Off Campus (Bend or Break #1) by Amy Jo Cousins | Review

off_campus by amy jo cousinsI’ve been meaning to read this series for ages, so when I got the chance I jumped on it!

Off Campus is the first book in Amy Jo Cousins’s Bend or Break series. It’s New Adult, angsty goodness and I really enjoyed it!

Tom and Reese were both so damaged that my heart broke for them immediately. Yet the strength both of them showed had me falling in love and rooting for them even when they were being big ol’ dummies.

The character development throughout the book was fantastic! Even secondary characters were fleshed out well and added depth to the story. Especially Cash, dear Lord I loved him.

Cousins’s writing seemed smooth and effortless. I was engaged from start to finish, even as I was cursing at the boys for some of their decisions.

As I get older, I keep expecting not to enjoy NA as much. How can I relate to characters at such a different stage in their life? Off Campus reminds me that a character’s age doesn’t matter as much as the author’s ability to make me care. Cousins does that in spades.

Feels, humor, and two boys growing up combine to make this sexy book a hit. I recommend Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins to anyone who enjoys angst, NA, or simply a great book with solid characters.

Trigger Warning: Please note that there is off-page sexual assault in this book.

This review is based on a review copy.

Rating: ★★


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.

Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Length: 314 pages
Purchase: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, Google, Samhain

Ciao, darlings.

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