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Winning Bracket

(Campus Cravings)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  532 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Originally published as part of the Campus Cravings bundle, Winning Bracket is now available on its own with a BRAND NEW bonus epilogue/short story!

A sexy bet on a basketball tournament challenges nerdalicious Edwin and party-boy Ollie to change their relationship status from frenemies to lovers.

Oliver Marshall has been a sexy pain in Edwin Schultz’s side since freshman y
ebook, 116 pages
Published January 13th 2015
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

What a great find this one was....

Due to my page # phobias I could't bring myself to pick up the anthology this was featured in. So it was just my lucky day that it was expanded and released as a standalone.

LOVED Edwin and Ollie. Loved the whole love/hate thing they had going on. Loved Ollie's idea to make a bet on the basketball championship bracket.

Loved that said bracket led to Ollie and Edwin finally admitting their feelings for each other.

Loved how adorable Ollie and Edwin both
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

“Winning Bracket” is sweet and fluffy frenemies to lovers story that for sure it will put a big smile on your face. The story is about two college guys, Oliver ‘Ollie’ and Edwin, both RA in the same dorm. They know each other for several years and they want each other since the moment they met. But they also drive each other crazy. Ollie is the guy who is loved by everyone in the dorm while Edwin is shy and not as social as Ollie.

When Ollie proposes a bet on a basketball tournament, Edwin accept
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

How do I sum up this book?

It's a big pile of...

Sprinkled with some...


Which gave me the cheesy grins and happy tingles while reading.

We have two RA best friends who are complete opposites, in their final year at college. Edwin, the straight laced rule follower. He likes order and structure. And Ollie, the laid back and carefree guy. He's fun loving and all about having a good time.

Both have been secretly harboring feelings for each other since their freshman year, but too afraid t
* A Reader Obsessed *
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Uh this was like the best case scenario as to how a seemingly harmless bet to win a kiss turns into some serious sexy explorations.

Ollie and Edwin have been suppressing their feelings for the other for years, and it's just their luck that said bet sets things off to quite a nice start.  Can I just say the hot factor in this was well.... HOT!

So sweet with just the right amount of angsty longing and doubt but light enough without too much melodrama.  These boys really set the sheets on fire with u
aksana  -  4 - 8 - 15 - 16 - 23 - 42 -
4.5 Stars
4 Stars

I’m such a sucker for a good M/M college romance – pair that with two hugely likeable characters, some delicious friends-to-lovers feels and plenty of fever inducing geek-on-geek action, and you have yourselves an epically adorable story.

I first read the original short story within the Campus Cravings: Higher Learning MM Boxed Set, many moons ago, back when I was a newbie to the whole M/M book discovery. I’ve come back for several more re-reads and I can happily say that this one holds u
Keira Andrews
This college romance was charming and sexy. Oliver and Edwin's progression from frenemies to lovers is just so lovely. It's always nice to see diversity in M/M romance, so I loved that Oliver was Asian. He and Edwin have terrific chemistry. The added epilogue set in the future was a welcome treat that made this story even sweeter. Edwin was a sexy virgin, and the sex with Ollie was tender and hot. A wonderful story!
Cute college romance

3.5 stars
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Originally read & reviewed as part of the Campus Cravings anthology.

~4.25 stars~

This is a lovely, funny, and charming story about two RAs who are "frenemies." Ollie is the fun, easygoing one, a party boy, known for his kissing skills and social enthusiasm. Edwin is his co-RA in a gay alliance dorm. Edwin is everything Ollie is not: anxious, uptight, (overly) analytical, and a huge rule follower. He is the down to Ollie's boisterous up.

The guys get along, even though they irritate the hell out
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, mm-romance
3.5 stars. This was just plain sweet and pleasant to read. Very light angst, college-age, and a delight to follow Ollie and Eddie. I really like Albert's writing style. Didn't give me a toothache, and I was hooked til the end. We even get a bonus story. Very nice.
The fluffiest of fluff. Made me there was a bonus epilogue.
3.5 Stars. Rounding up for cuteness. May write small review later.
This was cute and I really enjoyed most of it. But IMO the story should have stopped sooner (view spoiler). After a certain point it was too sugary for me and took what was sweet to syrupy. I like my sugar dose with a bit of bitterness as a contrast to the sweetness. Overall though quite enjoyable.

As of 2/1/16 $1.99 at AllRomanceEbooks
Adorable. Lots of fluffy warm fuzzies. ;)
3.75 stars

I don't know whether I was (slowly) getting to the idea of CRAVINGS on the Campus Cravings series or Annabeth Albert basically can do no wrong for me. Because this book? It's so good. Or - just like Ollie loved to say: awesomesauce!!! ;D

Oliver and Edwin was best-friends without realizing it, each a north to the others' south. They met and be dorm neighbours freshmen years, then grew be co-RAs their senior years. Their moms even got close and swapped notes on their sons. Practically fam
~nikki the recovering book addict

Sweet, sweet, super adorbs sweet story!! I love how different Ollie and Edwin are yet they're so perfect for each other. The bonus short at the end was much appreciated! Loved it!!
Wandering Reader
Read as part of Campus Cravings: Higher Learning MM Boxed Set collection, Winning Bracket by Annabeth Albert was initially very clichéd and predictable (opposites attract, nerd/creative, both loved each other from afar, intimacy bet, miscommunication, etc.)

As I read on it was like walking forward in a narrow hall with unadorned walls, floors and ceiling, but as I walked further the hall widened and opened to show more of a fully furnished room, kind of like Oliver's wildly decorated room in the
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable! Opposites attract + a sort of frenemies to lovers in the last year of college, Ollie and Edwin dance around each other after a drunken kiss the summer before. Everything is couched in a bet, and neither seems to be able to admit to what is happening between them. They are both worried that they are going to screw everything up and lose each other even as snarky friends. The story is told in alternating POVs so we get to know what each guy is feeling and thinking and how they are dealin ...more
4.5 stars.

This book is such a fun sweet read. Friends-to-lovers college themed romance featuring Edwin the perfectionist slash professional uptight nerd and Ollie the free spirited live-in-the-moment party boy with questionable yet quirky fashion style and kitschy fuzzy socks.

Edwin was pinning over Ollie (who usually went for jocky frat types who look Nothing like him). Ollie goaded him into a bet and Edwin demanded his prize if he won is a kiss.

It was perfect mix between steamy and sweet wit
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely adorable, one I'll read again for sure.
D.J. Jamison
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable love story

Ollie and Edwin make an adorable couple, and the bonus epilogue is a great addition! I have a soft spot for nerdy protags and Edwin fully delivers! Very cute story.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it

Very cute,enjoyable read. I liked how these guys came up with the wager to get close to one another. Just shows that some communication will go a long way! They are very opposite in their behavior to. One likes to party(Ollie) and the other is all about rules(Edwin). It also was fun to read about both sets of parents as they are very accepting of their kids and have wanted them together since their Freshman year.
Love the bonus at the end!
Liz (Bugetta)
I read this in the Campus Cravings Anthology and loved it and when it was published as a stand alone story with an additional short story I had to know what happened next for my favorite RAs. The original story was just as good the second time around and the additional story about Edwin and Ollie planning their wedding was super cute and funny and so perfect for their HEA.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of friends to lovers, this one is a hit, as sort of frenemies to lovers. They like each other, aggravate each other and are total opposites from each other. But when a bet is made with a kiss as the prize, things change. So cute!

Edit: When I realize I re-read this every few months when I need some happy, I had to bump it up to five stars.
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Massively likeable characters, college boys, friends to lovers, an adorable geek and hot sex.

It's sweet and cute but it got too saccharine for me towards the end and I lost interest a bit. I think it probably should have finished a chapter earlier.

I'm fairly certain I'm in the minority when I say I could have done without the epilogue. It didn't add anything for me.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Fun characters. Sweet story. The short extra story actually felt like too much. I don't always need an epilogue or the "what happens next". I know a lot of readers do though, so it's a nice way to round it out for those people. Definitely recommend for light and sweet reading.

Very sweet and angst-free. Maybe I missed the tension between jock/nerd in this case, for some reason I find those book hotter than nerd/nerd, hehe (although there was nothing wrong with the steam in this one!).
But Ollie and Eddie are definitely worth a read, and I enjoyed it a lot.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
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Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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Campus Cravings (9 books)
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