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I was looking forward to this book and and I did enjoy it expect for a few things. The writer does a great job with the angst and I really wanted things to get better for Tom. I wanted to see Tom & Reese together and loved how their love life progressed. I loved watching Tom become more and more comfortable in his sexuality. College and coming out stories are some of my favorites. The author has a good grip on what college life is like. The writing kept me engaged for most of the book and I loved the variety of the sex.
But the reason I can't give this book more than 3 stays is the books needs better editing particularly at the end. I found the last few chapters from the climax till the epilogue confusing. Sometimes I don't like how a book ends, and in this case that isn't the problem it's how it's written. There is a change in style and it's confusing and distracting. I found myself very confused, was it only a few days or a few weeks? Did they break up? The style of the last few chapters the authors jumps forward in time and then explains briefly what happened over those weeks. In addition to the problems with the end there were also several times through the story where I couldn't figure out who was speaking in a section of dialog, there was one I had to re-read over 3 times and then guess. A simple.. Tom said, or Reese said after the first dialog would have helped.
The other reason I can't give this book a higher rating was because the author needs to do a bit more research. I'm still freaking about the scene where Resse puts Tom's 2nd degree burned hand in a bucket of ice water, as if this what the correct first aid. DO NOT PUT A BURN IN ICE WATER, a simple Google check of 1st aid for a 2nd degree burn will tell you this. This is one of the reason's I'm writing this review because I can't get this out of my head till I say this here. A bucket of cool water is a good idea. Ice water can damage the skin. BTW all college students in Mass are required to have health insurance. Of course this is a pivotal scene in the book so I can imagine Tom may just not have know this. But I would have liked to have heard how his arm healed. Huge scene in the book and then the arm is forgotten.
Despite this issues the author has a lot of promise. Make sure the next books is better edited. This book has what I find missing from many m/m books, writing that makes me CARE about the outcome for the main characters. I will consider her next book but probably wait to see how the reviews come out first.
I really appreciated the two real, flawed, but surviving main characters. I liked the larger than life side characters too. Cousins used repetition to highlight Tom's obsessive thinking and his anxiety level was instantly recognizable. Similarly, Reece's coping mechanisms were believable. I liked how hard the characters had to work for their happiness and I really loved Toms need to make 'this one thing' work out and be right and good for someone. It was both utterly selfish and completely generous at the same time and the dichotomy of it was delicious. I The writing and humor is also excellent.
I did think that a couple major problems were solved with questionable ease toward the end and I was almost offended with how easily the second largest issue on Tom's list of fears was just swept away. (Though I do see what the author was doing there.) But these are small complaints in the grand scheme of things. Really a great read.
The problems our heroes have a real ones with have to do with owning sexuality, still being tied to parents for good and bad, and healing.
This is a hot read with heroes who fall in love with each other hard.
There is a lot of pain to get through but you will root for them.
I like less drama in my love stories but I still really liked this book even though I wanted a richer HEA,
Cousins is a really good writer!
And somehow without being syrupy or depressingly dark, some of the hottest love scenes ever....
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