Manuscript Title: Off Campus
Author: AJ Albinak
Age group: NA
Genre: M/M Romance
Word count: 65k
After months of sleeping in his car and gypsy-cabbing for cash, Tom Worthington is back at school, living in housing for older students because the college is just as eager to avoid the scandal-hungry masses as he is. When the tuition check bounced after his high-rolling father was busted for price-fixing, the school told him to come back when he could pay his own way. And he has. But Tom’s new housing comes with a roommate, an unapologetically gay junior. Tom doesn’t ask why Reese Anders has been separated from the rest of the student population. He’s just happy to be sleeping in a bed.
Reese isn’t about to share his brutal story with the gruff new roommate who shows up one week into the school year. You’ve seen one homophobic jock, you’ve seen ‘em all. Reese plans to drag every twink on campus into his bed until Tom gives in and moves out. But Tom isn’t going anywhere. With the first stable roof over his head in a year and newly determined to figure out what he wants, as opposed to what’s expected of him, he’s not going to let some late night sex noise scare him off. Especially when he realizes that it’s turning him on.
When Tom and Reese cross a sexual line one night, is it a brand new world for both or just another step on the downward spirals that are threatening to sweep them away? And if they hang onto each other, can they find a way forward?