Title: Off Campus (Bend or Break #1)
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Release Date: December 30, 2014 (Second Edition)
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 317
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
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.
**Warning: This book contains cranky roommates who vacillate between lashing out and licking, some male/male voyeurism, emotional baggage that neither guy wants to unpack, and the definitive proof that sound carries in college housing.**
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I enjoy in a college romance setting. It was fun, sexy, and angsty. We have two young men who are carrying a lot of hurt with them.
What I loved:
*The two main characters. Reese and Tom were great individually and as a couple they had great chemistry.
*It was heartbreaking but also full of hope
*The way she developed the relationship between Tom and Reese
What I didn’t love:
*The book started with a bang and then it hit a snag. Luckily, it didn’t last too long.
*I wanted inside Reese’s head. The story is only told from Tom’s POV and there were several instances that I wished we were getting Reese’s side as well.
Overall, this was pretty freaking good. It’s a great book about self-discovery. Definitely recommend this to any N/A, OFY story lovers. 4 stars!