Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

Title: Off Campus
Series: Bend Or Break, Bk 1

Author: Amy Jo Cousins

Narrator: Cooper North

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 09/14/2016

Length: 10 hours 28 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult

Summary:

Everyone’s got secrets. Some are just harder to hide.

With his father’s ponzi scheme assets frozen, Tom Worthington believes finishing college is impossible unless he can pay his own way. After months sleeping in his car and gypsy-cabbing for cash, he’s ready to do just that.

But his new, older-student housing comes with an unapologetically gay roommate. Tom doesn’t ask why Reese Anders has been separated from the rest of the student population. He’s just happy to be sleeping in a bed.

Reese isn’t about to share his brutal story with his gruff new roommate. You’ve seen one homophobic jock, you’ve seen ’em all. He plans to drag every twink on campus into his bed until Tom moves out. But soon it becomes clear Tom isn’t budging.

Tom isn’t going to let some late-night sex noise scare him off, especially when it’s turning him on. But he doesn’t want any drama either. He’ll keep his hands, if not his eyes, to himself. Boundaries have a way of blurring when you start sharing truths, though. And if Tom and Reese cross too many lines, they may need to find out just how far they can bend…before they break.

Story Review:

Leisa reviewed the eBook here.

Like Leisa said Off Campus is a fantastic example of the hurt/comfort theme.

Tom and Reese are two of the most realistic and honest new adult characters I have seen in a long time. College students are often portrayed as either too immature or too mature. Cousins hit the nail with these guys. They both have their own pain and have trouble dealing with it.

Their romance seemed amazingly realistic. Tom was a little hesitant to accept his same-sex desires but once he did he went at it with gusto. I liked that the conflict later on wasn’t totally focused on Tom dealing with being bi-sexual but rather with how doing so would affect the lives of other people based on his own past.

 

However, it’s the sincere friendship and slow burning attraction between the two young men that is so deliciously sexy and sweet. They grow close, and Reese learns that he can trust Tom with both his safety and his heart. Tom, who identifies as a straight before falling for Reese, has taken to heart his hard earned lessons about the value of those who truly love you. Although he’s on unfamiliar sexual ground, Tom doesn’t shy from his attraction to Reese, who is there to support Tom when he needs him. Together they are simply adorable.

 This is a wonderfully sexy and heartwarming story. I highly recommend you read this charming story, and I can’t wait to read the next story in this great series!

Narration Review:

Cooper North is a narrator I’d love to listen again. His low, sweet tone was the perfect match for these young men. His voice pulled me into the story and I did not want to stop listening. Amazing!

Links

Off Campus on Goodreads
Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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One thought on “Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

  1. I just finished reading this about 2 hrs ago and really enjoyed it – I had been a bit cautious about buying it so only bit the bullet this year – will undoubtedly work my way through them all now!
    I thought her writing style was very good – pacy, kept me involved and no editing/grammar errors

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