The Freshman

Title: The Freshman
Author: Louise Collins
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: September 18th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 165 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Nate Mathews is a murderer. Alfie doesn’t know the details of his crime, and he doesn’t want to. All he knows is Nate Mathews is evil, and his colleagues at Larkwood prison shudder at his name.

But Alfie has caught Nate’s eyes, and they start flirting in the early hours. It’s forbidden, terrifying, but arousing too. One whisper of ‘Freshman’ from Nate, and Alfie’s stomach flutters, and his pulse increases. Alfie knows if he reads Nate’s file his attraction to the criminal will turn to disgust, but he can’t bring himself to do it. He likes Nate. Nate makes him feel wanted, and that’s a first for Alfie.

Is Nate genuine? Or is Alfie destined for heartbreak?

I’d have rated this higher had the ending been more satisfying. I was hoping for a different outcome but it felt abrupt and the pairing needed more time together.

Regardless, I liked it a lot and I think it was very well written. One of those mindf@cks where you can’t tell right from wrong but you ‘re rooting for the “bad” guys. This author is on my radar now for sure.

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I read MM romance almost exclusively. As a reader I don’t have any hard limits except incest. I like Contemporary and Historicals and I rarely read Paranormal unless recommended…

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