Bossy and the Brat

Daisy Harris
Bossy and the Brat
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Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
Release Date
July 2012
Book 5 of Men of Holsum College
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Calvin Beaumont is supposed to marry Nicole. He's a biology major, lab tech, and resident advisor—everything everyone expects him to be. There's only one problem. He likes boys. In particular, a flirty dance major who was a freshman on his hall.

It's sizzling summer at Holsum College, and Tyler Burk isn't a freshman anymore. When he notices his hardworking resident advisor has same-sex feelings, he goads, teases, and tempts Mr. Bossy into dating on the sly. Cal may not be out, but he's domineeringly hot, and Tyler doesn't mind keeping things quiet…for a while.

But Calvin has wanted Tyler all year, and their sexting and secret rendezvous soon blossom into something neither one of them can control. Can Cal control his secret, as well as his sexy little brat? Or will he be man enough to admit he's not the man everyone thought he was?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Oct 09, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
BOSSY AND THE BRAT is the fifth book in the Men of Holsum College series. I somehow managed to miss the fourth book, but the previous ones were more or less stand-alone so I feel I can give my opinion on this story all the same. (Update: I have since read it and it's just as lovely as the first in the series.)

The rating is a far cry from my previous enthusiasm with this series. I won't say the story was horrible or something similar, just that I didn't enjoy it as I did the previous books.

BOSSY AND THE BRAT is about Tyler, a bratty, flamboyant student who yearns for someone to love him and to pay attention, but his taste in men leaves a lot to be desired. Cal was his resident advisor and living close enough for Tyler to have enough of an appreciation for the ‘small town' man who always seemed just too good and shy. At one point the obstacles between them cease to exist; Tyler is no longer a freshman and Cal's girlfriend is a thing of the past – so what is left to prevent the two men from being together and having all that hot sex?

The major conflict of the story seemed weak to me, and while Cal jumped from one reason to hold back to the next, he didn't have enough of a personality to make the whole thing interesting. He was way too fickle, and I can read about indecisive characters swimming in self-doubt, but Cal was switching between hot, interested and cold and distant far more than I was comfortable with. Moments of sexual anticipation were few and promised far more than they eventually delivered. It might not seem like a big deal, but one of my main interests while I read Daisy Harris's books is the great sexual tension she is able to create. Unlike some other authors, she is very capable of keeping the same level of tension all the way through to the end of the scene.

In this particular book, the sex part of the story came in too late and by then I wasn't really interested in the book anymore due to previously mentioned issues. In addition, after they finally get it on, you can expect hot and heavy as well as excessive steamy situations.

This series in general is really fun for me, but I have to say, where in previous books I pushed on with a smile, on this occasion I couldn't wait to finish. Hopefully the next one will be more to my liking.
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