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Title: Brandon Mills versus the V-Card
Author: Lisa Henry & JA Rock
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed Brandon Mills versus the V-Card. You can find the review here.
Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and be normal. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, and his brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa, he’s slowly coming out of his shell. But when he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.
Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex needs to help fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.
When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, their mutual attraction grows. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s klutzy Alex with his cute glasses and his dinosaur obsession. But as the competition–and their relationship–heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.
Hi, we’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, and we’re on tour with our latest release, BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD, available now from Loose Id! BRANDON is #2 in the PRESCOTT COLLEGE series, which started with MARK COOPER VERSUS AMERICA. We’ll be talking about virginity, dinosaurs, college, and more. We’ll also be giving away prizes and sharing blurbs and excerpts.
Thanks so much to Prism Book Alliance for hosting us!
So…What Does Being a Virgin Actually Mean?:
In BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD, we knew we wanted to portray first time sex as realistically as possible. With all the awkward. But we also wanted to explore another issue surrounding virginity: How do you know when you’ve lost it? (And does it matter?)
Our culture still tends to define sex as penetrative. And for characters Brandon and Alex’s age, sex probably does equal penetration. They haven’t taken gender studies courses or had extensive intellectual discussions about what sex is or is not. Alex just wants to get laid. And to him, that means a dick in his ass.
But as we wrote, we found that Brandon’s reservations about physical intimacy provided an opportunity to explore the assumptions many of us still hold about sex. Brandon wants to know that, if his psychological baggage makes anal sex impossible, the “other” things he and Alex do—blowjobs, handjobs, dry humping, not-so-dry humping—still count as sex.
Ideally, the “other” things wouldn’t be considered “other.” They’d just be sex. But a lot of us probably grew up with a penis-centric idea of sex–that sex starts when the penis enters the “passive” partner’s body, and ends with ejaculation. But that’s a very limiting, non-inclusive model, and ultimately, we wanted our characters to come to the conclusion that sex is less about what they do, and more about what they feel.
Brandon’s comment about wanting their non penetrative activities to “count” forces Alex, who obsesses over losing his virginity, to think about what “losing it” actually means. If it doesn’t mean dick-inside-him, then has he already lost it? Is it okay if he and Brandon have different definitions of losing it? Does being a virgin or not really matter as much as he thinks? For these two, the journey is in status taking a backseat to intimacy, and labels becoming secondary to what feels right.
About the Author:
10/28 – Boys in Our Books
10/29 – Prism Book Alliance
11/1 – Joyfully Jay Reviews
11/13 – The Novel Approach Reviews
11/16 – Love Bytes Reviews
Lisa Henry & JA Rock would like to offer one commenter on this post a chance to win one of our backlist titles, or a copy of BMvtV-C! Just leave your contact info in your comment, and we’ll draw a winner at random. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on November 3. Join us for the rest of our tour–we’ll be offering more chances to win!
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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