- File Size: 820 KB
- Print Length: 142 pages
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 17, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 17, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014T223FE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Real World (Bend or Break) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Two guys with terrible communication skills, trust issues, and family issues DON'T get a fluffy HEA. So thank you for making these boys work for it. Not only in Off Campus, but Real World. Like, really, real world. They fo sho deserve it, but the best relationships, the strongest, have a trial by fire.
I'm SO glad I got to see their life down the track. Normally in a series like this, you see it vicariously through someone else's story, which is FINE, even great sometimes, but this? You gave me that liiittle bit more everyone always wants after an amazing story. I didn't want to see this vicariously through Rafi, or Cash, or Jack. I wanted this through Tom and Reese. You didn't give me a fluffball with no plot, and you didn't give me pointless angst, with an endgame of fluffball. You gave me the same old story, yet a whole new story. You did it without gimmick.
My shelves: mm-magic, favourite-author, re-read, work-for-it, mm-naughty, 2015-release, five-star, where-have-you-been, angsty, flirt-no-cheat, boy-on-boy, old-favourites
EDIT: I highlighted about 30 locations, but this tickled my real world fancy - "Reese sat up and pulled off his shirt, flinging it across the room to their 'I'm going to put this in laundry bin, I swear' chair, where the shirt slowly slid to the floor."
As in any relationship, there are times where the tensions and problems you have get bottled up. Your significant other doesn't have the time or you don't have the words. For Tom and Reese, they clearly are committed to each other. However, words not spoken are creating a huge crevasse in their relationship. Will they make it or will temptation be too much?
"God, please let it be an almost."
If you read my review for Off Campus, you know I love these boys. It's clearly a toss up between Off Campus and The Girl Next Door as my favorite. But, Amy Jo Cousins offers us a four year glimpse at their relationship showing how far they have come or not. One of the things that I sometimes dislike with follow up novels is that they are a little too neat or tie everything is bow. Ms. Cousins gives us a real relationship struggle, ability to communicate, that keeps you engaged in the story. And when they let their bodies do the talking - Whoa HOT!!
Although Real World clearly could be a standalone, I don't recommend it. Because I think you really need to understand the start of their relationship to get the full appreciation of their continued commitment. Do you need to read the other books in the series? No. Bonus you get more Cash and Steph in this book. But WHY NOT? I recommend you BUY ALL THE BOOKS. 5 HEA stars out of 5.
Aww, I loved getting this new look at Tom and Reese. That's my one complaint about New Adult is that the mc's tend to be so young, I'm never sure if they'll make it long-term...so I loved that we got to see more of them a little bit later in life.
And it's not that everything is sunshine and roses for Tom and Reese now, either. It's definitely not. In fact, they are having some real issues. Tom is still having a lot of the same problems in that he withdraws into himself when he's stressed. After so many years, Reese gets that about his boyfriend, but that doesn't make it any easier when Tom shuts him out. To make things even more complicated, Reese has some really exciting stuff happening in his life that Tom is missing out on because Tom is so shut down.
Once again, my heart hurt for these guys, but I love the way Reese handles Tom. He gets Tom's issues and for the most part, he doesn't let those scare him away. But Tom also killed me...he should trust Reese with his issues at this point, shouldn't he? There were moments when I just wanted to shake him...mainly because he knows better. But I also get that life can get to be overwhelming and then we revert back to our old destructive methods. It just made it hard to watch sometimes.
But what helped ease that ^^^ stress were Steph and Cash. I love them so much and loved that they kept popping up in this book with their irreverent love and relationship. So much about their additions to the story worked for me and it did lighten the tone a lot...which the book needed.
Overall, I am so happy that Amy Jo Cousins chose to write this one. It just made me happy...at least in the end. And this quote from the book just says it all...all of the distress in the story rolled up into one sentence.
"Because it was hard to see yourself as the hero in someone else’s story
when you knew you weren’t worthy of it."
So many feels. Love this author. Love this book. Love these guys. Love this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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