Series: Bend or Break,
Also in this series: Nothing Like Paris
Published by Samhain Publishing on 30 December 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, GLBT, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
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Also by this author: Nothing Like Paris
Place(s) Traveled To: Boston, Massachusetts // Carlisle, Massachusetts
First Line(s): His bed was missing.
I forget how I first heard of OFF CAMPUS by Amy Jo Cousins but I do recall being drawn to it because it was an opposites attract story. OFF CAMPUS is the story of Reese and Tom who are both unexpectedly sharing a dorm room at their elite college in Western Massachusetts. Tom is mostly just looking for a place to crash as he finishes up his degree after taking some time off due to a scandal that left him broke and his father in jail. Reese is openly gay and was bullied the previous year and thought that he’d be getting a single for this year in school. What’s worse is that Tom is a former jock and as Reese’s bullies were jocks they don’t get off on the right foot. What Reese doesn’t realize is that Tom is bisexual and doesn’t mind that Reese is gay, in fact, he likes his new roommate more than he wants to admit.
OFF CAMPUS is a slow burn romance with a lot of push and pull between Reese and Tom. Reese, while attracted to Tom, decides the best way to deal with a potential homophobic jock roommate is to flaunt his flings in front of him. I do love a good slow burn story and Tom and Reese really made me smile. Even if I wanted to shake them at times because initially Reese could be such an asshole to Tom. But I did love watching the two of them come together and form a bond of friendship and then of something more. I also enjoyed most of the secondary characters in this book, especially Cash, who just brought a lot of humor into every scene that he was in. Tom was a little overly paranoid for my tastes and that aspect of his character did get old. I much preferred him when he became more comfortable in his own skin.
OFF CAMPUS was a quick read that I enjoyed a lot though the third person narration was a little off putting. The POV would shift to focus on both Tom and Reese but more time was spent with Tom and I wish that it had been a more even split. The third person narration also acted like a wall between the reader and the characters and so you don’t get them as well as you might otherwise. This story also got a little choppy and uneven at the end and there are some events that happened that left me shaking my head in confusion as they seemed to come out of nowhere. Overall though, I did enjoy this story and I liked Amy Jo Cousins’s writing enough that I am curious to check out more titles by her.