Review: Off-Campus Setup by Maria Vickers

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Off-Campus is my second read from Maria Vickers, and while my introduction to her writing wasn't what I had hoped it would be, I'm glad that I decided to read something of hers again because this new standalone not only left me satisfied but it also caught me off-guard with more than one twist in the story. This new adult (NA) M/M romance has eighteen-year-old Levi Cox leaving his family and home in the teeny, tiny town of Scurry, Texas to attend USC in California. A mix-up with housing has left him without a dorm room, but he's quickly sent off for off-campus housing with an eccentric woman named Mavis. Before he can even enter the home, however, he's mowed down by a guy who turns out to be Mavis's twenty-year-old grandson, Nathan Orion. There's a moment of electricity between them, but the cowboy student isn't exactly Nathan's type. Mavis, however, tells Nathan she'll pay him the money he needs if he'll spend time and date Levi. Intending to do so till the end of the semester, the more time Nathan spends with Levi, the more he likes the guy, but what will happen when the truth comes out?

Admittedly, Nathan was somewhat of a jerk during the first several chapters. I get it--he agreed to the whole thing because he desperately needed the money, but the reason behind it wasn't revealed till much later in the book, so it wasn't till then that I realized that he wasn't the total asshat I had seen him as. He had his bad moments, but I liked that I got to see a different side of him when he was with Levi. Speaking of Levi, the guy was such a sweetheart. He wasn't some dim-witted yokel who was lost in the big city. He truly was a simple person who was focused on school and wasn't really into the whole party scene, unlike Nathan. These two had some truly sweet and steamy moments, and it was also nice to see them building a friendship before the whole romance and intimacy stages took over. The supporting characters--namely, Mavis, Catch (Nathan's best friend), and Rich (Catch's somewhat ex)--were also memorable and helped to move the story forward and provided a bit of levity and excitement. Those twists though? Gah! Nicely done, Maria Vickers. Four stars easily go to Off-Campus Setup. ♥

Date Read: 14 March 2018

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