By Riley Hart
Franklin University Series, Book 1
Tyson Langley thinks the king in Franklin University Kings is in reference to him. Star lacrosse player and God’s gift to the female and male population, there’s nothing the spoiled jock can’t have.
It’s impossible for us to be in the same room without talking crap to each other. But I also have a secret… As much as I despise Ty, I want him too. I revel in our banter and in never knowing what he’ll say next.
I’ve spent too much time on the wrong side of the law for someone like Ty, though, and if I want to make it through college and escape my past, he’s a distraction I don’t need.
Braxton Walker needs to learn to lighten up. If you search brooding online, his name pops up. He’s the bad boy with a leather jacket and a scowl. We couldn’t be more different.
Finding ways to annoy him is like the longest foreplay session of my life. And when we end up working together, it gets harder to deny how hot he makes me.
What’s a little hooking up between enemies?
We weren’t supposed to become friends or share secrets. We weren’t supposed to understand each other and all the complicated stuff we’re going through.
I’m used to playing games, only the more time I spend with Brax, the less it feels like playing around and the more it becomes something real.
“Yes,” I said to him.
He frowned. It fit his face like it was used to being there, like maybe it was his natural state of being. “Yes what?”
“You were waiting so you could offer to walk me back to Liberty Court, right? I mean, I’d be fine on my own, but it’s sweet of you to offer.”
“I didn’t offer.”
“But you were going to.”
“No,” he replied. “I… Shut up. You know I wasn’t going to ask.”
“It’s okay, Sunshine. I won’t tell anyone you like me. I’m sorry that I don’t feel the same, but we can continue being frenemies.”
Braxton shoved off the wall. “What the fuck is a frenemy?” He headed toward the door, and I went with him.
“We’re not friends. Just enemies.”
“Only because it’s so hard for you since you like me.” God, he was fun. I could do this all night. Five minutes ago I was exhausted and wanted to fall into bed and never get out. Now, a new burst of energy exploded inside me.
“I don’t like—Jesus, how do you make me do this? I know exactly what hand you’re playing, yet I fall right into your trap.” He opened the door, and I walked out. Such a gentleman.
“It’s a gift.”
“You’re annoying, and I hate you.”
“There’s a thin line between love and hate.”
It was quiet behind the bar, nothing but the sound of the ocean and cars in the distance.
“I think…” He took a step closer to me, then another. I had a feeling the bastard was about to turn the tables on me. He was good at that, and I didn’t like it…or maybe I did. “You want me to like you.” Another step. My back hit the building, so apparently I’d been moving too. He kept coming. “Looking to slum it with a guy you know will make Mommy and Daddy angry?”
Braxton’s breath was warm against my face. I hated that he could manage this, that I could go from having the upper hand in this little game we played to thinking the guy in the bar was right and we just needed to bone and get it over with.
He leaned in, mouth close to my ear, and I wondered if he’d lick it again. “Remember what I said earlier? If you ask nicely, I might be willing to fuck you.”
Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! My dick was throbbing, begging for me to open my mouth and say please. But there was no chance I was letting him do this. He’d gotten the best of me earlier, and now it was my turn. “Oh, Sunshine, when we finally succumb to this, no one said you would get to be the one doing the fucking.”
He sucked in a sharp breath.
This round went to me.
Wow…what a fantastic start to the series! I admit I was nervous starting this series because I’m usually hit or miss with books about college-aged boys. The first installment is an absolute hit.
Brax and Ty really surprised me with their depth of character. Their “enemies” to lovers saga was filled with off-the-charts sexual tension, unadmitted feelings, and highly entertaining banter. It appears that these boys are complete opposites but as they get to know each other they realize they have more in common than not. Ty is forced to deal with unresolved issues with his dad just as Brax has to do the same with his brother. They both hide behind a façade – Ty is the life of the party, a happy-go-lucky athlete, and Brax is the closed-off, brooding, bad boy. They grow together and learn how to navigate planning for their future while dealing with their present.
The supporting cast is surprisingly good. I really liked Ty’s roommates and eventually his dad. Brax’s grandmother is AMAZING!
I cannot wait to make my way through this series…I hope I continue to be as pleasantly surprised by college bro dudes as I was in this book.
About the Author:
Riley Hart has always been known as the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She won her first writing contest in elementary school, and although she primarily focuses on male/male romance, under her various pen names, she’s written a little bit of everything. Regardless of the sub-genre, there’s always one common theme and that’s…romance! No surprise seeing as she’s a hopeless romantic herself. Riley’s a lover of character-driven plots, flawed characters, and always tries to write stories and characters people can relate to. She believes everyone deserves to see themselves in the books they read. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her reading or enjoying time with her awesome family in their home in North Carolina.
Riley Hart is represented by Jane Dystel at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Management. She’s a 2019 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Of Sunlight and Stardust. Under her pen name, her young adult novel, The History of Us is an ALA Rainbow Booklist Recommended Read and Turn the World Upside Down is a Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Award Winner.
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