Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Humble pie wasn’t supposed to taste this sweet.
Bend or Break, Book 2
Jack Tarkington’s life is in the toilet. He was supposed to be spending his junior year studying someplace cool like Paris or Rome. Instead, after taking out his anger on the campus “golden boy”, whose dad ripped off his parents, Jack is facing possible expulsion.
Sure, it’s all his own fault, but coming back to the small Iowa town he thought he’d escaped, after crowing about his admission to a prestigious school, has been a humbling experience.
When he runs into Miguel, Jack braces for backlash over the way he lorded it over his old friend and flame. Instead, Miguel offers him friendship—and a job at his growing farm-to-table store and café.
Against the odds, both guys bond over broken dreams and find common ground in music. But when Jack’s college gives him a second chance, he’s torn between achieving a dream that will take him far from home, and a love that strikes a chord he’ll never find anywhere else.
Warning: This book contains a humbled guy who’s on the brink of losing it all, a determined entrepreneur who seems to have it all together, apologies issued through banjo-picking duets, and two lovers who can play each other’s bodies like virtuosos.
There is total redemption of a character in Nothing Like Paris. Jack Tarkington was painted as the villain in book 1 when he harassed Tom every chance he got. Although we knew of the reason why he took such a dislike to Tom we only really touched the tip of the iceberg. Having been sent home for his inappropriate behaviour we learn about the real Jack and this book managed to change my mind about him completely.
When he arrives back in his old home town you can almost feel the pressure he feels under. He did everything to escape 3 years ago, hardly ever returning to visit, but there is no escaping the ghosts of his past now he has nowhere else to go. The first person he runs into his the last person he ran from, his ex boyfriend Miguel.
As we relive the memories of Jack’s childhood you realise the problems he was running from then are still very much the problems that he hides from now. If never returning home to visit his parents made him a bad son then being the son of an alcoholic who was neglected as a child omits some of the guilt he should feel.
This is the story of your past affecting your future until your future forces you to face your past. Jack and Miguel were in love and had plans to go off to college together. When circumstances changed for Miguel Jack ran away and never looked back. Miguel was left heartbroken and Jack was left angry at the unfairness of it all. College life isn’t the big life changing experience that Jack expected and when you add in his parents lost a lot of money to Tom’s father’s ponzi scheme, well that anger finds a vent in Tom and leaves Jack looking like a bully.
Jack returning home is exactly what he needs even if it proves to be painful. To become a better person he must face all the things from his past that require closure. He shows strength as he faces his fears but the journey isn’t easy. He also realises that things with Miguel aren’t over but getting the other man to trust him when he is working through his own problems proves a tough challenge.
There is anger, humour and forgiveness. There is also a Banjo, Batman and some hot loving!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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