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Roll (Rainbow Connection #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
From the farms of Tennessee, Beau Watkins had it all in high school; the cute girl, the popular, jock lifestyle, a loving family. As a rising freshman at an out-of-state college, he's determined to find out who he really is behind the fake it 'til you make it attitude. He joins Rainbow Connection, the gay student alliance, hoping to find himself. Instead, he finds Vin ...more
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Torquere Press, Inc.
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A Hearts On Fire Review

3.75 HEARTS- "Roll" by Lynn Townsend is a college, New Adult romance set in Chicago. It stars Tennessee farm boy freshman, Beau and the older (possibly junior, don't remember any specification), poor little rich boy, Vin. Beau is a blonde, looks like a jock and finally has a chance to come of the closet. He joins the Rainbow Connection, his college's GLBTQ social club and steps into a different world. He can finally be himself. Beau finds friends in his gay student allian
Apr 09, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
Really sweet coming out story. Had the bones for something great, but lacked continuity IMO. It felt as if the chapters were incomplete at times. You would have this great, dynamic situation and it would just end. Instead of picking back up in the next chapter, there would be a time jump and you are left with what felt like an incomplete scene. There were also several things that the author spent time developing, but then just left hanging. i.e. (view spoiler) ...more
Rose Caraway
Mar 02, 2014 Rose Caraway rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I laughed, I cried and Lynn Townsend wasn't even finished with me...

Lynn Townsend knows her craft! Straight away, I was pulled in by the character's dialogue and immediate presence. (I felt like I was reading "The Outsiders" again.) To categorize this book as merely an m/m story, seems inadequate. "Roll" has got so much more to offer readers than the typical m/m novel and I think there are a lot of authors out there who are missing the boat on what it actually takes to create a compelling, belie
Chris, the Dalek King
Good book, but what the fuck was up with that ending? Talk about a sudden stop. It really made this story feel unfinished even if it probably had a good thing going till about 99.98% of the way thru.
Apr 09, 2014 Duck rated it it was ok
Ugh. I'm at a loss. Not sure what to say about this one. I guess I'll just make the points that stood out for me.

This entire story felt like one never ending incomplete thought. The writing style did not work for me. The flow felt choppy and sometimes almost incoherent.

Here let's get this scene going. I'll up the ante, set this up and pull you in a bit more. Okay, so you have the scene set up in your head? Too bad. Maybe I didn't really want actually go into detail about what happen between her
V.L. Locey
Mar 03, 2014 V.L. Locey rated it it was amazing
I don`t hand out 5 star reviews willy-nilly. A book has to really move me. It has to leave a lingering impression. It has to be a stand out in its genre. Roll is such a book. It is one of the best M/M romance novels that I`ve read in quite a long time.

Ms. Townsend has crafted a glorious romance here folks. She has given us strikingly endearing leads in Beau and Vin. The dialog is crisp, humorous, rich. The subplots are woven neatly through the book, the secondary characters are vivid, and the d
This one moved way too slow for me. I ended up skimming quite a bit in the middle of the book. Once the event at the truck took place, I was all in though. They finally started spending some serious time together. Such a build up and we didn't even get to "see" the first penetrative sex scene. That's assuming they had that kind of sex. They talked about sex but I'm not sure. Maybe I missed it in my skimming but I don't think so. I will say that if #2 was out I'd be reading it seeing as the end ...more
Hearts On Fire Reviews
Reviewed by: SheReadsAlot
Genre: M/M Contemporary
3.75 Hearts

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Review: "Roll" by Lynn Townsend is a college, New Adult romance set in Chicago. It stars Tennessee farm boy freshman, Beau and the older (possibly junior, don't remember any specification), poor little rich boy, Vin. Beau is a blonde, looks like a jock and finally has a chance to come of the closet. He joins the Rainbow Connection, his college's
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Mar 11, 2014 Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie rated it really liked it

*** this is book one in the Rainbow Connection Series***

Beau is the all American athlete in HS. The perfect jock, good girlfriend etc.. He heads from Tn to Chicago to go off to college and be himself. He is gay and has been buried deep in the closet.

He meets Vin, the president of the Rainbow connection. They both like each other, but it takes them forever to admit it to each other. They become best friends, and eventually fall in love.

I wanted to love this book. I found it was confusing and ha
So I think this is part of a series, but it's more like serial fiction with a few elements left dangling at the end. Unsatisfying.
Jennifer Meinken
Mar 25, 2014 Jennifer Meinken rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
is there a sequel? please tell me there is... I hate it when books end like that!
Sep 25, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Roll, by Lynn Townsend, is a funny, feel good read, that has you keeping your fingers crossed, that everything will finally come together for these two boys. As the blurb has already mentioned, this is a coming out story and learning who you really are, and what you are going to do about it, once you figure it out. Ms. Townsend is a new author to me, but that did not deter me at all. I love finding new authors, especially when I can really connect with their story. The author done an incredible ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Marleen rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, m-m
I received my copy from the publisher through Love Romances and More and rated it 3.5 stars.

Leaving rural and ultra conservative Tennessee for college, Beauregard (Beau) Watkins at last has the opportunity to be who he really is. Having pretended his way through high school with a cute girlfriend he doesn’t feel anything for and a lifestyle that lives up to everybody’s expectations, he should now be free to explore the feelings he’s been hiding for years. His desire to find out who he really is
Aug 18, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Lynn Townsend
For me, books are an investment. I rarely buy one without flipping through the first several pages to see how readable I find the book to be, in terms of subject matter and writing style of the author. So in the world of digital editions, I love the first 20 pages “sample” that you can get for most Kindle edition books. I know a book is a good buy when I get to the end of Page 20, and am immediately disappointed enough that I’m compelled to jump straight on Amazon and buy the whole thing so I ...more
Carmilla Voiez
Mar 07, 2014 Carmilla Voiez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica
I didn't want to finish this book. I suspect it's one I'll read again and again. It is a beautifully written M/M romance with gentle but compelling erotica mixed in. It portrays the ideal relationship, a story of equals, friends without any of the jealousy and heartache I expect from tales of romance. Perhaps I've been reading the wrong ones. That said, it is far from boring. It is wonderful, from start to finish. If you are okay with homosexuality and like a great romance story then I cannot ...more
Mar 10, 2016 Brooklyn rated it liked it
Shelves: freebies, mm-romance
I think this book was slow to get going. Then just when things pick up, the book is over and I felt like the story wasn't finished. Maybe there will be a 2nd book soon, I don't know. But I do feel there is more to tell.
Becky Condit
Apr 04, 2014 Becky Condit rated it really liked it
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Mar 10, 2014 Mj rated it liked it
really enjoyed it up to a point, then I just got irritated with the story progression.
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Lynn Townsend is a displaced Yankee, a mother, a writer, a dreamer, and the proud owner of a small black hole residing under her desk that tends to eat kittens, odd socks, staplers, and her car keys.
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