Bethany reviews ‘Frat House Troopers’ by Xavier Mayne. Published by Dreamspinner Press on December 19th, 2012. 260 pgs
Why I read (and listened to) this book: This is “new to me author” week and this one has been on my TBR list for a long while now, so I thought now is the perfect opportunity to finally read this.
State trooper Brandt’s new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he’ll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back—whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jäger and encouragement while he researches porn.
Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best “shot”—and becomes an overnight sensation. But to meet the man behind the operation, he’ll have to give a repeat performance, this time live on webcam opposite the highest bidder. Donnelly makes sure to win that auction for his partner’s sake, but their plan has a flaw: faking it is not an option.
In the aftermath, Brandt is a humiliated mess trying desperately to come to terms with what he’s had to do for the job and his own mixed feelings. But Donnelly has been on a journey of discovery of his own. Suddenly everything the two men thought they knew about themselves and each other gets turned inside out. Meanwhile, they still have a case to solve… but it may not be the case they thought it was.
Like I said above this has been on my TBR list for a long time now. I have had multiple friends tell me I HAD to read this or I MUST listen to the audio of it. Yet I kept putting it off, I am not sure why, I trust these friends to lead me in the right direction when it comes to books knowing they have yet to get it wrong. But I just couldn’t make myself sit down to read it, maybe a part of it was the cover, which I don’t think does the book justice. Yes I know, don’t judge a book by its cover, but this cover just did nothing for me and lets be honest the cover is the first impression. And maybe I kept putting it off because the blurb didn’t reach out and grab me.
But please, please, please do NOT let those little things stop you from reading this book, because right now I am kicking my self for waiting this long. I absolutely feel in love with not just this book but the two mcs. And when I am done writing this review I am going to get the other books in this series because I want more of Donnelly and Brandt. Because together they were pure magic.
Some would call this book a GFY, some might even think of it as the ultimate GFY. I don’t know if that is what I would call it, to me its more only for you. Realizing that the person who knows you better than anyone else in the world, your fears, your weaknesses, your strengths is the one person you want to love for the rest of your life. And then realizing that just because that person is the member of the same sex doesn’t make a difference because they love you just as much as you love them. They are the only person you see, the only face you want to see when you go to sleep and the only one you want to see when you wake. Only for you.
These two were hilarious together, many times I found myself laughing out loud. And Brandt and Donnelly together, well all I can say is I will never look at a chess board the same way without blushing. While these two are the main characters, the supporting cast is brilliant. Bryce is in your face flamboyance and Nestor is well, pretty much the same, both larger than life. Donnelly’s family rounds out our supporting cast and all I can say is I love them so hard, they are the epitome of how a family should support their loved ones.
This book awesome, funny, hot and not at all what I was expecting. I am so glad I picked this one as my “new to me author” because it proves to me that one: dont judge a book by the cover because you could miss out on a really fantastic read, and two: LISTEN TO YOUR FRIENDS they know what they are talking about. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
The name Xavier Mayne is a tribute to the pioneering gay author Edward Prime-Stevenson, who also used it as a pen name. He wrote the first openly gay novel by an American, 1906’s Imre: A Memorandum, which depicts two masculine men falling in love despite social pressures that attempt to keep them apart.