Review: Touching Down by Nicole Williams

Touching Down
Author: Nicole Williams
Publication Date: October 8, 2016
Publisher: Nicole Williams
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

The whole world might be in love with him. But all he’s ever loved is her.

Grant Turner’s name is synonymous with football. The fans and media can’t get enough of the player known as The Invincible Man, a nickname he earned while growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country and the nickname he’s kept by being one of the best players in professional football today. No one can take him down. He’s unstoppable.

But even a suit of armor has its weak point, and Grant’s has always been Ryan Hale.

They were a couple of kids when they fell in love, and just when it looked like the happy ending neither expected was within reach, Ryan disappeared. No explanations. No good-byes.

Grant coped by throwing himself into the game for seven years, and he’s finally moved on. Or so he thinks.

When she walks back into his life, all of those feelings come crashing back, despite the warnings in his head that tell him she’ll leave him again. Grant can withstand the league’s toughest defensive line, but he’s always been weak where she’s concerned.

No man can take Grant Turner down.

But one woman certainly can.

One woman will.


I’ve been on a sports romance reading kick lately. Touching Down has been on my Kindle for a while now, so I was happy to finally get to it. I especially loved that it wasn’t just a sports romance, but a second chance romance as well. Second chance romances are always full of fun surprises. This one certainly was.

This is the first novel I’ve read by Nicole Williams and I enjoyed her writing. She created interesting, flawed characters. I loved Ryan and Grant’s special connection. Ryan’s point of view was emotion packed and interesting. I would have loved Touching Down to have been in dual point of view because I think it would have been amazing to know what was going on in Grant’s head the entire time. They were both such complex characters. I would have also loved more look backs at their time together as teens.

Ryan Hale knew what she was getting herself into when she returned to her hometown after disappearing from her friends’ lives years ago. I didn’t blame her for the choices she made when her reasoning was explained. Her decisions weren’t perfect, but her strength, determination and care for Grant was. I did think she was a little selfish waiting seven years to see Grant again.

Grant Turner was the ideal man. He was successful, sweet and made choices not very many other men would. I was impressed with how he treated Ryan and his ability to let go of the past. I loved him.

I feel like my 3.5 star rating doesn’t tell you how much I actually enjoyed reading Touching Down. I was deeply touched by Ryan and her predicament. (I may have been close to tears a couple of times while reading.) I adored the way she reconnected with Grant, and how he wanted to take care of her. They were a sweet couple. I just couldn’t give Touching Down a higher rating because I felt like there was a big part missing from it. It ended so abruptly. I would have liked more of the current time frame before the huge jump to the epilogue.

Overall, Touching Down was a great read. There was so much emotion woven into this sports romance, and I loved that. Readers who enjoy a fast-paced second chance at love story will enjoy this book.

WWW Wednesday: February 22, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

I’m past half way finally in Ready Player One. I need to finish it ASAP because it’s overdue at the library as of yesterday.

I’m currently reading Undeclared (Woodlands, #1)Woodlands makes it sounds like some faerie novel or something, but it’s a college romance.


Recently finished:

Yet another week of a crazy amount of reading. I’m not sure how I’m getting this many books read. I think it’s maybe because they’re all romances and most of them are sports romances. They all felt like quick reads. Well, I did hurt my foot and was trying to stay off it so that might be why. I’m not a TV watcher, so I read when I’m sitting around. This week I read:

All the Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged, #1)
The Hot One (One Love)
Lauren (Silicon Valley Billionaires, #1)
Undecided (Burnham College, #1)
Undeclared (Burnham College, #2)
A Boy Like You
Until It’s Right
Bossed

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

I’m going to read the novella Undressed (Woodlands, #1.5) to finish up the story from Undeclared (Woodlands, #1).

 

Review: Roman by Sawyer Bennett

Roman
Series: Cold Fury Hockey, #7
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.


Sawyer Bennett is not an author I’m new to, but I am new to her Cold Fury series. I’m shocked I hadn’t heard of it before because I’m a big hockey romance fan. I’m so happy I got the chance to try out the series with the seventh book, Roman.

I flew through this book. I basically read it in one sitting. Everything about this story pulled me into it. The writing was so good! I loved the characters and the three different points of view involved. I was expecting Lexi and Roman’s point of views, but I wasn’t expecting Brian’s. Adding his perspective was the perfect touch.

Lexi was this free-spirited girl-woman. I say girl-woman because even though she was an adult, her ability to see the best in everything and go with her gut reminded me more a child than an adult. She was serious when she needed to be, but went where she felt called. I loved everything about her — especially her attraction and connection to Roman.

Roman was a tough shell to crack. He was a bad boy in everything except his relationship with Lexi. His tenderness with her was uncharacteristic. Lexi brought out a side of him he didn’t think he had. His self-discovery was sweet. Roman and Lexi balanced each other out in the best way possible.

Brian is Lexi’s newly found father. There were two things I really loved about his perspective. First, I loved knowing what he thought of Lexi and the bomb she dropped on him. Second, his second chance at love was adorable. Really adorable.

Roman was book 7 in Cold Fury series, but felt almost like a standalone novel. I enjoyed it without feeling like I was missing too much from previous books. Reading it did make want to go back and read the rest of the series, though. I would love to get to know each of the Cold Fury players.

Fans of hockey or sports romances would definitely appreciate Roman. It’s filled with fun hockey, sexy moments and incredible characters.

Top Ten Tuesday: Why Did I Think I Wouldn’t Like That Book?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would. I’m going with More.


1. The lace reader
brunonia barry

The blurb does not do this book justice. If you like stories with unreliable narrators, you need to read this one!

2. six of crows
leigh bardugo

GASP! I know, I know. I’m not a fantasy reader, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it. It’s epic!

3. the understatement of the year
sarina bowen

This was my first M/M romance and I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. I totally did!

4. we are the ants
shaun david hutchinson

I’m not a big science fiction fan and aliens are on the top of my dislike list (You can blame my mother-in-law’s obsession with them.), so I was a little hesitant to read this. It’s amazing, though; I’m glad I did.

5. the girl with all the gifts
m.r. carey

Yet another science fiction novel, but with Zombies, that I thought I wouldn’t like and did.

6. slammed
colleen hoover

I love CoHo, but I’m not a fan of student-teacher relationships. I thought I would hate it, but I loved it. Oh, the power of CoHo.

7. a different blue
amy harmon

Repeat the last comment about Slammed and change Colleen Hoover’s name to Amy Harmon. This lady is brilliantly talented.

8. nine minutes
beth flynn

When I first read the blurb, I was like “No thank you.” I’m so happy my friends talked me into reading this psychological thriller though. It’s one of the best.

9. the fault in our stars
john green

I have a really hard time reading a book about dying kids. I have a daughter and I just don’t like to think of it. I’m happy I took a chance and read this one, though. I’m a fan.

10. where the road takes me
jay mclean

I had Where the Road Takes Me on my Kindle for over a year before I read it. I had read a poor review of it and decided to put off reading it. Then, I ended up reading her book More Than This and loved it. After reading that entire series and Kick Push, I went back and read this. I’m so happy I did!

Review: Lauren by Leigh James

Lauren
Series: Silicon Valley Billionaires, #1
Author: Leigh James
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Jack’s House Publishing, LLC
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Two Headstrong, Driven CEOs. One Undeniable, Scorching Attraction.

Being a scientist gives Lauren Taylor a purpose in life. At twenty-five, she’s the CEO of a billion-dollar biomedical company, Paragon Laboratories. On the brink of a major discovery, Lauren lets nothing interfere with her work. Until she meets Gabriel Betts, the gorgeous and brilliant CEO of another Silicon Valley startup, and is forced to face her inconvenient and overwhelming attraction to him.

Billionaire Gabriel Betts is a successful scientist in his own right. He’s made his way in the world by being an early adopter and never losing focus. Captivated by Lauren’s brilliance and unselfconscious beauty, he’s determined to win the reclusive female CEO over at any cost.

But what neither Gabe nor Lauren are prepared for is the white-collar danger that’s lurking in Silicon Valley… The danger that threatens not only their companies, but their very existence.

* This is an update to the previously released High Interest and contains significant edits.


I’m not sure if it’s the mood I’ve been in lately or what, but romantic suspense novels haven’t really been my thing. Unless they’re super fast-paced and have a storyline that really pulls me in, they all end just being okay.

I had that experience with Lauren. It was fast-paced and eventful, but I wasn’t into the danger Lauren faced. I felt like it was lacking a little suspense. I’m not sure if that was because I knew how smart Lauren was supposed to be and could get herself out of a jam, or if I just didn’t fall for the storyline.

I didn’t connect well with Lauren. She was immature, and all I could blame it on was her devotion to her job at such a young age. While I really love the idea of a brilliantly smart woman CEO as a main character, I didn’t like that Lauren had to be reclusive. Her inexperience with people and the way she communicated was unattractive. I wasn’t sure what, besides her looks, held Gabe’s interest.

Gabe was your typical alpha male. He took charge from the minute he met Lauren. Gabe forced her to believe in him and give him her trust. That worked well for them as a couple, and brought out a sexy side I wasn’t quite expecting from Lauren.

This review sounds a bit negative, but overall it was a good read. I just wasn’t as into the storyline as I could have been. I think a lot of romantic suspense readers will probably really enjoy Lauren. It just wasn’t for me.

Release Blitz: Royally Matched by Emma Chase

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ROYALLY MATCHED
By Emma Chase
Release Date: Feb 21, 2017

Royally-Matched-3D-bookSome men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Purchase Links:

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EXCERPT:

Sarah stands up and presses her lips against mine. And it’s so unexpected, so surprising—I freeze up. But only for a moment. As her mouth gently moves over mine, I begin to thaw. She’s so fucking soft, her taste so very sweet. The kiss is almost chaste—at least it’s the most chaste I’ve ever had. Unpracticed.

And yet, it still manages to make my heart pound against my ribs like an animal in a cage.

“What are you doing?” I whisper, when she pulls back just a little.

“I’m distracting you.” She looks up at me uncertainly. From behind those ridiculously prim little glasses with those big, dark eyes that could bring me to my knees. “Is it working?”

My tongue traces my lower lip, craving more of her.

“I’m not sure. Keep trying—I’ll let you know.”

She smiles quick and relieved . . . and then she reaches back up, wraps her arms about my neck, and kisses me.

Her two lips envelop my lower one, then the upper, all eager, pleasing sweetness. My hands find Sarah’s lower back and I pull her in close, tight against me. Slowly, I open my mouth and she mirrors my movement, opening for me. And it’s good. So very, very good.

It’s like my blood has turned to gasoline, and the touch of her wet, warm tongue is the spark.

I delve deeper, kiss her harder—more demanding—taking the lead. I cup her head in my hands, holding her still while I plunge and devour. A moan seeps from her lips and I devour that too.

But then, breathing harshly, I tear my mouth away.

“Sarah, maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe we should just—”

“I’m sick of being afraid, Henry. And I’m so tired of being alive . . . but not really living. I’ve wanted this for a long time. I want . . . you.” It’s only then that hesitation dims her eyes. “Do you want me too?”

I grip her arms. “More than I’ve wanted anything or anyone in my entire life.”

She takes my hands in hers, lifts them and presses my palms to her breasts. They’re soft and full and absolutely perfect.

“Show me.”

Beneath her robe, her bedclothes are paper thin. I trace my thumbs across her nipples, feeling them harden and peak. I want to suck on them until she’s mindless. I want to lick every inch of her skin and watch her flush with desire.

I wrap my arms around Sarah and lift her right off her feet. With a groan, my mouth is back to hers. Her small pretty hands cup my jaw as I carry her toward the bed. I stop against a wall on the way, knocking a frame sideways, lifting her leg in one hand and wrapping it around my hip so I can thrust against her.

There’s so much I know—deviant, filthy, lovely moves. And I want to teach her every damn one.

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About the Author:

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Review: All The Ways You Saved Me by Jamie Howard

All The Ways You Saved Me
Series: Unplugged Love, #1
Author: Jamie Howard
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Swerve
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.


So I recently joined the Jamie Howard fan club. Earlier this month I read The Feeling of Forever and absolutely loved her writing style and the characters she had created. I knew I had to go back and read All The Ways You Saved Me, the first book in the series. I was going to wait a bit to knock off some of the books on my TBR list, but Cristina happened to mention it had an “Ugly Love” feel to it and I was sold. I immediately downloaded it and dug in.

All The Ways You Saved Me consumed me from the minute I began reading it. I was so engrossed with the story that I put off stuff I should have been doing to read it. I loved everything about it. It was told through Bianca’s current day first person perspective and Ian’s past perspective. I loved the way Ian’s past was woven through Bianca’s current thoughts. It added so much impact to their story.

Bianca was like so many young women, struggling for perfection and prove herself. I felt horrible that she had to find herself through her best friend’s death, but I loved the journey it sent her on. I especially loved that it brought Ian into her life. Their initial meeting was so cool. Where things went from their was even cooler.

Ian’s inner struggle broke my heart. While it took a while for his past to unravel for the reader, I knew it was going to be something tragic. I really enjoyed the way it was divulged in bits and pieces. I also loved learning more about his current life through Bianca’s eye. My favorite part of his perspective happened at the end in present day, though. It reminded me that what we think people are going through or thinking in a moment with them isn’t always what’s truly happening in their mind.

I’m so happy I decided to read All the Ways You Saved Me. It’s made me want to read the rest of Jamie Howard’s books that I haven’t read yet, and it’s making me crave the next books in the Unplugged Love series. I can’t wait for Gavin, Rachel and Ben’s stories!

Bookish Alphabet Tag: Contemporary Romance Edition

Happy Sunday! I was tagged by Jesse @ Books at Dawn for the Bookish Alphabet Tag. I think I might have done this one in the past, so I decided to make all of my picks contemporary romances. This might also help people who are trying to hit their goal for the 2017 New Adult Romance Challenge come up with some book ideas. There’s a ton of NA books on this list. 😉 The original creator of the tag is Mariana @ Fireheart Books.


The Rules:

The rules are simple. For every letter of the alphabet you must name a book that begins with that said letter. That’s it.


Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Banking the Billionaire by Max Monroe
Coast by Jay McLean
Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras
F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon
January by Audrey Carlan
Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Maybe This Time by Chantal Fernando
Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn
One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
Porn Star by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone

Q – None
Reasonable Doubt Volume 1 by Whitney G.
Sacked by Jen Frederick
There Is No Light In Darkness by Claire Contreras
Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
X – None
You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly
Zali Luna: Movie Star by Emma Jamvold


I feel pretty good about only missing Q and X. Those are tough ones to get.

I tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Review: The Baller by Vi Keeland

The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel
Author: Vi Keeland
Publication Date: January 18, 2016
Publisher: Vi Keeland
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.
It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don’t date players.
And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I’d date an athlete.
It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player.
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.
Turned out, I was that girl.
Simple right?
Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after
And this one is ours.


A couple of weeks ago I read my first novel by Vi Keeland. I was so impressed by her writing. She had a way of combining witty dialog, touching back stories and incredible characters to create a memorable book. I was happy to find that The Baller combined all of these things, too.

The Baller was a fun book to read. I loved the sexual tension that was apparent between Delilah and Brody from the very beginning. They had an immediate chemistry that I wanted to pull them together, despite the digs they took at each other. I could tell from their first volatile interaction that their relationship would be filled with intense passion. Brody had that cocky, foul-mouthed athlete thing going for him. Delilah was more a straight-laced young woman trying to sustain her dream job. I loved how Delilah could keep up with Brody and give back what he gave. Their banter was utterly sexy and witty. I absolutely loved how they fell for each other.

The only thing that would have made The Baller better was more drama. I was surprised the lack of drama in this book, especially at the climax. The entire second half was filled with angst, but the amount of drama never reached the height of the amount of angst. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for something dramatic to happen, but it never did. It was a little bit of a let down. I wanted that big, explosive moment between the characters.

Despite the lacking drama, I truly enjoyed reading The Baller. I loved all of the little secrets and surprised that revealed themselves throughout the book. Brody and Delilah’s relationship may have started out based on sexual attraction, but there was a sweetness to it that I adored. The Baller is a book sports romance enthusiasts will enjoy reading.

Review: Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

Off Campus
Series: Bend or Break, #1
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Publication Date: December 30, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT+

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

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.

Warning: This book contains cranky roommates who vacillate between lashing out and licking, some male/male voyeurism, emotional baggage that neither guy wants to unpack, and the definitive proof that sound carries in college housing.


To be honest, I’m not sure how to explain how I feel about Off Campus. I enjoyed reading it, but there were some things that bugged me a bit. I think in order to simplify this review, I’m going to give you a list of likes and dislikes.

What I liked:

  • Tom’s simple way of describing his attraction to both male and females.
  • Tom’s confusion on his relationship with Reese, and what he went through to come to terms with the changes in his life.
  • Tom’s support of Reese, and the tenderness he showed him.
  • The way Reese stood up for what he needed.
  • Tom and Reese’s connection.
  • Reese’s dad. I loved that guy so much!
  • Cash. Another guy I loved so much.
  • The way Tom and Reese figured things out and the ending.

What I wasn’t super fond of:

  • The third person narration. It kept me from completely connecting with the characters.
  • The games Reese played at the beginning. I understood the reasoning behind what he did, but it did kind of make me wonder why Tom was eager to jump into something with him.
  • It felt like there was almost more sex than story at times. And while I like sex in my books, I’m not a huge fan of reading about one of the main characters with other people.
  • Jack. I don’t know why I wasn’t a fan of his part of this story. It just seemed like extra stuff the story didn’t necessarily need.

So, obviously, the good outweighs the not so good in Off Campus. I thought it was a great story exploring sexuality and how the pressure to “come out” can be completely overwhelming for a person. It wasn’t the best M/M romance I’ve read, but it’s a good one. I enjoyed it, and I will hopefully continue reading this series at some point.