From the farms of Tennessee, Beau Watkins had it all in high school the cute girl, the popular, jock lifestyle, a loving family As a rising freshman at an out of state college, he s determined to find out who he really is behind the fake it til you make it attitude He joins Rainbow Connection, the gay student alliance, hoping to find himself Instead, he finds Vin Reyes Raised by his grandparents and the heir to a prosperous company, Vin has been out of the closet since he figured out what that meant He has it all fashionable clothing, fancy cars, huge houses, and a real party lifestyle, even a bodyguard Most of all, he has a secret Uncomfortable with Vin s generosity, Beau fights his growing attraction for the president of Rainbow Connection, chasing instead a series of shallow affairs Vin s never been denied anything that he wants, though, and now he wants Beau But it s not until an old rival puts Beau in the hospital that Vin realizes that Beau means to him than a simple love affair Can the two of them bridge the gap between their worlds and roll with the all the punches life will throw at them


10 thoughts on “Roll

  1. SheReadsALot SheReadsALot says:

    A Hearts On Fire Review 3.75 HEARTS Roll by Lynn Townsend is a college, New Adult romance set in Chicago It stars Tennessee farm boy freshman, Beau and the older possibly junior, don t remember any specification , poor little rich boy, Vin Beau is a blonde, looks like a jock and finally has a chance to come of the closet He joins the Rainbow Connection, his college s GLBTQ social club and steps into a different world He can finally be himself Beau finds friends in his gay student allian A Hearts On Fire Review 3.75 HEARTS Roll by Lynn Townsend is a college, New Adult romance set in Chicago It stars Tennessee farm boy freshman, Beau and the older possibly junior, don t remember any specification , poor little rich boy, Vin Beau is a blonde, looks like a jock and finally has a chance to come of the closet He joins the Rainbow Connection, his college s GLBTQ social club and steps into a different world He can finally be himself Beau finds friends in his gay student alliance especially a close friendship with Vin, the alliance s president As the semester passes, the two men become closer, good friends and lovers Unfortunately during this time, there are homophobic attacks, Beau s family who knows nothing about Beau being gay and Vin s family secrets to deal with.Is it readable Yes However there are minor editing issues It s funny at times , not overly sweet and feltrealistic in tone It s 100% new adult and read like one Both MC s are real characters with real life issues And faceted characters always make for a better read, in my opinion And I love dual POV There was an ease with Beau that I enjoyed He was closeted for most of his life and some things were new for him to experience hooking up with a man, experiencing homophobia first hand, etc but he never took the coward s way out and confronted them head on I really felt like I knew Beau When he dealt with his family, it was great Can I say my favorite part of the book is with Aunt Lucy and Beau It pulled on a heartstring or two I also enjoyed the author letting Beau explore before jumping into a relationship If that is not your thing and you want automatic sexy times between the MC s, you might not like the book The MC s are friends first, months pass and no hooking up between the two until about two thirds in And since Beau was a gay virgin, I liked the pacing of the sex The sex is not explicit and sometimes not graphic at all I wouldn t classify in the Erotica category It was steamy for a couple of parts.Vin was a rich character that I actually believed was rich There have been a number of romances where authors introduce a rich character and basically name drop and include trips to their dream vacations but not read realistic Vin was spoiled and he likes to spoil his friends when he can But there wasto him just being rich Besides having one of the weirdest names I ve read Vinyl Elvis , he was also an enjoyable character He sort of knows who he is but is still learning I liked being inside his head, watching him fall for his friend, his reasoning for not asking Beau out from the moment he met him.Both characters are likeable, they acted their age, make mistakes and move on mostly And there was time to get to know each other which I also enjoyed.Issues Yes Beau was a country boy through and through However sometimes he plied his accent a little too think, his dialogue to match I m not the biggest fan Sometimes he played this up but I didn t feel it was necessary The most glaring problem transitioning It can be jarring when you re not sure when the next chapter will start, sometimes it time jumped a day, a number of days, months ahead There were a number of chapters that ended at odd points, coupling with the odd time jumps with sometimes no foreshadowing, makes reading Roll not as smooth as it could have been.Would I readfrom the author Yes I definitely will readof this series I m not sure if it plans to follow the couple throughout which I don t think is necessary or will introduce new characters since the Rainbow Connection GLBTQ club is good setup for fresh new characters The secondary characters from the group and Vin s bodyguard driver were great The story does end with a cliffhanger of sorts but it sgeared towards one of the main character and has nothing to do with their relationship The story ends with the boys relationship in a good spot No other man lurking in the wings, if you re hesitant.A good read, not without issues but I liked overall


  2. Julia Julia says:

    Really sweet coming out story Had the bones for something great, but lacked continuity IMO It felt as if the chapters were incomplete at times You would have this great, dynamic situation and it would just end Instead of picking back up in the next chapter, there would be a time jump and you are left with what felt like an incomplete scene There were also several things that the author spent time developing, but then just left hanging i.e view spoiler What ever happened with Hector Th Really sweet coming out story Had the bones for something great, but lacked continuity IMO It felt as if the chapters were incomplete at times You would have this great, dynamic situation and it would just end Instead of picking back up in the next chapter, there would be a time jump and you are left with what felt like an incomplete scene There were also several things that the author spent time developing, but then just left hanging i.e view spoiler What ever happened with Hector The last thing we knew he bought Beau Christmas presents, but then he just dropped off the face of the earth hide spoiler I enjoyed the book very much, but really needed the blanks to be filed in better


  3. Rose Caraway Rose Caraway says:

    I laughed, I cried and Lynn Townsend wasn t even finished with meLynn Townsend knows her craft Straight away, I was pulled in by the character s dialogue and immediate presence I felt like I was reading The Outsiders again To categorize this book as merely an m m story, seems inadequate Roll has got so muchto offer readers than the typical m m novel and I think there are a lot of authors out there who are missing the boat on what it actually takes to create a compelling, belie I laughed, I cried and Lynn Townsend wasn t even finished with meLynn Townsend knows her craft Straight away, I was pulled in by the character s dialogue and immediate presence I felt like I was reading The Outsiders again To categorize this book as merely an m m story, seems inadequate Roll has got so muchto offer readers than the typical m m novel and I think there are a lot of authors out there who are missing the boat on what it actually takes to create a compelling, believable story because they just want to write a steamy man on man sex scene and call it good.Lynn Townsend understands her characters thoroughly and DOES NOT fall into that goofy, predictable trap with Roll at all This book actually made me tear up and want to go out and punch somebody I wanted to round up all the homophobic peoples in this world and sock each one of them, right in the jaw lights out What kind of a story does that to a person I am not saying that it will have the same effect on you, but it did for me I know, violence isn t the answer, and I am not trying to rally up any, but I am telling you I was compelled to stand beside Beau, fight with him and for Vin.Personally, I have a gigantic soft spot in my heart for good ol boys They are the sexiest, hardworking, honest, I got your back no matter what kind of men and Lynn Townsend has my heart swelling with pride and sorrow with Beauregard Watkins from Tennessee If you want a good, solid book rife with believable real world passion and anatomically correct sex scenes that will get your heart pumping with excitement, not only for yourself but for the characters themselves, then this book will certainly fit the bill Plus, I have heard tell that there will be a second and even third follow up, which is fabulous because Lynn leaves you with one hell of a cliff hanger


  4. Duck Duck says:

    Ugh I m at a loss Not sure what to say about this one I guess I ll just make the points that stood out for me.This entire story felt like one never ending incomplete thought The writing style did not work for me The flow felt choppy and sometimes almost incoherent Here let s get this scene going I ll up the ante, set this up and pull you in a bitOkay, so you have the scene set up in your head Too bad Maybe I didn t really want actually go into detail about what happen between her Ugh I m at a loss Not sure what to say about this one I guess I ll just make the points that stood out for me.This entire story felt like one never ending incomplete thought The writing style did not work for me The flow felt choppy and sometimes almost incoherent Here let s get this scene going I ll up the ante, set this up and pull you in a bitOkay, so you have the scene set up in your head Too bad Maybe I didn t really want actually go into detail about what happen between here and there I ll just And start a new scene, only to do it all again.Beau, one of the MC s is a virgin At first it seems likes this is a big deal to him Then it s just kind of brushed off with a few sentences summarizing his casual sex experiences This didn t do the author any favors in providing ways to bond with the character I think this lack of insight not only with that aspect of the story but also just the voice of Beau throughout I never felt a real connection or like for Beau I didn t dislike him, I just didn t know him enough to feel anything one way or the other Vin was better developed in my opinion And yet most of that development took place when the MCs were only friends The premise of this story had so much potential but it just never really went anywhere The ending is abrupt it just basically cuts off There is a sequel planned If I catch it on sale I might buy it but at this point I feel I could take it or leave it There just want enough here to invoke that can t wait feeling


  5. V.L. Locey V.L. Locey says:

    I don t hand out 5 star reviews willy nilly A book has to really move me It has to leave a lingering impression It has to be a stand out in its genre Roll is such a book It is one of the best M M romance novels that I ve read in quite a long time Ms Townsend has crafted a glorious romance here folks She has given us strikingly endearing leads in Beau and Vin The dialog is crisp, humorous, rich The subplots are woven neatly through the book, the secondary characters are vivid, and the d I don t hand out 5 star reviews willy nilly A book has to really move me It has to leave a lingering impression It has to be a stand out in its genre Roll is such a book It is one of the best M M romance novels that I ve read in quite a long time Ms Townsend has crafted a glorious romance here folks She has given us strikingly endearing leads in Beau and Vin The dialog is crisp, humorous, rich The subplots are woven neatly through the book, the secondary characters are vivid, and the drama ebbs and flows like a lazy Tennessee river in summer You ll not find angst levels flowing over the banks of the story, as could easily happen given the college age of the characters I m thrilled to see that Vin and Beau s story isn t ending with Roll I wasn t ready to let go of those two boys quite yet I fear I may never be ready


  6. Shannon Shannon says:

    This one moved way too slow for me I ended up skimming quite a bit in the middle of the book Once the event at the truck took place, I was all in though They finally started spending some serious time together Such a build up and we didn t even get to see the first penetrative sex scene That s assuming they had that kind of sex They talked about sex but I m not sure Maybe I missed it in my skimming but I don t think so I will say that if 2 was out I d be reading it seeing as the end l This one moved way too slow for me I ended up skimming quite a bit in the middle of the book Once the event at the truck took place, I was all in though They finally started spending some serious time together Such a build up and we didn t even get to see the first penetrative sex scene That s assuming they had that kind of sex They talked about sex but I m not sure Maybe I missed it in my skimming but I don t think so I will say that if 2 was out I d be reading it seeing as the end left us wanting


  7. Chris, the Dalek King Chris, the Dalek King says:

    Good book, but what the fuck was up with that ending Talk about a sudden stop It really made this story feel unfinished even if it probably had a good thing going till about 99.98% of the way thru.


  8. Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie says:

    this is book one in the Rainbow Connection Series Beau is the all American athlete in HS The perfect jock, good girlfriend etc. He heads from Tn to Chicago to go off to college and be himself He is gay and has been buried deep in the closet He meets Vin, the president of the Rainbow connection They both like each other, but it takes them forever to admit it to each other They become best friends, and eventually fall in love I wanted to love this book I found it was confusing and ha this is book one in the Rainbow Connection Series Beau is the all American athlete in HS The perfect jock, good girlfriend etc. He heads from Tn to Chicago to go off to college and be himself He is gay and has been buried deep in the closet He meets Vin, the president of the Rainbow connection They both like each other, but it takes them forever to admit it to each other They become best friends, and eventually fall in love I wanted to love this book I found it was confusing and hard to keep up with at times It jumped from one thing to another This had dual point of views, but it took a bit of reading at times to figure out who s point of view you were reading I loved the chemistry between the 2 MC s The sex scenes in this book were kind of skipped over They had passion, but the author provided very little follow thru


  9. jules0623 jules0623 says:

    So I think this is part of a series, but it slike serial fiction with a few elements left dangling at the end Unsatisfying.


  10. Jennifer Meinken Jennifer Meinken says:

    is there a sequel please tell me there is I hate it when books end like that