Winning Bracket by Annabeth Albert
Published: January 13, 2015 by Annabeth Albert
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Oliver Marshall has been a sexy pain in Edwin Schultz’s side since freshman year. Now seniors and competing dorm resident advisors, the two are in constant strife over noise levels and study hours. However, deep down, Edwin’s been nursing a painful crush on Ollie for years. When Ollie proposes a bet on a basketball tournament, Edwin seizes the chance to put his inconvenient feelings for Ollie behind him once and for all.
Edwin’s not the only one suffering a case of unwanted attraction—Ollie’s been running from his feelings for Edwin for a long time. He doesn’t understand how someone who drives Ollie so crazy with his adherence to rules can be the same guy who makes his pulse pound. In fact, Ollie’s never been so eager to lose a bet in his life.
As the challenge becomes a hot bedroom battle to avoid real emotions, the two “frenemies” must change their definitions of losing to win a shot at lasting love.
Winning Bracket was a very cute read about two guys who have been circling each other, unsure how to express their feelings. Though it was only a little over 100 pages it was very enjoyable and felt like a full story. I feel like I really got to know the characters, experience their falling in love, and see a good passage of time/events without it feeling rushed.
“I’m in love with my best friend and I didn’t even know he was my best friend.”
Both Ollie and Edwin were great to read and I loved that they had been creating this friendship under the surface for years without even realizing it. I also liked the lessons that Ollie gives Edwin, they were pretty great. It was in these intimate moments that you could really see how much Ollie and Edwin cared about each other and how much they understood each other. I’m not a basketball fan but I really enjoyed the March Madness backdrop to the story that allowed for all the hijinks, betting brackets, and eventually the exposure of their feelings.
The epilogue was wonderfully sweet and fluffy and I never wanted this story to end!
4 stars – it was enjoyable