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Brandon Mills Versus the V-Card (Prescott College 2) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock at Loose Id

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Professors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 26-November-2014

Book Blurb

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.

 

Book Review

After having been very pleasantly surprised, and delighted, by Mark and Deacon's story, book one in this series, I was eager to jump into Brandon's book. Having enjoyed many books by this talented writer combination, I knew that I'd be in for laughs, but, more importantly, there would be serious issues addressed as Brandon found his way.

I met Brandon in the previous book, and my heart went out to him when he was pledging Alpha Delta Phi, and he was tormented, badly, which brought back memories of his sexual abuse at a young age. I was so glad that Mark and Deacon stepped in, and Brandon was able to pledge to Phi Sigma Kappa, Deacon's fraternity, and one much more suited to Brandon. Now it's sophomore year, and the rushes are attending mixers, waiting for their bids, and trying to pledge. Alex comes to Phi Sig's mixer mainly because his roommate is coming, and Alex is looking for a fraternity house that's nicer than his dorm. Not a real challenge, in the giant scheme of things. But that's how Alex meets Brandon, and gets his first serious crush.

"Sometimes he felt like he was nothing except wasted potential. Potential Brandon could have been an Alpha Delt. Could have been popular and outgoing. Could have been successful. Except Potential Brandon hadn’t made it past twelve years old. And Brandon had spent so long trying to get back to being the Brandon he’d been, or the Brandon he’d wanted to be, that he’d never figured out who he was now. He’d never figured out what he actually wanted, instead of what he’d thought he should want. Stupid."

Mark encourages Brandon to visit Prescott Cares in the student center and talk to someone, since trying to forget what happened, and being celibate for the rest of his life, isn't the healthiest approach. Not to mention his stilted relationship with his parents, and sisters, and how Brandon feels like a failure. You might be wondering why Brandon has difficulty with his memories since it’s been quite a few years since his abuse. Brandon has an eidetic memory, so he remembers every single moment, of everything, in excruciating detail.

You might think I've forgotten about Alex, but you'd be wrong. Alex is exactly who Brandon needs. He's a genius, a klutz, adorable, funny, and sweet. And, luckily for Brandon, Alex is fairly intuitive, and it doesn't take him long to realize that something upsets Brandon, a lot. Brandon gets anxious, and nervous, and all Alex wants to do is make everything better. It's because of Alex that Brandon is finally able to share the truth, and to talk to his dad about his feelings. Not to mention, grow more and more comfortable with being touched and touching.

As expected, this book had a lot of laughs, but a much deeper, underlying drama to its story. Brandon and Alex are very easy to love, and the authors did a great job showing the issues, plus the fumbling and bumbling that all virgins experience. There was an added side story involving Blake, a football player, and a member of the Alpha Delts, joining the GSA and winning over a number of people, that I adored. Overall, a wonderful addition to the series.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 234 pages/63886 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-October-2014
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link http://www.loose-id.com/brandon-mills-versus-the-v-card.html