Guest Reviewed by Gyn
Title: A New Man
Author: P.D. Singer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Senior year of college is for studying, partying, and having fun before getting serious about life. Instead, Chad’s days are filled with headaches and exhaustion, and his fencing skills are getting worse with practice, not better. Then there’s his nonexistent love life, full of girls he’s shunted to the friend zone. Is he asexual? Gay?
Grad student Warren Douglas could be out clubbing, but his roommate is better company, even without kisses. He’s torn up watching Chad suffer, gobbling ibuprofen and coming home early on Friday nights. If Chad weren’t straight, Warren would keep him up past midnight. They’re great as friends. Benefits might answer Chad’s questions.
A brief encounter with lab rats reveals Chad’s illness—he needs surgery, STAT, and can’t rely on his dysfunctional parents for medical decisions. Warren’s both trustworthy and likely to get overruled—unless they’re married. “You can throw me back later,” Warren says, and he may throw himself back after his husband turns out moody and hard to get along with, no matter how much fun his new sex drive is. Surgery turns Chad into a new man, all right…
…but Warren fell in love with the old one.
Review: A New Man by P.D. Singer was definitely in with the new and out with the old, making it a refreshing read. The story may start off like your typical college story of two roommates, one gay and the other questionably straight, but it quickly develops into so much more.
No more college students in frats, chugging down beers and always having enough money for pizza despite their lack of a job. Instead, P.D. Singer ushers in the new with Chad and Warren, who are both science nerds working hard at their jobs, their studies and their relationship. Things start off quickly between the two, and although I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of their friendship building and attraction before it actually led somewhere, I was content to jump right in.
Although the sexual explorations begins almost right away, I know immediately this isn’t going to be your same old, same old story. Chad is suffering from physical insecurities and issues and Warren smoothly adjusts to it all. I love that this story didn’t follow the “normal” pathways and showed that the caring and affection can make anything acceptable and doable.
Another aspect of A New Man that is new, the college athlete. Gone is the football or baseball player, to be replaced by Chad, the fencer. Fencing is so chivalrous and a sexy mix between dancing and fighting. I really enjoyed the author’s inclusion of the sport.
About halfway through the story, things take yet another turn, making the entire story seem like a new one as Chad undergoes some very big changes in his life, leaving Warren wondering if he, in fact, prefers the new over the old. I know I, for one, was not in love with New Chad and was worried the author was going to ruin this lovely story for me. Thank heavens the strife only lasted long enough to make for good reading and Chad and Warren got back onto the path to finding the perfect balance between the old and the new.
So if you enjoy shaking things up a bit, give this book a try! There’re oldies but goodies like love and romance and weddings and horrid in-laws along with more outlandish things like rats named after food, sore bottoms and ice cream for dinner.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*