Thursday, March 17, 2016

ARC Review:Between a Rock and A Hard Place by Amy Jo Cousins

When friends lose the benefits, can the friendship be saved?

Love Me Like A Rock

With the right art tools, there’s almost nothing Austin can’t make real. Except an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.

Emotional and sexual frustration fuel a spark between Austin and Sean, the nude model in drawing class. After a quick and very dirty encounter, all the reasons Austin has been waiting for Vinnie go fuzzy in his mind.

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

Hard Candy

Vincent always assumed he and Austin would eventually end up together. But now that Austin’s in love with another man, Vinnie is at a loss.

After the world’s most awkward one-night stand with Bryan, a dance major, Vinnie is drawn to his vibrant spirit and calm center.

Physically, the rowing jock and the glittery dancer can match each other stroke for booty pop. But for the lovers to meet on common ground, they’ll have to find a way to get moving in the same direction.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place releases on March 22. Pre-order now! 

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What I thought about Between a Rock and A Hard Place

Love Me Like A Rock
Okay, so let's start with Vinnie and Austin, because they are really the centerpieces to these two novellas. Vinnie and Austin have been hooking up only when Vinnie wants to. It's not a equal relationship. 

When Austin meets Sean during a drawing session, Sean opens Austin's eyes to a whole new world. A world where he is desired. A world were he can have a relationship rather than just a hookup. Even though Sean throws Austin out of his element, Austin is willing to take that step with Sean.

There is a whole lot of heat between these guys, and you know what happens next...Vinnie starts taking an interest in why Austin isn't so available anymore, forcing Austin to make a decision as to what sort of world he wants to live in. 

I loved this story. It's a simple story that I'd guess most everyone has to face at some point in their life.  I liked that about it.

Hard Candy
And then there's Vinnie's story. Unsettled by Austin's new relationship, he opens his eyes to the world around him. When he meets Bryan, his world changes too. 

Bryan opens his eyes to true sexual desire, and schools him on how to treat people, which Vinnie hadn't given much thought to in the past.  I adored Bryan, and him with Vinnie made sense to me. Opposites do attract!

Of course, the road to true love isn't always easy, and Vinnie has to face a few truths about himself and what he wants in his life. There's an awesome scene where Bryan and Vinnie meet Vinnie's parents that pushes Vinnie to make some decisions about who he wants to be. This was my favorite of the two stories. 

There were many elements to these novellas that reminded me why I love this series. It tackles some basic new adult situations with sensitivity and respect. Each installment gets better and better. Both stories can be read standalone and I recommend this series.

ARC provided for review. 

About the Author

Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series.


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