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Cash is in a situation he is unsure how to navigate. His young male cousin has ended up at his apartment with family issues and just needs to chill. Cash is barely adulting himself. Now he needs to 'help' a young man through getting comfortable to his own skin. Cash needs help - he turns to the one person he knows he can count on but not keep his hands off, Steph.
I loved, loved, loved Cash and Steph in book one. I was so happy when I got to their story. Amy Jo Cousins provides witty quick dialogue. And wow -when they get between the sheet - here comes the heat!!! What did I love? Both characters were relatable. They had qualities you want in a friend and lover. The story flows evenly as they stumble into something more.
Book three is a m/f romance. If this is your preference in romance genre, I HIGHLY recommend this novel as a heartwarming and funny read. Although the third book in the series, each one can standalone. As I write my reviews, I've read books 1-4. Book three - definite 5 star read. Series - 5 stars overall!
* Cash and Steph don't fulfill any sort of gender roles. They are just two human beings interacting who happen to be male and female. Their characteristics are their own. Their actions are not stereotypical in any way, they just are. Their relationship feels realistic, normal (well, probably not the sexual side, but in general) in the contemporary world - two people who both have jobs, families (dysfunctional or not), friends, homes, lives.
* The book is written from the male point of view, which is quite rare in M/F romance books. It's different and refreshing, and I especially appreciated the descriptions of Steph from Cash's point of view. It was obvious that Cash liked everything about her - both her looks and her personality (well, except for the part that caused their confrontation, probably). Cash's point of view is very honest - he does notice boobs and curves, but somehow, it doesn't feel objectifying - maybe because in his thoughts, the outside and inside are always connected.
* Cash! As I already noted during the first book, he's just adorable. You can't help liking him. He reminds me a bit of Al from Muscling Through - very honest and caring, maybe not precisely book-smart (although he's clearly not stupid), but definitely a lot smarter than me in the human relations department. And most important of all, he's aware of his limits (although maybe too self-deprecating at times) and knows how to work through them. He accepts himself how he is. Also, he's incredibly open-minded, always tries to help others in any way he can, and takes other people's feelings about what bothers them seriously. All-in-all, he's the best friend (and also the best coach) anyone could have. His biggest fault is maybe speaking without thinking sometimes (that mostly appeared in the first book), but in this book, he's clearly trying to improve himself on that front.
* Steph. We only got to know her from other people's points of view, so I couldn't get her personality that well - only what she showed others - but she's clearly very passionate and caring as well. Because of her past experiences, she's very careful about letting anyone close to her emotionally, but that is, while hard to watch, understandable. She's the strong female character I've wished for, but without the exaggerated strongness I've sometimes seen in (especially YA) books that's expressed by pushing other people away and being bitchy and judgmental. She's simply an independent person, who takes seriously both her job and her views of the society. And she doesn't have any sexual hangups!
* The sex. Obviously, it's hot, but I especially loved the expression of female sexuality. Steph knows what she wants and is open to new ideas. Cash, on the other hand, always cares about how Steph is feeling. Neither of them thinks only about themselves when having sex, but also about the other person. And that's how it should be.
If I'd want to find any faults in this book, I'd say the ending was a bit rushed for my liking - I mean, the resolution was great, I just would have loved to see how the promises worked out - their everyday life. But I hope we'll get some of that in later books. (?)
All in all, to everyone who doubts whether to read this because they've been having issues with M/F, I heartily recommend trying this book out, because I think you'll love it. :)
Read the Bend or Break series. You're welcome.
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