Review: Uncovering Ray (Ellery College #1) by Edie Danford

April 22, 2015 Review 0

Review: Uncovering Ray (Ellery College #1) by Edie Danford

When the right love uncovers the wrong secrets...

Hey, man--you a chick or a dude? Dealing with the same old boring question is a downer for college drop-out Ray Fayette, especially when it's asked by the low-tipping, over-privileged students at the Ellery Diner.

When six-foot-five, muscle-bound straight arrow Wyatt Kelly publicly smacks down a fellow frat bother for caveman behavior, Ray's interest is sparked. Wyatt's not-so-subtle attraction sparks a few other things too.

But getting to know Wyatt proves dangerous. His sexy smiles and smart questions slide under even Ray’s prickliest defenses. Worse, his academic mentor happens to be Ray’s ex-stepfather, the dictatorial jerk who just kicked Ray out of his house. Again.

Wyatt suggests a housing arrangement that has surprising appeal—there’s space available at his frat house—but he’s unaware just how complicated Ray’s “identity issues” are. Ellery College kicked out Ray for a reason—a reason that could deep-six Wyatt’s academic career and Ray’s newly hopeful heart.

Title: Uncovering Ray
Author: Edie Danford
Series: Ellery College #1
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: April 28, 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 309
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-flames

I am not usually a big fan of the young adult or the coming of age genres.  I will read them on occasion if something grabs my interest or on the recommendation of a trusted friend, but I tend to prefer the more mature adult stories.  However, the cover of this stopped me long enough to read the blurb.  My interest was piqued.  I had to check it out.

I found this a most unusual young adult/coming of age story.  Ray was a fascinating character.  Ray presented an androgynous appearance and got very “prickly” when that appearance was questioned.  The reader was left wondering just what issues Ray had going on that entailed such protection of who or what Ray was.  It went a long way in keeping my interest in a story that I might otherwise pass on because of all the youthful angst and college high jinx that interested me even less than it interested Ray.  I had to keep reading just so I could find out what made Ray tick.

I was elated when Wyatt came on the scene.  An enlightened college student not bent on automatically putting someone in a pigeon hole.  But, like Ray, I was a bit disappointed when initial conversation was about answering a questionnaire for a class on sexuality. *sigh* Kind of tarnished the good guy image for a minute, but Wyatt redeemed himself and actually turned out to be an okay guy.  A bit of an idealist, with lofty ideals, but a good heart and sincere motives.  I liked him.

The rest of the cast of characters consisted of frat boys who liked to party, a younger brother – kind of, a step-father and various other friends, with cameo appearances by parents.  The frat boys were, well, frat boys.  There were the okay boys and there were the entitled-cock-of-the-run boys.

Needless to say, add all these together with a purple haired, androgynous young person and you have the ingredients for a decent story that even held the interest of this jaded, no longer so young, reviewer.

Uncovering Ray was a well done coming of age story that explored some interesting issues.  I was a bit disappointed when Ray was uncovered.  There was so much potential to go in so many directions with this story.  I had very high expectations that were not met.  But, I was still given a good story with a happy ending, so I was satisfied.

This shows as a book one of a college series.  I will have to see what direction this series takes before I decide it I will read another one.  Only because, as mentioned, these kind of stories aren’t necessarily my thing.  But I did enjoy this one and I think anyone who likes the young adult/coming of age/finding oneself kind of story, will definitely enjoy it too.

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