be a little odd to some but I loved it (maybe not the reason but the final result. Eli is such a sweetheart he loves his job at the campus med center though it is small and he is under appreciated by the higher ups. When he meets Rider he doesn’t know what he is in for. It is a wild and sexy ride and all he can do is hold on and enjoy ever thing that happens, and boy does he ever!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    DNF @ 21%. I don't mind smut, but I prefer it to serve as a side dish to the plot, not act as the entree. I do appreciate the author's warning at the beginning of the book, in regards to the relationship & kink (not that I had any issues there). I do wish that there had been a warning that there was no real plot, unless you count kink negotiation as plot. I'm also not a fan of instantaneous relationships. Rider and Eli hook up once, go on one date and then BAM! They're a couple ("emotional monog DNF @ 21%. I don't mind smut, but I prefer it to serve as a side dish to the plot, not act as the entree. I do appreciate the author's warning at the beginning of the book, in regards to the relationship & kink (not that I had any issues there). I do wish that there had been a warning that there was no real plot, unless you count kink negotiation as plot. I'm also not a fan of instantaneous relationships. Rider and Eli hook up once, go on one date and then BAM! They're a couple ("emotional monogamy, sexual variety"). I probably would have been more on board if it we got to see more of Rider and Eli getting to know each other before jumping into a committed relationship. On top of all that, the writing was very bland. One chapter in, I was already skimming and my attention was wandering. E.M. Denning is a new-to-me author, and I have to say, the writing in this book doesn't instill much desire to give any other books from her a go.

  14. 4 out of 5

    T

    Based on the blurb of Half As Much I was expecting dirty but I was pleasantly surprised by the level of sweetness of the characters! Rider was the perfect mix of sweet and kinky and Eli was his perfect match! I really loved these two together and their connection just jumped off the pages! I also loved the side characters and since this is the first book in a new series I'm looking forward to seeing who gets a story next! I expected to be a bit lost as the author builds a new world but that didn' Based on the blurb of Half As Much I was expecting dirty but I was pleasantly surprised by the level of sweetness of the characters! Rider was the perfect mix of sweet and kinky and Eli was his perfect match! I really loved these two together and their connection just jumped off the pages! I also loved the side characters and since this is the first book in a new series I'm looking forward to seeing who gets a story next! I expected to be a bit lost as the author builds a new world but that didn't happen. The writing is so fluid that there was no learning curve or confusion, just simple fun. I'm excited for the next book in the series! I received an Advanced Reader Copy and am happy to voluntarily leave my review

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Neal

    This is a book that I went into with reservations. I was concerned about some of the aspects of this book but I have to say that EM Denning did such a fantastic job with this book. Rider and Eli are so good together and make such a cute couple. The love and respect that the two have for each other make it so that the nature of their relationship never once made me uncomfortable. The way that Eli looks after Rider and takes care of him and his needs made me want to hug him and love him. I highly This is a book that I went into with reservations. I was concerned about some of the aspects of this book but I have to say that EM Denning did such a fantastic job with this book. Rider and Eli are so good together and make such a cute couple. The love and respect that the two have for each other make it so that the nature of their relationship never once made me uncomfortable. The way that Eli looks after Rider and takes care of him and his needs made me want to hug him and love him. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more in this series from EM Denning.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nanna Sander

    DNF at 33 %. I picked this one up when it was first released - read 8%. Then I decided to give it another chance now - read 33%. Now I'm calling it.. Too insta-lovey, too much sex, not enough plot. DNF at 33 %. I picked this one up when it was first released - read 8%. Then I decided to give it another chance now - read 33%. Now I'm calling it.. Too insta-lovey, too much sex, not enough plot.

  17. 5 out of 5

    R

    Rider is having a bad day. As a TA he is kept busy, his stress relief is sex. When his current partner endangers his health he goes to a clinic to be tested. He has a conversation with someone else waiting for the clinic to open and the man appeals to him. Eli is a nurse. He goes to work one day and becomes fascinated with a patient waiting at the clinic. When he meets him again they act on the sparks of attraction. Eli is intrigued by Rider’s neediness. He also realizes that making Rider happy m Rider is having a bad day. As a TA he is kept busy, his stress relief is sex. When his current partner endangers his health he goes to a clinic to be tested. He has a conversation with someone else waiting for the clinic to open and the man appeals to him. Eli is a nurse. He goes to work one day and becomes fascinated with a patient waiting at the clinic. When he meets him again they act on the sparks of attraction. Eli is intrigued by Rider’s neediness. He also realizes that making Rider happy makes him happy. When Ryder tells Eli what he really wants expecting Eli to leave, he gets the surprise of his life. The power Eli gets from deciding who gets to see or touch or cum on Rider is overpowering. Rider was his and he would do anything to make him happy. Even though they were thrown a few curves they managed to work through them to make each other happy. This was a great story. It’s very kinky and portrays an out-of-the-norm relationship with humor and love. Rider and Eli are a great couple. I enjoyed getting to know them. I received an arc of this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Amazing start to a new series. Rider and Eli are one of the most unique couples I've read about. Right off the bat the plot and dynamics of these guys grabbed me because I've never read something like this before. To have two people come together with explosive chemistry and a insta-deep love for each other but have one want a sexual open relationship was crazy to me. This works perfectly though from start to finish. Eli is a strong solid rock that Rider needs, being able to control the experien Amazing start to a new series. Rider and Eli are one of the most unique couples I've read about. Right off the bat the plot and dynamics of these guys grabbed me because I've never read something like this before. To have two people come together with explosive chemistry and a insta-deep love for each other but have one want a sexual open relationship was crazy to me. This works perfectly though from start to finish. Eli is a strong solid rock that Rider needs, being able to control the experiences and give Rider what he needs also gives him what he craves. Rider is unique, inspiring and adorable. To be able to not only voice what you need to feel complete but go for it and be happy despite it not being common or understandable to some is so brave. If you're hesitant about this type of book definitely give it a try, these two are one of my favorite couples and their relationship is rock solid. Add in great side characters and friends that I want to know more about and am hooked. Can't wait for the next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amos24601

    3.5 rounded to 4 What an interesting little book. I really liked the pairing of Eli and Rider. Their dynamic was so fun to read. I love that we got a sex positive couple. I also loved that Eli was secure enough in his relationship with Rider to allow them to explore. The scenes between Rider and the others were hot and well written, though I thought the after effects details were a little light. Clearly, Rider would have been sore for several days after taking multiple guys, but we get barely a m 3.5 rounded to 4 What an interesting little book. I really liked the pairing of Eli and Rider. Their dynamic was so fun to read. I love that we got a sex positive couple. I also loved that Eli was secure enough in his relationship with Rider to allow them to explore. The scenes between Rider and the others were hot and well written, though I thought the after effects details were a little light. Clearly, Rider would have been sore for several days after taking multiple guys, but we get barely a mention of that. Still, that’s a nitpick. The topic I was so happy to see addressed was stealthing. I’ve not read a book where this is called exactly what it is: assault. Mason assaulted Rider and I’m glad Eli called him out on that. In addition to stealthing, I was happy to see the inequality in persecution for sex tapes addressed as well. Rider made some excellent points near the end of the book and I was cheering him on. This is the first book I have read by the author, but it won’t be my last.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janice Jarrell

    Oh my god, SO hot, SO sexy and SO full of love. Not my usual trope but I just HAD to give this one a try and oh my god, I am SO happy that I did. I fell completely in love with Eli and Rider. Two guys with a lot of insecurities but also a huge capacity to love and be loved. They each knew what they wanted and needed but getting to that place of trust they had to reach to open their hearts and share what was most hidden within them made for a complex and fascinating journey. This is not a 'no one b Oh my god, SO hot, SO sexy and SO full of love. Not my usual trope but I just HAD to give this one a try and oh my god, I am SO happy that I did. I fell completely in love with Eli and Rider. Two guys with a lot of insecurities but also a huge capacity to love and be loved. They each knew what they wanted and needed but getting to that place of trust they had to reach to open their hearts and share what was most hidden within them made for a complex and fascinating journey. This is not a 'no one but you will ever touch me' book. These two guys get off on the hot, the sexy, and a bit of the unusual and it ALL makes for a fantastic ride. But what comes through the strongest in this amazing book is the love these two men share. It brought tears to my eyes. No matter what difficulty they face it is their love for each other that brings them to peace and healing. I loved this book and HIGHLY recommend it!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cyndy

    Near perfect I love this story. This author is new to me and so is the trope of this book. I went into it hoping the end would turn out different than it did but totally changed my mind as I got into it. It’s near perfect...the only problem I have with it is the writing. There were several errors in wording and grammar that sadly took me out of the story for moments each time. I can usually handle some errors but this was different. So I’m giving the story and awesome characters 5 stars but the w Near perfect I love this story. This author is new to me and so is the trope of this book. I went into it hoping the end would turn out different than it did but totally changed my mind as I got into it. It’s near perfect...the only problem I have with it is the writing. There were several errors in wording and grammar that sadly took me out of the story for moments each time. I can usually handle some errors but this was different. So I’m giving the story and awesome characters 5 stars but the writing errors would normally bring my rating to a 3 if I didn’t stop reading it altogether. But since I couldn’t wait to learn more about these men and their beautiful love, I’m sticking with the 5 stars. I’m hoping book 2 - which I’m reading next - has way less wording/grammar issues for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Swinky! This was so kinky and wonderfully sweet! Rider is a TA and college student who majors in Literature, Eli is a nurse who works at the University clinic. Rider and Eli meet in passing at the clinic. After running into each other at a coffee shop, Eli takes Rider home with him for some mind-blowing sex, to which Eli doesn’t think he can let Rider go after just once. After a few dates, Rider works up the nerve to tell Eli his true sexual fantasy. Much to Rider’s surprise, Eli is on board, so Swinky! This was so kinky and wonderfully sweet! Rider is a TA and college student who majors in Literature, Eli is a nurse who works at the University clinic. Rider and Eli meet in passing at the clinic. After running into each other at a coffee shop, Eli takes Rider home with him for some mind-blowing sex, to which Eli doesn’t think he can let Rider go after just once. After a few dates, Rider works up the nerve to tell Eli his true sexual fantasy. Much to Rider’s surprise, Eli is on board, so much so he takes responsibility for setting it up. The raw feelings that emerge between Rider and Eli are so sweet and caring, you really feel their chemistry together. If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, steamy and sweet read - this is it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Buffy

    Great story. Definitely um.. a specific fetish that might not be your cup of tea, but the characters are loveable and a great storyline that is worth the little uncomfortable situations. I also related with Rider and his mother. The author really his the mail on the head! I felt thee exact way Rider did when his mother showed back up in his life. This story will make you laugh, might make you a little sad, has interesting supporting characters , and some sweet hot love between Rider and Eli. The Great story. Definitely um.. a specific fetish that might not be your cup of tea, but the characters are loveable and a great storyline that is worth the little uncomfortable situations. I also related with Rider and his mother. The author really his the mail on the head! I felt thee exact way Rider did when his mother showed back up in his life. This story will make you laugh, might make you a little sad, has interesting supporting characters , and some sweet hot love between Rider and Eli. The other sexy time was a little crazy but to each their own... No judging here! Interested in reading more for sure!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book has lots of grammar/editing problems and several continuity errors (for instance, sometimes Eli is 26, sometimes 28). If you're the type of person who is driven crazy by that kind of stuff, you're not going to enjoy this book too much. That being said, this book, story-wise, wasn't that great for me. There was a lot of sex but it wasn't all that hot. The storyline was thin and the rushed and over the top climax to throwaway ending was more than a little ridiculous and unsatisfying. Thi This book has lots of grammar/editing problems and several continuity errors (for instance, sometimes Eli is 26, sometimes 28). If you're the type of person who is driven crazy by that kind of stuff, you're not going to enjoy this book too much. That being said, this book, story-wise, wasn't that great for me. There was a lot of sex but it wasn't all that hot. The storyline was thin and the rushed and over the top climax to throwaway ending was more than a little ridiculous and unsatisfying. This is the first book I've read by this author, and based on the disappointed feeling I'm having now that I'm finished, it will be my last. I really can't recommend this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Silly me!! I apparently didn't read the blurb with any comprehension and was surprised by Rider and Eli's approach to their relationship. That was fine, though because this was written with such emotional heft and feeling that the sexual variety component of their relationship just added to my enjoyment. What stood out is the depth of feeling between these two guys. The love just oozes off the page! You just feel the click as they come together after what is supposed to be just a hook-up. Sweet Silly me!! I apparently didn't read the blurb with any comprehension and was surprised by Rider and Eli's approach to their relationship. That was fine, though because this was written with such emotional heft and feeling that the sexual variety component of their relationship just added to my enjoyment. What stood out is the depth of feeling between these two guys. The love just oozes off the page! You just feel the click as they come together after what is supposed to be just a hook-up. Sweet and definitely character driven story with two guys who have similar kinks. The bit about the Rider's mother muddled things up a bit but do like the way it was resolved. Looking forward to book 2.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Exciting, hot nd very different. Whilst this book is not for everybody, given the subject, it was very well written and very, very hot! I loved it. It was safe, controlled and consensual. Until it wasn't controlled. A scandal that threatened everything Rider had worked for. Eli and Rider have a unique relationship, emotional monogamy and open sexuality. Rider release tension and thrives on group sex. Eli loves watching and loves the fact that Rider belongs to him and him only. An intriguing stor Exciting, hot nd very different. Whilst this book is not for everybody, given the subject, it was very well written and very, very hot! I loved it. It was safe, controlled and consensual. Until it wasn't controlled. A scandal that threatened everything Rider had worked for. Eli and Rider have a unique relationship, emotional monogamy and open sexuality. Rider release tension and thrives on group sex. Eli loves watching and loves the fact that Rider belongs to him and him only. An intriguing story of sexual exploration and needs.

  27. 4 out of 5

    W.

    Current and contemporary read. From the beginning, I felt this story as half Roman à clef , half diary . It flows in a very organic and personal way. Even when book it's sexually graphic and descriptive it's not OTT smutty . I will even say it's a bit vanilla 😜😏 I found this story appealing and interesting as I got a glimpse into a world of young people now days. This is my first book by E.M. Denning and throughout the story, I thought the author was a 20 something years old , male millennial ; I Current and contemporary read. From the beginning, I felt this story as half Roman à clef , half diary . It flows in a very organic and personal way. Even when book it's sexually graphic and descriptive it's not OTT smutty . I will even say it's a bit vanilla 😜😏 I found this story appealing and interesting as I got a glimpse into a world of young people now days. This is my first book by E.M. Denning and throughout the story, I thought the author was a 20 something years old , male millennial ; I was clueless and fascinated by the fact that the author it's a woman.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    What a freaking fuck fest! OK, I love reading MM, I love reading MMM, but MMMMMMM is a teensy bit much for me it seems. THOSE parts made be all squirmy and I don't mean in that hot, pleasurable way, I felt uncomfortable, it turned me off. Believe me, I'm surprised at myself. The other half of the book was very enjoyable, a nice gentle love story with two lovely young men, very nicely written. I noticed some complaints of editing and placement, I never noticed any of that myself, it was a smooth What a freaking fuck fest! OK, I love reading MM, I love reading MMM, but MMMMMMM is a teensy bit much for me it seems. THOSE parts made be all squirmy and I don't mean in that hot, pleasurable way, I felt uncomfortable, it turned me off. Believe me, I'm surprised at myself. The other half of the book was very enjoyable, a nice gentle love story with two lovely young men, very nicely written. I noticed some complaints of editing and placement, I never noticed any of that myself, it was a smooth read for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    While I found the premise of this first book of the Upstate Education series to be good, I thought that the story could have been fleshed out better. There needed to be more of a plot, there was barely any real character development, and the book needed better editing badly. The poorly constructed sentences drove me crazy, and I wanted to get more of a sense of who Eli was other than a nurse and perfect boyfriend because this might as well have been the Rider show. Anyway, I liked the story enou While I found the premise of this first book of the Upstate Education series to be good, I thought that the story could have been fleshed out better. There needed to be more of a plot, there was barely any real character development, and the book needed better editing badly. The poorly constructed sentences drove me crazy, and I wanted to get more of a sense of who Eli was other than a nurse and perfect boyfriend because this might as well have been the Rider show. Anyway, I liked the story enough to go on with the next book in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda.. aka Ahsoka

    I liked this book I like when writers make me uncomfortable... make me think and feel... make me less judgmental about others lifestyle. This book hits on all cylinders and really is a great love story.. You can see how Rider grew to think, feel and become less judgemental about his mother and it was with the help of a strong support and love from Eli that makes it possible.. I also loved learning that I am becoming more and more Sex Positive!!!

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