Review: Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

 Series: Bend or Break (book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Cover: I don’t know what to think the big red stamp-like letters

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Trigger warnings: attempted suicide, rape

Description: 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.

Review: This is my first book by Amy Jo Cousins, but I’m very sure it won’t be the last. Even though there were some things in int, I didn’t like so much.

Overall this novel is very sweet and flows nicely. I like how slow-building the friendship is. Such things don’t happen over night, you know? I liked both Tom and Reese as well, as they are interesting characters and felt real.

But there were some things I didn’t enjoy that much. For one I found the voyeur parts in this story a little bit strange. Or rather their reactions to it.

And the other thing bothering me is the sex. It was just too much and too often. I would have liked more plot way better, that’s for sure.

I’m still very interested in the side character’s stories, so I’ll read the next installments in this series as well (and hope for less sex…).


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