Monday, March 12, 2018

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWY - Off-Campus Setup by Maria Vickers

Title: Off-Campus Setup
Author: Maria Vickers
Genre: M/M College Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2018

Levi Cox left it all behind to go to school in California, but nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he gets there. Between the university screwing up his living arrangements, the weird meddling old woman who runs the boarding house, and the fellow student who instantly catches his eye, life in Cali is more than he expected, and he isn’t sure he’s ready for any of it. College was supposed to be an adventure, but this might be more than Levi can handle.

Nathan Orion wants to have fun. That’s what he lives for and it's exactly what his college years are supposed to be about. He’s happy with living the single life and being carefree…that is until the new student at his grandmother’s boarding house crashes into his life. Now he’s been recruited to show the new guy around, and if Nathan has his way, it won't be just on-campus.

Will there be more, or is this only an illusion? Two men thrown together, not expecting anything, but possibly finding so much more than an off-campus setup.

When I read the prologue, I thought I was going to be in for an angsty type of read, but it didn't take long to figure out that wasn't the case. As much as I love Levi and Nathan, hands down Mavis stole the show. 

Levi's straight from Small Town Texas USA, freshly landed in Cali as a freshman at USC. He's quiet and unassuming, isn't the typical college student: doesn't drink and isn't in to the party scene. And then there's Nathan: he's the exact opposite of Levi: drinks, parties, and indulges in hookups. There's a side to Nathan that he doesn't show, but it's that hidden side that has him agreeing to the idea from his grandmother that he spends time showing Levi around campus and town.

I figured this story was nothing more than a matchmaking grandma trying to corral her grandson into settling down, but there's much more to the story than just that, but I won't divulge that information. Suffice it to say that Mavis has plenty, and I mean plenty of influence to do what she did on the level it happened. I like how the story ended up for Levi and Nathan, and I'm curious to know more about Catch and Rich.

“This book was very enjoyable!” - Under Covers Book Blog

“Such a fantastic book!” - Goodreads Review

“If you love M/M stories, you will love this one.” - Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon



I remembered everything very clearly. The first time we met, our first kiss, the first time we were discovered in the same bed by a nosey grandmother with bright yellow hair, and then the fallout when I realized everything was nothing more than a wishful fantasy that was never supposed to come true.

And now I as scanned this room to make sure nothing got left behind, I realized how much I’d changed and how far I’d come. My imaginary world exploded, leaving me shell shocked and pissed off.

This wasn’t the first time I’d fallen prey to feelings, wasn’t the first time I’d been hurt, but it would be the last.

I took a step out of the room and closed the door behind me. This part of my life was now over, and a new one had just begun.



Life as I knew it had disappeared. Poof. Gone without a trace. And any other of those sayings people tended to overuse.

It was my own fault really. I should have expected it, should have seen it coming, but I hadn’t. And now everything had changed. Good or bad. I didn’t know yet. Should I be thanking her or blaming her? Both maybe?

As I closed the door on the small space I’d called my bedroom for the past few years, I realized for the first time I didn’t know what I was going to do or what would happen tomorrow…and oddly enough, that thrilled me.

Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled in 2010, she decided to use writing as her escape. She believes that life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances.

From a young age, she has always loved books and even dreamed of being an author when she was younger. Growing up in the Navy, she used to weave tales for her siblings and her friends about anything and everything. And when she wasn't creating her own stories, she had a book in her hand. They transported her to another world. She hopes that with her books, her readers have the same experience and that they can relate to her characters.

Getting sick changed her life forever, but it also opened doors for her that she thought would always be out of reach.


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