Title: Brandon Mills versus the V-Card
Series: Prescott College 02
Author: Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: Novel (232 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (October 28th, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
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 its 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.
Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/brandon-mills-versus-the-v-card.html
Review: Brandon Mills versus the V-Card is the second book in the Prescott College series, and if you haven’t read the first book, you need to start reading it right now because you’re missing out. This book’s main characters are Brandon Mills, who we met in the first book, and Alex, a freshman at Prescott College.
While the developing relationship between these two young men is the main point, this book doesn’t focus on them to the point where the other amazing characters are forgotten. No, we actually get to see more of Mark and Deacon and all the other guys that were part of the fraternities in the last book, but on top of that, we learn an amazing lesson about friendship and acceptance.
Brandon Mills has a lot of issues. Having suffered abuse at the hands of his teacher when he was twelve years old, he now can’t stand being touched and is skittish about communicating with his peers. He’s best friends with Mark and gets along great with Deacon, but he’s introverted and prefers to disappear into the safety of his bedroom than be social with the new pledges. He believes he’s the reason why he was abused, that there’s something wrong with him and his self-esteem is almost non-existent. He doesn’t have a very good opinion about himself and believes he’s not important enough to be worth the time and attention of other people. He believes he has a “flashing neon sign on his introverted back: CAUTION: SHY! Or worse CAUTION: MENTALLY FUCKED UP!” But that’s where those awesome supportive friends come to the rescue. Mark and Deacon try their best to reassure him he’s a great person, who’s amazing, loved, and important to them all. And I really wanted to tear up and hug Deacon and Mark to death when they had their “guy talk”…
“There are two people in this room right now who think you’re more than worth our time. Okay? And I’m sure a lot of other people feel that way too. Not least of all Alex”
“I second what Deacon said. We love you, Bran.”
But they’re not the only ones who show their support. Blake, the football player jock, joins the Gay-Straight Alliance in a show of support, even though at first he doesn’t say it’s for Brandon. Blake is not the smartest guy by far, at least not book smart. And we get to laugh a lot at his expense because he’s clueless most of the time and doesn’t realize everyone on campus believes he is gay. But when it comes down to the reason he joined, he shows us that you don’t need to be smart to be a great friend and an amazing person. I love him to death and his speech formed a huge lump in my throat. I really want him to be one of the main characters in the next book; because I got the feeling, he’s more bi than straight. *wishful thinking*
Alex is the freshman than falls in love with Brandon and helps him overcome his issues by administering some TLC. He’s awkward and clumsy, and cute as hell. He was the perfect match for Brandon, and he’s very funny, which works in his favor. I just cracked up at the beginning of the book when he jacked off with Brandon’s t-shirt. He’s stressed about being a virgin and is desperate to have sex for the first time, and the way his mind works is entertaining us in the best ways all throughout the book. He’s a very smart person whose general knowledge is impressive and he’s also passionate about dinosaurs since he was a child, a passion that Mark destroyed without realizing it and had me laughing out loud…
“Alex shuffled around the wall, and perched on the edge of Mark’s desk. It seemed mostly free of any actual school work, but there were a lot of drawings of sharks with legs, and bald eagled being skewered by spear-wielding koalas, and lots of dinosaurs with rampant erections. Alex’s childhood died in that moment, just a little bit.”
I loved all the characters in this book, but my favorite was still Mark. He’s so freaking funny, every time something came out of his mouth was guaranteed to be outrageous, he made me laugh a lot. But my favorite was the talk about armpit as an erogenous zone between Mark, Deacon, and Brandon…
“I’m just wondering because Bran-” Brandon elbowed him hard. “Ow. Brandon has a friend who blows his load when you touch his armpit.”
“I think it’s cool and everything,” Mark continued. “But kind of weird, because your armpit is where sweat comes out of, and that’s not very sexy.”
“Well Mark, you shit out of your arse, and that doesn’t stop you from liking it touched.”
“You said arse!” Mark sounded delighted.
This book was really brilliant and I just love these two authors together. They’re very successful at writing an entertaining, funny book with very complex characters that are different from each other but somehow go together really well.
I recommend this book to everyone who loves a good laugh in a very complex and well-written story.