Monday, March 21, 2016

ARC Review: Love Me Like a Rock (Bend or Break 6) by Amy Jo Cousins


Blurb:
In art and in love, it s the rough edges that make things interesting.

Having grown up with artistic implements always in hand, there's almost nothing Austin can't make real. Except for one thing—an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.

The combination of emotional and sexual frustration fuels a spark between Austin and the nude model in his drawing class. Austin isn't used to having trouble focusing; models are merely challenging subjects to be rendered on paper. But the geology TA's direct blue gaze is powerful enough to drag Austin's focus away from his physique.

After a quick and very dirty post-class encounter, all the reasons that Austin has been waiting for his best friend go fuzzy in his mind. Sean is nothing like Vinnie. Sean is persistent, pays attention, and makes it clear he wants to be together.

But if Austin can't get his head and his heart on the same page, he could lose his friend, or his lover. Or both.

Warning: Contains rock geeks, tent sex, a dictatorial cox whose idea of a good time is drawing naked dudes, plus one naked dude who wants to be more than a good time.




Dani's rating:




This one's a WIN! It's light on the angst and high on the sweetness & steam.

Austin may be all wrapped up in his long-time friend Vinnie, but that doesn't stop him from ogling the hot ginger model in his figure drawing class. It doesn't help that Sean is naked, or that Austin can't stop looking at his dick.

It's immediately obvious that Sean wants more from the relationship than Austin, who insists he's not looking for anything serious. Never mind that Austin can't go three days without seeing Sean, and that every time they get together they burn up the sheets.

Austin's used to practically begging Vinnie for sex, but Sean loves getting down and dirty. For the first time, Austin gets what it's like to have a man's attention focused on him.




There's a scene during their first camping trip together when Austin insists he can't drink coffee and then admits WHY, which is reminiscent of my first camping trip with my college boyfriend. Total LOL material right there.

Austin almost mucks the whole thing up by holding on to the idea of Vinnie. He's lucky Sean is so forgiving. And he really is. Sean is an awesome MC: secure with himself, patient, easygoing, and a god in bed.

We get only Austin's POV, but Sean is a fully sketched character.

Austin and Vinnie talk things through, and Vinnie is hurt that Austin's moved on, but Austin can't worry about that anymore. He has a real boyfriend now, a boyfriend who takes him camping, brings him food, encourages his art, and gives him mind-blowing orgasms.


"I'm not with you for the sex, Sean ... not only for the sex, although it's definitely the best I've ever had in my entire life. By far ... You make me see things differently. And I'm different with you. Because you make me feel safe. And wanted ...."

Sean cleared his throat. "That's good then. Really good. I'm glad to hear it. Because I want you like whoa. Always."

The guys get good at communicating and resolving conflict, which bodes well for any relationship. I consider the ending a tentative HEA. All the love for the epilogue.

Feelz galore, baby!



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