Title: The Token Yank
Author: AJ Truman
Release Date: September 7, 2017
Page Count: 268
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Rafe’s Study Abroad Bucket List:
-Get drunk (legally, for once!)
-Seduce a hot British guy (or five…)
After years of grand romantic gestures that went bust and left him perpetually single, Rafe wants nothing more than to shag his way through Jolly Olde England. He’s vowed to stop looking for romance and enjoy the next three months as the lone Yank in a sea of Brits at Stroude University.
But his “Operation: Slut” mission goes awry when he meets Eamonn. His Beatles-hating, raspy-voiced flatmate shows him a true Blighty adventure, one filled with downing Snakebites, shopping trips to Asda, fist fights, and liberal usage of the c-word.
For Eamonn, helping Rafe is a distraction from the uninspiring future waiting for him and a chance to forget about his ripped-out, stomped-on heart. In fact, Rafe may be the one to put it back together. That is, if the return ticket back to the States doesn’t pull them apart first
I didn’t realize until reading it that this would be a spinoff from the Browerton series. Rafe also attends Browerton, but as a sophomore, he’s going to spend his fall semester abroad in England. With the express goal in mind to come home no longer a virgin.
Rafe soon realizes that his well-intended parents have been sheltering him from “adult” skills that he really needs to figure out on his own, like grocery shopping and cooking.
With three flatmates, Rafe really does get the authentic British experience. Eammon and Rafe form a quick bond and are fast friends.
When friends turns into more, Rafe figures he doesn’t need to bedhop in the UK when Eammon is completely satisfying him in every way (and me, as a reader, while he was at it!)
This is a book that I enjoyed reading, but the NA feel of it kept it from ever going deeper than surface-level. Douchey exes, immaturity, and lack of communication kept me from loving the story, although these things are very authentic to the college experience.
I’d recommend this one for those who love NA, college boys in particular!