Bossy and The Brat by Daisy Harris (Men of Holsum College #6)

Bossy and The Brat by Daisy HarrisAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Gay Romance

Publisher: Siren

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

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I wasn’t overly excited by the end of Bossy and The Brat. I have resisted writing this review for over a week because I just wasn’t sure how I felt. On one hand that says good things about the author because I needed to process my thoughts. On the other hand what does it say that I’m not sure if I liked it or am simply annoyed?  By this point in a series I want to be invested, I want to crave the next book but I think I may be done with this one. I am finding the characters to be one dimensional and that annoys me.

Now I am not a gay man…I know, shocker, but even in a college setting where sex flows freely if I am to believe all my friends that actually went, I find it hard to envision a bunch of gay young men in only two roles…the dominant/confident and the sluts. With these books it seems to be either one of the other. In Bossy and The Brat the sex starved Tyler has no qualms about giving a great BJ to get the attention he craves and it seems as though it doesn’t really matter whose on the receiving end as long as they can deal with his incredibly low self esteem. I really just felt sorry for him…and annoyed that once again the stereotype of gay men being promiscuous was thrown at me. Sure it’s college…sure it’s probably the norm even with those with vaginas but an author shouldn’t fall into the trap of painting everyone the same. I want different. I want unique. I don’t feel like I’m getting that anymore.

Since Cal isn’t “out” his relationship with Tyler has to stay private, at least until he can work up the courage to tell everyone, most importantly his parents who think he is marrying his high school sweetheart…who you know, has a vagina. I thought it was incredibly selfish of him, knowing Tyler insecurities to keep him on the back burner until he figured out his own set of problems. I found their text conversations to be well wrote, as sexting goes anyway.

The length of these makes it hard for a slow build up transition in relationships so you kind of have to get over that need quickly. One minute they are fighting their feelings and the next fluids are being exchanged. They usually get over their need to come out fairly quickly as well. I’m sure that alone takes YEARS sometimes so it’s not believable to me to have a character go from “eh, I kinda like my girlfriend but in a dark corner of my mind I wish she had a penis” to “hey mom and dad I’m gay” in several chapters. Cal does exactly that and I feel it downplays the process many gay men go through in their attempt to feel okay in their own skin. I would much rather they all be out then to have their emotions change so quickly.

I’ve had a tumultuous relationship from the beginning with these books, but I think my annoyance says it all. It’s time for me to take a step back from this series.

I give Bossy and The Brat by Daisy Harris 2.75 stars

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