Yummy men, hot sex, and a fun story to listen to …
Author: Xavier Mayne
Narrator: Peter Brooke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
A Brandt and Donnelly Caper: Case File One
State trooper Brandt’s new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he’ll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back—whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jäger and encouragement while he researches porn.
Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best “shot”—and becomes an overnight sensation. But to meet the man behind the operation, he’ll have to give a repeat performance, this time live on webcam opposite the highest bidder. Donnelly makes sure to win that auction for his partner’s sake, but their plan has a flaw: faking it is not an option.
In the aftermath, Brandt is a humiliated mess trying desperately to come to terms with what he’s had to do for the job and his own mixed feelings. But Donnelly has been on a journey of discovery of his own. Suddenly everything the two men thought they knew about themselves and each other gets turned inside out. Meanwhile, they still have a case to solve… but it may not be the case they thought it was.
Not all books must provide a serious or meaningful story to be great, and Frat House Troopers is one of those that I really like simply because it is good, sexy fun. As probably unlikely as it is that a trooper would be called upon to infiltrate and perform for an online sex operation where gorgeous young men pleasure themselves on camera, the story of Brandt doing just that in Frat House Troopers is entertaining and hot. There is also terrific chemistry between Brandt and his partner Donnelly – they sizzle together. Their verbal banter is cute, sexy, and at times truly hilarious. Also, the sex between these two is off the charts yummy, especially their first sexual encounter that took place on camera while Brandt was undercover.
Frat House Troopers is also a “gay for you” story – and I just love this trope. My first m/m romance was a “gay for you” story, and I suppose this trope imprinted on me like a freshly hatched baby duckling, but I just adore these improbable, romantic stories! There’s also quite a bit of men slipping and sliding along the proverbial Kinsey scale of sexual orientation in Frat House Troopers. Heterosexuals Brandt and Donnelly realize that they love each other – and really have the hots for each other – during the undercover investigation. Brandt is also introduced to Donnelly’s extended “family” that includes another gay couple with one of the men having been a self-proclaimed heterosexual before meeting and falling in love with his gay partner. Also, Nick, one of the online performers in the Frat House, tells Brandt that he’s not gay but that he has a serious boyfriend (and he comforts Brandt with a sweet kiss). I know that these story lines are not terribly realistic, but I enjoy Xavier Mayne’s Frat House Troopers as a deliciously sexy, fun, and fantastical story between two very likable characters who have really amazing chemistry together. Add in the absolutely wonderful and colorful cast of supporting characters, and Xavier Mayne’s Frat House Troopers is a pleasurable, tasty read that will leave you smiling!
To be fair, I had read Frat House Troopers well before I listened to the audiobook, and perhaps this influenced my audiobook experience since I had a prior idea of how I imagined the characters sounding. Peter Brooke is a fine narrator – he has a nice, masculine voice that is easy on the ear. He also does a good job providing easily discernible and different voices for the numerous characters. However, I am surprised that his portrayal of Brandt had a bit of a New Jersey accent, while the other characters do not. I’m not saying a Jersey accent can’t be sexy – it can – but I don’t think that Brooke’s voice for Brandt is particularly sexy. It isn’t bad by any means … it’s just not as sexy as Donnelly’s, which is a bit surprising since Brandt is clearly the story’s main character.
Overall, I recommend that you listen to Xavier Mayne’s audiobook Frat House Troopers. It’s an enjoyable way to “read” a delightful and sexy book!
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audio version of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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