Books · coming out · Contemporary · MM romance · romance · sexually explicit

REVIEW: Jackals Wild by Abby Kaitz

A shy math geek. His roommate with an NSFW alter ego. College just got a lot more interesting.

Quiet, studious Adam Hatchard is ready to reinvent himself and be the leading man in his own life.

– Survive his first frat party? Check.
– Talk to the hot TA in math class? Halfway(ish) there.
– Coexist in peace with his Neanderthal roommate? Send help.

From day one, Carter Ellison has given Adam nothing but cocky smirks, secondhand embarrassment, and dirty underwear all over their room—the perfect storm for Most Annoying Roommate Ever.

His ridiculously toned body deserving to be the eighth wonder of the world is beside the point.

But Carter has a secret: an unconventional side hustle involving cameras and a distinct lack of clothing. When Adam stumbles upon Carter’s online alter ego, the last thing he expects to feel is…compassion.

And when Carter asks him to hold the camera? Adam discovers there’s more to his roommate than the irritating frat boy persona Carter puts on.

What begins as a way for both of them to earn extra cash develops into something more. Something involving longer-than-appropriate stares, stolen touches, midnight confessions—and the realization that Adam just may have found his own leading man.

🏳️‍🌈 M/M romance, new adult

💋 sexually explicit

🏫 set at post-secondary

 

I’m new to Abby Kaitz’s writing. Jackals Wild is well written but doesn’t cover any new ground in the gay romance genre. I really liked the way the two main characters were written. Adam is a typical math nerd who would rather spend the night in his room studying than out partying. His roommate, Carter is outgoing and friendly and “born” into the more elite circles at the school. What is unusual about Carter is that he has a side job that no one knows about and it’s pretty x-rated.

The two roommates become close as they find out more and more about one another. The build-up of the relationship is nice. There’s the usual recipe of angst, confusion, lack of confidence, family issues – the result of which is a slow burn of a relationship.

I really enjoyed the supporting characters in the story. Adam’s best friend, Mateo was lovely. The banter between them was entertaining and I enjoyed the support and love between the friends in the novel. 

So… while there’s nothing particularly original about the plot, it’s well-written and enjoyable.

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) character creates pornographic content consensually, homophobia, internet harassment, bullying, sexual harassment, death of a parent.

I received an ARC of Jackals Wild  by Abby Kaitz via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

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