Erryn reviews ‘Frat Wars: King of Thieves (Frat Wars Book 1)’ by Saxon James. This book was released by the author on November 8, 2021, and is 272 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Iggy Toma and Alexander Cendese. It was released on December 9, 2021, and is 6 hrs and 45 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m always trying new authors and I was looking forward to this one.
We’re basically Romeo and Juliet. But dudes. And without all the dying.
Being VP of Sigma Beta Psi is wild. I get all the benefits of being in charge with hardly any of the responsibility.
Parties, pranks, and frat politics – college life has never been sweeter.
Until I meet Bailey Prince.
He has the face of a goddamn angel. I don’t know where he came from or why I’m so obsessed.
But I do know he’s a Kappa.
And our houses have a rivalry that’s written into legend.
At Rho Kappa Tau, I’m a legacy.
It’s a lot of pressure, but I’ve always been responsible, never had that rebellious need to rock the boat – and I like it that way.
But after a party at Sigma – the jock frat – I meet Chad Doomsen, and for the first time in my life, I want to step outside my square.
Our houses have always had a rivalry, but some of the guys seem to hate Chad specifically, and I don’t know why.
He’s surprisingly sweet and kind. At least to me.
I need to stay away. A relationship with Chad would be betraying the very legacy that brought me here.
But I can’t help myself. And, it seems, neither can he.
We had drinking in my dorm and the odd prank (putting someone car in the breezeway was impressive), but we didn’t have fraternities quite like the ones in this book. Chad is the really crazy one. He’s the vice-president of his frat so he’s in on all the pranks. Especially the one where they are constantly stealing things from the other frat. A kleptomaniac’s wet dream.
Bailey is more sedate and I wasn’t always clear why he was living at a frat – except legacy. He’s being groomed to work at this father’s company and he comes from serious money. The opposite of Chad. And although he’s great at suggesting antics, he’s not always keen on the follow-up.
The way these two meet was…interesting…as was the progression of their relationship. They both know it’ll cause major headaches to not only come out to their frat brothers, but to also reveal they’re dating the enemy. So what’s a guy to do? Hide, right?
Until things come to a head and a near-tragedy forces the men to come clean. I have to say, I was impressed with some of the frat brothers’ reactions. This is the first book in a series and I can’t wait to see where Saxon goes next. I have my suspicions.
I adore Iggy Toma and am a fan of Alexander Cendese. I haven’t heard them work together before, but I have to say, they made it an enjoyable experience. Good casting as well – Alexander kicked it as the effervescent Chad while Iggy’s more measures performance worked well with Bailey. I am excited for the next book.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Saxon James is an author from Aus who’s obsessed with writing queer characters.
She has a range of books from YA to adult and they all have one thing in common: swoony, sweet love.
When not writing, Saxon exists on a diet of coffee and chocolate while putting her KU subscription to the test.
To view Saxon’s YA work under SM James, please see them here.