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The Kinsey Scale

(Campus Connections #1)

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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Life is good for Eric Brown. He’s a senior theater major, an RA for a freshman dorm, and has a great circle of friends. Single since sophomore year, Eric isn’t looking for love. But then Will Butler—fellow senior, co-RA, and the cutest guy Eric’s ever seen—walks into his dorm. Will has a girlfriend he sees off campus—a minor disappointment that becomes a major problem when ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 89 pages
Published November 9th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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☆ Todd
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it

Meh. Sadly, this "campus connection" story felt much more about the campus than the actual connection for me. : (

Stories about collegiate MC's are totally my ideal jam, but I never fully bought into the growing relationship between Eric and Will.

I suspect that the main reason for that was the single point of view given, Eric's. I would've killed to know what was going on in Will's head, as he and Eric were assigned to the same dorm room, then spent loads of time together, getting to know one ano
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Sandra
Utterly adorable novella, first in a new series - yeah, sign me up!

You know what they say about assuming, right? Right. Apparently Eric forgot that little tidbit when he meets Will and assumes that Will is straight. I mean, it's obvious, right, because Will has a girlfriend named Jessie, even if Jessie is never seen, but Will spends time with her on weekends, so clearly he's got a thing with Jessie going.

Until he doesn't.

And since Eric and Will are both RAs, and got thrown together due to a room
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SoCalBookReviews
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 Stars

This book was cute, but on the shorter novella side. I think the page count for this storyline was pretty spot-on and the premise, plot and story for these two guys was good and flowed well. I enjoyed reading this book since it was so quick, you can get through it easily start to finish.

Eric and Will are in college and end up being roommates and co-RA’s for their dorm. Eric is kind of oblivious when it comes to Will and everyone around him. He thinks he has Will pegged from day one
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Joyfully Jay
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars


The Kinsey Scale is a novella and it moves quickly through the months. We see highlights through Eric’s POV that show us how smitten he’s becoming, and that it’s not just primal lust. They have a nice balance of personalities, with Eric being high-strung and Will the mellow fellow. I had a few “can’t believe it” moments, especially around the campus issues around being Resident Assistants. Eric is insistent that Will is straight, and Will shows some awkwardness t
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Jess
This book was provided for free by the publisher and Love Bytes in exchange for an honest review.

This review was first posted to Love Bytes: LGBTQ Book Reviews. It has been slightly edited here for content.

I’m a fan of CJane Elliott’s longer works, and I was excited to read a story of hers with a college setting. She really brings the chemistry between two characters, but the story itself feels forced and unoriginal. Eric and Will deserve better!

This is one of those stories in which the main con
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Rian Durant
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Short and sweet is a good way to describe The Kinsey Scale and this is actually what the synopsis promises - story about guys on campus, complete with misunderstandings leading to a happy ending. 

The writing is very nice and there are some quite interesting scenes  but to be honest I didn't feel the attraction between the main characters that much. Although it was said enough times that it is a lot more, it read a bit skin deep. Maybe it was because it was only from Eric's point of view and to b
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Lillian Francis
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filed
* college roommates
* sexual assumptions
* Pining. Lots of pining. And jealousy (which makes for bad decisions)
* plenty of dorm life
* FAAABUULOUS friends
* slow burn
If any of the above appeal to you then you'll love this quick read (about 90mins for me)
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The Kinsey Scale of the first book in the first book in the Campus Connection series by CJane Elliott. I liked the story of Eric and Will but it was a bit jumpy, as in one moment it was Thanksgiving and the next Christmas break. I would have loved more...... well just more.
Calila
*Received A Copy To Review From The Author*

Decent enough read. But I don't fully believe in the couple. I don't particularly like Eric very much. He had nice moments, but he spent most of the book being jerk and making assumptions and dismissing most of everything Will says, including once Will finally opens up about his orientation. I didn't like that at all. And worse is he's not called out on it once. It's all just allowed as if it were okay. Like I said, Eric has good moments but they didn't
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Natosha Wilson
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Talk about two men that do not really know one another at all. Both men are lying to the other and neither of them have a clue. I found this to be a great read. It is a book about two men that like the other but one man bases what the other man looks like on him being straight. So this is where the misunderstandings and lies come into play. CJane Elliot wrote a great book on never making assumptions based off the cover of the book.

Eric is excited about his life. He is a senior in college and he
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ButtonsMom2003
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog
A good story with an HFN.

I really enjoyed reading The Kinsey Scale; I seem to have an affinity for college stories and this is a good one. This one has lots of tropes: fake boyfriend, forced proximity, secrets and secret attraction.

Eric and Will are Resident Advisors (RAs) for a freshman dorm. Due to a shortage, they have to share a room. Eric is attracted to the good-looking Will as soon as he spots him and knows that sharing a room with the straight guy is going to be torture.

The blurb really
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Xanthe
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an entertaining college romance that, to me, actually reads a little bit like a soap opera/tv series.
It's a short story spanning most of the college year as Eric crushes on his new roommate and co RA, Will. They spend a lot of time together and develop a strong friendship, all whilst Eric assumes that Will is straight. There is an undercurrent of attraction on both sides that their friends can sense but are unable to convince Eric of the possibility that Will could be attracted to him.
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Megan
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Two unlikely young men are thrown together yet quickly become close friends. The dramatic and very openly gay Eric and Will, the straight jock, find that they make excellent RA partners as well as friends but when the attraction deepens for one of them it begins to put a strain on their relationship. Not everything is as it seems, though, and there are secrets that will be revealed that just may change their relationship forever. But if neither can find the courage, that change might spell an en ...more
Denise Shirley carter
The Kinsey Scale by CJane Elliott is my first read by this author. The story follows two college RA’s who become roommates when no other options are available, and eventually are glad that they have one room together. 😉 It takes some time during their senior year, but eventually they get their HFN.

I enjoyed the story, although it was a slow burn. Eric believed that Will was straight, and he himself had been out for quite a while, so going back in the closet was not an option. Will, meanwhile, wa
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Susan
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of The Kinsey Scale by CJane Elliot via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review. This is easily the best meet-cute book I’ve read this year. Eric is a fun narrator, an out-and-proud theater major who is an RA his senior year in college, although why he is putting himself through that is never clear. He lusts after Will right away but decides he is off-limits since he is straight. Given Will’s background, it is not surprising he’s developed some less-than-heal ...more
Amy Stauffer
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
This was such a fun, light, and fluffy read. An assumption, a couple of lies, then fear of rejection can cause quite the kerfuffle.

Eric and Will were both going to be RAs their senior year. They both received their dorm assignments and rooms, then everything changed. Next thing they know they're Co-RAs AND sharing a room. Luckily they discovered they made a good team and quickly became friends.

I found the book to be well written, and the characters were charming. The laughter was contagious, a
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Cathy Brockman
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Eric was besotted with Will the moment they met, but immediately assumed him straight.
Will had a girlfriend Jessie he sees on the weekends so that just cements Eric’s beliefs about Will, until a chat with friends and Will says he is a three on the Kinsey Scale.
This is a short and sweet story. I never really related to either character. I liked Eric’s friend and ex boyfriend Jerry better than either main character. He literally stole the book. There is a cute twist regarding Will’s girlfriend
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E.Muddle
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a sweet and fairly low-angst story. After a housing shortage causes Will and Eric to have to share a dorm, they fast become good friends. And to Eric, he certainly wishes Will could be something more. But Will is straight... and worse, he has a girlfriend. So Eric does the only thing he can think of and pretends he is still together with his ex-boyfriend. Both of their behaviour definitely frustrated me at times, and I didn't feel like we got enough character depth to really understand o ...more
Edga
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoy college stories, and looked forward to this one. The story was ok, but unfortunately, I found it lacking in some areas Things took place which I couldn't really see the point of. Also, I always enjoy a story from a two person point of view. As other reviewers have said, I really wanted to know what was going on in Will's head, as well as Eric's. I think that would have made more sense of the connection between the two guys, which I really didn't feel . More than anything though, I ...more
Janet Hunt
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super cute, fast, and short story. But I loved Eric and Will! Eric is out and proud and Will is his straight new Co-RA. It is a sweet story. Eric is crushing hard on Will and asks his ex-Jerry to pretend to be his boyfriend. All the side characters in this story were really great. Loved Jerry, he was funny! Low angst. Loved it, I would definitely recommend it.
I am voluntarily leaving a review form an ARC that I received from Gay Romance Reviews. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and op
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Valerie
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved how Eric and Will's story came together and ended in their HEA. When you meet Eric, is one of the RA's and meets Will, who has been assigned to room with him. Eric tells himself Will is straight and he refuses he harbor a crush on the man, even going as far as asking his ex for a rescue. But the more Eric and Will get to know each other, the deeper their friendship and a sizzling attraction between them grow. There are several surprises to their story, but the connection between the two ...more
Shannon Tolen
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, short college roommate romance and was an easy read. Eric and Will were both good characters, but there didn’t seem to be much that really set them apart as main characters. There is very little heat (only one intimate scene), and most of the book was build up for Eric and Will to get together. I wish there had been more of the actual relationship and maybe even some from Will’s point of view. Overall, it wasn’t a bad read, but I feel that it could have been so much more.
Denise GremoryKohta
Cute, funny, and sweet.

Thank goodness for miscommunication and poor gaydar. Eric and Will get along so well and become friends so easily but are completely clueless at the same time. Throw in a lot of Jerry and a little Tyrone and you’ve got a great crew. Thoroughly entertaining and a joy to read.
Kellie
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eric and Will are in college and end up being roommates and co-RA’s for their dorm. Eric is a theater major who is totally outgoing and fun, Will is quieter and opposite of Eric. Eric does a lot of assuming about Will and a lot of misunderstandings are going on between them.

This was a quick cute that I enjoyed story reading. I definitely recommend this book!
Dawn
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great quick read

This was a good quick read. The storyline was interesting and intriguing. Loved the way the story plays out. The characters Darwin and Cody are great and go well together. Can’t wait for the next book
Rachwithheadinabook
3.5* rounded up to 4*

This is a likeable short-ish story about forced proximity, roommates to lovers, a typical college campus romance. Both characters were personable and seemed well rounded, I would however would have liked to have Will’s POV as well as Eric’s. As I said this is a likeable read with secondary characters who tend to steal the scenes, Jerry is my favourite hopefully his book is better, this was a bit soap opera-esque for me, I will be giving the next one ago.
Celine
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story

This was nice, short and sweet story.

I liked both Eric and Will, they are sweet. The misunderstanding and friends to lovers situation was cute.

Nice story for a quick moment of evasion
Zane Kage
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5
3.5 stars
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

In an unusual for me move, I re-read the blurb prior to writing this review. The reason I don’t normally do this is because I don’t want to taint my review with wording from the blurb. However, in the case of The Kinsey Scale, I wanted to find out how much of the plot the blurb gives away because I wasn’t really sure how to write my review. You see, this is a really cute and sweet romance between an out and proud theater maj
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Jumi Ramirez
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Short & sweet! ...more
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After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJANE ELLIOTT finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they ...more

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