Sunday, May 31, 2015

ARC Review: Remarkable Restraint by Devon Rhodes

Remarkable Restraint  (Grad School Guys, #1)
From the blurb:
Chaz is finding it impossible to hide his attraction for his straight roommate, so he tries avoiding Justin until he leaves for the summer. He just has to get through a few more days, then he’ll be home free—at least until Justin comes back in a couple of months. Still, he firmly believes space between them is the best answer for now.

But Justin is not a man to be ignored. He’s known Chaz for almost a decade, and can tell when something is weighing on his mind. And being shut out is not acceptable, especially just when he’s finally ready to commit to more than friendship. When closer than usual proximity just before his trip to Central America turns up the heat between them, he takes matters into his own hands by restraining Chaz’s hands—and feet—until he gets some answers.

The results are explosive and more than either could have dreamt, but the abrupt shift in their relationship is almost impossible to reconcile in the short time they have left together. It will take remarkable restraint from both to find a way to weather the separation, stay friends…and to grow into something more.

Heather's rating:

Easy BDSM-light read with a friends-to-lovers theme. However, I don't think this is Devon Rhodes's best work.

The main couple here have been friends for ages, but through a lack of communication, have never admitted their sexualities to each other. They also have been in love with each other for a long time, but again, communication issues. I was NOT a big fan of the back and forth between them.

I think the best part of the story was the side plot between Chaz's friend Andy and his closeted cop lover. Now THAT was a story I was interested in reading! I also liked the mild BDSM elements, which were pretty hot. However, I don't think that Chaz and Justin's relationship seemed solid and I didn't fully get the "love" between them.

Overall, a clumsy story with some nice elements.

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

Happy reading!

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