Sunday, April 17, 2016

ARC Review: Out on a Limb (Browerton University 2) by A.J. Truman

No looking back.

That’s the motto of college senior Cameron Buckley, whether he’s kicking his latest hookup out of bed or plotting out his future as a hit screenwriter. With only a few weeks until graduation, he’s ready to put Browerton University in his rearview mirror and start the life he’s been dreaming of ever since he was a kid. But a chance meeting with a sexy stranger in a bar throws a wrench into his Hollywood plans.

For Walker Reed, no looking back is hard to do when you work minutes away from your alma mater and share child custody with your college sweetheart. Almost fifteen years after graduating from Browerton, he can’t stop wondering how he got here. He has an ex who can’t stand him, a five-year-old son he can’t connect with, and a dead-end job he can’t escape.

When Cameron and Walker first meet, they know the rules. They know their friendship has an expiration date, yet it begins changing them in ways they never expected. As graduation looms, they both know things can’t go anywhere, but they can’t keep denying the feelings pulling them closer, even as an offer from Hollywood threatens to tear them apart forever.

Dani's rating:

Until the 60 percent mark, this book was a solid 4 stars. Cameron is a college senior who dreams of being a screen writer. He doesn't believe in relationships and isn't prepared for the feelings he develops for Walker, a man 14 years his senior.

Walker comes into the Starbucks where Cameron works every morning; it's the highlight of his otherwise dreary day. Walker, a media relations specialist, despises his job. His ex-husband hates him, and his 6-year-old son, Hobie, would rather spend time with his other daddy, who's fun and remembers the presents he wants for his birthday.

Cameron and Walker realize that their relationship has an expiration date (Cameron is graduating and moving to L.A.); they just don't expect it to come so soon.

It takes Walker and Cameron half the book to get together (they are friends first), but I didn't mind the slow burn. What I did mind is that the second half of the book felt completely disconnected from the first. 

The first half is thoughtful and sweet. We get glimpses of Cameron bonding with Hobie and Walker finally standing up to his ex.

The second half is frantic and jumpy. As soon as Cameron and Walker come together, they separate. Cameron leaves to pursue a position as an assistant in Hollywood, and the men take turns pushing each other away.

There just wasn't enough relationship building between the MCs to make me believe they could survive such turmoil. The angst felt heavy-handed at times. There was a scene at the end where Walker comes to visit Cameron that I had to read twice just to make sure it wasn't a dream sequence. It felt so random.

The steam factor was disappointingly low, even though this really isn't a NA romance. Cameron is a college senior, but Walker is 36. They went at it a couple times, but the scenes were so brief, I never felt the chemistry. It didn't help that the ending was a somewhat rushed HFN. 

I really liked book 1 and expected more from this book, but I was underwhelmed.

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