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REVIEW: “Brandon Mills versus the V-Card” by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

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Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, and his brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa, he’s slowly coming out of his shell. But when he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.

Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, their mutual attraction grows. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. But as the competition–and their relationship–heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.

 

REVIEW:

Omigod, I’m clearly a sucker for the boys at Prescott College, but who wouldn’t be: they’re fun, funny and…they know how to get around.  *waggles eyebrows*

Brandon Mills versus the V-Card is the second book in the Prescott College series, but I think you could possibly get away with reading it as a stand-alone even though many of the characters from Mark Cooper versus America make appearances. Eh, scratch that. Mark Cooper is a kinky devil. Read about him first. ;-)

Sweet Brandon, a second-year student at Prescott, thinks he’s incapable of having an intimate relationship with anyone, ever, until the day Alex joins his frat.  Sweet Alex is a naive virginal freshman who’s ready to lose his V-card, especially when he lays eyes on shy and stuffy Brandon.

I gotta say: I loved the banter between Brandon and Alex as they got to know each other. They so fit!  They were entertaining and awkward and real, enough that I might have even cringed through a few of their first scenes. They spent quality time getting to know things about each other, and that made their interaction special in a puffy, squishy heart kind of way. Their story also made me think, and I appreciated that a lot.

My biggest niggle about this book is that I felt overloaded with secondary characters. It’s great that I knew most of the players (more Mark! more Deacon!), and at first I was happy to see them again, but as I kept reading I wanted to get to Brandon and Alex and only Brandon and Alex. I found Mark, who I loved in the first book, annoying and over the top and almost mean when it came to Alex. Simply stated, there was too much Mark, and maybe a teensy bit too much Deacon, even though I loved his levelheadedness to pieces. Sorry Deacon. I will, though, give a special shout-out to Blake. I’m in love with that kid, GAH. :D

I also was a little disappointed with the steaminess/sexy time between Brandon and Alex. Okay, a lot, sue me. I like hot college boy sex. *shrugs*  But please take that disappointment with a grain of salt. There are reasons (plot! I can’t tell you!) why things moved slow, and while the slow was a bummer, I also thought it was important and thoughtfully done. Oh! Also! HFN ending, so you know…

Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock are a solid team, and I’m looking forward to whatever else they have in store for the boys at Prescott College. But ladies? More kink, please. ;-)

 

RATING:  3.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

Title: Brandon Mills versus the V-Card
Authors: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages: 180
Release Date: Oct. 27, 2014
Purchase Links: Loose IdAReAmazon

 

 

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This entry was posted on February 6, 2015 by in Contemporary, Reviewer: Jenni, YA / NA and tagged , , , , .

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