Swimming Against the Tide - Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood - Review and Giveaway

After a string of incredibly successful hockey-related stories, Ryan and Joshua have turned their attention to other young love on campus and it was another 5-star read for Heather when she read Swimming Against the Tide.

From the blurb:


I wanted what I thought was the ideal college experience—an excellent school and a great fraternity. Since I was a legacy, it was Zeta from the get-go. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. In fact, I had so much fun I didn’t pay enough attention to one very important thing—the culture. The very
conservative, closed-minded culture. The culture that welcomed no one who wasn’t a carbon copy of everyone else. The culture where a gay man has only one live in the closet and survive on occasional anonymous hookups.

I made it work until I saw a gorgeous guy jump into the bushes one night after a party. I went after him, and my life was never the same.


After my best friend ditched me at a frat party, I had nothing to do but drink away the time and wait for my own Prince Frat Bro to rescue me. Yeah, right. I was pretty sure I was the only gay guy there, and I finally gave up and left. Then, the night took an interesting turn on my walk home.

I guess you can’t find love when you beat around the bushes.

Swimming Against the Tide is a romance between two very different young a closeted frat bro sophomore and an out-and-proud freshman. Neither can resist the connection made at the most awkward, incredibly sweet, and impossible-to-forget meet-cute ever. How can they get what they want without being swept away by the tide?

This gay college romance features themes of Greek life, a secret relationship, undeniable chemistry, and steamy moments full of delightfully dirty talk. There are also tough decisions, coming out, and an HEA that will pull at your heartstrings every time you read it.

Heather's Review:

Swimming Against the Tide is a short, action packed friends with benefits to lovers, instant attraction story between two sweet college boys - one out and proud, the other closeted and hiding his true self under familial obligation and frat lore.

Shorter than the books they have recently put out, this one is compact but filled with just the right amount of detail, steam and storyline that gives us a refreshing story without the book hangover and tells a complete tale with a lovely epilogue.

If you've been waiting to read a Ryan and Josh book, but you don't like hockey tropes, you'll definitely want to add this to your tbr - and if you've loved the hockey books, I'm sure you'll love this one too!

Rating: 5 Stars

Swimming Against the Tide is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.


by Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

Release Blitz

Release Date: May 11, 2023

Cover Design: Kate Farlow @ Y'all That Graphic
Genre: M/M College Romance Novella
Trope: Friends with benefits, secret relationship, HEA

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About the Authors

Ryan Taylor met his husband and co-author, Joshua Harwood, in law school. They live in a suburb of Washington, DC, and share their home with a big, cuddly German shepherd. Ryan and Josh love to travel. In addition, Ryan also enjoys swimming, and Josh likes to putter in the garden whenever he can. They began writing to celebrate the romance they were so lucky to find with each other, and the sharing soon developed into a passion for telling stories about love between out and proud men.

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