4-star,  Delicious smut,  M/M,  Romance

Power Plays & Straight A’s by Eden Finley & Saxon James

Coming June 29th

So yeah. This is another big-hot-jock-meets-nerd-and-holy-crap-the-sex kind of story. I read a lot of those. Sorry (not sorry). And as if that’s not enough, in Power Plays & Straight A’s, that awesome trope is merged with the brother’s-best-friend trope. Yum.

Since this story is co-written by one of my favourite authors – Eden Finley – this should be the book of the year for me. And it was great, delightful even. But the Finley was toned down. The story was thoroughly sweet and completely angst-free, which, if I may guess, could be Saxon James’ more wholesome influence. And I don’t know how to feel about that.

This is a College romance. Zach, the nerd in this scenario, has just switched schools. And being new to the campus (and socially awkward, let’s not forget that), his best friend asks his brother to keep an eye on Zach for him. The brother, Foster the hockey-god, is (mostly) openly bi- and has scoped out Zach in the past, but since he’s best friends with Foster’s brother, Foster has stayed away. When they start spending time together though, the attraction grows. And Zach, being out and all, can’t believe that the wet dream that is Foster would be interested in little old him. There are circumstances that could potentially sabotage them of course. There’s the brother for one. Then there are Foster’s parents, the only ones oblivious to Foster’s hearts-before-parts orientation. There are the looming problems of a long-distance relationship and also, one of Foster’s hockey-rivals who has history with Zach.

Power Plays & Straight A’s is through-and-through sweetness sprinkled with humor and sex-puns. So it’s pretty darn delightful. Maybe even a bit too delightful in my opinion. Looking back at the sections I’ve highlighted, most of them are the snarky and crude parts. Sex-puns, dick-jokes and general hilarity pertaining to sex and dicks. What that says about my personality aside, it’s obvious that sweetness isn’t at the top of my list when selecting reads. On the contrary, I want the angst and the drama because that makes the HEA so much sweeter (see, I can be sweet!).

But I loved this story. Despite the wholesomeness of it all. However, if there had been a bit more dramatics and some bigger hurdles to overcome before Zach’s and Foster’s happily ever after, I know I would have loved it even more.


I'm a Swedish book nerd reading mostly steamy English romance novels. And since there is so much good stuff out there, and so much shitty stuff too. I just want to give credit where it's due (and diss the rest).