The Kinsey Scale (Jia’s review)

Title: The Kinsey Scale (Campus Connections #1)
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 9th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 89
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.38 stars out of 5


Life is good for Eric Brown. He’s a senior theater major, an RA for a freshman dorm, and has a great circle of friends. Single since sophomore year, Eric isn’t looking for love. But then Will Butler—fellow senior, co-RA, and the cutest guy Eric’s ever seen—walks into his dorm. Will has a girlfriend he sees off campus—a minor disappointment that becomes a major problem when a housing shortage causes Will and Eric to become roommates, and Eric is forced to witness Will’s hotness day in and day out. For protection, Eric asks Jerry, his ex-boyfriend, to pretend they’re still together. Jerry warns him it’s a stupid idea, but he reluctantly agrees.

Too bad it won’t save Eric from losing his heart.

Will Butler has never believed in himself. His dysfunctional family saw to that. Although Will has loved music since childhood, he’s never seriously considered pursuing it, and the person he’s dating doesn’t encourage him. Then he and Eric Brown become roommates, and everything changes. Eric believes in Will and his talent. He’s also gorgeous and playful and fast becoming Will’s best friend. And that’s not good, because Will is hiding some big things, not only from Eric, but from himself.

This book starts off with Eric finding himself with a different RA than the one he was supposed to have and from there a small mistake sets them off to a different path than what could’ve been. Eric finds himself attracted to his fellow RA and when Will mistakenly thinks Jerry and Eric are together Eric lets him believe it.

This novella was an entertaining read where Eric and Will becomes roommates as they navigates being RA’s and all their courses. These are college students and there’s an easy tone over the whole book fitting that setting. Eric’s character makes me smile although I also found him irritating at times. Will is laid-back and easy, and I enjoyed all the characters in this story.

There’s a rather long part in the middle where the story felt rushed – the scenes were short and changed with no warning from one page to another and it threw me off somewhat.
I did like the story, however, I didn’t like how easily the drinking and smoking pot were handled.

It’s written in third person and I especially liked how Will’s feelings weren’t all out there, instead we got to experience it through Eric with all the insecurities and such that comes with it. There were hints though, and with Eric being kind of oblivious.

All in all I found this to be an easy, fun read with a twist at the end that took me by surprise. Recommended if you like the college setting.

Campus Connections Series

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