Nov 23, 2015

ARC Review: REAL WORLD (Bend or Break, #5) by Amy Jo Cousins


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.

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Rating: 3.5 stars.

“I’m your rock. And you’re mine.”

It's been five years since Tom & Reese met in Off Campus. They're still together, of course. They no longer live off campus; now they're out in the real world, and seem to be doing much, much better now than they did back then.


Tom's dad is back in the news, and Tom is back to his old habit of shutting everyone out when he's troubled, and avoiding conversation at all cost.
He's not being honest not even with Reese. Now, I could criticize him for not talking with the people who are closest to him, and who would be there for him no matter what, but that would make me a hypocrite, and I wouldn't want that. Poor Tom, that's all I can say. Keeping everything bottled up is hard, but, fortunately, he's made significant steps in opening up and actually talking to the most important person in his life, and that was worth waiting for. I can safely say this novella made a true Tom's fan out of me.

This is where Tome won me over, yes, but Reese's POV was more than welcome. I was glad to see how much he's able to now with Tom without feeling trapped and freaking out. Tom may have for a bit reverted to his college self, but Reese seems to have come a long way. However, if I'm being completely honest, Reese's POV was a welcome change because it was a break from Tom's anxious thoughts.

The plot... Hmmmm... I don't have much to say here. It seemed rather scattered. I've had some issues with it in Off Campus too. At least, Real World is only half as long.

All in all, this was a nice follow-up story to Tom & Reese's book, with an even nicer -- and more happy than the one in Off Campus -- ending. Anyone who read the first book and liked them will want to read this as well.

***ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Until next time, happy reading!



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