This was a bit of a disappointment, sadly. I had such high expectations for a fun, sweet and quick read, and it started off very well, but then it just became so… slow? And so full of uninteresting frat things and a mystery plot that just went on and on. In the end, I didn’t even really care who was behind the scheming, I just wanted the mystery to be over with. I did care for the two main characters though, and there were some really sweet moments between them that made the story enjoyable enough to keep reading to the end.
Presidential Chaos is the third and final book in Saxon James’s Frat Wars series, which focuses on the two presidents of the rivaling frat houses Sigma and Kappa, Zeke and Charles. I was really looking forward to getting their story and the premise of them secretly dating while joining forces to solve a mystery seemed like a great one.
But even though they were great as characters, and there were some really sweet moments, I never fully rooted for them. Charles was really sweet and I loved the way he genuinely cared about Zeke, as well as the way he wanted to keep the family together by taking on his grandfather’s expectations. But as regards Zeke, there was a huge lack of background and information to make him more than the one dimensional jock with tattoos who desperately wanted to win the Olympics.
A problem was also the way the story was told from their different POVs without making their voices distinguished enough. They sounded so alike that I often had to go back to check which one of them that said or did what.
I also frankly thought that the secondary plot, the mystery with someone spreading rumors to try and shut the Sigma house down, was quite boring. I skimmed through a lot, just wanting that part of the story, as well as the parts with the juvenile frat pranks, to be over with.
Overall, it was a cute and fluffy story, and I liked both Charles and Zeke as characters as such (even though I’d wished for Zeke to be more fleshed out). But the mystery plot was unexciting, and there was a general lack of substance to the story and the characters to make me fully root for them. So even though I enjoyed the sweet parts and the adorable banter enough to keep reading it all the way through, sadly, I have to say that this book wasn’t for me.
2.5 stars rounding up to 3
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