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Initiation (SSU Boys Book 1) by [Black, Maris]
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2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 276 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Maris Black Books (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IPSM4ZS
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’m pretty new to this author actually, having only recently read the marvellous Kage Trilogy, so I thought I’d give this novella a try. It was a fairly decent story for such a short, revolving around two sexy jocks, Emilio and Andrew. They’ve secretly been attracted to each other for a while but Emilio doesn't think he has a hope in hell, so gets a very pleasant surprise when the quite inexperienced Andrew makes a move on him. The guys were cute and hot together, and the story ends with a realistic (probably) HFN, keeping in mind they’re both still very young. One tiny criticism – it’s lube application AFTER condom!!
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A good story but too short I wanted it to go on a little longer.
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Disliked it immensely it- couldn't finish it and deleted it from library. For my taste ,this is not a romance- it's just plain old M/M porn wannabe something.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short But Oh So Good 31 July 2014
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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4.5 Stars

I cannot get enough of the SSU boys! Having read and loved the other two stories set in this universe, I cannot offer a good reason as to why I waited so long to crack this one open, but I can say that despite its short length, I loved it just as much as the others. This installment revolves around two of SSU's finest football players: Andrew, a newly recruited freshman, and Emilio, a veteran sophomore. This is truly a story of opposites attract: Andrew is the blonde, all-American boy next door in contrast to Emilio's Latino heritage and shady past. Any foray into their relationship is complicated by the overriding homophobic nature inherent in the football atmosphere as well as in the south, even though Andrew dismisses such obstacles with what Emilio characterizes as a naive, innocent, anything-can-happen kind of perspective. Over the short course of these pages, though, Emilio discovers he's not entirely correct on a few things, and he's faced with decisions that will affect his relationship, sexual or otherwise, with Andrew. While some events in this book were what you'd typically expect from an m/m romance, I loved that there were other instances that completely caught you off guard. The ending did seem abrupt, because I forgot about the included preview of Pinned, and felt more like the completion of a part one.

I really hope Emilio and Andrew's relationship is revisited and expanded upon in a future novel, and I feel that with the way Initiation ended that is exactly what Maris has in mind. In all of her books she's created so many unique characters who deserve their own stories, and each book, including this one, seems to contain minor characters who could easily have their own story as well. Initiation is perfect for those who want a sample of what Maris has to offer and is a great addition to your SSU collection. At $0.99 this story really offers a great deal to enjoy a wonderful piece by a fantastic author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maris never disappoints 18 Mar. 2014
By Retroboi - Published on Amazon.com
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I am looking forward to reading more from Maris. In addition to this novella, I have read both of the author's mm romance novels and loved them both. Can't wait for more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Story 1 Mar. 2014
By M. Womochil - Published on Amazon.com
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This story has it all in it's short amount of pages! Humor, longing, sexual tension, hot sex scenes, hurt, angst, and of course, with hot football boys, domination and ego!

Emilio has wanted Andrew since football camp but it terrified of anyone finding out he's gay. But when the dreaded freshman initiation comes up, he fears Andrew has figured it out by the way he keeps looking at him, and as it turns out, Andrew might want him back. He follows Andrew down a hallway but what he doesn't realize is that he might just be starting the journey of his life.

I really loved this story, a nice little snack to tide us over until the next SSU boys book comes out :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short teaser...hope the full book in the process of being written! 25 April 2014
By Dan Mitton - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this short novella set in the author’s SSU Boys series. In this installment we are introduced to Emilio, the narrator of the story. Emilio is a sophomore at SSU and is a linebacker on the school’s football team.

The story starts at the initiation of the freshmen football players. Initiation being a nice name for hazing. While the hazing is occurring, Emilio make eye contact with a freshman who isn’t getting hazed. That freshman, Andrew is checking out Emilio’s crotch! One thing leads to another, we have a quick interrupted attempt at sex, then Andrew takes Emilio home to meet his mother, who it seems already knows all about him.

The rest of the story is set the next day when the team goes off to another town for their first overnight football away game. For such a short story, I felt I really got to know the characters and I really want to know what happens to them down the road after this story ends!

I recommend this novella. I’ve gotten it on good authority that this teaser will be expanded in the near future and we will hear more from Emilio and Andrew! This novella is a standalone and can be read on it’s own, but I highly recommend you read all the books in the series!

RATING: 4.5 Stars
5.0 out of 5 stars Maris Black does it again! 4 Jun. 2014
By Christopher Glover - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this story! Maris Black has a way of telling a compelling and romantic love story that's also realistic and relate-able. Her characters are not stereotypes but complex and layered like everyday people. Emilio is a masculine Latino football player that is not out about his sexuality but can't help but fantasize about the new freshman football player Andrew. Andrew is younger but has a strong sense of who he is and what he wants. He's not reluctant to let Emilio know either. The story follows them on their road to discovery and relationships. It also delves into deeper issues unlike a lot of male/male novels. The story touches on issues of class, race and self esteem. Being a short story, I really didn't expect to connect to the characters as much as I did. I totally saw myself in Andrew and could relate easily to the situations that he was confronted with. Having read Maris Blacks previous books, I could say that relate-able characters are her signature.The book is a great read. I was satisfied with the ending even though I wasn't ready for it to be over. I'm really not done with these two. I hope Maris isn't either.
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