Love Me Like a Rock by Amy Jo Cousins ~ Book Review by Caroline

28138678Title: Love Me Like a Rock

Author: Amy Jo Cousins

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/22/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

In art and in love, it s the rough edges that make things interesting.

Having grown up with artistic implements always in hand, there’s almost nothing Austin can’t make real. Except for one thing—an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.

The combination of emotional and sexual frustration fuels a spark between Austin and the nude model in his drawing class. Austin isn’t used to having trouble focusing; models are merely challenging subjects to be rendered on paper. But the geology TA’s direct blue gaze is powerful enough to drag Austin’s focus away from his physique.

After a quick and very dirty post-class encounter, all the reasons that Austin has been waiting for his best friend go fuzzy in his mind. Sean is nothing like Vinnie. Sean is persistent, pays attention, and makes it clear he wants to be together.

But if Austin can’t get his head and his heart on the same page, he could lose his friend, or his lover. Or both.

Warning: Contains rock geeks, tent sex, a dictatorial cox whose idea of a good time is drawing naked dudes, plus one naked dude who wants to be more than a good time.

My View:

Love Me Like a Rock is book six in Amy Jo Cousin’s Bend or Break series and concentrates on Austin and Sean.

Austin has an unhealthy relationship where sex is concerned with his best friend Vinnie but he can’t help notice the gorgeous redhead sat posing in his art class, he especially can’t help notice his dick! After staring at each other throughout the class things heat up to scalding and Austin is given a taste of what things could be like if he wasn’t waiting for term papers to be completed or if his partner didn’t need alcohol to get a buzz on.

Sean is a geology student and loves everything to do with rocks. He is also enamoured with Austin and has been secretly for the past year. He is kind, patient and honestly has the patience of a saint where Austin is concerned, he is also honest from the start about what he wants – and he wants Austin.

Austin and Sean move into a friendship which is casual and easy with a side serving of sex that is hot and everything that Austin doesn’t have in his current set up with Vinnie BUT Vinnie is constantly in the back of his mind. Vinnie is the one that Austin always sees as his future, the one he is patiently waiting for to give him something more until suddenly Sean seems to have filled that spot with such an ease that it causes Austin a moment of panic.

There is some great humour in this book too and the camping trip and subsequent drama with coffee and digging holes is hilarious. Sean brings a kind of ‘normal reality’ to Austin that he hasn’t always had and makes him feel comfortable and settled in his own skin.

Of course the situation with Vinnie still has to be dealt with and it causes probably the only small amount of angst this book but in the end Austin has had his eyes opened and fallen fast and hard for a man that is there in every way for him.

Links

Love Me Like a Rock on Goodreads
Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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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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