Book Title: Frat Wars: Master of Mayhem
Author: Saxon James
Release Date: March 23rd, 2022
Genres: Gay Romance, Contemporary, College Romance, LGBTQ+
My rating: 4.5/5 Stars
As social chair of Sigma Beta Psi, I’m the life of the party. It’s what I’m known for, and if it’s not fun, I’m not interested, simple as that. I’m not someone who overthinks. So when one of my brothers hooks up with a dude from another frat house, it catches me off guard when I can’t stop thinking about them … together. There’s only one way for me to get this obsession out of my head and that’s by jumping in with both feet and putting it into practice. The problem is, the one guy who’s up for the ride, is the last one I’d expect.
Being risk manager of a frat house is nobody’s idea of a good time. My brothers get annoyed when I put a damper on their plans, and wrangling drunken frat brothers isn’t how I pictured my Saturday nights of senior year. I’m bored. In a rut. Study, frat duties, planning for the future. When is it my turn to let loose for a moment? So when my dumb-as-bricks frat bro is scoping out the house for a little experimenting fun, I throw out the offer like it isn’t the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever considered. I never imagined I’d actually enjoy it.
After reading King of Thieves in early February, I could not wait to read the sequel, Frat Wars: Master of Mayhem. While the first book was a lot of fun and filled with chaos, Master of Mayhem managed to amplify all of those features even further! Brandon and Robbie were such an enjoyable couple to read about, and I can’t wait for all of you to meet them and love them as much as I did.
As many of my friends know, I am a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers story, and while this wasn’t exactly marketed as a friends-to-lovers story, we still got that because Robbie and Brandon, though they bicker like a married couple all the time, are actually really good friends and love hanging out with the other. You could tell how much they mean to each other, especially when Robbie went out of his mind with fear every time he thought of the prank gone wrong from the first book, when Brandon had a major asthma attack. They always gravitated towards each other, and their bond was so clear from the beginning. Watching it grow and foster into something more was such a fun ride.
One particular thing I loved about this story was the casual way Robbie approached his exploration of his sexuality. It was so pure the way he was just like, hey I think I kind of like guys. Guess I should kiss one and see what happens. Instead of freaking like most MCs would have at this point. It was a relief to see, and while I know every queer experience is different, it was nice to read about another perspective. Another thing I appreciated was how Brandon and Robbie never actually cheated on Brandon’s girlfriend. It would’ve been really easy to do, but instead they always had her consent to kiss, and they made sure to ask her permission. This was also a nice breath of fresh air, because one thing I hate seeing over and over in books is cheating. That is one thing I do not want to read about, and when I realized Brandon was originally in a relationship, I was a little worried that’s where it was headed, but was deeply relieved when nothing ever happened until the two had broken up.
While reading King of Thieves, I knew I was going to love Robbie and Brandon’s characters in Master of Mayhem, but I was not prepared for just how much! These two had me smiling like a fool the entire time I was reading. From their banter to their sweet moments, I just could not get over them. Their individual moments were also really great. Robbie in particular was so much fun to read about. He was chaotic, loveable, a bit of a goofball, but super protective of those he loves. His and Brandon’s arguments about the clothes he wore always had me cracking up. Also, the fact that Robbie knits!! And that he knitted Brandon a scarf! I just loved it. I loved it.
Frat Wars: Master of Mayhem was such a fun time, and I am so thankful I was able to read it. It was just what I needed at the time, and it was so, so good. If this book isn’t on your TBR, I highly recommend it, as well as the first book.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Foreward PR and Saxon James.
Purchase it at: Amazon
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