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Frat House Troopers (Brandt and Donnelly Caper #1)

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A Brandt and Donnelly Caper: Case File One

State trooper Brandt’s new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he’ll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back—whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offer...more
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Published December 19th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 18th 2012)
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Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
Ty and Zane, Griff and Dante... I would like you to meet Brandt and Donnelly!!!! Absolutely loved this book, it's excellent! What a talent Xavier Mayne is, he believes that romance can be HOT, FUNNY and SWEET in equal measure and believe me when I say he more than delivered! I laughed out loud through out this book, great characters... I just loved them!

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Off to write my review and re-live all the funny moments with my saved notes!! I do not usually use quotes in my reviews, but I think I am going
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Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*

♥♥♥ 3.75 STARS ♥♥♥





Ethan Brandt has a new assignment, one he didn't think he would ever get. He must infiltrate a sex-cam operation. The problem is, he needs to get very naked in order to do it. And the only person he has as back up is his best friend and partner, Gabriel Donnelly. With his help, he has to give the best performance of his life on a webcam, live. Brandt finds himself feeling confused about it all. He is turned on about things he normally wouldn't be. This case ends up changing his...more
Gigi
Highly recommended M/M gay-for-you love-fest between two hot State Police Officers!

I fucking loved this book. I remember reading a variation of it a million years ago on Literotica so I was excited about it coming out as a novel, enough to pre-order it. I would have read it in one sitting if real-life would have let me.

The two MC's, Ethan and Gabriel, State Trooper partners, are as hot as sin and the sex is even hotter. They instantly reminded me of Griff and Dante from the fantastic M/M scorch...more
MLE
Apr 25, 2014 MLE rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm
It probably makes me a bad person, but I would have enjoyed this story so much more if the author had just dropped the love story between Brandt and his partner. If it had been written about how Brandt was sent to infiltrate the frat house, came to accept, and then embrace his role as an internet sex idol I would have loved it. Sort of a How Brandt Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Sex.

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This book clearly wanted to be porn. it really did. I was good with that, but then out of the blue there was t...more
MandyM
3.5 stars. This story has been done before in the m/m romance genre. Straight cop is sent undercover as a player in the porn industry. But there's an enthusiastic exuberance about this author's writing that's hard to resist. What stood out for me the most were the scenes with Bryce and Nestor, the fem shop assistants. Very camp and funny! I'd love to see those guys get their own stories. The initial voyeuristic scenes where Brandt (and sometimes Donnelly) watched the porn stars do their thing we...more
deirdre
Jan 08, 2013 deirdre rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
4 laughing out loud stars!!

first . . you MUST be willing to suspend disbelief for the entirety of book to enjoy it.
but enjoy i did . . .

what i liked . . .
i cannot believe how funny the first 60% was . . .had me highlighting on nearly every page. the author did a great job with the dialogue, the banter, the play with every gay stereotype . . .just fun!! the shopping scenes made my gut hurt i was laughing so hard. the MCs were endearing and the secondary characters were fantastic!
the romance was...more
Simsala
DNF 76%

Highly unbelievable but enthusiastically written GFY.
From straight cop to "Oops...I love my partner" and readily embracing the gay lifestyle
in a heartbeat.
Suspending disbelief this was a fun read with characters who - after coming together - were very sweet and lovey-dovey together but what killed the story for me was - of all things - the enthusiastic writing:

"His soul had achieved enlightement..."
"And, in an instant, his life began. Warmth spread through him, and a surge of obliteratin...more
❧Gwen❤❦
Holy Smoke!

3.5 Stars~

This book was smoking hot!


Someone said in their review to check you reality at the door...so I did, and I found this book to be~unrealistically fun!

The book and what I loved~

♥I love all the character's, the bathtub scene was precious.
♥I loved when he said Ethan's name during that scene.
♥I love the investigation and how it worked out.
♥I love the side character's Bryce and Nester were a woot!

OMG, Undies...Pocket...Hilarious!


This Book Has Something Missing, I Can't Put My...more
Heller
This was amusing but didn't really strike a cord with me. The characters and situations didn't seem very real to me so it made for a fun read but not a substantial one.

That being said, all the scenes with Bryce were golden. He cracked me right up.
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
I really enjoyed this one. It is hilarious - Ethan and Gabriel had me laughing out loud more than once. When they figure things out, the sweetness comes out. There is plenty of hotness in the under cover stuff, as well as when the mc's are exploring each other.

There are a lot of great side characters, including some guys from the House. My favorite was Bryce, the gay clothing expert.

The only thing I didn't love was the seemingly insta love that happened as soon as the guys figured out they wan...more
Jenn
This started off fairly strong but kind of went downhill about a 1/3 of the way in. Still overall it's cute and funny.

Areas of Concern

*So things were going fine and dandy with Brandt having the only POV and then out of nowhere at 40% the reader gets this POV from a side character who we never see again and who the reader never gets his POV again. Why was this in there????? WHY?

*After that, all of sudden the reader starts getting the POV from both Brandt and now Donnelly. I started getting whipla...more
Christina Marie
What in the hell. My brain hurts.

I should have loved this book. It had all the ingredients necessary to take me to reading bliss. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.

This book took gfy to a whole different level. That level is called irritating. So, every man in this book is straight, and feels the need to talk about how straight they are, until they aren't anymore because they fall face first onto a dick. Standard gfy formula, right? Wrong. Because the characters are apparently still completely heter...more
Smith Barney
This over-the-top ridiculous f'ing shit....tickled my lazy ass. What the hell would my life be without reading. A f'ing tragedy..that's what.

This is some simple shit and that's why it works. (My) passion for reading is directly joined at the hip with the fluidity of my emotions..content in the simple fact..that it never stays the same.

It's not that this is exceptionally humorous material. Instead it's the MC character chemistry and the spontaneity of Donnelly. Their dialogue is not only natura...more
Td
Frat House Troopers - The Story Of Disbelief

Disbelief didn't take it too personally when his loving mistress Td told him to take a well needed break, gently pushed him out the door and locked herself away to read about troopers. She doesn't ask this of him often and if he was being honest with himself, a break was very much welcomed.

There was still a need for Disbelief to be vigilant if only in a more relaxed manner and he made himself comfortable outside the door. Whatever reluctance Disbelief...more
Camille
This one was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed :-)

It's very well-written and edited, and I am not surprised that the author is a professor of English. There were some places, however, that the language was too ornate. The MC's coming together was described in the purplest of prose but it was bearable yet, sandwiched as it is between better segments of stronger exposition. (Though in a writing workshop I'd have run my red pen right through it.)

Mayne says in his bio that "he is passionate about writin...more
Susan65
Funny, entertaining, and hotter than sin. Character's you love and dialogue that's real. What's not to love?
Bev
Dec 27, 2012 Bev rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m, romance
I loved this book, it was so funny I was laughing out loud in lots of places. OK, it was a classic 'cop under cover - or maybe not in this case - you'll see what I mean!!' story, but even at the start Ethan Brandt and his partner in crime Gabriel Donnelly were suspicious of the case they'd been asked to deal with by the District Attorney - tax evasion (?) at a 'frat' house which was being used by an on-line porn site? Strange indeed.

As Ethan was the younger (and more ripped supposedly) of the tw...more
Debra
4.5 Stars! This book was funny, sweet and hot! Based on the title alone, I would never have picked this book up (reminded me of the title of a bad 80's movie), but after seeing other reviews and a recommendation when I was looking for something light, I am so glad I picked it up.

The MC's Ethan and Gabriel relationship was just plain fun and the shopping scenes with the secondary characters Bryce and Nestor had me laughing out loud. If you are looking for a serious police procedural storyline fo...more
Bitchie *Bored Now*
This is one of those books where you have to check reality at the door. I just can't, in a million years, see some of the events that happened in this book happen.

That being said, so long as you check your reality before getting started, this is a very enjoyable book. The characters were quite likable, and there was minimal angst when the guys realized they had feelings for each other.

It did all feel a bit too easy all the way around, but this was light, fluffy, and fun, and I recommend it to an...more
Ann
Well, damn. That was fun. The narrator did a great job with Brandt and Donnelly so their banter had me cracking up. Add in Bryce and Nestor and I was sold.

I definitely bookmarked a couple of chapters there. You know, the ones I want read aloud to me again. And again.
Icedave
Rating:
4.00 stars

Short Résumé:
Hilarious, smutty and a bit of sweet.

I confess:
I skimmed most of the JO scenes in the beginning of the book, as that's just not my thing.

On-the-Go-Reading-Tips:
Take some healthy dose of disbelief with you.

Shelves:
There is a reason that I shelved this book both under "alternate-reality," "genre-contemporary," and "genre-fantasy" as some plot parts are not realistic.
Jodi


Fantastic read! I recommend it to anyone who is a lover of m/m romance.

What I loved about this book: The characters! Every single one of them (including the supporting characters) added value to this story. Bryce and Nestor, and their flamboyant personalities, made me laugh out loud on several occassions. Even our Heroes, Brandt and Donnelly, had me laughing to the point of tears at one point - a personal first for me (when reading a book).

What I didn't love (but didn't detract from the journey...more
Jen
3.75 stars - I liked it more than 3.5, but it's not *quite* an actual 4.

In order to explain why I found this book so much damned fun, I should probably say that back some time ago, when I first started my fall down the M/M rabbit hole, I was poking around Literotica for (free) hot boy-lovin' smut, and found stories by a guy who called himself Xavier Mayne. I devoured them all, charmed by the hilarity and the sweetness of his characters... even if they were a little too zany to be completely rea...more
Nic
Started off with a bit if a silly plot, undercover into an online porn frat house, selecting Ethan just because he looked young regardless of the fact that he had never even viewed gay porn or had any idea what it was about. He was also a State Trooper who had no idea where the local gay area of town was! Was also a bit silly that Donnelly, who had a gay brother and gay close friends, was freaked out by that actual concept of gay sex to the point of not being able to watch it but suddenly finds...more
Con Riley
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I lost count of the number of times I laughed aloud, which was a very welcome surprise. The author has a witty way with words; some of the turns of phrase used were brilliant.

I liked the characters a great deal. I wanted things to work out for them. Again, the warmth I felt for them was down to some seriously snappy dialogue. I hadn't expected to laugh so much, or so often, or to be misty-eyed a page later.

A layered, fun read.
Lisa Henry
Maybe I was in the wrong mood when I read this, but the humour just didn't work for me in this one. I did love the energy and enthusiasm, but it wasn't quite enough to carry me through all the suspension of disbelief required for this one.

I'm in the minority here, I know. I liked it okay, I just didn't love it.

Weirdly, I would have liked there to be less sex and more investigation.
Blue Bayou .
I liked the story. It reminded me of other similar books and that I liked them better. This was gay-for-you times two. (Ok, one had an inkling but then again one of them was going to have to, to start to ball rolling or the book wasn't going anywhere) Which is a first for me. Are there others out there like this one? If so, I don't know if I am going to seek them out. Just wasn't my thing.
The writing is great and the sex is steamy. Being that one of the MC's is being instructed on what to do, i...more
Megan
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Candice
I will say that there were some parts in the beginning of this story that were quite funny, mainly when they went to get Brandt clothes. After that, unfortunately it went pretty downhill from there. The whole gfy you was just way to unbelievable and I pretty much skimmed a lot of the scenes at the house.
DaisyGirl
I'm not a huge fan of GFY stories but I have read some good ones. Unfortunately, this one didn't do it for me. This story is about two homophobic "straight" cops who fall for each other in a double GFY story. Need I say more? A DOUBLE GFY (huh?) where the MCs are straight up homophobic. WTF?!? Perhaps if I could've stuck it out, the story might have turned around for me but I couldn't get past the dialogue between the two MCs and the plot about going undercover as a web porn actor was too ridicu...more
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