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Rocking the Boat

(CalPac Crew #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Nick Bedford coaches the men’s rowing team at California Pacific College, a small liberal arts school in Sacramento. He’s quiet, dedicated—and closeted. He struggles with professional ethics and NCAA rules as he denies his attraction for Morgan Estrada, one of his rowers. While they may not be far apart in age, the difference between coach and athlete leads Nick to worry a ...more
Published September 28th 2020 by NineStar Press (first published February 28th 2011)
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Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I know NOTHING about rowing, so this book is pretty intriguing for that alone. Mr. Koehler seems to do rowing as well so he knows a lot about the sport. The way he details on the practice and the race is good without being too technical. It seems like a good team-sport and I surely wish there are more movies about rowing.

I think this book presents a good issue of coach-athlete relationship. The portrayal of Nick Bedford, the coach (who is also 8 years older), who is trying to do it
Ellis Carrington
This was a refreshingly sweet love story. No BDSM, no vampires, just two guys at a college who had the hots for each other and fall in love despite the fact that maybe, technically, they probably shouldn't. That said, I didn't feel like I was reading two hundred pages of skipping though daisies. There was enough tension to keep me reading. The rowing angle was interesting and unique, and Koehler's love of the sport really shows though. Fun AND educational! Perv that I am, I have to admit that my ...more
MsMiz (Tina)
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf, glbt-all
2.5 - I do not think this was the book for me. I especially do not think I should have read it right after I read some other books where I felt the MCs were making really stupid, unreasonable teenage like decisions. That was this book. We have a coach of a rowing team. We have a rowing athlete. We have lust between them. So basically for the first 100 pages we get the coach picking daisies saying, I should not want him, I want him, I should not want him, I want him. Should I go on for 100 pages? ...more
Rachel Emily
LOVED this book! Great characters, great believable conflict, and a very strong overall read. Obviously the author knows a lot about crew, because I found all the attention to detail fascinating and spot on. I really, really enjoyed this...can't believe it's his first published novel! I'm definitely looking forward to more from Christopher Koehler...hopefully with some of the characters that were introduced in this book. Highly recommended!
Serena Yates
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This was a great combination between a pretty realistic love story between two very normal guys and a slightly exotic setting. The world of rowing isn't one that I'm very familiar with, and I liked all the little details I learned about that sport while I was reading about Nick and Morgan.

Nick is the older of the two, a graduate student and a coach, and he knows he's in trouble if anyone finds out he's falling for his younger colleague. Since they are both students I didn't have any issues with
In this contemporary M/M sports romance set in the world of collegiate rowing, the author does a great job of providing readers with an understanding of the sport and the hard work it takes for the coxswain (think "onboard coach") to perfectly synchronize eight rowers in a 60' shell and turn muscle into motion.

Rowers have been called the world's best conditioned athletes and in Rocking the Boat we are introduced to student / rower Morgan and graduate student / Coach Nick Bedford and all the str
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon by: Susan A
Shelves: aa-recommend
This was a bit choppy and slow going to begin with but it eventually picked up and I ended up really enjoying these two. We had to wait quite a while for the smexing but it was delicious if not a bit vanilla for my tastes. :)
Serena Yates
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, read-2020
'Rocking the Boat' is was a great combination of a pretty realistic love story between two very normal guys and a somewhat unusual setting. The world of rowing isn't one that I'm very familiar with, and I liked all the little details I learned about that sport while I was reading about Nick and Morgan.

Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
May 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This came really close to a DNF for me. I wanted to like this but the characters just grated on me and seemed way to much like teenagers instead the adults they were. Every time Nick couldn't decide what to do or made an ass out of himself he was running to Drew. His plan to get Morgan out of his mind by (view spoiler) is not something I think an adult would come up with. I also wasn't impressed with how he made the trouble he would be in with the various ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice read. Although I learned more about rowing than I ever wanted and the romance part was rather slow building, I liked both, Nick and Morgan enough to want to read on. Normally I'm not a fan of shoving the MCs of the next book into my face at the end of the current one, but I liked Drew and am curious of his story, so in this case for me it worked.
This was refreshing. Sweet, light, playful with a very real feel to it and just enough tension, conflict and dumb-ass moments to balance things out. There was a bit of erratic head hopping that was distracting at times, not too bad, enough for me to notice and back up. As much as I enjoyed Nick and Morgan's story, it was Drew that stole my heart, I hope he gets a story of his own.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a romance story of Nick and Morgan. Nick who was the men's rowing teams coach had an interest for one of his students on the rowing team (Morgan). Their love affair was steamy and at times cute. I questioned the fact that one of them was an authority figure in the love story/affair. It seemed to be secretive at the beginning and that was not fair to Morgan. I thought at times the story dragged on for a bit. It was a nice ending to the story. Overall, it was an okay book.

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T.A. Webb
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nick Bedford is one busy man. He is the coach of the California Pacific College rowing team, is in grad school, teaches and works off season in construction just to get by. Approaching 30, he is still a very fit man, and could still row on one of the teams he coaches. And he is gay and in the closet. And more and more, he finds himself thinking about one of the members of his team.

Morgan Estrada is on scholarship at CalPac, majoring in Comp Lit and rows for Coach Bedford on the men's 8's. Part
When I first saw this cover, I immediately knew it was something I'd want to read. One, it's drawn and I love drawn covers but two, the title and the paddle made me think it'd be something unique, that hasn't been written yet and I was right about that.

The story revolves around Nick, a men's rowing coach, and the struggle of falling for one of his rowers, Morgan. He struggles with the ethics of wanting Morgan and the angst of feeling like he's robbing the cradle. Morgan, however, feels Nick is
S.J.D. Peterson
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance, reviewed
First of all I know nothing about rowing and I tended to get lost in the beginning with all the new descriptions and foreign terms, but eventually I got it and I have to admit that the portrait of hot men rowing has been the subject of a few fantasies since reading this book. This was a great love story between Morgan and his rowing coach Nick. While technically what Nick did could be deemed wrong, he was grad student himself and it gave a great twist to the story. He knew it was wrong, his attr ...more
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rocking the boat is a nice read. I really enjoyed the story and the realistic portrayal of a relationship. The whole arc of having a coach and one of his athletes pursue a relationship was tastefully done and there was no creep factor at all. In fact, it felt like Nick was just an older college guy who happened to coach and so the 8 yr age gap didn't really mean anything. Like other reviewers I know absolutely nothing about rowing other than the little bit I've seen of it in movies. I love books ...more
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story as whole was interesting, but the couple just didn't have this HOT vibe which is usually felt while reading about really HOT couples. Both Nick and Morgan danced around each other with that shyness true whole book and it was just to much or for me, simple blah.... I know all man are not macho type, but two same types of characters, both being sweet, nice, dumb stuck in love with each other was just not attractive couple for me. The type of writing was to Vanilla or to young. I got this ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-contemp
The lure of perfect bodies in motion.

That's a good reason to be a sports' fan. Now as a coach that can be a bit tricky, especially if its' the bodies under your tutelage. A bit of an angsty tale of one coach trying to avoid the inevitable pull of one of his crew. But it's pretty hard to ignore all those fine muscles pulling with each perfect stroke. Morgan's caught in the dilemma of wanting what he thinks isn't playing on his field or available; Nick knows he shouldn't be playing at all, but for
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I read by this author. At the beginning I was a little disoriented by all the vocabulary relating to the rowing, but little by little the story was put in place and I enjoyed my reading. The characters and the story are interesting, I liked also how their relationship evolves. Some secondary characters are also to follow because I think soon we’ll find them in the other books in this series.
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book!
As many others here I know nothing about rowing too, but I felt myself enthralled in the crew almast as much as I was into Nick and Morgan's relationship.
I liked the characters, although sometimes I wanted to smack them upside the head for the stupid things they'd done, but their flaws just made them more real to me :)
Jess Candela
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, m-m
Before I read it I knew next-to-nothing about rowing. After reading it, I not only felt more knowledgeable, I checked out local rowing sites, eager to see about maybe learning to do it myself. I didn't follow through (yet?) but it definitely sparked an interest. And it had great characters, lots of humor, and good tension and resolution. What's not to love?
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this - you could tell the author had experience with rowing (I had to admit to being a tad concerned, but shouldn't have worried). Am interested to see what happens in the next book
Veronica of V's Reads
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Coach Nick Bedford is happy with is life. He's in a graduate program for exercise science and he's the head coach of the men's crew team at California Pacific University. In his late 20s this is a decent living. He tried finance and didn't like it, and he's much happier helping his athletes find their best skills and abilities. He'd like a steady boyfriend, but he's also pretty securely in the closet with his job, so it's not a hardship that he doesn't have a significant other.

What is particular
Justin Chen
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
2 stars

C Koehler is evidently knowledgeable, and passionate about college rowing. and scenes surrounding the training and competition are easily the best aspect of Rocking the Boat. It is also a setting rarely used in a M/M romance, and one can't deny, from a shallow, aesthetic-driven perspective, it is a rather ripe choice to conjure up some steamy, sexy time.

While Rocking the Boat. delivers on the sex, it falters quite a bit on its story and character development. The crux of the novella relie
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those slow burn M/M romances, where you either enjoy getting lost in the framing device-- in this case a college rowing team... or you want to rush through to find the romance. Nick is a grad student at one school, and a rowing coach at another. He unexpectedly finds himself attracted to Morgan, one of his team's best athletes. Matters of ethics and the heart go to battle.

Should he or shouldn't he? Should they or shouldn't they? Ethically, of course, they shouldn't-- but where rom
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 - 4

I’m not going to call Rocking the Boat a total loss, but I found myself pushing to get through it. So what was my issue? Mainly Nick. He was supposed to be the “older wiser” person in this relationship, but he failed miserably. At least in my opinion. Morgan made some mistakes, but he had his youth that kept me from getting as aggravated with him as I probably should have been.

So, maybe I’m being a little harsh and I could have forgiven Nick for giving into his attraction to Morgan, but
Oct 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
I actually stopped reading at 43% because I just couldn't continue. I did like the rowing aspect of the book, the author is very knowledgeable but, besides this, I did not enjoy anything else.

Nick and Morgan's spend most of the book [at least, until 43%] salivating for each other's bodies - that's all. It was physical attraction and nothing else which sucked the joy out of this book. I didn't really like Nick, he was an ass [like, who pushes his best friend towards the guy they like just to all
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
It took me a while for me to review this book after I finished it, and I almost didn't. The first half of the book is a push and pull dynamic where the coach, Nick and one of his crew, Morgan, are obviously attracted to each other. They both fantasize about the other and finally get together, although there are consequences. The problem I had with the book was the stilted dialogue and high school way the almost thirty year old coach dealt with his attraction. But also, Morgan didn't really give ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, ebook, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was a good story of a romance between a rowing coach and one of his athletes. I liked the build up of tension before they finally went for it. Morgan and Nick were great characters and I liked how they were both driven in their studies. It showed that even with the age difference, they were both students and in the same mindset.

I also appreciated that when the eventual fall out came, it wasn't drawn out, and was
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A was a little hesitant because of the blurb but I actually really enjoyed this book.
While I'm normally not one for books with obvious power differences I thought it was quite well done here. For one both protagonists are male and over the age of 21 with an age difference that isn't too bad. Both also acknowledge the problems that can result from their unequal positions.
While there were a few corny parts, the book overall was very sweet and had just the right amount of steam. Also the yearning
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