Sunday, September 18, 2016

ARC Review: Out Of My Mind by A.J. Truman

Out of My Mind (Browerton University, #3)
Mac had to be out of his mind.

Completely out of his ever-loving mind to even consider rooming with Gideon. The same guy he kissed during his freshman year who said he was straight. He’s held Mac’s mind hostage for the last two years after running out that one special night. Mac was a fan of social experiments, and this one was going to be a doozy.

Gideon doesn’t sweat anything. He was always two lies ahead of everyone. A master at spinning rock solid alibis to protect the house of cards that was his life. To Browerton University, he’s the popular guy getting over a breakup. To his family…the dutiful and responsible son. But rooming with Mac was bringing up old memories and forming new ones. First, a friendship develops, and then a late night infused with alcohol pushes them into uncharted, benefits-laden waters.

As their sexual experimentation continues, and the lies add up, both of them fight to withstand the feelings growing between them, feelings that could ruin their friendship and topple Gideon’s house of cards for good.

Todd's rating:

[ Note: I beta read this book for A.J. and provided feedback regarding my initial thoughts, but also re-read the final version of the finished book as well. ]

During their first week at college, Mac and Gideon met and immediately clicked, but when Mac mistakes Gideon's friendly conversation as flirting and kisses him, their budding friendship ends there.

Fast forward two years and both guys are in desperate need of roommates, having just been unceremoniously dumped by their respective love interests.

Neither is thrilled at the prospect of the awkward living situation, but after a two-week trial period, Mac and Gideon are both surprised to find that they're not only capable of living together, but actually enjoy it and are becoming real friends.

But 'perfect son' Gideon isn't quite as straight as he'd like everyone to believe, so they eventually become friends with benefits.

An unintentional betrayal of Gideon's trust eventually causes Mac to move out, but neither guy can forget the other, even after they begin seeing other people.

When tragedy befalls a member of Mac's family, however, it's Gideon who shows up to make sure that Mac is okay. And to finally divulge his true feelings.

Gideon has his own drama, though, with a deceased father, a brother living by his own rules to make himself happy, and a match making, guilt-friendly mother who wants her sons to live the lives that she has envisioned for them.

There's plenty of drama to go around for the last half of the book, but the guys do eventually get their HEA, which I was happy to see.

I'd rate "Out of My Mind" at a solid 4 stars for the decent number of feels and sexy times to be had. And, although this is the 4th story in the series, it's perfectly fine to read as a standalone book.

My ARC copy of the story was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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