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The Freshman

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Nate Mathews is a murderer. Alfie doesn’t know the details of his crime, and he doesn’t want to. All he knows is Nate Mathews is evil, and his colleagues at Larkwood prison shudder at his name.

But Alfie has caught Nate’s eyes, and they start flirting in the early hours. It’s forbidden, terrifying, but arousing too. One whisper of ‘Freshman’ from Nate, and Alfie’s stomach
Kindle Edition, 165 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Evernight Publishing
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Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this!

I mean, gosh, those characters…


18 year old former foster home kid Alfie is proud of his job as a night guard in a prison. It earns him a nice income, free housing close to work and gives him a responsible task.

His colleagues call him all kinds of names, as he’s still the green new guy, not to mention the youngest guard in Larkwood prison ever.

Alfie wants to finally move to the day shift, but he’s grateful when he’s promoted to do nights at the infamous H-Wing where the
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jan by: Truuss / Loveislovereview
Holy shit!
Suspend disbelief and enjoy this ride, people!
Louise Collins killed at the slow burn.
I mean, sweet baby jeesus....THE TENSION she created is out of this world.
It kept me on my toes all along making it really hard to put down.

Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2018
3.5 Stars

This story is the definition of the slow burn (in a good way) with the high tension between MCs! It was my first read by this author and I liked it! My complaint is that the ending wasn’t enough for me! I needed more and if there was an epilogue, it would be better! And at the end, I had some questions without their answers such as (view spoiler) Told
Shin Mon Thway
DAMNNNNN!!! All that super yummy UST! Kept me on the edge all damn time! If you still don’t know me after all this time, I’m an impatient gal! I like sizzling UST just like the other gals! But I normally hate it when the action still hasn’t happened at 50% mark. Well, certainly not the case in this book. I would say “The Freshman” the book is uniquely refreshing, intriguing and captivating. If you are not fastidious about minute details and love suspenseful, thrilling romances, this one is ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

I had some mixed feelings with this one. It definitely started strong and it actually was a pretty solid read till the last couple of chapters. Those chapters were enough to bring down my rating and I how I ended up feeling about this book.

What I liked was the sexual tension, the chemistry between the MC, maybe it felt so intense because it was forbidden with one of them being a prisoner, and the other a prison guard. Whatever it was it was definitely the best part for me. Another
Lorraine Lesar
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The slow burn that sizzles in the heat it throws out....

My lips are sealed.
All you need to know is that this was a 5* read for me.
But I’ll be kind and warn all you purists out there that you are going to have questions, lots and lots of questions. are not going to get the answers you are looking for. And I think, that in this case, it was the right decision by the author, because did we really need to know?

Truuss / Loveislovereview
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, m-m
5 BIG stars
Oww whoahh!! I loved this one. Read it in one breathe, because i couldn’t put it down.
Forbidden so forbidden but my goodness... it was more than awesome.!!

Alfie always has the night shifts in the Larkwood prison. As being the youngest the nicknames are flying around his head. When he hears a voice whisper ‘Freshman’ and sees Nate for the first time he is speechless. But Nate is a dangerous killer. Together they play a dangerous game.

The building up and anticipation was just killing.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I misjudged this book.
It's dark, sure.
But what makes it dark is the setting and the psychological war that's going on inside Alfie's head. There's no blood and gore and torture, and stuff like that.
Other than that, it's pretty effing romantic! <3
Nate seduced me with his purring "Freshman..." grrr ;P He's very intense.
Alfie is your typical Goody Two-shoes. He follows the rules and compassionate. And loyal, he just doesn't know who to be loyal to, and therein lies the problem. He is different
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twisted and hot. Mind games. It has that funky fall for an inmate taboo. A well written page turner without oodles of erotica thrown in but sweet biscuit! The whispers alone were off the charts seductive. Trust me on this one. These are the things I really enjoyed. All of the above.

Now for the infamous eye roll. Implausibility is thy middle name. Let’s just say it was a pretty long stretch, especially toward the end. Dear Author, you hooked me early and often. It got to where I didn’t care
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-grit, lgbtq
4.5 stars ... holy smokes ! A forbidden adventure for Alfie as he becomes the obsession of Nate - the high level prisoner he guards on the night shift. I loved the relationship build and could totally understand Alfie falling for Nate. I wished for an epilogue- I have so many questions!!! Read this in one hit.. really was great
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars!!

OMG!!! This was the MOTHER OF ALL SLOW BURNS! The tension not only between the characters, but the tension of their situation as guard and prisoner slayed me!!

This gave me so many feeels! I’m going to leave it at that. You don’t really want to know much of this book before reading it. I didn’t even read the blurb. I just saw that some of my besties here on GR loved it and that was enough for me. I went in blind and loved every word of this story!!

For some, the ending
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
This really is as good as many reviews have promised.

I was totally intrigued and on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
Because what could possible be the outcome of a young, innocent guy (Alfie) being systematically pursued by a triple murderer (Nate) but complete disaster?

The increasing trepidation as Alfie gradually falls for Nate and - against his (and my) better judgement -gives in to his seduction games, is really beautifully executed. Full kudos to Louise Collins for all the 'Don't
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Trio by: Martin
Shelves: dark, mm-romance, bdsm
$.99 right now

Every bit as good as everyone is saying and definitely well worth the read! Louise Collins draws out the story so perfectly and the only thing I wish she'd done differently was to add maybe 20 more pages at the end... Not wanting to give anything away here I'm not going to say more - but damn, YES read this book!
Denise H.
***** This is a gem ! The anticipation, the circumstances, the erotic feel of this tale is stunning !
In the UK, Alfie, 18, is new as a prison guard.

He takes more crap from his fellow guards than the prisoners.
It's tough being the new guy. His boss is cantankerous and his fellow guards are slackers.

Triple murderer, Nate, who's been there 10 years,

has taken a liking to Alfie.
He calls Alfie "Freshman" but in a nice way, and they are drawn to each other, but Alfie can't let his guard down.

May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
*3.75 stars*

I'd have rated this higher had the ending been more satisfying. I was hoping for a different outcome but it felt abrupt and the pairing needed more time together.

Regardless, I liked it a lot and I think it was very well written. One of those mindf@cks where you can't tell right from wrong but you 're rooting for the "bad" guys. This author is on my radar now for sure.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I tell you, MM romance sometimes has the weirdest combos of MCs and I love it! This is one of the few cases where the story delivered through and through, making me more proud to be an avid reader of this genre. This book was everything, like the thing you never knew existed but now that you’ve had it you can’t get enough of it.

It was surreal - the whole experience. I didn’t anticipate the author to be so consistent with the characters, the pacing and the heat between them. This novel is what
Leaf of Absence
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Before I say anything else, I need to get this off my chest:

This prison has the most bumbling, incompetent staff and lacking security protocol I’ve ever seen (and I should know, I’ve watched a number of prison documentaries and stuff!).

Also, whoever (copy)edited this deserves editor jail because so. many. typos.

Also, I still don’t know why Alfie wanted to become a prison guard, it was never explained! But after having everyone ask him about it, I too want to know. Was it for the good money?
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, hot, bad-boys
After powering through Louise Collins series Adrenaline Jake I needed to see what else she had for me. I had this one on my TBR for some time, GR fiends highly recommend, but I didn’t realize it was the same author. Great story that had me hooked from the beginning. I will definitely be following

Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I loved everything about this ... except the ending. It didn't feel quite like an HEA, or at least not the one I was hoping for. I'll still give this a high rating because the rest of it had such an emotional kick for me.
In essence this is an engrossing prison story with interesting power dynamics and spoonfuls of UST, but the lazy plotting and poor writing spoils it to an extent. To what extent will depend on how forgiving you are of things like incredulous plot-advancing situations, a cast of cardboard characters, and repetitive usage of words (literally everyone in this book "hissed" and "tut-tutted", and the MC is apparently incapable of simply breathing, instead "he released a slow breath through his lips ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angst, emotional, dark
Wow... Wow...
First book from this author and I devoured it.

Too short but yet still very complete. I would have loved to have Nate's PoV but Alfie's innocence was so perfect here. I really felt everything between these 2.

Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short book is so hot and steamy that it made me overlook all the plot holes.

"You’re in prison for murder, and I’m your prison officer.”

Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lendable, m-m
4 Stars!
Hands down better than the one I read yesterday (The Rat)...
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That story is easily described with a simple wow.
Amazing story telling - 100% sure that I will reread this one soon.

And seriously how adorable is the name Alfie if it would go with my surname that name would be on the list for future kids!
Joyfully Jay
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Holy smokes, this story redefines the idea of a slow burn. Also, I’m not sure I would call it a romance or even go as far as to say there is a happy ever after, but more of a happy for now considering the circumstances under which the two main characters finally get to be with one another. I will tell you that the HFN is very rewarding in a slightly psychotic sort of way. Oh how I wish I could give you more information, but that would give away everything this novel
Waleska 'Wally'
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Reader A , Lg Reads ,Shin Mon Thway , Misty Walker , Lorraine Lesar
An exhilarating reading experience

I am so glad , I followed this book recommendation. Because , what an intense story this book turned out to be!

85 % of the book occurs in building H , during the night shift at a prison . The main characters are Nate , an early 30ish inmate for the crime of triple murder and Alfie , a 18 years old new prison guard .

Due to who they are in the prison, Nate and Alfie interactions are limited in time and to space and that makes for some serious UST , anticipation
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The moment, I read "prison romance" I cannot stop myself, this is definitely one of my favorite tropes.
However, unfortunately not many authors dare to write this in a proper way.
Usually "our" prisoners are completely innocent, only wanted to protect someone and of course are rather saints than sinners.
What I prefer reading about is someone who made a mistake in his life and maybe deserves a second chance, even if he doesn't believe it himself (yet).
"The fence and then the trees" is such a book,
Had more hopes for this one due to the good reviews but it was a barely 3 star read for me.
A lot goes unexplained. Who helps Nate break free? Why his sister disappeared from his life? Where did he get all the money from?
I don’t know... I didn’t feel the connection between the two MCs.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars

Wonderful book until I got to the end. Excellent treatment of the prisoner and guard MM trope but unfortunately the ending ruined the story for me. I found it cheap and simplistic compared to the rest
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