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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  498 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Chip Arnold is a well-liked football coach at a small liberal arts college, but his personal life is in a bit of a rut. He goes out drinking with his colleagues, gets along well with his players, and dates all the prettiest women in town-he has the life most straight men dream of. But lately none of the women he dates seem to be igniting any passion in him. Then he meets t...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published March 12th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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Lori
So I was kept up until stupid o'clock by Eric Arvin and sexual tension that you could cut with a knife.

Honestly the ST in this book is amazing, there is no way you can just stop reading half way through. So there am I this morning, bleary eyed trying to give the dog his insulin injection after definitely not enough sleep - it was touch and go whether it would be the dog or me getting the jab. Reading, an extreme sport.

Simple Men, well it's a great book about relationships. About falling in love....more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Audible edition**

*1.5 stars*

This review is killing me to write because I love when Eric Arvin writes fantasy. He is just such a unique thinker, such an interesting guy, that I was sure that I would love his contemporary stuff too. And when I saw that this was a GFY? No brainer! However, this was very hard for me to get through and I ended up DNFing at 75%.

Now, when I DNF an audiobook it is not done lightly. Audiobooks are NOT cheap and I am very choosy when it comes to my Audible listens. How...more
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
This was the shizzy for rizzy, yo!

There's no sex in the chapel pew,
there's no sex in the chapel pew.
Eric Arvin, if I could I would high-five you,
if I could I would high-five you.

(and I don't just high-five anyone)

Now, you all know that if I don't like something
I'll say what I think is wrong,
but what I'm sayin' now is that if this book was a stripper
I'd be stuffing twenties all up in its thong.

(uh-huh, you heard me)

This story about Verona College,
the school for all the craziest peeps,
has all the...more
Kassa
This one is a bit of a mixed offering for me. On the one hand I like Eric Arvin’s unique voice and his humor is very entertaining. It’s a bit over the top but he has a way of inviting the reader to laugh along with him and his characters. The writing is economical without extraneous, never ending descriptions. However for all of that, the attempt here to describe every day men who fall in love just didn’t work well for me. I found the story boring and difficult to engage and ultimately I didn’t...more
Trish
Mar 18, 2013 Trish rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
3.5

This story is exactly as the titled was intended. Simple and sometimes simple is what you crave in a story.

It's not action packed, there is no overwhelming angst, it's simple.

If it wasn't for the side story of the younger college guys, who were funny and entertaining, this could have gone into boring.. but we did have the college guys and they kept the story moving along.

Camille
Audible version.

A sweet and wholesome little GFY tale. I'm not really so wholesome, thus the three stars. There was also way too much amateurish POV shifting being done, seriously.

But this was a good enough listen all in all.
Sala Bim
I just…this was just what I consider to be garbage. A true waste of my time. Too superficial and stereotypical of gay-for-you literature (which I didn’t know it was originally or else I wouldn’t have even bothered). Naturally Chip (whom I never liked) is boning every female around (married or else) and has never thought about another man sexually (though he’s kind enough to “let” gay men feel his muscles and help him pick out clothes). Whatever. There’s an abundance of self loathing in the subte...more
JenMcJ
This book was like molasses to finish for me. Very slow and I didn't really come to like Chip that much.

Brad and Jason, secondary characters were more interesting to me.

The head hopping was confounding at times especially from Brad to Jason or vice versa. Half the time I had no idea which POV I was getting until I read the paragraph more than once.

There is no graphic sex in this book and there are m/f liasons.
Leaundra
I really loved this book. It had me laughing a number of times. It was just really a sweet sweet story. The discovery of first love. I love Eric Arvin's writing style. A great read!!
Sammy Goode
Football…who hasn’t secretly lusted after the football star, or the still rugged football coach? Chip Arnold is, in the finest sense of the word, a ladies man and proud of it. He rolls from one woman to the next, never committing himself or his emotions and constantly assured that this is the life he enjoys.

Foster Lewis, a college chaplain rolls onto the campus of Verona College freshly broken up from a bastard of an ex-boyfriend who cheated on him without remorse. He is determined to never fall...more
Kate McMurray
This is a light, funny, and sweet romance between a college football coach and the college's chaplain. There's also a great secondary romance between two of the players on the coach's team, who spend most of the book struggling to define what they feel for each other in a way that is charmingly naive (in a good way). Bonus points for the character of Katie, who spends most of the novel driving around a golf car like a maniac and getting all the best one-liners.
Christy Duke
Ah, a college football coach, young, straight, hot, and the chaplain. Wait. What? Yep. Eric Arvin has taken the two most unlikely people to even be friends, and has made a romantic connection out of them. I wasn't so sure about this, but I know that I enjoy this author's writing, so I figured I had to give it a try. If nothing else, I thought I might get some laughs. *grins*

I was fairly sure I had a handle on Chip from the get-go. I mean, he's a football coach and his name is Chip. Tell you anyt...more
Macky ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
I liked this story. It's got something about it that I personally found charming and endearing. It's a bit like the romantic comedies of old with lots of quirky characters and oddball mishaps and misunderstandings. The humour is gentle and understated, more smile to myself, than laugh out loud, but it does have its moments. The whole aspect of the story is a wee bit far-fetched but no more so than a lot of other gay for you stories and I thought for its type it was done very well. In a way there...more
Moogie
This quiet, funny, understated book says a lot about love in all its simplicity and glory. There are no deep, dark secrets, no soap opera misunderstandings or hospital bed confessions here. This is about life in a small college campus in America. The college has a football team that loses, a lot and a coach called 'Chip' whose disappointment at the losses and his own lacklustre relationships with women, is eased and changed by a smile from the Chaplain. Students, Brad and Jason start to really g...more
Shell
Simple Men is an amazing story about how love can be found in both the most obvious and unexpected places.

Chip is a jock and coach of the college football team and Foster is the new chaplain on campus. The two could not be more different or more perfect for one another. Up until this point in his life, Chip has always considered himself to be a heterosexual and in fact is dating Foster's best female friend when the chaplain first arrives on campus. However, that relationship quickly ends and Chi...more
Kendra
This has spoilers in it so if you don't want to know anything about what happens then don't read.


okay, I just have to say that this book could have been good, the premise was interesting, but the book fell totally flat. I was more interested in what happened to Brad & Jason then Chip & Foster. Plus, Chip was a freakin' douche bag, he slept with a married woman, twice. I don't like that, at all. People who cheat or will knowingly sleep with a cheater are not heroes in my eyes.

Reread: I re...more
Sara
3.5 Rounded up, this was really cute and funny, I had it on Audio and it did give me a lot of strange looks when I'd burst out laughing whilst doing dishes or driving. Having 4 PoV's were a bit confusing at first but once that confusion was away it was great getting in to the head of all four of these "Simple Men". The only reason this book didn't get a 4 star is the fact that I was so looking forward to a certain event and when it finally happened.. NO DETAILS! BOO!

The characters all have stron...more
Marq
This seemed like a sitcom to me. I liked it, but it moved strangely... I agree with others who have reviewed, when they say they liked Brad and Jason. I think there is another book waiting with those two taking the lead. Their final years of college and then out to the real world, make for a lot of possibilities for these two to be excellent roll models. I hope Simple Men was just an "introduction" for more to come.
TayaJay
This is my first book by Eric Arvin and I have to say I'm underwhelmed. This story only half work for me. There was two for one couple special going on in this book. . There was football coach, Chip a known ladies men who has become bit bored with his life then new Chaplin Foster comes to work at the school then bam he found what he been missing. There was a second couple in the story Brad and James. I have to say I was more interested in the second couple the best friends then I ever was about...more
Randy McCoy
I just truly loved SIMPLE MEN! I thought the flow of the story between characters was just wonderful. I listened to the audio version narrated by Charlie David. I would definitely listen to him narrate again.

I just fell in love with Foster and Chip!

Thanks Eric Arvin for such a wonderful loving story!
Jess
The first half of the book was funny, cute and delightful to read it was heading for 4-5 stars. Then the author fell into one of the most common of all traps and brought drama into it for drama sake. The truth is this story didnt need something to tear the lovers apart and cause angst.

It ruined the second half of the book - I spent the majority of the time going 'you have to fucking kidding me, what a LAME excuse to break up with someone you supposedly love'

This book contains cheating - a warni...more
Lu
Acabo de leer Simple Man, y no era lo que esperaba... digo, no penséis mal de mi, pero si es un libro LGTB siempre espero alguna escena para niños grandes, pero acá, nanay, te enteras de que han foll*do porque el narrador lo dice, pero los personajes no te invitan a ser un partícipe voyeur de tamaño acontecimiento.

Primero que nada el libro nos cuenta dos historias, la de Chip y Foster, y la de Brad y Jason, adelantaros que más me ha gustado lo poco que he tenido de Brad y Jase.

Brad y Jase son do...more
Arthur Fleschner
Here is a gay romance that is touching and my personal preference in heat. The author is interested in character and struggle and not in graphic portrayal. Considering this is a gay book, it is demure. Compared to my favorite female thriller/romance writers this writer is quasi Victorian. Okay, that is stretching it a bit. Nevertheless, it is refreshing to pick up a book focusing on gay character not gay sex written as the verbal equivalent of the Roman mosaics in Pompeii brothels.

Truly a lovel...more
Alicia Sanders
Ugh... it was okay. I feel like books need to have a warning for "gay for you" plot lines. That's when a character is straight except for this one special person. Porn doesn't work, no other same-sex body works, just that one person. I really don't believe that there are people like that.

Other than that, the plot was just okay. It was very predictable and I didn't care about the characters. At first the books was amusing and witty, but as it went on it just got tired. The sex was tame and/or fa...more
Ate
愉快な話ですv
コメディ系の青春恋愛映画を見ているような話の展開です。

この話には二組のゲイの恋愛があるんですが、メインのカップリングは、
大学のフットボール部の監督×大学に配属された新任の神父

監督の方はプレイボーイなストレートの男だったのですが、面白いことに、初めて神父に出会って一目ぼれするんです(笑)もうそれがほんとに可愛いし面白い!経験豊富な大人なのに完全に初恋に落ちた少年状態になるんですから、もうほんと可愛いです!一方の神父は、はじめからゲイと認知されてる神父で、ちょっとナイーブな好青年。この二人の恋愛はまるで十代の恋愛みたいにほんと可愛いです!あと笑いどころがたくさんあってほんと読んでいて楽しいですv

サブのカップリングとして登場するのは、大学のフットボール部に所属する二人の学生同士のカップル。二人はすごく親友同士で、お互いに親友以上の感情を相手に持っているけど、ストレートだと互いに思いあってるので、お互いに気持ちを打ち明けられずに戸惑ってるというすれ違いカプ。このカプは親友から一歩踏み出すまでの経過がとても微笑ましいです。

ハッピーエンド好きで、ユーモアとコメディが好きならお勧めです...more
Erika
Jun 24, 2014 Erika marked it as dnf
Dnf in 2010
Deanna also on Leafmarks because I miss Marco
A sweet simple story about a simple man who is blindsided by love. Of course Chip was not such a simple man and neither was Foster. Love is simple but we make it complex. There are no bad guys. There are some stupid people and some immature people, but it is a college campus. The supporting characters are important to the story. I enjoyed Brad and Jason and their beginnings of maturity. The writing is what kept this story from being trite. Eric Arvin can use words in the best of ways.

Dena
I loved everything about this book! It had me laughing out loud and it was so refreshing to feel the love and connection between two people who loved each other and it was clearly not just about The Sex. I especially loved the secondary characters Jason and Brad. I will be reading more books by this author.
thelastaerie
I really like Eric Arvin's writing, it's sparse, precise and with a great sense of dry humour. There are no big villains in Simple Men, there are just simple men looking for love and facing problems on the path to true love.
Maya
2.5 I was very disappointed in the way this book featured dual MC couples. Chip and Foster really were the main focus and the younger boys just felt like a huge, useless intrusion.
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"Some of [Arvin's] work is as direct as Hemingway with the sensitivity of O'Connor or Shields, and yet others nuanced as if Maupin wrote a letter to Penthouse." - Thom Fitzgerald, director THE HANGING GARDEN

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