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Rocking the Boat (CalPac Crew #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  321 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Nick Bedford, closeted coach of California Pacific College’s men’s rowing team, is struggling with professional ethics. He denies his attraction to Morgan Estrada, a rower on the crew, though the heated glances between them drive Nick wild. Then Morgan makes a move... and though Nick panics, Morgan gets what he wants: Nick.

Safely assured that he’s not preying on a younger
ebook, 230 pages
Published February 28th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press, LLC
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Mar 16, 2011 Ami rated it really liked it
First of all, I know NOTHING about rowing, so this book is pretty intriguing for that alone. Mr. Koehler seems to do rowing as well so he knows a lot about the sport. The way he details on the practice and the race is good without being too technical. It seems like a good team-sport and I surely wish there are more movies about rowing.

I think this book presents a good issue of coach-athlete relationship. The portrayal of Nick Bedford, the coach (who is also 8 years older), who is trying to do it
Ellis Carrington
Apr 10, 2011 Ellis Carrington rated it really liked it
This was a refreshingly sweet love story. No BDSM, no vampires, just two guys at a college who had the hots for each other and fall in love despite the fact that maybe, technically, they probably shouldn't. That said, I didn't feel like I was reading two hundred pages of skipping though daisies. There was enough tension to keep me reading. The rowing angle was interesting and unique, and Koehler's love of the sport really shows though. Fun AND educational! Perv that I am, I have to admit that my ...more
MsMiz (Tina)
Jan 28, 2012 MsMiz (Tina) rated it it was ok
Shelves: glbt-all, pdf
2.5 - I do not think this was the book for me. I especially do not think I should have read it right after I read some other books where I felt the MCs were making really stupid, unreasonable teenage like decisions. That was this book. We have a coach of a rowing team. We have a rowing athlete. We have lust between them. So basically for the first 100 pages we get the coach picking daisies saying, I should not want him, I want him, I should not want him, I want him. Should I go on for 100 pages? ...more
LOVED this book! Great characters, great believable conflict, and a very strong overall read. Obviously the author knows a lot about crew, because I found all the attention to detail fascinating and spot on. I really, really enjoyed this...can't believe it's his first published novel! I'm definitely looking forward to more from Christopher Koehler...hopefully with some of the characters that were introduced in this book. Highly recommended!
Serena Yates
Apr 11, 2011 Serena Yates rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
This was a great combination between a pretty realistic love story between two very normal guys and a slightly exotic setting. The world of rowing isn't one that I'm very familiar with, and I liked all the little details I learned about that sport while I was reading about Nick and Morgan.

Nick is the older of the two, a graduate student and a coach, and he knows he's in trouble if anyone finds out he's falling for his younger colleague. Since they are both students I didn't have any issues with
Jun 21, 2011 Td rated it really liked it
This was refreshing. Sweet, light, playful with a very real feel to it and just enough tension, conflict and dumb-ass moments to balance things out. There was a bit of erratic head hopping that was distracting at times, not too bad, enough for me to notice and back up. As much as I enjoyed Nick and Morgan's story, it was Drew that stole my heart, I hope he gets a story of his own.
May 21, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: Susan A
This was a bit choppy and slow going to begin with but it eventually picked up and I ended up really enjoying these two. We had to wait quite a while for the smexing but it was delicious if not a bit vanilla for my tastes. :)
Apr 13, 2012 Anke rated it really liked it
This was a nice read. Although I learned more about rowing than I ever wanted and the romance part was rather slow building, I liked both, Nick and Morgan enough to want to read on. Normally I'm not a fan of shoving the MCs of the next book into my face at the end of the current one, but I liked Drew and am curious of his story, so in this case for me it worked.
T.A. Webb
Nov 30, 2011 T.A. Webb rated it it was amazing
Nick Bedford is one busy man. He is the coach of the California Pacific College rowing team, is in grad school, teaches and works off season in construction just to get by. Approaching 30, he is still a very fit man, and could still row on one of the teams he coaches. And he is gay and in the closet. And more and more, he finds himself thinking about one of the members of his team.

Morgan Estrada is on scholarship at CalPac, majoring in Comp Lit and rows for Coach Bedford on the men's 8's. Part
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
When I first saw this cover, I immediately knew it was something I'd want to read. One, it's drawn and I love drawn covers but two, the title and the paddle made me think it'd be something unique, that hasn't been written yet and I was right about that.

The story revolves around Nick, a men's rowing coach, and the struggle of falling for one of his rowers, Morgan. He struggles with the ethics of wanting Morgan and the angst of feeling like he's robbing the cradle. Morgan, however, feels Nick is
Mar 03, 2014 Nic rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story - it's always nice to spend a little time with gorgeous young college athletes, especially when they are agonising over their lust/love lives.

The sport of rowing was a little different which gave the story a little edge. The combination of coach and student was interesting, particularly Nick's worry about the ethics of their situation.

I liked the gradual build of the relationship, not just sex (although they definitely desired each other).I loved the beginning of the story
S.J.D. Peterson
Apr 19, 2011 S.J.D. Peterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance, reviewed
First of all I know nothing about rowing and I tended to get lost in the beginning with all the new descriptions and foreign terms, but eventually I got it and I have to admit that the portrait of hot men rowing has been the subject of a few fantasies since reading this book. This was a great love story between Morgan and his rowing coach Nick. While technically what Nick did could be deemed wrong, he was grad student himself and it gave a great twist to the story. He knew it was wrong, his ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Kelley rated it really liked it
Rocking the boat is a nice read. I really enjoyed the story and the realistic portrayal of a relationship. The whole arc of having a coach and one of his athletes pursue a relationship was tastefully done and there was no creep factor at all. In fact, it felt like Nick was just an older college guy who happened to coach and so the 8 yr age gap didn't really mean anything. Like other reviewers I know absolutely nothing about rowing other than the little bit I've seen of it in movies. I love books ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Meggie rated it liked it
The story as whole was interesting, but the couple just didn't have this HOT vibe which is usually felt while reading about really HOT couples. Both Nick and Morgan danced around each other with that shyness true whole book and it was just to much or for me, simple blah.... I know all man are not macho type, but two same types of characters, both being sweet, nice, dumb stuck in love with each other was just not attractive couple for me. The type of writing was to Vanilla or to young. I got this ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
The lure of perfect bodies in motion.

That's a good reason to be a sports' fan. Now as a coach that can be a bit tricky, especially if its' the bodies under your tutelage. A bit of an angsty tale of one coach trying to avoid the inevitable pull of one of his crew. But it's pretty hard to ignore all those fine muscles pulling with each perfect stroke. Morgan's caught in the dilemma of wanting what he thinks isn't playing on his field or available; Nick knows he shouldn't be playing at all, but for
Sep 02, 2011 Mandapanda rated it liked it
Shelves: various-romance
2.75 stars. Do we have a listopia list for Gay Jock Fantasies because I think this book belongs in that category.;) It's a bit 'porn-y' and the MC's are fairly immature but it's ok for a laugh and the secondary characters are quite appealing. The second book Tipping the Balance is advertised at DSP for release this month and it looks interesting (I like the opposites attract theme), so I thought I'd read this one first.
Oct 31, 2015 Fff rated it really liked it
First book I read by this author. At the beginning I was a little disoriented by all the vocabulary relating to the rowing, but little by little the story was put in place and I enjoyed my reading. The characters and the story are interesting, I liked also how their relationship evolves. Some secondary characters are also to follow because I think soon we’ll find them in the other books in this series.
Jess Candela
Oct 01, 2011 Jess Candela rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2011
Before I read it I knew next-to-nothing about rowing. After reading it, I not only felt more knowledgeable, I checked out local rowing sites, eager to see about maybe learning to do it myself. I didn't follow through (yet?) but it definitely sparked an interest. And it had great characters, lots of humor, and good tension and resolution. What's not to love?
Oct 15, 2011 Alina rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!
As many others here I know nothing about rowing too, but I felt myself enthralled in the crew almast as much as I was into Nick and Morgan's relationship.
I liked the characters, although sometimes I wanted to smack them upside the head for the stupid things they'd done, but their flaws just made them more real to me :)
Aug 04, 2013 Dee rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this - you could tell the author had experience with rowing (I had to admit to being a tad concerned, but shouldn't have worried). Am interested to see what happens in the next book
Elisa Rolle
I was expecting something more dramatic, and this is not always a bonus for me, and so I was pleasantly surprised to find out this was a nice and sweet college romance. Now we are talking of students and coach, so it was also “sweat”, meaning that these are two men with their hormones all working at high speed, so there is also hot sex, and good teasing, and even some dirty dancing, but all in all this was a romantic story.

Nick is the 29 years old coach of a college rowing team and he is a littl
May 09, 2014 Amber rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-contemporary
This came really close to a DNF for me. I wanted to like this but the characters just grated on me and seemed way to much like teenagers instead the adults they were. Every time Nick couldn't decide what to do or made an ass out of himself he was running to Drew. His plan to get Morgan out of his mind by (view spoiler) is not something I think an adult would come up with. I also wasn't impressed with how he made the trouble he would be in with the various ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
I read "Tipping the Balance" first, which is a sequel to "Rocking the Boat" and was rated as the better book. I beg to differ - both books are equally good, albeit in different ways. First of all, I appreciate the fact that the plot devices used are all within the realm of ordinary human interaction. There are no high-drama "crutches" to add tension to the plot. There is tension aplenty, but all of it stems from the natural interaction of all the characters involved. No violence, earthquakes, ...more
May 05, 2012 Gyn rated it liked it
My first read by this author. The story was both typical and atypical. Typical in that it was a sports story where fear of prejudice and discrimination has kept an athlete/coach in the closet but someone inevitably found out and now their sports career is threatened but they inevitably decide it's not worth livng a lie for. It was atypical in some ways, which was refreshing. The sport involved in rowing, which was unique. I learned a lot about the sport and enjoyed the different subject area. ...more
Nick Bedford is a grad student and a varsity rowing coach. He’s also very much in the closet, and very much interested in one of his athletes – Morgan Estrada. After a long time of lusting after each other and Nick trying to push Morgan away, the two of them starts going out. Unfortunately the college frowns upon relationships between athletes and coaches and so one day when a complaint is filed about an alleged relationship between Nick and an athlete all bets are off. Will their newfound and ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Danni rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and as many before me have mentioned, I learned a lot about rowing. It was detailed, but in an engaging way rather than boring. I did have to check how to pronounce coxswain though.
I liked the romance between the two main characters, Nick and Morgan, but to be honest the rowing and the competitions were more exciting. There is a slight age difference between the two men, but sometimes it felt like Morgan was the older one. Coach Nick had a lot of growing to do in the "get in
Becky Condit
Nov 12, 2011 Becky Condit rated it it was amazing
The plot was realistic and flowed so that I was captivated from the first paragraph until the end of the novel. The characters were likeable and well rounded. The dialog was spot on, from the emotional scenes of an endearingly romantic setting to a rousing argument to the extremely clever banter between Nick and Drew. Speaking of Drew, Mr. Koehler set things up nicely for the sequel involving the Neanderthal-like Brad and the urbane and witty Drew. That should be just as exciting as the first ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Jaime rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Not a fantastic book. The over use of words, the misspelling of main character names, it left a lot to be desired.

I stupidly assumed that due to the terribly long lead up to the actual dating of Coach Nick and Morgan that the investigation to the allegations the Coach was dating an athlete would have been more substantial. Instead there was no investigation or the Director of Athletics left it at nothing but Nick sold it to Morgan and Drew as something bigger than it was. Lame.
Aug 18, 2014 May rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
Young love, college love, athletes in love, what's not to love?

I loved this story. College rower falls in love with his coach or was it coach falls in love with his student? Does it matter, not in the slightest, this is a romantic escape where love overcomes miscommunication. Koehler writes with humour and an innate understanding of rowing, which heightens the enjoyment of reading his prose.

This is a sweet, funny and delicious story.
Sep 18, 2014 Natalija rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
All in all, I really enjoyed the book and it kept me engaged all the way through. I have to say though, I pretty much skimmed the sex scenes. That's not to say they were bad, just that lately I find myself skimming/skipping the sex scenes altogether. Bottom line, I definitely recommend taking a chance on this book.
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