Review: Out of Bounds (Boundaries #1) by A.R. Barley

March 11, 2016 Review 0

Review: Out of Bounds (Boundaries #1) by A.R. Barley

When the weather outside starts cooling down, inside the dorm things are heating up. Can these college roommates fall in love without going out of bounds?

Beaten and heartbroken, Jesse Cole is placed in a new dorm room after his last roommate attacked him. Just wanting to be left alone to heal in peace, he's shocked when tall, dark and dangerous-looking Nick Moretti walks in.

Nick doesn't have time to tiptoe around his new roommate—he's too busy working in order to pay for school. But something about Jesse brings out his protective instincts. As their cautious friendship grows and becomes loaded with sexual tension, he wants to make Jesse comfortable.

Enter the perfect plan: a line of tape down the center of the room. Boundaries established.

But as innocent movie nights become hours-long temptation marathons, and whispered chats from across the room delve into straight-up dirty territory, crossing the line has never been so satisfying.

Title: Out of Bounds
Author: A.R. Barley
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Against the Rules, Outside the Lines
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: March 14th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance, Romance
Pages: 154 pages
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Out of Bounds is a story of two college roommates who fall in love. Jess was moved into Nick’s room after his old roommate beats him up. Nick is not happy to have a roommate-well at least, at first.

Jesse is skittish. He jumps at every move Nick makes. Nick is tall, dark, and handsome, but also looks like a thug, thus setting Jesse on edge. Nick tries to set Jesse at ease by taping a line down the middle of the dorm, that neither can cross or you are out of bounds and have to pay a penalty of the others choosing. The new boundary does make Jesse feel safe. The boys develop a friendship that ultimately pushes that boundary. Will either cross it knowing they have to pay the penalty??

This book was an easy flowing book to read. Jesse is portrayed as meek and Nick as strong. Both dispel those beliefs as their friendship progresses. I am a fan of dual points of view as I feel it makes the characters well-rounded by letting us inside their heads. You could see how each character thought the way they did based on their past. It’s not right or wrong, it just is. I liked how they both had demons to work through and showed their loyalty to the other. I loved how their friendship slowly morphed into a love filled with honor, truth, and trust. There were many tender, sweet moments and a few of those hot, jaw-dropping sexy scenes as well.

My only issue was the handling of Ryan, Jesse’s old roommate. It seems there was no punitive measures taken against him. Just a quick mention that his Dad was a wealthy donor to the school. There should have been something done. I also do not think the school would be so quick to place them in the same class shortly after either.

Overall I recommend this new adult novel. If you love friends to lovers, M/M romances, then this will tick all those boxes!


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