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Wrestling with Desire (Wrestling #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  667 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Derek Thompson is a senior, a wrestler, and has a secret. He's gay. Scott Thayer is a new student who has just moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts from Iowa. On the first day of school Derek and Scott meet and their lives change in an instant. As Derek and Scott discover the things they have in common, they enter into one of the closest and most loving relationships either o ...more
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published October 20th 2010 by Featherweight Publishing (first published October 19th 2010)
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Oct 29, 2014 Elsbeth rated it liked it

Just a sweet, High School story about two boys who fall in love for the first time!!!

Dec 15, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it
Wrestling with Desire is a young adult coming of age story featuring sensitive, emotional teenagers exploring their sexuality. Now by this I mean the emotional and psychological impact of a first real relationship with raging hormones but not so much on screen sex. Considering their age and the genre, this isn’t too surprising and the two boys mostly kiss with a little groping and crotch shifting thrown in occasionally. This keeps the focus on the teenagers in their daily routines, which is both ...more
Nerine Petros
Apr 12, 2011 Nerine Petros rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Wrestling with Desire is set against the backdrop of high school, where the absolute last thing you want to be is yourself. The story starts at the beginning of the school year, and D.H. uses this well as a way of dating events and circumstances as they occur throughout the novel, finishing the story at the end of senior year.

Derek is definitely someone who hides his light under a bushel, and despite being a part of the wrestling team, lives the majority of his high school life striving to fade
¸. • * ° *❧Gwen❧ •°**★
Ahhh Sweetness!



Gosh, New Love Written So Well, I Loved It, This Was Such a Sweet, Sweet, Read!

Jun 07, 2012 Brad rated it it was ok
Okay. Obviously, you come to a book like Wrestling with Desire with certain expectations. It's going to be light and fluffy, maybe a little sensual, mostly giving its audience what they want. Even by that criteria, Wrestling with Desire has problems. The first half of the book feels empty, and the novel as a whole lacks a clear sense of direction. The second half of it is better with some actual conflicts developing between Derek and Scott and Scott and his father, but until that point, things a ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Cute story about a couple high school boys in love

Some of Derek’s inner debates/monologues were a little too wordy for me but other than that it was a great story.

It is young adult so no sex which was refreshing
Mar 20, 2011 Cryselle rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya
3.5 at my website

High school -- if offered the choice between eating a bug or reliving any one day of high school, I'd ask how big the bug is. This YA coming of age story illustrates the bittersweet reasons for the dilemma.

Growing up is hard enough, trying to complete senior year as an outsider coming into a stable group, as newcomer Scott has to do, makes it even harder. Fortunately, Derek, quiet, unassuming but still fairly popular, and also gay, is willing to befriend him. They find a lot of
Edina Rose
Real good coming of age novel.

The heroes are adorable, the story is very romantic. I would like to read a sequel: 5 or 10 years later when they have finished university and started a career etc. I would like to know how Scott's relationship with his dad evolves. Scott is describe as very confident, strong and with great morals, honour, he is very bright and likeable. He seems like a great guy. But we just see glimpses of that great character because he is still growing, slowly becoming his own
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
A very cute story about two high school students falling in love for the first time. Derek is gay, he's only out to his best friend Rebecca, and he tries to not attract attention. He is a good athlete and wrestling and music are his only passions. Scott is the new guy in school and Derek - who's immediately attracted to him - helps him during the first days in school and they soon become friends. They share their love for wrestling and slowly it becomes clear their friendship is turning into som ...more
John Ames
Aug 10, 2012 John Ames rated it really liked it

4 Stars

Wrestling with Desire is a very touching and emotional coming of age novel that is probably one of the most realistic I read so far. The story revolves around Derek Thompson, a very reserved teenager. On the first day of classes of his senior year, he meets Scott Thayer who recently moved to his hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Derek, who is secretly gay, is intrigued by Scott’s charming good looks and the fact they both wrestle. There is an in
Feb 16, 2012 Tame rated it it was amazing
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Nov 19, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
This is an official review from The Romance Reviews

I would have to say that this is the best coming of age story I have ever read. It shows the true angst of high school and teenage years. This story is about two senior high school students, Derek Thompson and Scott Thayer. Scott had moved to Cambridge Massachusetts from Iowa. Derek volunteered to show Scott around the school on the first day of class. Their friendship blossomed from the very start. Can you say love at first sight? Both being w
Dec 23, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read! I hadn't planned to read this all in one sitting, but once I had started I found it very difficult to put down. Wrestling with Desire was such a sweet, moving, and down-right wonderful story about first love - and I enjoyed every single page. The story is very much tailored for young adults, with much of the sex left to the imagination. That suited me fine, and I was happy to read about Derek and Scott's lives and the developments and changes they experienced through their ...more
Don Bradshaw
Great story with a good mix of first time romance and wrestling. Derek and Scott are well developed characters. Beck makes a perfect best friend to Derek and adds comic relief. Derek's parents are the dream parents every high school wants while Scott's parents are far from it. The angst is in the mild zone and the sex is close to nil as each young man learns to navigate the rivers of life and new love.
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Sep 17, 2015 Love Bytes Reviews rated it it was amazing
4.5 Heart Review by Kat

When I started this series I had not realized that the first book was YA. I had said I would do the review of the newest book if I could read and do the review on the entire series. I am not a “pick up a book mid-series” kind of reader.

I had not read a Young Adult in quite some time and it was refreshing. I have just retired from working in education, specifically High School, for many years. I was surprised and relieved to have Mr. Starr take it slowly, unlike the many ru
Mar 10, 2011 Snowtulip rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, sports
This book was truly enjoyable. I loved the dynamics between Scott and Derek and Becks. I felt those initial tinglings of first love and the jitters that go with it, it came across in the storytelling. I am so glad that the author wrote the characters with all the teenage insecurities and feelings that make no sense in your teen years, but are true and strong and help create your sense of self. Looking forward to reading more from D.H.
Sep 02, 2011 ~♥I_Luv_2_Read♥~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This was a really sweet read. I feel like it could have been shorter. Derick tended to drone on and there was a little to much minor stuff that wasn't pertinent. (Or maybe I just didn't care about paragraphs filled with what mom made for dinner, ect) I think cutting some of that out would have made the story better.

Over all though, the story was good and I will read the sequel.
Nov 07, 2015 Amazonaute rated it really liked it
I liked this story. Nice characters.

There is lots about wrestling which was very interesting as I know absolutely nothing about it. This book has 2 sequels which I enjoyed, following the boys as they go to college. I have quite a bit to say about those books, which I will in my thought-notes about them.

The boys are a couple of jocks, and quite popular at school, so it is interesting to get inside their heads. I will read more by DH Starr. Now that I think about it, a logical extension of where
Mar 31, 2016 Dick rated it it was amazing
A delight from cover to ending

Firsts , I have to mention it again. THAT COVER! When I saw the book in my BOOKBUB offering , I didn't even need to read the write-up . Now that I have finished the book I can confirm that I wasn't wrong.
Derick is a closeted wrestling player in his senior year who takes the responsibility of introducing the brand new student to the senior class and making sure that he is also brought in as part of the wrestling team.
Scott, the new student can't believe his luck in g
I don't read a lot of YA but I bought this one knowing that the rest of the books in the series are more NA. I did like Derek and Josh and the way their relationship developed. I did not like Beca at all, I thought she was a manipulative, hypocritical, nasty, inappropriate BITCH...and seriously, the obsession with nuts was disturbing, I have never known anyone to go on and on about nuts...whack job...and the epilogue scene was just TMI (view spoiler) ...more
Stephen Osborne
Aug 12, 2011 Stephen Osborne rated it liked it
I liked the writer's style, but too many things about this book bothered me. Derek and Scott moon all over each other and NO ONE at their school notices! Wow! That's SOME high school! They also don't talk much like athletes. I know a lot of gay wrestlers and athletes, and like their straight counterparts they talk a lot of smack and do a lot of posturing. None of that from Derek and Scott, which disappointed me. They talked more like members of the glee club than wrestlers. The author also has t ...more
Jennifer Labelle
May 27, 2011 Jennifer Labelle rated it it was amazing
Wrestling With Desire is an amazing coming of age story about two young men learning how to deal with everyday stresses and keeping the secret of their preferred sexuality from those around them.

Derek is an everyday popular jock in his high school,but he does everything he can to stay out of the spotlight. Less attention means less questions as far as his personal life is concerned. The only person he's able to confide in is his energetic, outspoken, caring and very dramatic friend, Beck. That
Jeff Erno
Derek Thompson is a rather self-effacing, reserved teenager, living in Cambridge Massachusetts. Although he already has come to the realization that he’s gay, he hasn’t yet come out to anyone. He is a gifted high-school wrestler, quite popular amongst his peers, and he is also passionate about his hobby of mixing music. He has a female best friend named Beck (Rebecca) to whom he has confided his sexual orientation.

Scott Thayer is a transfer student, originally from Iowa. He appears to be quite s
Sep 19, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it
Derek is a smart young high school senior who's grown comfortable flying under the radar. Though he's passionate about wrestling, a good student, and makes friends easily he prefers to go unnoticed when he can. He is particularly careful to ensure that his sexual preference goes unnoticed. With Rebecca, a great diva of a best friend that's relatively easy.

That is until Iowa boy Scott Thayer moves into town. Scott is a somewhat bigger, somewhat bolder, version of Derek right down to his enthusia
Wendy Ann
This was a really cute and sweet story of first love and coming of age that I thoroughly enjoyed. The story itself was fairly ordinary, nothing unusual, but the way that it was told lent a feeling of authenticity to the characters, their lives, their struggles and their emotions.

Derek and Scott were great guys. It was nice to see athletes portrayed as respectable young men, helping one another out, not into trouble, and having friends who acted the same way. Speaking of friends, I adored Derek’
Jun 17, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Derek, a popular student involved with wrestling, is gay. Only his best friend, Beck, knows. When Scott Thayer moves to town Derek is instantly attracted. They become good friends but Derek can't determine if Scott is gay or not. He's afraid to ask in case he's rebuffed.

I enjoyed Wrestling With Desire. I liked Derek and his caution. I liked how he and Scott are able to open up to each other. I loved Beck. She is a scream. Derek's parents are cool. Scott's parents are very different from Derek's
Elisa Rolle
Due to the publisher, the Young Adult line of MLR Press, and the author, who is writing for both targets, Young Adult and Adult, my expectation for this novel was to be a good compromise, meaning that a good love story, with enough “sexy” details to make it enticing, but not too much for being x-rated. And I’m glad to say that my expectations were completely met.

Derek is a senior high school student, gay but a little in the closet; it’s not that he is afraid, or scared, to come out, it’s only t
Veronica /  V
Apr 14, 2011 Veronica / V rated it liked it
First of all let me tell you what I like about this book, it is a very beautiful story and I love Derek, Scott and that funny adorable girl Beck.
now..what I didn't like:

This book is around 234 pages (Kindle). I would much rather have read a 130 page story without all the wrestling details. Sorry, but when I read a story about, say, M/M basketball players, I don't have pages and pages describing the game to me .. I really don't care.
I would have rather read more about the passion between Derek
Hans Hirschi
Mar 07, 2013 Hans Hirschi rated it really liked it
This is a cute story and I quite liked it.

I don't know what I did expect from a story set in High school, other than some faded distant memories coming alive again, but somehow our T&F meets were different and our coach was different, and being closeted, I never even got close to what is described in this book.

It was a light read, not too much drama, but still enough to keep me engaged, wanting to read on. At times I found the dialogue a little bit too adult, given that we're talking about
DNF @ 50%
I felt completely deflated reading this book, nothing happens, at all! I don't know how I got as far in as I did. And, good god, if i have to read about one more cock adjustment I think I might scream.
Definitely not for me.
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