Title: Love Me Like a Rock (Bend or Break #6)
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Release Date: March 22nd 2016
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 154 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Love Me Like a Rock was a real delight to read and Sean:
And you have been inducted into my Book Boyfriend Hall of Fame. I loved EVERY. SINGLE. THING. ABOUT. HIM. Patient, funny, loving, caring, and a dirty mouth to boot. Oh, and he’s a redhead! I think Amy Jo Cousins wrote him with me in mind. For real. Well, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Anyhoo, back to business. Love Me Like a Rock is book six of the Bend or Break series. We finally get Austin’s story. Austin and Vinnie have been wrapped in this weird friends with benefits relationship except that it’s all on Vinnie’s terms. Austin has been wanting more for a long time and is getting tired of being just an afterthought to his best friend. After a nude sitting for his art class, Austin hooks up with the model and figures it’ll be a one-time thing except he keeps going back for more.
-Sean. ^^^^Look back to the beginning. I don’t think I have to elaborate.
-Austin. He was such a great narrator, and I loved being in his head. I believe the author did an excellent job developing his character.
-This book had a great steady pace. It just flowed. I started last night thinking to just read a couple of chapters and ended up reading the whole thing. Unputdownable
-Sexy times. For me, this was Amy Jo’s steamiest book and it was sweet and dirty.
-As far as relationship development- this is a slam dunk!
-I also enjoyed the feel good vibe of the story. I felt like I was wrapped up in my warmest softest blanket.
-The end. I know these guys are in it for the long haul and will do what it takes to make it work.
Do I have anything negative to report? NOPE.
Can it be read as a standalone? Yes. I read this one out of order, and I didn’t feel lost.
I have to give this charming, fun, sexy, enjoyable story 5 Stars. I often re-read favorite books, and this one will be added to my Comfort/I Need a Pick Me Up List. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.