Title: Real World
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bend or Break #5
Main Characters: Tom and Reese
Release Date: November 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
Aww, I loved getting this new look at Tom and Reese. That's my one complaint about New Adult is that the mc's tend to be so young, I'm never sure if they'll make it long-term...so I loved that we got to see more of them a little bit later in life.
And it's not that everything is sunshine and roses for Tom and Reese now, either. It's definitely not. In fact, they are having some real issues. Tom is still having a lot of the same problems in that he withdraws into himself when he's stressed. After so many years, Reese gets that about his boyfriend, but that doesn't make it any easier when Tom shuts him out. To make things even more complicated, Reese has some really exciting stuff happening in his life that Tom is missing out on because Tom is so shut down.
Once again, my heart hurt for these guys, but I love the way Reese handles Tom. He gets Tom's issues and for the most part, he doesn't let those scare him away. But Tom also killed me...he should trust Reese with his issues at this point, shouldn't he? There were moments when I just wanted to shake him...mainly because he knows better. But I also get that life can get to be overwhelming and then we revert back to our old destructive methods. It just made it hard to watch sometimes.
But what helped ease that ^^^ stress were Steph and Cash. I love them so much and loved that they kept popping up in this book with their irreverent love and relationship. So much about their additions to the story worked for me and it did lighten the tone a lot...which the book needed.
Overall, I am so happy that Amy Jo Cousins chose to write this one. It just made me happy...at least in the end. And this quote from the book just says it all...all of the distress in the story rolled up into one sentence.
"Because it was hard to see yourself as the hero in someone else’s story
when you knew you weren’t worthy of it."
So many feels. Love this author. Love this book. Love these guys. Love this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.