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Townie and the Twink

(Men of Holsum College #3)

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Insightful to a fault, Gabe Ashton knows Nick Flynn’s gay even if Nick doesn’t. And after seeing how the townie looks at his "buddy," Gabe knows Nick is in love with a guy who’ll never love him back. So Gabe invites Nick to campus parties and to hang out with new people. But soon their friendship turns physical, and Gabe wonders if he’s in just as much denial as Nick is.

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ebook, 122 pages
Published June 11th 2012 by Siren-Bookstrand
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Breann
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Breann by: Geri
Well, hell. Could these college boys get any hotter? I don’t know if I could handle it if they did.

So if you’re in the mood for some light, sexy fun… c’mon, let me tell you about Nick & Gabe.


Nick is straight. Of course he is, why else would he let his new friend Gabe blow him? Gabe has excellent gaydar. It’s like his superpower and knows Nick is gay at first sight. He slowly but surely gets Nick to realize this about himself as well.

Daisy Harris knows how to write some good sexual tension.
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Camille Adams
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one! It exceeded my expectations. A well-written, light read. I thought the characters were great. And the portion where Nick had to come to terms with maturing past an idealised image he held in his mind was wonderful. I would try this author again :-)
namericanwordcat
3.5 Stars

I had avoided reading this series but well ManLove classic or not isn't a huge advertisement of thoughtful written romance. Also, this publisher can be a bit pricey and the books are never lendable so I can try a writer through lending without buying and with a ManLove title my library doesn't seem to carrying them...

However, I am liking this series.

Gabe goes after Nick. The part of the book where Gabe has superpowers of observation is a bit underdeveloped and a bit arrogant as well. I
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Nic
I like this one just for the title - cute and fun, just like the story!

This series is pretty easy reading including this book which has a gay-for-you theme. Gabe befriends Nick. Gabe supposedly has a finely turned gaydar and recognises that Nick is gay although Nick doesn't think so himself.

Nick has always been a bit obsessed with his best friend John, something even his mother picks up on, but he denies his feelings are actually attraction. He continues to deny he can be attracted to men and ma
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V
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another lovely sequel, this author really created such a cute and adorable characters.
I think this story was the simplest among this series, although very enjoyable.
The way this 2 characters got together was nicely done.
My humble opinion is, if you weren't happy with book 1 or 2, this story may not be for you.
If you are looking for lots of drama and angst, you won't find it here.
For me, it was perfect.
I'm looking forward to read the next sequel.
Silkeeeeeereads
When you are ready to just cuddle down and read hot sex scene after hot sex scene, this is the book.  Fortunately I love hot sex scenes. 
Chris
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, gay, ebook, romance, done
Very good m/m romance about a college student who can tell that the cute townie from class is closeted, even from himself, although his blatant lusting after his lifelong best friend gives him away.
Lucy
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

I am a big fan of the Holsum College men (and I feel like a complete idiot in that I never connected Holsum=Wholesome. Maybe Ms. Harris didn’t mean it that way, but suddenly it hit me they are wholesome men. OMG). Anyway, this is a series I enjoy and I am happy that I liked this one as well. Actually, I adored Gabe (the twink). He is funny, insightful and kind. The man is never mean, though he could be. He does things because they make him feel good about himse
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Jen Davis
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This third installment in the Men of Holsum College series was kind of a mixed bag for me. There were some things I really liked, while others didn't quite work. Let me give you a little set-up on the story.

Gabe is an openly gay college student who knows Nick only as an acquaintance through class. But Gabe is a very perceptive guy and he recognizes the fact that Nick is likely gay. In fact, after running into him at a pub one night, Gabe realizes that that Nick is in love with his very hot and v
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Charnel's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

Gabe and Nick, WOW. The beginning of this friendship is fun to watch. Gabe is slick, that’s for sure, getting Nick comfortable with him while showing Nick how gay Nick is. Straight guys look at other guys, straight guys masturbate together, straight guys kiss each other, and straight guys suck each other off. LoL

Gabe or how I like to think of him, Mister Know It All, falls quick and hard; as the reader I really feel for him because Nick has no, I mean a
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Mandy*reads obsessively*
Like the first one in the series there was an out and proud MC and a clueless MC.
It was sweet watching Gabe help Nick realize that he wasn't as straight as he thought he was.
A light cute easy read.
Gabbi

Alright…I admit that the Men of Holsum College series has become a favorite of mine. Ms. Harris has an ability to grip this reader into these characters’ lives. Each one of her books in the series has had well-written characters that easily live in this reader’s heart and mind long after I finished reading these books. Although, I’ve really liked all of the books in the series so far, The Townie and the Twink, is my favorite in the series so far.

If there is such a thing as a perfectly spot on ‘
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Ni_kii
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Gabe knows as soon as he meets Nick that he’s gay; unfortunately, Nick doesn’t realise himself. When he witnesses the lovelorn looks that Nick gives his best friend, Gabe recognises that he is mooning after a straight man who can never reciprocate his feelings. He tries to help Nick out and extract him from a potentially hurtful situation by taking him into his fold and trying to give him other friends. But the more time they spend together, the more the attraction builds for Gabe. Is he destine ...more
Andrea
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Full review can be seen at Sedutive Musings.

Daisy Harris is going down as one of my favorite authors of 2012. She’s been writing for a while but I didn’t discover her until this year when I read the first book in the Men of Holsum College series. I love her characters, the amount of emotion she manages to drag out of me and how genuine the romances feel. She delivered exactly that once again in Townie and the Twink.

Gabe has a superpower, after careful observation he can read people. He’s been wa
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ebook, romance, request
Each book in this series seems so realistic to me. Now granted that thought is coming from a heterosexual woman’s opinion on these fictional men’s relationships. It’s just that Daisy has written these men in a way that they seem so real to me. The emotions these guys go through just seem to me as open heartedly genuine. Part of growing from teen to adult people discover new things about themselves, they meet new people, and some move off.

Nick falls into most of the above. He has transferred int
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

First things first...there is no way I will go any further into this review without acknowledging the elephant in the room. Or in this case, the terrible cover. I really almost did pass up on reading this because it was hurting my eyes. Gahhhh! But the blurb was catching and I really did want to see what these college boys were all about. I am actually really glad I did! So if this is holding you back, please get past that!

This was my first read by Dais
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Jennifer
I liked Townie and the Twink much more than Diva and the Frat Boy, but it still didn't capture the magic of College Boys for me. Still, I enjoyed learning more about the boys of Holsum College which continues to become a more detailed and sometimes poignant setting as the series progresses.

Both main characters were interesting and went beyond the typical gay stereotypes despite Gabe's flamboyant nature. Gabe was a hilarious protagonist and I loved reading about how insightful he was about other
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Nichole (DirrtyH)
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, m-m, college-boys
I was right, book 2 was an anomaly. I liked book 1, but book 2 did not work for me on any level. But I decided to go ahead and try book 3 and I'm glad I did. This was just the right amount of sweet and sexy. Very short, and it ended a little abruptly, but otherwise it's exactly the kind of book I love. Romantic without being sappy, hot but not porny, enough tension to be interesting but pretty low on the angst scale. Recommended.
Shannon
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm going with "cute" for this one. Okay, cute and hawt! Dayum, some of those sex scenes were just....wow. We have Gabe, an out and proud gay college boy and Nick, a "straight" boy who becomes Gabe's bff and stroke buddy. Things get hot and sticky and yeah, you know. I'll admit I was annoyed with Nick's gay denial but overall a really cute read.
Nikko
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I loved this one from the series so far!! Will definitely read this again!! =)
Therese
Very enjoyable, wish it was longer...
Selipperydickdip
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
Quick easy read

Kinda sweet
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
I hate to say this..I really do….but I just didn’t like this one. Daisy Harris has continually won me over with her strong writing and her ability to make me care about her characters in a short amount of time. I’ve come to enjoy her gay romance novellas and have found that I don’t generally like that sub genre.

I think my main problem with Townie And The Twink was Nick’s completely delusional take on his sexuality. Nick spends a good chunk of the book saying things and then doing the complete op
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~lil maso~
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gabe and Nick's story is a beautiful one, heartbreaking at times.

Gabe can see that Nick is gay, sadly Nick doesn't know or accept that.

This story is mainly about Nick's self discovery. He is in some serious denial about his sexuality.
Gabe gently introduces Nick to the side of himself that he has been denying.
During it all, Nick tends put his feelings down to "not in a gay way".

Its heartbreaking watching this story unfold and watching Gabe fall head over heels for Nick, all while Nick remains
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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Okay, this cover is just bad, it so many ways. I looked at it and said "oh, gross. Wonder if that's why this book has fewer ratings than book four?" Yeah bad, unappealing cover. :(

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Valentina Heart
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

With TOWNIE AND THE TWINK, Daisy Harris is coming back to that level of ‘wickedly good' that first hooked me to her Men of Holsum College series.

The great characterization is back and the level of hotness as well as intimacy is high enough to keep the reader interested. This time she won me over with Gabe and his special superpower, which made me laugh more than once. Nick was a bit lost and confused, but genu
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Julesmarie
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: gfy-ofy, m-m
Again, I was impressed by Ms. Harris's ability to create realistic characters that made me care about them. Watching Gabe fall for Nick was indeed heartbreaking, as many other reviewers have said. But I was very impressed by the way he handled everything with Nick. (view spoiler) ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I really enjoy books like this where one of the guys is struggling with his sexuality. In this book, that guy is Nick. Not only is he struggling, he's in flat-out denial, even when things go a bit further between him and Gabe than would ever happen between two hetero guys. He's DEEP in denial, which is incredibly frustrating for Gabe who is falling big-time for this guy.

I felt so badly for Gabe in this book. He tries to gently push Nick into understanding what's happening, but Nick jus
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Sadonna
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, pdf, contemporary, gfy-ofy
I think this is my favorite so far in this series. Here we have Gabe, a student at Holsum who is definitely out and Nick, a local who has just transferred to the college after having attended a community college, who claims to be straight. They have a class together and when Gabe runs into Nick at a pub off campus , he can see the crush that Nick has on his high school friend John. He just knows that Nick is gay, even if Nick himself doesn't know it.

What ensues is Nick figuring out what it is t
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books are love
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gabe is the best thing to happen to Nick. Nick’s best friend John is a douche. Okay well he uses Nick for his own who knows but he knew Nick had a crush on him and took advantage of it. Made him feel like he was nothing without John. Gabe is the one that helps Nick out of that.

Gabe Is also the one that helps Nick see who he is and be comfortable with that. Although I think Chris has a role there as well. Chris helps him see it is okay to be a regular guy and like Gabe. you don’t have to change w
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Retired party girl and science fiction enthusiast, Daisy Harris spends most of her time writing sexy romance and plotting the fall of Western civilization. Her books can be found on Amazon, Nook, and wherever else fine erotic romance is sold.

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Men of Holsum College (8 books)
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