Mark Cooper versus America by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock 4 Stars!
Mark Cooper is angry, homesick, and about to take his stepdad’s dubious advice and rush Prescott College’s biggest party fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. Greek life is as foreign to Aussie transplant Mark as Pennsylvania’s snowstorms and bear sightings. So, when the fraternity extends Mark a bid, Mark vows to get himself kicked out by the end of pledge period. But then he’s drawn into Alpha Delt’s feud with a neighboring fraternity.
Studious Deacon Holt is disappointed to learn Mark’s pledging Alpha Delt, his fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa’s sworn enemy. Mark is too beautiful for Deacon to pass up an invitation for sex, but beyond sex, Deacon’s not sure. He wants a relationship, but a difficult family situation prevents him from pursuing anything beyond his studies.
Mark and Deacon’s affair heats up as the war between their fraternities escalates. They explore kinks they didn’t know they had while keeping their liaison a secret from their brothers. But what Romeo and Juliet didn’t teach these star-crossed lovers is how to move beyond sex and into a place where they share more than a bed. That’s something they’ll have to figure out on their own–if the friction between their houses, and between Mark and America, doesn’t tear them apart.
I read the second book in this series and was intrigued enough by Mark and Deacon to want to read this book as well. I am glad I did.
The leads are very new to adulthood and Mark especially is working a lot of stuff out. There is a lot of push and pull with everything he wants to be or not be.
However, he is a great loyal, brave person and it is a joy to watch him fall in love with Deacon even if at times it is a bit of train wreck.
Deacon is wonderful. I love the exploration of both the heroes sexuality as natural and arising from their personalities and relationship.
It a good setting with nice secondary relationships that matter.
I also really liked the dips into needing belong that Henry explores in the book. I was happy to read a book where both heroes already knew they were gay and were out.