Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Review: Deep in the Count by Madison Parker

Deep in the CountBlurb:
Brandon plays baseball for Virginia Tech. Although his coach is confident he has a successful career ahead of him, Brandon's not so sure. What if he doesn’t make it? What will he have to fall back on? He wishes he were smarter. He looks at his friend's roommate and thinks he’d give anything for that confidence and those brains. Because brains and confidence? That’s sexy! If only he could get Corey to notice him, come up with a plan that would appeal to Corey's inner geek…
Corey's program of study and academic standing are sure to land him a good job in his chosen career field: cryptology. Those popular kids? They think that because he’s a “geek” he’s missing out on life, but they’re wrong. He’s got his eye on the prize and doesn’t need the distractions of a social life. So why is he having such a hard time ignoring his roommate's flirty friend?

Todd’s rating:

This short, free read was cute, sweet and utterly adorable.

Tall, blond Brandon is the pitcher for Virginia Tech's baseball team and he happens to think that nothing is much hotter than smarty, nerdy boys.

And how fortuitous for Brandon that his best friend and fellow team member, Jack, just so happens to live with such a nerdlet.

Talk, dark and dorky Corey is the very epitome of geekdom. He studies non-stop, constantly fiddles with his Rubik's Cube, works at the math tutoring center wants to grow up to be a cryptologist and work for the CIA breaking codes.

So when Brandon's about to fail his Statistics class, which would cause him to lose his scholarship, he goes to the tutoring center for help, only to immediately fall in lust with his nerdily-hot Rubik's Cubing tutor.

Then Brandon remembers hearing Jack's roommate's name and his infatuation with solving Rubik's Cubes and makes the connection that Jack's roommate is none other than his math tutor.

Then while 'coincidentally' (read: yeah, right) visiting Jack and Corey's dorm room -- while Corey is there -- Brandon asks Corey to tutor him outside of the tutoring center.

Both boys are totally lovable as we witness their awkward interest in one another and as they get to know one another better.
Brandon smiled at him again. “Can I carry you around in my pocket?”

“It would be a pretty tight fit.”

Brandon’s eyes sparkled. “I’d be okay with that.”
Then the closet exhibitionist Corey decides to incentivize Brandon during a quiz, where for each correct answer Corey would lose an article of clothing.

Like strip poker -- with math instead of cards.   :  )

But when Brandon asks for a kiss, Corey makes him work for that, too.
“I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll let you kiss me if you get at least a B on your test.”
Brandon smiled at him.

“Consider it done.”
The rest of the story is a classic tale of cat and mouse, with Corey fleeing and Brandon wooing and pursuing.

But Brandon is smart enough to realize that a conventional chase isn't going to work with Corey, so instead he decides to use the secret admirer approach -- with a twist.

With Jack's help, Brandon begins leaving encrypted messages for Corey, which show that he's willing to put some thought and work into his courting efforts.

That both impresses and entices Corey. To the point that when the notes abruptly stop, he's hooked and sends Brandon a surprisingly-forward encrypted message of his own.

The book was a joy and I really need to thank my friend, Justin, for the recommendation.

Great job on matching up my profile's "what I like in my books" section with this one!   :  )

It's a free read, so there's absolutely no reason not to read this 4.5 *Cockshot -&-Rubik's-Cube* stars gem.

(There's even an encrypted message of your own that you *must* decrypt on your own to figure out what Brandon tells Corey at the end, but don't worry, you can cheat (like I did) and decrypt it online.)   ;-  )

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