Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Review: Love Me Like a Rock (Bend or Break #6) by Amy Jo Cousins

****4 Stars****
This book is part of the Bend or Break series but you do not have to have read the previous books to fully enjoy this novella as each book stands well on its own.
I loved the glimpse of Austin and Vinnie we saw in the previous book in this series especially their snarky remarks between them so I was looking forward to seeing a book involving them both but this isn’t what I expected but I loved that it wasn’t as ...
Sean is lovely.
Austin and Vinnie are long term best friends that hook up now and then but it’s always been on Vinnie’s terms and now Austin wants more from a relationship; so when the nude model in his drawing class catches more than his artistic eye Austin is ready to see where things lead. I loved the attraction between them and that they acted on it fast without all the angst and messing around.
I have read this series from the beginning and enjoyed each book but have to say the last two fell a little short of the mark for me as they at times seemed a little soap boxy in the way issues were handled so I loved that this novella purely concentrated on the issues surrounding the relationship between Austin and Sean and in turn Vinnie. I did feel a little sorry for Vinnie but I couldn’t fault Austin for going for the more that he needed just that he didn’t open up to Vinnie more first. My favourite part of this book was the geology class camping trip that Austin accompanies Sean on, I think this is where we got to know Sean more along with Austin.
I am now looking forward to seeing how Vinnie copes now that he has lost the sure thing with Austin and hope their friendship survives.
Reviewed by Vikki Ryan
In art and in love, it s the rough edges that make things interesting.

Having grown up with artistic implements always in hand, there's almost nothing Austin can't make real. Except for one thing—an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.

The combination of emotional and sexual frustration fuels a spark between Austin and the nude model in his drawing class. Austin isn't used to having trouble focusing; models are merely challenging subjects to be rendered on paper. But the geology TA's direct blue gaze is powerful enough to drag Austin's focus away from his physique.

After a quick and very dirty post-class encounter, all the reasons that Austin has been waiting for his best friend go fuzzy in his mind. Sean is nothing like Vinnie. Sean is persistent, pays attention, and makes it clear he wants to be together.

But if Austin can't get his head and his heart on the same page, he could lose his friend, or his lover. Or both.

Warning: Contains rock geeks, tent sex, a dictatorial cox whose idea of a good time is drawing naked dudes, plus one naked dude who wants to be more than a good time.

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