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Brandon Mills versus the V-Card

Prescott College, Book 2
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Prescott College, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. Life at Prescott and in his fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa, is good. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, Brandon is slowly coming out of his shell. When he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, though, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.  

Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants - a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.  

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, they start spending time together. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex, with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. 

But as the competition - and their relationship - heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.  

This is a second edition previously published elsewhere.

©2017 Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock (P)2018 Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

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Adorable Brandon and Alex

Brandon and Alex are two of the most adorable characters I have read in a long time. Their hesitant romance had a perfect sense of realism that I could imagine it all happening. Brandon is first introduced in the first book, Mark Cooper vs America. It is not necessary to listen to the first book but I highly recommend it. It covers Mark and Brandons freshman year and the antics of pledging to a fraternity. Joel Leslie Australian accent for Mark is superb. But I digress. This story made me laugh and cry, root for Brandon and wanted to hug both Alex and Brandon. The excellent side characters, namely Blake, wonderful. How he manages to get stuck everywhere I will never know.
I bow down in worship to Joel Leslie’s talent. So many accents and characters. All of them unique. Masterful portrayal of Blake, so much so he almost stole the show. But Joel Leslie never left that happen he gave both Brandon and Alex their voices and enhanced their personalities. Perfect second book with perfect narration. Bravo

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  • trish
  • 23-06-18

so funny

i like the book i like the main couple, Brandon and Alex i thought they were sweet. My favorite side character is Blake i would read this book just for him he kinda stole any scene he was in he was so funny. Joel Leslie is by far one of my favorite narrators here.

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  • Love222
  • 20-07-18

LOL

Between the Adorkable MCs and the hysterical support characters plus a great story, this one made me laugh and want to cry. The narrator did a great job bringing it all to life!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-11-19

The perfect balance

A perfect blend of humor while dealing with a serious issue. I want more books like this!!

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  • Cynthia Shepp
  • 24-06-19

Awkwardly Sweet

Loved these two. Awkward, lovable, real, and always there for each other. Loved that Brandon was able to work through his troubles in the long run.

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  • Christina
  • 13-06-19

Fun and at times poignant story

I enjoyed this book even though it wasn’t exactly what I expected from the description. Brandon has a traumatic event happen when he was younger that causes a fear of touch. He meets Alex and together work through his fear and fall for each other along the way.

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  • AAHickman
  • 30-01-19

Leslie's narration is next level

I loved this book when I read it, but Joel Leslie brought this book to life for me. This may be his best narration of all those I've listened to.

Alex is adorable and sweet and everything you'd expect from a kid who grew up surrounded by love. I believe cinnamon roll definitely applies. Brandon, he breaks my heart, and I spent the whole book wanting to make things better for him. This is a difficult book as Brandon was sexually assaulted by a teacher as a twelve year old and the affects of that have completely and understandably taken over his life. But they find each other and make each other's lives so much better. This is not a "love fixes everything" story though, it is a story that shows how the love of those around you can give you the desire and courage to fight for yourself. I was teary at many points.

Plus all the fun characters from Mark Cooper vs. America are present and they are too loveable to not want to spend more time with them.

An absolute win for me in all the ways.

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 14-01-19

so awesome!

Brandon Mills (best friend of Mark who we met in book one) is a shy, nerd, who loves dinosaurs, has an eidetic memory and a really, really crappy childhood.

Alex Kekoa is a giant nerd who also loves dinosaurs, has had a sunny childhood, is totally infatuated with Brandon, and is also a virgin (thus the title).

Alex joins Brandon’s frat just to be near him (and because it suits his style and brain). When he – in a fit of passion- kisses Brandon, it sets loose all sorts of thoughts and feelings in Brandon he didn’t know he had and definitely doesn’t know how to process.

First there’s the whole “gay” thing – which he doesn’t really identify as, but isn’t the biggest thing. The biggest thing is the touching. Brandon doesn’t touch anyone. Not even himself.

Most of the book takes place in Brandon’s head. Figuring things out. Trying to remember to forget. Trying to learn how to be new. Using the hair-brained but wonderful advice of his kooky and sometimes high friend, Mark.

Alex is the most gentle and unassuming soul you could meet, exactly what someone with Brandon’s history needs.

Add into the mix Blake and his contributions to the LGBTQ association as well as Mark and Deacon’s continued coupledom and you have a delightful mix of the quirky and funny with the sentimental, tender and sometimes painful.

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I couldn’t put this book down! I only skimmed book one. And only after I read this. Book one has some elements that I am uncomfortable with… so I just got the highlights. But… I do love Mark and Deacon as a couple and I enjoyed reading about them before they were a couple.

Brandon is so heart-breaking in this story. Gah! He tries so hard and does everything right but sometimes that still isn’t enough, is it? Alex is a wonderful boyfriend and together, the two of them exploring their feelings – it was so sickly sweet and funny and most of the time it felt really REAL.

I guess that reality is what makes me knock this down from a perfect 5 star book to a 4.5. I wanted and really hoped for Brandon and Alex to remain a couple – FOREVER and we get hints that they might… but no guarantees. In fact, I could honestly say that I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t… just by the way their relationship to this point was handled. (When they do finally make it to boyfriend status, I never quite got the feeling from Brandon that he was as invested as Alex… but that could just be me.)

Anyhow – I loved how the first-time-scene was handled and thought it felt really authentic. Messy, imperfect and wonderful. I loved how Brandon grew, but not in a “fairy tale it all goes away” way. Again, that felt very authentic.

Blake is my absolute hero. I love him so much! He was so genuine and wonderful and such a tremendous ALLY! What a great way to view the world and what a nice way to open that discussion – gays in sports.

All in all this was a fun (sometimes), heartbreaking (sometimes), full of feels (all the times) and very well written book.

This writing duo makes for awesome character development and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for book three (which Lisa Henry has said is currently in the works!)

So… I highly recommend this to lovers of the card, college boy fans, anyone who loves a hard-childhood story and lovers of dinosaurs everywhere!



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Joel Leslie is’ awesome! I’m so glad the authors chose him since he can do such a wide array of characters! There are so many unique voices and accents and Joel does them all – so wonderfully!

I adored this and his narration and … him!

Highly recommended!


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  • Kiana
  • 18-09-18

Soo good

The gang is back and better than ever! If you were a fan of the first book you are going to love Brandon’s story. Hysterical, adorable, Joel Leslie’s perfect narration will make you love this audiobook.

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  • BrotherBob
  • 09-09-18

hilarious

Read this for the fun of it. You won't regret it. I wish I knew these guys.