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The Token Yank

(Browerton University #5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  51 reviews
*formerly published as The Token Yank*

A new continent deserved a new Rafe.

For his study abroad semester in England, Rafe vowed to stop looking for love and start shagging his way across Britain. No more grand romantic gestures that go unreturned. No more bemoaning his single status. But his “Operation: Slut” mission goes awry when he meets Eamonn. His Beatles-hating, raspy
ebook, 268 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Truman Books (first published September 6th 2017)
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Enjoyed this a lot.

Rafe is 19,a bit smothered by his well meaning over protective parents.On his way to England for a 3 month study period,he's got one thing on his mind,

He thought about sex.
Sex with hot British guys with hot British accents.

And so begins,

Operation: Slut.

What he hadn't banked on was having a sexy British flatmate.....

Rafe is a bit like an exuberant puppy.He's fascinated by all things British and he's determined to make his stay in a foreign country a truly memorable one.
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Likeable MCs, enough steam, strong HFN, mild relationship angst, plus British boys galore! I'm with Rafe; it's all about that sexy accent.

I liked this story and would have rated higher if the book didn't have such a strong NA (bordering on YA) feel. Rafe was such an innocent!

Eamonn was also too slow to fully commit himself to the relationship.

But those are minor (and subjective) niggles. If you enjoy NA/YA romance, give this one a go.
☆ Todd
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

While I loved both Rafe and Eamonn, the story didn't thrill me the way that some of the other Browerton books did.

I was initially concerned that the story might have Rafe sleeping around, while Eamonn pined away, but am soooo thankful that Operation Slut was a complete failure, as there was no cheating and the MC's were only ever with one another, despite a few side characters trying to go there.

Since both of the MC's were such nice guys, the majority of the queues for their drama came from outs
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, gbr, arc
3.5 stars

I mostly liked this because of Rafe. Rafe was super awesome! Eamonn was a bit too hesitant for me and the romance just not that romantic. But I still ended up enjoying most of it. Because Rafe! ❤❤❤

Rafe is a 19 year old American student who desperately wants to study abroad. That’s why he is super excited to be in the UK for the next 3 months. He wants to see new places, meet new people. Do new people. Because he desperately wants to get rid of his pesky virginity.

When he meets his new f
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
~3.5 stars~

I didn't realize until reading it that this would be a spinoff from the Browerton series. Rafe also attends Browerton, but as a sophomore, he's going to spend his fall semester abroad in England. With the express goal in mind to come home no longer a virgin.

Rafe soon realizes that his well-intended parents have been sheltering him from "adult" skills that he really needs to figure out on his own, like grocery shopping and cooking.

With three flatmates, Rafe really does get the authenti
Another book I should have put down at 80% so I could walk away happy.

If I'd had the good sense to do that, I would have given this 3.5 stars. The story wasn't particularly original, but the characters were fun to spend time with -- not only Eamonn and Rafe (the token Yank of the title), but the extended cast of friends and family. It was good, harmless fun, with lots of funny bits. Like these:

He might fail at relationships, but by golly, he was going to succeed at sex! At least with fucking, t
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, feel good story that I ended up enjoying much more than I thought I would.

Maybe I liked it so much because of the whole exchange-students-program-thing, I was an exchange student myself once, so I could really understand Rafe's excitement. I remember thinking about the great adventure I was going to have, and all the friends I was going to make and the places I was going to see. I didn't want to become a slut though, so that's where me and Rafe differ. However, my exchange progr
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2017
Read and finished but not swooned by it.
The writing was good only the story not for me..
I enjoyed the first half of this book as Rafe gained some independence and became more confident in himself. His enthusiasm was infectious, even to this reader. I found myself smiling hugely through all his accomplishments. His joy really shone through.
Eammon is nice and a great friend. His efforts to help Rafe adjust and embrace his newfound independence really came through for me. Their desire for each other was hot and I am always up for dirty talk in my books. Yum.
However, I am never into a
Sep 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 40%. This might be fun to read for an American but seriously irritating for this British reader. I don't know where the author got the idea that English people say c*** every other word, but it is just as offensive and taboo here as it is in the US! There were so many other unrealistic elements about the characters and setting, not least the ridiculous premise that a university campus wouldn't have anywhere for its students to buy either a cooked meal or some groceries to make food for th ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
Rafe is off to England! Taking a semester to go study abroad at Stroude University, Rafe is more than a little excited. And not just because traveling to a new country is bound to be an adventure. No, he plans to put an ocean between him and his inability to get laid. It’s a good plan, but standing between him and sucess with Operation: Slut is Eamonn, his flatmate. Because sleeping with Eamonn leads to a whole host of problems–mostly those of the love variety. The very kind of problems that Raf ...more
*Review of an ARC provided by the author*

I had fun with this.

I was glad that the story focused in the characters' relationship, instead of spending so much time with the "original idea" (which, to be fair, didn't make it past chapter 2, 3 at most).

I liked seeing Eamonn and Rafe's relationship, and the way they tackled their various obstacles, the most conspicuous being distance as an Argentinian who has to think in terms of 20x in order to get closer to American/European money, it's definitely
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

5++ Stars

Rafe decides to spend his fall semester of his Sophomore year of college in the U.K, attending Stroude university as part of the study abroad program. Besides education, Rafe is determined to see the sites and leave England without his virginity intact. He has a plan, Operation: Slut, that will hopefully get him laid while abroad. Rafe faces not only a culture shock at being in a foreign country, but he also realizes quite quickly just how much his parents have coddled him over the yea
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up because I love stories set in college
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.25 Stars

So, in case you are a fan of the Browerton books, this is indeed a spin-off (or a side story of sorts) with many characters mentioned from (and scenes later on, at) the college. I, still, am not a fan.

Everything about this book rubbed me the wrong way. From the almost infantile MC (who admittedly DID grow into adulting some through the story) to the awkwardly placed and horribly used Britishisms. I doubt there's a Brit in existence that will honestly question whether we dumb Yanks know
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, feel good story. I want to say it’s a sweet story but that’s not the right word. It’s heartwarming and endearing. It leaves you with the ‘warm and fuzzes’. And yet there are places where your emotions are tugged and your eyes tear.

Rafe is on an adventure. He’s off to England for a semester of study. He wants to soak up all things British. Because you know, their accents. And if there is a secondary plan, Operation: Slut, to get him laid so much the better.

Eamonn wants to ke
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
I'd give this a 3.5 because the ending was way too "ambiguous HFN" for me. BUT I'm going to round things up to a solid 4, JUST because I couldn't put this down, it was THAT engaging :-)!!

On the fence, so I borrowed this from Kindle Unlimited [I always make a point of noting when I borrow a book from KU]. If I really like this book, I'll purchase it :-)!
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
For me 2 stars but because of my issues not the book so rounding up to 3.

I have a hard time reading or watching stories where the main character is in situations I would find super embarrassing. So in this book I had to skim more than a few scenes. I think if they had not been there this would have been a 3 star read. It is a Browerton spin-off book but I found no issue following along despite only having read the first two of that series. Everything you need to know about Browerton is provided
*A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I really liked reading Rafe and Eamonn's story. I liked how brave and excited Rafe was to try a new thing and go to England for a semester. I understood Eamonn's struggle to become the Eamonn he wanted to be versus the more practical financially secure route. The way they both inspired the other to grow, they didn't push, they didn't force it, it was a natural progression. I have some sympathy for Eamonn's ex, but not much.
To be honest this is probably more suited for American readers, as a British person reading this I couldn't really get over the terrible stereotypes.

This is all about Rafe who's on his way to study abroad in England for 3 months, away from his over-protective parents. But he's only got one thing on his mind and it's definitely not studying. He can't wait to begin operation: Slut. Then he meets his new flatmate Eamonn and immediately a connection forms between them.

This is a light, and fun rea
Kendra T
This was a great story! I really enjoyed the concept of someone from Browerton studying abroad. Rafe travels to England for a semester, and he has plans to cut loose and meet guys while studying. Instead of becoming a player, he meets his flatmate Eamonn, and develops a great friendship and eventual relationship. Rafe and Eamonn struggled with how to have a relationship with Rafe returning to the United States, and I thought it was written realistically. It was nice to see Rafe not give up his d ...more
clear skies
Oct 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
You know what's really frustrating to me as a reader? This author wrote their first book and I loved it. Then it went downhill from there. I mean...why is it every time I think I have found a a new author and I love their first book and then it just all shatters for me. Also the author writes my favourite tropes which also sucks when the books are becoming so diabolical.

Rafe hasn't had a good time with relationships, so when he has a chance to go to London he's up for it. He loves English men an
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review through the M/M Romance Group DBML program.*

3 stars

Synopsis: Rafe wants to get away from the university where he's been an also ran romantically, so he goes to study abroad for a semester. He's decided that he's going to put "Operation: slut" in to effect, and just worry about getting laid (lots), not relationships. When Rafe was choosing his school, he didn't want the "tourist" version of it, so he chose a university out of London. Althou
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

3.75 stars

So I went into this book blind. Didn't really read the blurb, knew nothing about it, except for what I could infer from the title. I haven't read the Browerton series for a while and didn't realize it was a spinoff, and I don't remember meeting Rafe--but like I said, it's been a while.

So having no real expectations, I was a bit worried in the first chapter. Rafe's behavior on the flight to London
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. I do feel, though that young loves experiencing a huge amount of emotional changes and upheavals in a short amount of time aren't likely to become HEA's, but this book had a pretty hopeful ending. Things moved pretty fast for these guys and their interactions were really endearing...most of the time. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about Nate showing up and all the revelations he brought near the end. The way Rafe reacted to him was believable but not exactly promising ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
5 stars

** I received a copy in exchange for an honest review through the DBML program**

The Token Yank, by AJ Truman, tells the story of Rafe a college student studying abroad in England, where he plans on sleeping with a bunch of guys [because British accents are so hot!! - please note my slight eyeroll] However, Rafe had grown up living a pretty sheltered life so his planning/budgeting hadn't been on point for the trip. He is placed with a group of students in off-campus housing, one of the st
Mainely Stories
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rafe is excited about his Sophomore study abroad experience. Three months of hot British accents, of adulting, escaping his overprotective helicopter parents in Pennsylvania and losing his virginity lie ahead. Study is way down on his list of priorities. His planning was a bit incomplete and the school wasn’t as close to the city as anticipated nor was housing as expected. His flat was disgusting and he doesn’t want his parents to learn how ill prepared he really is for this trip. New flatmate E ...more
Mary Mary
* A copy was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program *

I love ALL books from Browerton series!
I love AJ Truman's books so I had to read this one especially since it has a very sexy and very protective Brit MC. I can totally agree with Rafe, British accent is hot af.

This book was everything I was looking for - it was funny and sexy. The pace was super fast (since it covers only 3 short months and so many things changes in Rafe's lif
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A free copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have waited for Rafe's book since the day I first learned there was such a character. His bubbliness and sparkle are undeniable and impossible to resist and I was just hoping he'd get the amazing story he deserves. Luckily he did.

Rafe and Eamonn are two very different personalities with very different kind of issues, but somehow they blend so well it's almost magical. The story shows Rafe's insecurities and gi
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story about a fish out of water American college student doing a short stint at an English university. I identified to the culture shock Raff experienced when he first arrived, being an ex-pat English person now living in New Zealand. I was a similar age to Raff when I emigrated and could understand how he was feeling with simple phrases and lifestyle changes.

Eamon was a good foil for Raff and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and how Raff slowly learns to stand on his tw
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A.J. Truman remembers his college days like it was yesterday, even though it was definitely not yesterday. He writes books with humor, heart, and hot guys. What else does a story need? He loves spending time with his pets and his partner and writing on his sun porch. You can find him on Facebook or email him at info [at] ajtruman [dot] com

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