Title : Simple Men
Author : Eric Arvin
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : March 12, 2010
Chip Arnold is a well-liked football coach at a small liberal arts college, but his personal life is in a bit of a rut. He goes out drinking with his colleagues, gets along well with his players, and dates all the prettiest women in town—he has the life most straight men dream of. But lately none of the women he dates seem to be igniting any passion in him. Then he meets the new school chaplain, Foster Lewis.
Romantic attraction to another man is new and terrifying, and Chip just can’t put his finger on why he’s drawn to Foster, but it’s stronger than anything he’s felt for anyone in his life. Never one to back down from a challenge, Chip decides to go for it. But love is never simple, and sometimes it’s a downright mess!
Chip Arnold is the football coach for the Verona College Growlers and big time ladies man. Chip bounces back and forth between women looking for something that will last.
When the story begins he’s dating Lynn, a professor at Verona. He likes her well enough but that’s about as far as it goes. He’s thinking about breaking it off but can’t seem to do it. Lynn feels the same way but she doesn’t want to be alone.
Foster Lewis has just taken the job of college chaplain. He’s excited to be there and happy to be rid of his ex who hurt him terribly. He just wants to start over again. He wants a fresh start away from the pain and the nightmares.
When Lynn asks Chip to help Foster carry in the new pews for the chapel, Chip never thought it would be such a big deal until he sees Foster. He realizes pretty quickly that he’s attracted to the man and that alone causes him to run away like a crazy person. He thinks he can stay away from the man but a chance meeting in a coffee shop and some chocolate chip muffins is all it takes and he’s hooked.
They start to casually date each other, unsure where it will lead. It quickly becomes love for the both of them but Foster is feeling guilty. He knows Chip and Lynn split up but Lynn is his friend and he doesn’t want to hurt her. We know the happiness can’t last. To good too be true always comes back to bite ya in the ass and what do you think will happen when Lynn shows up and catches Chip in Fosters bed?
It’s sad watching two people so in love walk away from each other and it pissed me off to watch Chip hop into bed with a floozy just because he missed Foster. I’m glad to report there was a happily ever after though.
There were 3 side characters that I absolutely loved. First was Katie Hammond. She’s the women’s track coach and she was hysterical with her potty mouth and her golf cart.
Second and third were Jason Jordan and Brad Park. They had a story all of their own in this book and I loved it. Honestly, I felt their story was more entertaining and more fun to read then the main guys. These two made the book for me. They stole the show as some would say. Two college roommates, teammates, best friends who have feelings for each other that they both really want to explore but don’t know how to go about it. Not to mention the fun and pranks they do together. I would love to see the author write a book solely about these two.
Rated 3 stars by Jen