Wrestling with Desire
(Wrestling #1)


D.H. Starr


Rocky Ridge Books

Release Date

August 27th, 2017



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Derek Thompson is a senior, a wrestler, and has a secret. He’s gay.

Scott Thayer is a new student who’s just moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts from Iowa. On the first day of school Derek and Scott meet, and their lives change in an instant.

As Derek and Scott discover the things they have in common, they enter into one of the closest, most loving relationships either of them has ever experienced. When unexpected circumstances threaten to tear them apart, they both have to make a decision.

Do they protect their secret and separate? Or fight for what they want...each other.



Book Cover

  • Overused stock photos


  • Memorable after I put it down for a few hours


  • It was longer than I expected
  • Derek's friend Rebecca seemed pretty cool
  • There was a misunderstanding, but it didn't turn into a big one because they communicated
  • I'm glad Derek can see that his parents are really great people
  • The 'gay or straight porn magazine?' game was hilarious
  • That Derek's mom helped Scott's mom stand up for him when it mattered
  • I've never heard of parents referred to as 'the sex police'; that was so funny

Character Depth

  • Hip deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy
  • Glad there's a sequel^


  • Very few/no typos

Sex Scenes

  • Decently hot
  • Decently sweet


  • Reading the story from any point of view besides the main characters' makes me lose interest quickly*
  • Scott's dad is a dick who seems like one of those close-minded people with a propensity for bigotry
  • Rebecca doing the 'I'm your best friend you never hang out with me anymore' crap**
  • That Derek doesn't seem to see until the end how Scott is going through a BUNCH of shit and is unable to cater to his self-centered demands during this time

Emotional Depth

  • Moderately emotional

Content Warnings

  • None

*I’m not reading because I want to get to know the friends; I want to get to know the main characters


**It’s safe to assume that once a person’s significant other comes along, you’re relegated to 2nd place at the very least in the friend hierarchy – no point in whining about it

^Actually, I read the blurbs for the next 2 books – they didn’t interest me, so the ride stops here. I tend to avoid books where a third party tries to ‘infiltrate’ an already-established couple.

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