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Devon is determined to create a new life for himself as a freshman at Indiana University. He struggles to put his troubled past behind him and keep it from poisoning his new relationships. After a promising start Devon’s resolve weakens, but he refuses give up his dream. The moment Devon meets Dorian Gray he knows his life will change forever. Dorian Gray is rich, charmin Devon is determined to create a new life for himself as a freshman at Indiana University. He struggles to put his troubled past behind him and keep it from poisoning his new relationships. After a promising start Devon’s resolve weakens, but he refuses give up his dream. The moment Devon meets Dorian Gray he knows his life will change forever. Dorian Gray is rich, charming, and the most beautiful young man Devon has ever beheld. Dorian takes an immediate interest in Devon and awakens feelings within him than have lain dormant since Devon’s first love. Devon soon falls for Dorian, only to find Dorian has his own agenda. Devon isn’t thrilled with his roommate. Armando is obsessed with football and working out. Devon suspects Armando is gay, but worse still is the attraction Devon feels for him. Devon avoids Armando at first, but the more time he spends with his roommate the more he likes him. As Devon’s new relationships begin to fall apart it is Armando who stands by Devon when he needs a friend the most. Devon is a story of love, friendship, loyalty, and betrayal. It is the tale of a creation of a homophobic monster.


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Devon is determined to create a new life for himself as a freshman at Indiana University. He struggles to put his troubled past behind him and keep it from poisoning his new relationships. After a promising start Devon’s resolve weakens, but he refuses give up his dream. The moment Devon meets Dorian Gray he knows his life will change forever. Dorian Gray is rich, charmin Devon is determined to create a new life for himself as a freshman at Indiana University. He struggles to put his troubled past behind him and keep it from poisoning his new relationships. After a promising start Devon’s resolve weakens, but he refuses give up his dream. The moment Devon meets Dorian Gray he knows his life will change forever. Dorian Gray is rich, charming, and the most beautiful young man Devon has ever beheld. Dorian takes an immediate interest in Devon and awakens feelings within him than have lain dormant since Devon’s first love. Devon soon falls for Dorian, only to find Dorian has his own agenda. Devon isn’t thrilled with his roommate. Armando is obsessed with football and working out. Devon suspects Armando is gay, but worse still is the attraction Devon feels for him. Devon avoids Armando at first, but the more time he spends with his roommate the more he likes him. As Devon’s new relationships begin to fall apart it is Armando who stands by Devon when he needs a friend the most. Devon is a story of love, friendship, loyalty, and betrayal. It is the tale of a creation of a homophobic monster.

45 review for Bloomington Boys: Devon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Devon Devlin is a tortured kid who's fighting his true nature with everything he's got. His religious upbringing tells him homosexuality is wrong and yet he's always surrounded by gorgeous gay guys who find him fascinating. Given that this is told from his point of view during his college years and Mark A. Roeder's earlier novels have already told us what becomes of Devon, there was little hope that this would be surprising. What I WAS hoping for was a perspective that might make him a more sympathetic Devon Devlin is a tortured kid who's fighting his true nature with everything he's got. His religious upbringing tells him homosexuality is wrong and yet he's always surrounded by gorgeous gay guys who find him fascinating. Given that this is told from his point of view during his college years and Mark A. Roeder's earlier novels have already told us what becomes of Devon, there was little hope that this would be surprising. What I WAS hoping for was a perspective that might make him a more sympathetic character and hopefully explain some of his later development. There was a bit of that but I didn't feel that any of what happened really justified the character Devon eventually became. I was also a bit disappointed in the way that the "Dorian Gray" character behaved. his motivations and backstory aren't known to me but his behavior in this as a stand alone novel, didn't feel well motivated. It's been a while since I read any of Mark's other novels and it was nice to see some of the "old gang" again but this isn't his best effort.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Martijn Hartman-maatman

    My review is the same as all of the latest Roeder books. Too easy, to simple and too unbelievable. And why doesn't it have a proper ending? You can read this in one hour and still learn nothing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tealeaf

    As I read Mark's books in the chronological order shown on his official website I can't help but notice a steady decline in the quality of proofreading. This has become annoyingly intrusive as I read through the Bloomington "novellas". Discarding his successful formula of multiple POV chapters, we are given single POV short story/novellas that are far less enjoyable. Had Mark taken the same storylines, interleaved them in his usual formula with minor adjustments to smooth out the edges, the resu As I read Mark's books in the chronological order shown on his official website I can't help but notice a steady decline in the quality of proofreading. This has become annoyingly intrusive as I read through the Bloomington "novellas". Discarding his successful formula of multiple POV chapters, we are given single POV short story/novellas that are far less enjoyable. Had Mark taken the same storylines, interleaved them in his usual formula with minor adjustments to smooth out the edges, the resulting novel would have been up to Mark's usual high standard. Such a weak story is particularly galling as book after book built up our curiosity about what made Devon tick. Overall I really like Mark's fictional gay universe. But I'm also a paying customer. I bought his entire output and totalled up it was't cheap. Quality of writing and proofing matter. Disappointing. Two stars. ===== Update Keep reading Mark's series in order. He totally redeems himself in later books: more on Devon and it's worth the wait.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Isaac Olsen

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nickey

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Thompson

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dufera

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike Oaks

  10. 4 out of 5

    William Eck

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Johnson

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alonzo Simon

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nigel Harris

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  16. 4 out of 5

    M.A.K.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Simon Marsh

  18. 4 out of 5

    Axel

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alison Blake

  20. 4 out of 5

    Libncourt

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bob S.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shane Hill

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Albano

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Wiles

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carl Webster

  28. 5 out of 5

    Helle

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zada Saquihira

  30. 4 out of 5

    RICHARD G KELLY

  31. 5 out of 5

    Coty

  32. 4 out of 5

    Andre

  33. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

  34. 5 out of 5

    Len Evans Jr

  35. 5 out of 5

    Robert Helms

  36. 4 out of 5

    E

  37. 5 out of 5

    Dee

  38. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Kelley

  39. 5 out of 5

    Bill Nugent

  40. 5 out of 5

    Hegla

  41. 5 out of 5

    Der_lala

  42. 4 out of 5

    ronald wright

  43. 4 out of 5

    The Celtic Rebel (Richard)

  44. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  45. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Wilson

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