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Off-Campus Setup

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Levi Cox left it all behind to go to school in California, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he gets there. Between the university screwing up his living arrangements, the weird meddling old woman who runs the boarding house, and the fellow student who instantly catches his eye, life in Cali is more than he expected, and he isn’t sure he’s ready for ...more
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Published November 25th 2017 by Self-Published
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☆ Todd
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it

Holy crap! That ending...

I have to admit that for the first 75% of the story, I felt pretty ambivalent about this book.

When the story began, Levi came across as a complete whiny little bitch, which annoyed me to no end.

And Nathan felt, I don't know... two dimensional? Whatever it was, he didn't really endear himself to me, until maybe half way through the story.

So yeah, not overly memorable.


A big one. It was huuuuge. It was utterly adorable. And it shocked the hell out of me, but
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This is a cute story, but the MCs, still teenagers, were too young for me. Also, I didn't like the meddling grandma. Like at all.

I think I would have liked this book better without the big twist at the end. Why would anyone go to so much trouble? It was just contrived and silly.
Socially Book Nerd
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Levi sweet sexy cowboy, Nathan, maybe a bit of a brat, but with a golden heart... lol Polar opposites of each other.. City boy vs. Country boy. Nathan's Devious Grandma Mavis ( I love her and want to be here when I'm a grandma) Sets up Nathan to Date Levi, Show him around, show him a good time, he's new to cali.. Knows no one... she said. Perfectly innocent and something a grandma would do.. Except. Nathan never meant to fall for Levi, also he forgot one important rule........ Never get comforta ...more
Off Campus Setup

This book was alright. The setup was A little bit predictable from the start. But I liked Levi and Nathan and the way their story was written. And there was a smaller plot twist that made the ending more interesting. I wasn’t a huge fan of Nathan’s grandma Mavis, but I think that’s more personal preference rather than how she was written into the book. I also wouldn’t mind seeing a book about Catch, Nathan’s friend as well.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
pretty meh throughout = 2.5* rounded down for stupid ending

I know some people really liked the ending but I was not one of those people. The beginning was a bit slow and I struggled to get into it. At about 30% it started to get better. I liked both young men although Nathan's reason for not telling his grandmother certain things made little to no sense at all. But they are just nascent adults so I can almost believe it. I liked the two boys together and could believe they were falling in love.
Levi is leaving his small town in Texas to start college in Southern California. Upon arrival he learns that he isn't assigned a dorm. He is given the number to rent a room from Mavis, off campus and immediately scoops it up. Nathan is Mavis's grandson, he lives in the same house and will be attending the same school. But that is where the similarities between these two begin and end. Nathan is a partier who wants nothing to do with Levi and Levi is a country bumpkin intent on focusing on nothin ...more
Alice Rachel
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

Levi was such a fun narrator to read. :-)
I loved his relationship with Nathan.
And of course, the cray-cray grandma was just hilarious.
Dani Hodge
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was an entertaining story, to say the least! Light, and Fun with a crazy Grandma trying to play matchmaker; you can't go wrong! I loved the witty banter and chemistry between Nathan & Levi! Levi being a sexy, yet sweet Texan, you can't help but fall in love with him. Nathan, I wasn't sure about him at first but the more you read about him, the more you love him. Putting these two together make for a fun, sweet story! I also loved the twist at the end! Great book, and I recommen
Mari  Cardenas
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Levi moves to California to go to college from Texas, unfortunately, once he gets there, he discovers he has nowhere to live. However, one of the ladies at the registrar's office takes pity on him and suggests him a boarding house that will take him in at such short notice. Once there, he meets Nathan and his meddling grandmother, Mavis, and his life will never be the same again.

Nathan is a party boy, but he has some hidden plans that he's not willing to share with anyone but his best fr
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Off-Campus Setup had an interesting premise, one that you know right up front is going to cause major conflict at some point. Nathan’s grandmother is a total instigator, sticking her nose into everything and manipulating the whole situation as she pleases. Sometimes that’s fun, and others it was a little annoying.

I loved Levi’s character. He’s sweet and definitely not your stereotypical clueless cowboy from some hick town. Nathan at first comes across as kind of a jerk who’s only going along wit
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
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Off-Campus Setup was really more than I thought it would be. I didn’t think that I would enjoy it as much as I did, but I was surprised, in a good way. You never know what paths we will take in life, sometimes we go on our own and sometimes we are steered towards one by some well-meaning but manipulative people. Keep that in mind when you read this book because it is important.

Levi and Nathan really were what the
Becky Baldridge
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first read by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. It's an interesting twist on a fake romance and also a bit of an opposites attract and coming of age love story. Levi and Nathan are likable characters and the chemistry between them is almost palpable. In fact, all the characters are interesting and even the minor ones add a little something to the story. The romance is both sweet and sexy as Levi and Nathan get to know each other. Levi is a little like a fish out of water ...more
When I read the prologue, I thought I was going to be in for an angsty type of read, but it didn't take long to figure out that wasn't the case. As much as I love Levi and Nathan, hands down Mavis stole the show.

Levi's straight from Small Town Texas USA, freshly landed in Cali as a freshman at USC. He's quiet and unassuming, isn't the typical college student: doesn't drink and isn't in to the party scene. And then there's Nathan: he's the exact opposite of Levi: drinks, parties, and indulges in
Rosie Chapel
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ms Vickers has done it again. I love her books, each one has a unique take on romance and this is no exception. Levi is your honest to goodness country boy who decides to attend college in California. Despite his assumption that everything was pre-organised, on his arrival a series of unforeseen hitches finds Levi lodging off campus with Grandma Mavis (and a more hilariously awesome grandma you have yet to meet!). Nathan, Levi's across the hall neighbour and Mavis' grandson, seems at first impre ...more
Nia Farrell
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hang on for an extended eight-second ride! This was my first read from Maria Vickers, and it won't be my last. The story grabbed me from the start and refused to let go, from poor Texas-born Levis's unfortunate welcome to California university life, to Nathan plowing into him while escaping from his grandmother's boarding house, to the moment of truth for the two young college students. Maria writes with a deft touch, creating engaging characters, two young men set on resisting each other and on ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: college
Levi is finally getting to pursue his dream. He has arrived at college with a plan. Until he finds he may not be able to live where he thought. Now he has to hurry or go back home.

Nathan knows it is time to grow up. He has not looked forward to living the life his parents have chosen. He wants to choose his future. When he and Levi crash into one another it is a jaw dropping, eye opener. Will the secrets come out and change the course?

Sweet and tender, this story starts out slow and picks up ste
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
I love reading different takes in the romance genre. Maria Vickers has written a beautiful love story of polar opposites. When you get a city spoilt brat set up with a well-mannered country boy, what could possibly transpire?

Well, this story is hilariously witty, and heartwarming. Set on a college campus the characters Levi and Nathan have a lot of growing up to do and what better way to navigate themselves through these unchartered waters than with each other. What transpires from this set up
Behind Closed Doors Book Review
Amount of sex 3 / 5
How explicit 3 / 5
Story 4 / 5
Overall: 4 / 5

Off-Campus Setup is a sweet and steamy MM romance from author Maria Vickers. The story centers on Levi, who grew up on a ranch in Texas. He always wanted to go to USC in California ever since he was young. When he arrived, the school made a mistake and had Levi down as a commuter. With no rooms to spare, Levi had to find somewhere else to live. He finally secured a place about two blocks from campus and met Nathan, the owner of the ho
Ashley Sledge( UnderCoversBookBlog)
This book was very enjoyable!
I loved Levi and Nathan.
But Mavis was my favorite!!

The book was written very well! The characters we developed great!

It was a really good story! And very funny sometimes!

So Levi is cowboy from Texas and he moves all the way to California for school.
Well somehow the school messed up with his dorm, and he has to find somewhere to live.
Mavis rents rooms in her house to collage students and Levi finds himself on her front porch, only to get knocked over by Nathan..

Stephanie Erickson
Strangers set up to fall in LOVE

Levi has left his home of Texas to attend college in California. But from the time he stepped on the plane everything went wrong.

So when the registrar office at the college tells him he doesn't have a dorm she leads him to Mavis' doorstep. And is literally knocked off his feet by Nathan.

Nathan has secrets but also needs money. So when he goes to his grandmother and asks for the money she offers him a deal instead.

"Show the new student around, date him" Nathan take
Beverly Southern Babes Book Blog
Wow where to start? First this is a new author to me and I couldn’t get enough. I need to back and read her other books.

Levi a good ole country boy from Texas moves to California for college. Once he’s there things go from bad to worse. But what he doesn’t know is that someone is there to help him.

Nathan is a spoiled Cali boy. But he’s also a lot more then what people see. He’s such an amazing guy with a heart of gold.

When these two meet is doesn’t go well. But as they get to know one another
Maria Vickers
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Sometimes I get weird dreams or ideas and it turns into something more. For this story, the words flowed and the book practically wrote itself. I'll be the first to admit that it probably isn't for everyone. Mavis is crazy, Levi and Nathan are complete opposites that need to find common ground, and the situations are a little out there at times. I'm proud of the book and how it turned out. I love the characters and where they took me. I got to write about a small Texas town, Scurry, which is jus ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Personally, I find everything Mavis and Nathan did truly disgusting. This is not how you're supposed to treat people. People are not puppets and this is not The Sims. By the end of the book I couldn't stand Mavis and I had to skip some parts. Nathan is pretty much the same. Same goes for Catch. I felt sorry for Levi and for the first time, I wished the main characters wouldn't end up together. Levi deserved better. The only other character I liked is Rich. I would love to see Levi and Rich toget ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked how uncomplicated the book describes gay characters. No big deal, completely, totally normal. As it should be. As it is. But the story itself is so full of logic holes, full of very irrational behavior, full of actions that are not believable and feel like only being done to keep the plot going... I read it through because I wanted to see their happy end but I didn't enjoy it much, especially the psycho grandmother.
The Redhead
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MM story that I couldn't put down
This sexy story of love reminded me that love is love regardless of who the characters are. I loved reading about these two college guys meet, spend time together and find they can't live without each other. 
The twist that brings them together is brilliant. 
I can't wait to read more by Maria Vickers
Sunshine Gonzalez
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start but good ending

It was a first for me from this author but a good book. I'm not a huge fan of the quick wrap up for the ending but definitely not the worst book I've read.
Stephen Severance
Wonderful read

A wonderful story. Read in one setting. Couldn’t put it down. From beginning to closure it held my interest. Like the main characters. Love the grandma character. The way the two connected early in life was a reconnected was great
David Shuler
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow what a book. I laughed until tears were streaming down my face. It's hard being in a new place unfamiliar and alone. I can relate to instant attractions. Sparks fly.. An excellent book,
Katie Jones
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic book! I love Levi and Nathan but by god, Mavis was my absolute favorite! Another great read by Maria!
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story with fun twists
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Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled, she decided to use writing as her escape.

Life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances.

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