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

December 26, 2014 Review 0

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

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.

Title: Off Campus
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Series: Bend or Break
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: December 30, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
Pages: 317
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

College boys in male male romance is a favorite of mine. I love following the guys while they are trying to figure it out. Tom sees himself as an equal opportunity type of guy. He’s enjoyed the company of females and a male in his past. So typically Tom would be that character trying to figure things out that I love reading so much.

Tom has had a rough year and he is happy to be back at school continuing his education. He had a forced hiatus due to some very bad decisions that his father made. Tom is a wreck. He has an odd level of paranoia about attention focused on him. His father is the reason for the unwanted attention that forced him to hermit within his family home for months. While school is an escape from some of the drama he faces a whole new set of issues trying to overcome the perceived attention.

Perkins House is set up for the non traditional students. Some exceptions are made for students with extenuating circumstances. An traumatic incident that happened the previous semester has Reese set up there without a roommate, or so he believes. He comes back to his room one afternoon to find a ‘jock’ in his room claiming to be his roomy. Reese despises jocks. He hates the way they view him, thus the way they inevitably treat him. Reese soon sets his goals to rid his Off Campus sanctuary of his perceived enemy.

While there was so much potential for awesomeness here I just couldn’t get excited about Reese and Tom finding their way to a happily ever after. They both have their own form of PTSD. Tom made a mountain out of an imaginary molehill though. He also let Reese down so many times. After a few too many times it made it difficult to have any compassion towards their situation.

Per the author’s website there are two more books planned for the Bend or Break series. I’m curious as to who the main characters will be. This is a series that I may continue reading. I think Tom and Reese just had too much between them for me to enjoy them to their fullest.


Romantic Suspense

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