The Player’s Protégé (Campus Connections #2)

Title: The Player’s Protégé (Campus Connections #2)
Author: C Jane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 7, 2019
Genre(s): Gay romance
Page Count: 101 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


When his friends bet cynical Jerry that he can’t turn sweet Arlo into a player, Jerry might win the bet but lose his heart.

College senior Jerry Helstrom survived a gay childhood in Texas by being fierce and fabulous. At school he’s known as a player and has kept his heart so guarded that he’s forgotten he has one. When his friends bet him he can’t teach inexperienced Arlo Barnes to become a stud like him, Jerry takes on the challenge and quickly finds himself drawn to his enticing trainee.

Arlo kicks butt as a Tae Kwon Do black belt, but his sexual game is lacking. He’s been dumped by his only boyfriend and needs help getting himself out there. Enter Jerry Helstrom, player extraordinaire and happy to provide Arlo with some hands-on coaching. Jerry encourages Arlo to ask for what he wants in sex and in life, something Arlo struggles with. The struggle deepens when Arlo discovers that what he truly wants is the seemingly unattainable Jerry Helstrom.

Jerry can teach Arlo to play the field, but can Arlo teach Jerry to play for keeps?

This is a sweet love story about one man who wants more experience sexually and another man that takes him on as a student to teach him to come into his own. Thenproblem is that the teacher ends up becoming the student and the student, well he had his own set of ideas about what he wanted his love life to look like and it was not what his teacher had laid out for him.

Jerry is a senior in college and one of the biggest players on campus. He is not mean about it. He lets everyone know up front he is not the relationship type so no feelings are ever hurt. When one of his buddies talks him into helping out one of his friends, Arlo, to become a player as well….Jerry is not keen on the idea at first. But after some bets are made Jerry agrees to take Arlo under his wing and help him to become a player.

When Jerry gets in touch with Arlo and the two agree to work together, Jerry immediately sees that Arlo is lacking in self confidence when it comes to asking for what he wants sexually. So Jerry decides to let Arlo become more confident by letting Arlo top him for the first time. But this is what leads Jerry to realizing that there is so much more to Arlo then meets the eye.

As time goes on it becomes clear that Arlo is developing feelings for Jerry but Jerry is unwilling to let him because Jerry does not view himself as worthy. Can Arlo show Jerry in the end that Jerry Too is worthy of love and that Arlo is the one meant to give it to him?

This was such a sweet romance. I enjoyed watching Jerry get his crap together and discover what was in front of him. Arlo came into his own and when he did, things started to fall in place for him. I really enjoyed this read. It was a really sweet story. I look forward to Tyrone’s story in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.
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