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About the Author
- ASIN : B06XVCQMHB
- Publisher : Amy Jo Cousins (March 24, 2017)
- Publication date : March 24, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3722 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 250 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #731,321 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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* 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. :)
They both have depth that honestly worked with their goofy-ness and enjoyment of the sexy-times.
Read the Bend or Break series. You're welcome.
Top reviews from other countries
I have to preface this review with the fact that I’m not a fan of mf romance in general. In order for me to want to read them, there has to be something a bit different about the story, premise, or characters to grab and keep my attention. This book fit that bill.
Ah, Cash. Loved Cash, his self reflection, open mindedmess, and awareness of, and willingness to work on his own biases. I loved him in Off Campus, and was thrilled he had his own story.
I loved that this is told solely from Cash’s viewpoint. This alone, gains three stars at least from me, since I have rarely encountered this in mf, and it is why I bought the book and kept reading this past the sample. I loved that he’s aware of his own feelings to a degree, but doesn’t examine them and kind of gets hit on the head with his own realizations.
The sex scenes were hot. They were unique and varied enough to keep my attention. I would have liked a bit more on camera demonstration of that fact that Cash is open to nearly anything that Steph wants 😉
I loved that they’re both more than a little kinky and absolutely accepting of it - it just is, and no big deal is made of it.
I really liked Steph, too: i very much appreciate how her queerness was portrayed and not shied away from at all - it is a part of her and always will be. I found myself identifying with her quite a bit in that, in her unwillingness to trust, setting boundaries to protect herself that are ultimately self limiting and hurtful, and the being open about what she wants but not at all about how she really feels.
That brings me to what I liked best of all - this story felt real. Real emotions, real mistakes. Real sex, both the magic and the awkward. And what can happen when you finally take that leap to trust and be fully honest. Magic.
Well, my first m/f read for 3 years..and did I like it?? I frickin' LOVED it, many thanks Amy Jo!! 5 stars from me.
Cash, the trust fund baby with the heart of gold, moves to Chicago from Boston after finishing Uni, to take a job with an non-profit organisation teaching kids sports in a very run-down part of the city. Mum and Dad don't approve, and so he leaves the swanky apartment they've bought him, and moves into a studio where there's just about enough room to swing a cat. He's left all of his friends behind too; although, when he really thinks about it, he only has 3 serious friends...Reese, Tom and Stephy (all feature in book 1 of this Bend or Break series). They don't want him for his money unlike the other hangers on, but love him for who and what he is - a goof-ball, with time for other people and no prejudices whatsoever. Reese and Tom are a couple, and Stephy, who swings both ways, had had occasional hookups with Cash but she broke his heart when she met up and moved in with Amira. Cash loved her, I was sure of it.
Cash's 17 year old cousin Denny appears on his doorstep one day, having flown to Chicago from Boston to ask Cash's advice cos he's gay, and his stupid parents won't take him seriously, they think he's going 'through a phase'....yeah, right. Denny's family haven't stopped talking yet about a Christmas two years ago when Cash's friends Reese and Tom turned up for the holiday...fancy inviting gays to your house for Christmas!! Denny knows that Cash won't have a problem with him being gay, and after Cash gets over the shock of Denny being on his doorstep, starts to bring the teenager into his circle of friends. He introduces him to some of the kids on his sports programme, and Denny finds himself very interested indeed in Rafi, one of the other coaches, and I now know that Denny and Rafi will feature in the next book in the series, Level Hands, in August hopefully.
However, I digress....Stephany, ah Stephany...who has daddy issues. Still trying to get her father's approval after he's moved on from her mum and started another family. He makes excuse after excuse as to why he doesn't turn up to see her, and everyone but Steph can see it's because he couldn't really care less, and doesn't approve of her lifestyle, but Cash does his best to soften the blows her father keeps hitting Steph's heart with. Cash knows that Steph is the one he wants, bi-sexual or not, and doesn't put any pressure on her, hoping that she will eventually come around to his way of thinking.
I'll leave my review here. I can't imagine I'll be reading another m/f for a while, but I have to say, I didn't skip the sex scenes, they were hot and tasteful...and pretty kinky on occasion, hehe. Varun, one of Cash's workmates appears in a threesome that takes place, and he too will have his own story later in the series. An all-round winner IMHO.