Having come into this series right in the middle with book #3 I will say that this is my favorite of the series, but I'm not sure if that counts for much. PLAYER AND THE PRUDE is about Matt and Brooks. We (at least I) met them in book 3. Matt is Gabe's roommate, Gabe went on a couple of dates with Brooks.
So Brooks is the player because he's a bit of a manwhore, what with his rugged good looks, always dressed in the latest fashion and coming from a rich family. Matt is the complete opposite. He's geeky, really tall, maybe without the fashion sense gene. Brooks "best friend" challenges him to get with Matt and Brooks never backs down from a challenge.
I think what I loved the most about the connection between these two was the fact that Brooks was able to put down that mask he had to wear with others around him. He was just himself, enjoying what he enjoyed and not feeling bad about it. It was a process of discovery for both and not the "oh I'm gay" variety. Brooks realized that the life he was leading was probably not the one that would make him happy. Matt learned that after the oppression mentality that was ingrained in him and how he grew up, he had to let things go and enjoy life for what it was. Taking pleasure and also accepting the pain that goes along with it. They both had a great attitude to the changes that had to be made.
And of course I can't leave out that it was hot, right? Matt is a virgin but he has what he considers bad thoughts about Brooks. He wants to spank him, slap him, choke him, tie him down, rough him up. And after his internal battles he manages to do all that. The rough sex scene after he throws Brooks against the wall......'nuff said.
As usual, I guess my complain is the I love yous, and in this case the lets get married way too soon in a relationship. Although at least this book did seem to span a longer period of time than the previous book so I guess the relationship building was behind the pages, but I would've liked to see more of it to make the ending fit with the story for me.