True love stabs you in the front.
Nick Steele just wants a normal life, cliché or not. He had one once, back in Chicago. Before his father died and he took a year off from college to grieve. Now, he’s starting fresh at a prestigious—but tiny—Catholic university. Adjusting to small-town life will be a challenge, along with making friends and keeping his scholarship. All he wants to do is blend in, get his diploma, and go back home.
But Sebastian Prinsen—campus heartthrob and a notorious player—has other plans. He notices Nick right away and makes a bet with his two best friends: Who can kiss the new kid first? Nick seems immune to Sebastian’s charms, and yet genuine chemistry sparks between them. Even worse, real feelings do too. Sebastian falls more and more every time Nick blows him off, but if he comes clean about the bet, Nick will hate him forever.
The last thing Nick wants is to fall in love while he’s still grieving, but Sebastian feels like home to him. Nick wants that so badly he may ignore the warning signs and risk his fragile heart once more.
Anderson (Cam Boy) spins an irresistible, fluffy romance around two young men. At 21, Nick Steele begins his belated senior year at the Academy of Holy Names, a small private Catholic university in Evanston, Ill. Almost immediately, Nick makes intense eye contact with Sebastian Prinsen, one of three gay seniors who are "teen-TV-drama attractive." Nick just wants to focus on graduating, but he can't get Seb out of his head. Moreover, Sebastian has a reputation for being a heartbreaker and has made a bet with his friends to see which of them Nick will kiss first. The romantic tension builds as Seb "enjoys the chase" and Nick experiences "confused feelings," especially when Seb drunk-texts him. Complications, confessions, and passionate kisses ensue. Anderson keeps the hearts throbbing in this fast-paced contemporary that riffs on the films Cruel Intentions and Mean Girls as lies, deception, and manipulation all come into play. The guys find time to engage in a little frottage and express some real emotion, amplifying the tumultuous drama. This college contemporary is pure fun.