Review: Bossy and the Brat

Reviewed by Jen

Calvin has been going through the motions to be the guy his parents wanted him to be. He got engaged to a girl from his hometown and tried to push aside his attraction to Tyler, the flirty freshman in his dorm. But he’s fighting a losing battle.

I was hesitant to start this book at first, because when I read the blurb I thought this was going to be a cheater story and I don’t really enjoy those. Thankfully, that is not the case.  Calvin and his girlfriend break up as the story begins. But that doesn’t entire clear the path for Calvin to act on his feelings.  At first, he honestly can’t admit them to himself.  Beyond that, he just finished up as stint as Resident Adviser in the dorm and there is a strict rule against him dating a freshman.

Tyler has never really had much luck at relationships. He’s the guy who is good for a quick hook-up, but no one really wants him for more. Part of the problem is that he is a little needy and he doesn’t really see it when men don’t give him the respect he deserves.  His love life stinks, but when he gets the idea that Calvin may be attracted to him, he jumps at the possibility of something between them.

Calvin quickly gives in to the temptation Tyler provides, but he’s still pretty hung up on the idea of breaking the rules. So he tries to force the relationship on hold and attempts to keep the attraction quiet. But it’s obvious from the get-go that it’s a train wreck waiting to happen.

One things that never fails in the Holsum College books is the sex.  First of course, we’ve got amazing tension… then, later, the payoff is really, really good.  I also liked that there was a friendship or at least a friendly acquaintance  between Calvin and Tyler before the book ever started. This allowed me to buy in to the tender feelings that developed pretty quickly.

I thought Calvin’s concerns about “breaking the rules” to be with Tyler were a bit flimsy, since he was no longer an RA. And I felt like Calvin’s ex-fiance was a little too easy to accept that the man she was going to marry is boffing another dude less than a week after they broke up.  But I just kind of put all that aside to enjoy the story. It’s not an epic romance, but it’s a sweet and sexy read.

Rating: B-

*ARC provided by author for review

Bossy and the Brat
by Daisy Harris
Release Date: July 28, 2012
Publisher: Siren

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