Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ARC Review: Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

Off Campus (Bend or Break, #1)From the blurb:

Everyone’s got secrets. Some are just harder to hide.

With his father’s ponzi scheme assets frozen, Tom Worthington believes finishing college is impossible unless he can pay his own way. After months sleeping in his car and gypsy-cabbing for cash, he’s ready to do just that.

But his new, older-student housing comes with an unapologetically gay roommate. Tom doesn’t ask why Reese Anders has been separated from the rest of the student population. He’s just happy to be sleeping in a bed.

Reese isn’t about to share his brutal story with his gruff new roommate. You’ve seen one homophobic jock, you’ve seen ’em all. He plans to drag every twink on campus into his bed until Tom moves out. But soon it becomes clear Tom isn’t budging.

Tom isn’t going to let some late-night sex noise scare him off, especially when it’s turning him on. But he doesn’t want any drama either. He’ll keep his hands, if not his eyes, to himself. Boundaries have a way of blurring when you start sharing truths, though. And if Tom and Reese cross too many lines, they may need to find out just how far they can bend…before they break.

Heather's rating:

I have a confession to make: I have a MAJOR kink for college boys.

Something about the college setting excites me to no end. Two guys living together, changing together, sleeping in the same room... it is just RIPE with possibilities! And the chances that a college story is a Gay-For-You is SUPER high. I mean, if a guy is going to swing the man-way, he might as well try it in college!

This book is more Out-For-You than GFY. Though Tom would have considered himself pretty straight, he was no stranger to the allure of a nice pair of male buns, as much as he tried to deny it to himself. However, I loved his "gay discovery" scenes and I adored every second of Tom getting his freak on with Reese.

Something to note about this book: It is angsty. Reese and Tom have major issues and have both been traumatized to various degrees in the past. They bring a whole room full of baggage to their relationship. Though I don't enjoy angst for angst's sake, I thought that the drama in this book was really well done. These guys had legitimate issues and I enjoyed how the author handled them. My heart broke over and over for these two guys, and I was addicted to finding out how they would get over their hurdles. In fact, I stayed up all night to finish this story.

This book was a solid 5+ stars from me until somewhere in the second 1/2. It started slowing down and the almost constant blowjobs got a little too repetitive for my tastes. However, the majority of this book was pitch perfect and almost impossible to improve upon.

If you want a long, heartfelt book full of self-discovery, angst, and emotion, don't pass this one up. It is perfect for fans of GFY/OFY and college boys, as well as anyone who likes a hard-fought love story.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**


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