RELEASE DATE: 2nd January 2014
BLURB: On his first day of college, all Jeremy Miller can think about is getting away from his hellish home life, making the wrestling team, and finally getting a real boyfriend. He’s sick to death of being used by closeted football players who are too afraid to admit they like guys. What he doesn’t count on is losing his mind over the gorgeous, golden-eyed wrestling captain who needs to keep their attraction a secret at all costs.
After earning a full-ride wrestling scholarship and getting accepted into an elite sports medicine program, Beck thinks he’s got it made. Now he’s a favorite for the national championship in his weight class. Life has never been sweeter or more predictable. Never mind that he’s gay and wishing he didn’t have to hide it. There will be plenty of time for a social life after graduation. Until then, he doesn’t need anything to get in the way of his big plans, and that includes the adorable little wrestler who’s got him all tied up in knots.
Pinned is the first story in the SSU Boys series and gives an amazing beginning to a hopefully long set of books. This is a perfect story for you if you like hot young guys falling in love, the dynamics of college life, and the wonderful world of sports, namely wrestling in this book. I’m totally biased as I do have a wrestler in my family, so I was reading with great pleasure. However, you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the story as there are very few sport-focused scenes here.
The focal point of the story is the building relationship between two wrestlers, Jeremy and Beck. They are attracted to each other at first sight, but the road to happiness is complicated and bumpy for various reasons, so they really have to fight for each other. The plot is amazingly built and I was pinned to my kindle from the first line till the last page, laughing out loud, shedding a few tears, holding my breath some other times feeling sucker-punched. The chemistry is over the top, sizzling hot. Jeremy and Beck share an instant lust towards each other. Their attraction is one of the most powerful I have read for a long time. Maris Black creates a world that depicts college life beautifully, showing young minds at their best and worst, making us remember what an amazing feeling it is to be young and feel so much, showing LOVE at its best. The emotions are real, the conflicts gut-wrenching at times, but never too much. The writer keeps the story perfectly balanced with hot, sweet, heartwarming and heartbreaking. Not only do we get to meet a set of intriguing secondary characters, but we also see Ben and Corey again from Owning Corey, which I think is a nice touch. I can’t wait to read the next story in the series. Highly recommended!