Out of Bounds by A.R Barley ~ Book Review by Karen

out-of-bounds-coverTitle: Out of Bounds

Author: A.R Barley

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/14/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary


When the weather outside starts cooling down, inside the dorm things are heating up. Can these college roommates fall in love without going out of bounds?

Beaten and heartbroken, Jesse Cole is placed in a new dorm room after his last roommate attacked him. Just wanting to be left alone to heal in peace, he’s shocked when tall, dark and dangerous-looking Nick Moretti walks in.

Nick doesn’t have time to tiptoe around his new roommate—he’s too busy working in order to pay for school. But something about Jesse brings out his protective instincts. As their cautious friendship grows and becomes loaded with sexual tension, he wants to make Jesse comfortable.

Enter the perfect plan: a line of tape down the center of the room. Boundaries established.

But as innocent movie nights become hours-long temptation marathons, and whispered chats from across the room delve into straight-up dirty territory, crossing the line has never been so satisfying

My View:

When I was growing up I loved those old films where the hero and heroine shared a room or  bed, and it was divided by a towel so there was no ‘monkey business’ the sexual tension was usually off the scales, delicious, so I read the blurb for this and was so excited.

The premise is great, really different guys end up sharing a room, and because of what has happened to one of them, Jesse, end up dividing the room in half so that each guy can have some space.

Jesse was beaten up because he tried to kiss his straight room mate, and is skittish and scared. Nick has been on his own for quite a while,has trust issues as well and really doesn’t need the distraction, yet Jesse makes him feel protective and he starts to look after him . Initially Jesse thinks that Nick is straight, despite the glitter, and really doesn’t want to get into the same situation he did before by being attracted to a straight guy. Jesse is a neat freak, Nick is messy, so you get the picture.

It is actually a really sweet and mainly un angsty romance, they become friends before anything happens, and do talk about their feelings on the whole and while there is some confusion it’s resolved quickly.

All in all pretty good, but for me it didn’t work on one quite fundamental level, I didn’t get Jesse as a character. He’s just been beaten up, and he is lusting after the guy who he’s now sharing a room with, and I just couldn’t buy that. I am totally sure that this is my issue here but I found it quite difficult to get over and enjoy the romance.


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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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