Real World by Amy Jo Cousins ~ Book Review by Caroline

26210226Title: Real World

Author: Amy Jo Cousins

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/17/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

When talking fails, it’s time to break out the big guns.

Five years ago, Tom Worthington busted his ass to overcome the fear and paranoia that led him to withdraw from the world and nearly lose his boyfriend. He never thought he’d find himself right back there, shutting Reese out, keeping secrets again.

Reese Anders is ready to try anything to get Tom to talk: if he can’t seduce his boyfriend with food, he’ll get Tom to open up in bed. But even Tom’s confession that his dad is getting out of prison soon doesn’t clear the air between them. And as the holidays approach, intensive mentoring from a new British boss creates more distractions, until Reese is keeping secrets of his own.

At a company Christmas party, it only takes Tom one look at Reese’s new boss to figure out how much danger their relationship is in. But he’s not about to let the connection that started all those years ago at Carlisle come to an end. It’s time to deal with their problems like adults. Face to face. Or back to front. Starting in the bedroom.

Warning: This book contains two adorable guys with way too many secrets, conciliatory rigatoni, a bedroom lesson on the power of multitasking, and indisputable evidence on what makes the perfect holiday HEA.

My View:

It’s not often that you get a current series where the author goes back and lets us have a look at how things worked out. When it does happen the story is often short where everything is fine and dandy and maybe the MC’s are getting married or some such happy event. Real World is exactly like the title says…it’s the Real World.

This is Tom and Reese five years on in all their loving glory – warts and all. Their lives have moved forward in so many ways but in others you could still be back with them at college.

Tom is a complicated character. He shuts down quickly, he keeps secrets, he holds on to what he sees as embarrassment. He knows he does these things. He knows they have a detrimental effect on his relationship, he knows they cause strain and worry but he can’t get out of the habit. Reese may have learned the signs, learned how to manipulate the truth out of him but it does put a strain on them and their everyday lives.

Reese has drifted a bit since college. He can’t make a firm decision on a career and when an opportunity presents itself out of the blue it looks as though he has landed on his feet and gained a future plan. This brings something new to his relationship and initially he’s not sure how to deal with it. Someone else besides his boyfriend is showing an interest in him and he’s not sure whether to be flattered or terrified.

The biggest problem the boy’s face is that Tom’s dad is due to be released from prison and this brings back every single one of Tom’s anxieties. This story is a challenge for both Tom and Reese as they deal with everything life has to throw at them, the good the bad and the ugly, whilst remembering what is important, why it is important and that it’s so much easier to face these challenges together.

Perfect Ending!!

Links

Real World on Goodreads
Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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