Book Reviews

Betting on His BF (Nerds vs Jocks 4) by Eli Easton and Tara Lain

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / New Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 14-September-2021

Book Blurb

Big Bet. Big Trouble. Big Love.

When Felix the Quiz Bowl Champion reveals other oversized assets besides his brain, it takes PJ, the super-wheeler-dealer, to wangle maximum profits from it—in bets, wet jock strap contests, and Wang of the Week.

But winning money turns out to be second to falling in lust, and sexual escapades replace time at the poker tables as the number-one activity of their wicked week in Vegas.

Still, accepting the hospitality of PJ’s father’s client, the mobster Joey Oretano, proves a nearly fatal money-saving scheme, and brings Felix and PJ face-to-face with the serious side of life.
Very. Serious.

Will someone take the chance to be a hero?
Or will someone wind up dead?


Book Review

I have been drafted, again! In my much earlier years, being drafted meant dropping one’s drawers, then turning your head and coughing while someone handled the family jewels. Yet, here I am, figuratively bare-assed, after previously reviewing the prior three entries in this ‘Nerds vs Jocks’ series. As is usual with déjà vu, I feel somewhat trapped, as if bound to a marathon of Star Wars or Harry Potter. (Hey! It could be worse: Stuart Wood’s Stone Barrington mystery series is now up to 61 books.)


PJ and Felix are characters from the earlier volumes, but are now on a road trip in Vegas, without their fellow fraternity brothers. It is an opportunity to consider their unexpressed attractions to each, which each purportedly heterosexual man has for the other. Employing a frequent though minor writing frisson, the more slightly built hero is, as they say, really packing it in his pants. PJ is a con man at heart, and is prepared to capitalize on Felix’s hidden asset! “But the main thing was the enormous tube in there. It looked like he was wearing a protective cup, the kind ballet dancers wore. Only bigger. And fleshier. And it was no cup.” Such descriptives are also intended to engage the readers’ fantasies – whether as doer or done.


The adventures of the novel’s first half are varied and entertaining. And, yes, the heroes commit to conduct which would happily provide a private viewing on our computer screens. But, then cums a change of tone. To please the more literate and demanding public, different circumstances arise. We are now in a thriller.


As honesty is a virtue that costs almost nothing – here it is. The first part of the book is sexy, fun. The second half would be more ideal for a slap-stick or, with that honesty, a slap-schtick, movie. The final few pages seem to be a gratuitous recap (or, with more honesty, a recrap) of all the various characters of the first three books in the series.


Is ‘Betting on His BF’ worth reading? Yes. Are you likely to enjoy it? Probably. Will it win a Pulitzer? Sure, right after I’m appointed to the Supreme Court.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 288 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-September-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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