Saturday, February 27, 2016

ARC Review: Hard Candy (Bend or Break #7) by Amy Jo Cousins

Hard Candy (Bend or Break, #7)
Blurb:
Vincent Lim always assumed his best friend (and occasional hookup) Austin would be waiting for him—that eventually they’d end up together. But now that Austin’s in love with another man, Vinnie is at a loss.

After the world’s most awkward one-night stand with a dance major, Vinnie knows the drill. Minimize the embarrassment by pretending they’ve never met. Yet Bryan’s vibrant spirit and calm center lure Vinnie like a shelter from an emotional storm.

But Vinnie’s thrown off his game by the rest of Bryan’s total package. Vinnie’s a rowing jock with a single-minded focus on living up to his parents’ academic and social expectations. Bryan might as well be outfitted with glittery butterfly wings—with plenty of pride to match. Vinnie’s haphazard attention to a lover won’t cut it this time.

Physically, they can match each other stroke for booty pop. But for the lovers to meet on common ground, they’ll have to find a way to get moving in the same direction.




Todd's rating:




Well, that was a bit of a pleasant surprise.

When I first started reading how Bryan, a Nicky Minaj-lovin' hip hop dancer from Atlanta, was fine wearing hot pink booty shorts and a mesh half-shirt to class (in *February* in New England), I immediately thought, "Wow, this guy's femme is going to be waaaay too over the top for my personal tastes."

However, although Bryan never "toned it down" (his words,) he actually won me over in the end and no one could be more shocked than I am on that count.

He was pretty irreverent, which I generally found amusing, especially when he was teasing Vinnie and slowly getting him to relax a bit.
Sweet baby Jesus, Vincent, nobody’s gonna die here. You look like you’re headed for the cross, honey.
The story had lots of feels and both Bryan and Austin, while not without their flaws, were generally more mature in their actions than I really expected from them.

It was refreshing to see how Vinnie, with stick firmly planted up his arse, started to change. And grow. And actually care, which was a big difference from him being "a total prick most of the time" (Rafi's words.)



(Yes, I found Rafi's statement a bit rich after his own dickheaded behavior in book 4, thank you very much.)

I also really enjoyed seeing Austin and Vinnie begin to get back on solid ground as best friends again, after they barely spoke at all during the last book.

This story was a solid 4.25 stars and I really liked the overall message that you do need to listen to your partner and shouldn't listen to anyone else's negative opinions about yourself or the person you love.

In the immortal words of Kimberly "Sweet Brown" Wilkins:

"Ain't nobody got time for that!"




My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28437199-hard-candy


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http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Candy-Bend-Break-Book-ebook/dp/B01AKRJ0X0

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