Title: Out of My Mind (Bowerton University #3)
Release Date: September 19th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary-New Adult
Page Count: 300
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.30 stars out of 5
Mac had to be out of his mind.
Completely out of his ever-loving mind to even consider rooming with Gideon. The same guy he kissed during his freshman year who said he was straight. He’s held Mac’s mind hostage for the last two years after running out that one special night. Mac was a fan of social experiments, and this one was going to be a doozy.
Gideon doesn’t sweat anything. He was always two lies ahead of everyone. A master at spinning rock solid alibis to protect the house of cards that was his life. To Browerton University, he’s the popular guy getting over a breakup. To his family…the dutiful and responsible son. But rooming with Mac was bringing up old memories and forming new ones. First, a friendship develops, and then a late night infused with alcohol pushes them into uncharted, benefits-laden waters.
As their sexual experimentation continues, and the lies add up, both of them fight to withstand the feelings growing between them, feelings that could ruin their friendship and topple Gideon’s house of cards for good.
Out of My Mind is the 3rd book in the Browerton University series, but can be read as a standalone. It contains humor, heart, and hot guys. This book is intended for readers 18+.
“Why was Mac keeping a banana in his stuff?
Gideon squatted down and picked it up. But bananas shouldn’t be rubbery. And bananas weren’t this large. Gideon put on his glasses and realized he was gripping a thick, yellow dildo in his nice Jewish boy hand.”
I really, really love this author’s writing! It’s so funny and effortless, but it can easily punch you to the gut too.
Pay attention to the blurb. It does a wonderful job describing the plot, and I don’t want to spoil the story by rehashing it.
Out of my Mind is funny, sweet and sexy. It’s also heartbreaking.
The time jumps really worked for me here, and I think they benefited the narrative. The story is told from dual POV and I loved that. Mac’s voice is pretty funny and I loved being in his head. Gideon is kind of complex; his perspective was necessary. The
Also, this is much steamier than the other books in the series.
Family plays a big role in Out of My Mind. Gideon is The Good Son. His brother is the irrisponsible one, the one who keeps giving their mom grief. And in order for Gideon to be the good son, he will have to keep lying, which is second nature to him. He lies to his mother, his brother, his friends. He lies to Mac. He lies to himself.
Mac escaped his parents and his hometown, and in a way, he hasn’t stopped running since. He jumps from one boyfriend to another, but he is still bitter and hasn’t faced the one thing that hurt him the most in the past.
I really liked how the family issues were handled in Out of My Mind. I find that in this genre, more often than not, families are either super supportive and awesome, or just pure evil. But in reality, there’s a gray area too! Mac’s parents were ignorant and coward, yes. But they did care and love him. Gideon’s mom was meddling and unsupportive, yes. But Gideon didn’t give her a chance by lying to her. In any case, it’s not always black and white. In the end, there’s room for improvement on both sides. I really appreciated this here.
In the second half of the book there’s a lot of angst (I can’t really call it drama because they were events that mattered to the plot). My niggle is that it was a little unbalanced. The first half is light and funny, and the second…well, it isn’t. At all.
I also felt that Gideon’ reaction towards Mac’s parents was a little sudden and OTT the first time. That is only a small niggle, though, and the scene was brief.
Overall, this was great. In one word, unputdownable! Did I mention funny?
“And if you ‘re still feeling down, Big Bird can probably cheer you up.”
“Big Bird?” Mac asked before getting it. He smacked Gideon in the shoulder,
“I am not calling it Big Bird. You ‘ve just ruined my childhood.”