Player and the Prude

Daisy Harris
Player and the Prude
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Siren-Bookstrand, Inc
Release Date
July 2012
Book 4 of Men of Holsum College
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Brooks Price loves a challenge. So when a frenemy dares him to sleep with a dorky, over-tall film major, Brooks amps up his considerable charm.

Matt Porter can't guess why Brooks is flirting with him. Raised religious, Matt doesn't believe in sex before relationships. Unfortunately, Brooks is all about sex, and Matt doubts Brooks is interested in anything else.

Slowly, Brooks chips away at Matt's armor—taking him on dates, asking for kisses, holding hands—baby steps, none of which Matt can resist or refuse. However, when Brooks pushes too far, Matt freaks out.

Despite his stoic exterior, Matt's painfully conflicted over his sexuality—scared of his darker desires, worried about hurting Brooks. The pair explores boundaries, but when things turn rough and Matt unleashes his inner wants, he doesn't know if he can overcome his shame about sex in order to be with the man he's growing to love.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Sep 24, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
128 people found the following review helpful
PLAYER AND THE PRUDE is the closest to the first book in this series when it comes to the actual plot as well as the amount of eroticism. I loved it from the first chapter to the last and wouldn't think twice before recommending it.

It all started with a bet where Brooks took on the challenge of bedding the awkward and badly dressed Matt. The push into their lives is really sudden and there is no time for a break because the story keeps on moving and Brooks slowly falling in love is a thing of beauty.

I saw this book as a romantic beginning of something extraordinary between two men who were very different but who just didn't much care. Another thing I appreciated because there were no money issues and the opinions of their parents had no influence on their relationship. Matt's growth from a shy religiously raised man to someone who isn't afraid to admit his kinks and act on them thrilled me beyond words and their sex life spurred my own. Yes, it happens when the book is just that good.

The only remark would be the slow ending that somehow didn't quite follow the intensity of the rest of the book. I still liked it and enjoyed the couple's encounters, but maybe I expected too much out of the conclusion and Daisy Harris decided to take it easy instead. Either way, this fourth book in the Men of Holsum College series is something well worth reading, even if you haven't read any of the other books in the series.
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