Title: Winning Bracket
Author: Annabeth Albert
Author Annabeth Albert is releasing her story from the Campus Cravings anthology as a singular story with an added epilogue. Winning Bracket focuses on the lives of dorm RAs Ollie and Edwin. Having met their freshman year, one kiss by a drunken Ollie leads Edwin to place all bets for another one. Little did they both know that Edwin would win and the kiss would lead to more bets.
I really enjoyed the story between Edwin and Ollie. Even though they didn't live together, they are like a young Odd Couple. Edwin is all serious and together while Ollie is the life of the party. Cathia's basketball team makes it into the brackets and Ollie convinces Edwin to fill in a bracket. Edwin isn't sure until Ollie suggests they bet each other. Edwin wants another kiss, but this time he wants Ollie to be sober and aware.
My only dislike about this version of Annabeth's story is the added epilogue. Personally, I thought too much detail was given about the ending and it could have been paired down.
My overall Rating: 4 stars
Originally published as part of the Campus Cravings bundle, Winning Bracket is now available on its own with a BRAND NEW bonus epilogue/short story!
A sexy bet on a basketball tournament challenges nerdalicious Edwin and party-boy Ollie to change their relationship status from frenemies to lovers.
Oliver Marshall has been a sexy pain in Edwin Schultz’s side since freshman year. Now seniors and competing dorm resident advisors, the two are in constant strife over noise levels and study hours. However, deep down, Edwin’s been nursing a painful crush on Ollie for years. When Ollie proposes a bet on a basketball tournament, Edwin seizes the chance to put his inconvenient feelings for Ollie behind him once and for all.
Edwin’s not the only one suffering a case of unwanted attraction—Ollie’s been running from his feelings for Edwin for a long time. He doesn’t understand how someone who drives Ollie so crazy with his adherence to rules can be the same guy who makes his pulse pound. In fact, Ollie’s never been so eager to lose a bet in his life.
As the challenge becomes a hot bedroom battle to avoid real emotions, the two “frenemies” must change their definitions of losing to win a shot at lasting love.
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.
Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency
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*I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.