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Out of BoundsT it gnawed at me view spoilerAnd then the school placed them in the same next class the following semester Extremely unlikely hide spoiler I only have three things to sayOne How many times can you repeat the phrase out of bounds in 154 pages Apparently 33 times Whaaa Aren t there any synonym phrasesTwo If I bought my partner flowers and they view spoilerthrew a tant 35I loved the juxtaposition of slightly feminine Jesse with rough n tumble Nick In general I found Nick to be a sympathetic character than Jesse ven though Jesse s the one who gets hurt Nick has a chip on his shoulder and feels unworthy because he used to make money fighting Jesse doesn t like violence and tells Nick that if he fights he ll be out of bounds which is their code for a line literal and metaphorical you can t cross Jesse moves into Nick s dorm room halfway through fall semester after his roommate BFF freaks out on him clearly Ryan is gay closeted and ashamed but his reaction felt over the top Nick takes care Out of Bounds is the first MM offering from author AR Barley or Aleah Barley as is her MF pen name And while I m ALWAYS Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One excited when an author branches out and writes something that stretches their abilities I think that this wasn t the best first MM for her I was immediately drawn in when I saw the blurb to this book and was reallyxcited to start it I mean I like a good hurtcomfort book as much as the next gal and the whole college roommates getting it on theme is a favorite of mine However I had a lot of issue BR with BABY25 StarsCharacters make or break a book for me A good character can take me from liking a book to LOVING ALL THE THINGS Here the characters were mediocre There wasn t anything special or noteworthy about Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) either of them aside from their drama llamadom but I never felt the need to DNF However I did become increasingly annoyed with their antics yet determinedly soldiered on to see how big of a shit show they could concoct Amazinglynough the big conflict is communication based Out of Bounds is a coming of age romance between Nick and Jesse Nick is a somewhat non traditional student having fought tooth and nail literally to get to college He s a 24 yr old senior while Jesse is a 19 yr old sopho Jesse gets dumped on Nick mid semester after his previous roommate and best friend gay bashed him which I ll come back to He s skittish and jumpy as a cat in room full of rockers Nick uses the old line in the sand trick or in this case tape on the floor You cross it you die Or get a penalty Dying packs of a punch but this ain t that kind of book It started off well Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe enough with Nick being a grumpy giant I like the grumps and the big uns 6 6 But then his grumpitude morphed into angst insecurity and wildly off the wall assumptions compounded by god awful communication skills Jesse s characterization is much the same only spottier He turns on a dime from scared rabbit into confident playah and as a virgin who s just come off a gay bashing incident I found that peculiar I can give a little latitude when a character s very young but after a while Another stumbling block to mynjoyment of Out of Bounds is verbiage The Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time earth moved Somewhere in the distance world sxplodedThe sky fell and stars tumbled to the groundHe needed to come now to feel the crack of thunder and surge of lightning as he spilled against Jesse s belly marking him in the most primal way possible Either these guys are next in line to becoming X Men or the DOD needs to get them on the horn Like NOW Could be a titch awkward with them having to make the seeeexxx to for all the things happen but I m sure it s doableThe repetition was another thing that became tiresome You don t have to tell me multiple times how many variations of green a character s One Wild Weekend eyes are And ps Nick sye color changed to blue briefly The phrase of bounds got beaten into the ground I don t want anyone to ver speak to me again about lip balm Ever I really want to know how again about cherry lip balm Ever I really want to know how is that Nick constantly smells of coffee and chocolate yet never once ingests it Is this a new body wash at Lush I never thought of applying caffeine topically before This could be a case of it s me not you but I found Ed when tall dark and dangerous looking Nick Moretti walks inNick doesn't have time to tiptoe around his new roommate he's too busy working in order to pay for school But something about Jesse brings out his protective instincts As their cautious friendship grows and becomes loaded with sexual tension he wan. Ome of the actionsreactions weird I know all people aren t the same but if I m going into someone s home and they re clearly sick and then basically pass out on my 19 yr old son you can bet your ass I m not going to just stand there all Judgey McJudgerton letting him bring my son down to his knees Who does that There was a whole scene letting him bring my son down to his knees Who does that There was a whole scene Kelly that I couldn t make heads or tails out of And then there was Ryan There was just something slightly off about all the characters something that rang false or maybe forced Perhaps it can be xplained by the overemphasis on the details rather than putting some meat on the bones of their characterizations I d rather know what motivated so and so to do such and such over what they were wearing when they did itI didn t hate it or the characters but it didn t bowl me over I wouldn t be completely opposed to continuing on with this series Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing especially if one of them were to feature Kelly Recommended for fans of NA and college romances An ARC was provided by NetGalley inxchange for an honest review Tag Team Review

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Cupcake25 Hearts Out of BoundsAfter being subjected to that phrase a gazillion maybe less than gazillion but boy was I smothered I m just going to refer you to as OOB Are you cool with that OOB It s cool I m not a hugger anyway OOBdeep breath I want you to know something I like a good number of genres but New Adult has a special place with me See I gorged myself when the genre was in its infancy Imagine all the het college romances that is And I m not going to lie OOBI might revisit from time to time Because I sometimes like to read about the crazy kids juggling trying to adult life and a borderline ignorant alpha hero mixed in from time to timeWhat What was that Oh you think you have a possessive alpha in this novel Really smirks 35 StarsI ve been meaning to read this one forever and as usual it got lost in the shuffle But I was in the mood for something with a college setting and this one fit the billI can t say it wowed me or anything but it was definitely an F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby easyntertaining read with a nice bit of steam Overall low angst and drama On the shorter side at just around 150 pages Both MCs were likable Some of the secondary characters however were not Not sure I can bring myself to read Kelly s book So no complaints really with this one It worked for my Sunday afternoon read 25 StarsI think this is just a me thing There were parts I really liked but some I didn t with the parts I didn t dominatingIt really had potential but too many things niggled at my brain For instance what was up with Ryan Why was there not some kind of recourse there He just gets off scot free Nothing Plus it just didn t make any sense to me his behaviorAnd good griefKelly I did not like him at all but I couldn t figure him out I felt like he needed fleshing out but what I did see I didn t likeThe whole out of bounds thing was overdone And there at the Walled (The Line, end again it made no sense COMMUNICATION peopleBut I did like Nick And while I wasn t sure about him in the beginning Inded up liking him well other than his dumbass move towards the Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany end rolling myyes here I liked Jesse but I felt he was a bit wishy washy at timesSo overall it was OKAYnothing arth shattering though A cute and uick college set MM romance novelAfter having been beaten up by his former best friend and roommate sopho Jesse is left traumatized and without accommodation It s just his luck that the only available bed is in senior Nick s room of all people a gruff intimidating mountain of a man who scares the shit out of Jesse Nick isn t xactly a people s person Having been on his own for the better part of his life he s the most comfortable when verybody just leaves him the hell alone What he wasn t xpecting was the fierce protectiveness that overcomes him when shy jumpy Jesse nters his room and his lifeSoon Jesse and Nick form A Bond Based On bond based on trust and ultimately love Okay so I didn t love this book I njoyed it well nough though It was an asy and One Giant Leap entertaining comfort read funny and sweet I was particularly happy that I didn t have to deal with the typical coming out of the closet storyline The one where one of the ma. Ts to make Jesse comfortableEnter the perfect plan a line of tape down the center of the room BoundariesstablishedBut as innocent movie nights become hours long temptation marathons and whispered chats from across the room delve into straight up dirty territory crossing the line has never been so satisfyin. .


I loved Apocalyptic Cartography established MF author Aleah Barley s first foray into writing MM under the pen name AR Barley I saw the book on NetGalley and was immediately pulled in by the blurb This story was so touching tender and full of feels that the book grabbed my attention and held on from the very first chapterAs the story begins 19 yo Jesse has been severely beaten by his roommate Ryan after mistakenly taking his flirty behavior as the green light for a kiss Jesse then flees into the cold night and is discovered by Kelly a resident assistant in a senior dorm and taken to the hospital to be patched upBut the interesting parts of the story truly begin when Kelly places Jesse in a room with Kelly s gruff people hatingx boyfriend NickNick is a huge muscle bound bruiser with a penchant for getting into fights so Jesse is immediately hesitant to relax around his new much larger roommate and trust the guy However Nick s been kicked in the teeth by the world a few times himself in his 24 years so he recognizes Jesse s fragile state and puts forth a very uncharacteristic xtra ffort to make him feel comfortable in his new homeAnd home is really what I ultimately
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this book being about Feeling A Bride for McCain entirely lost and adrift then connecting with that one person who makes you feel whole again Like you are genuinely cared for cherished and loved Finally safe Finally homeI adored seeing how strong and committed that Nick was to a very shaken Jesse for the majority of the story then how at thend it was Jesse who found the strength that the two needed to persevere when things got toughTo me that give and take was very realistic and I loved it Plus as an added bonus the uiet insecure Jesse turned out not to be uite so timid when push came to a big ole sexy shove Heart and Soul / Almost Heaven eitherThe naughty bits of the story weren t invery chapter but when they did make an appearance they were invariably smoking HOTThe steamy scene where the boys come together uite literally oops across the line of gaffers tape put down to bisect the room into Jesse s side and Nick s side to help Jesse feel safe With Nick nding up on his knees Sweet Baby Jesus That was some insane heat on page right there peoplePlus the scenes where Jesse loses first his bottoming virginity then later on his topping virginity WowMy one and only niggle was the fairly heavy handed use of the out of bounds phrase pretty sure that I counted 33 times which sort of came across as being repeatedly flicked on the nose with the book title So I personally wouldn t have minded that being dialed back a notch or two But other than that small peeve I found the book to be pretty perfect with just the right touch of soft and hard for my tastes so a very solid 425 MINE MINE MINE MINE STARS FOR THIS FUN mine mine mine mine stars for this fun flirty story of finding your other half and holding on with all you ve got My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in xchange for a fair unbiased review I ll start off by saying that I love trying out stablished MF author s foray into MM Romance Is it always successful No Was this one YES Out of Bounds is a New Adult story of two college roommates who fall in love Jesse was moved into Nick s room after being assaulted by his hold roommate Nick is none too happy about it first but he was there for Jesse from the by his hold roommate Nick is none too happy about it first but he was there for Jesse from the go My HighlightsThe main characters I love the contrast between the two men and how their roles play out in the ndCharacter development and growth Dual POVLove how their relationship volved from roommates to friends to lovers The progression felt naturalTheir friends and family They weren t perfect but their loyalty shone through The pace was smooth and ffortlessThe intimacy between Jesse and Nick was ual parts tender and hotWhy not 5 Stars WellJesse s actions after the assault didn t always match the reactions following such a traumatic xperience I know A Love To Remember everyone reacts differently but I don t think I d be so uick to check out my new roommate after what had just occurred with the last one Little things like that just niggled a bitThe biggest thing though is how there was NO disciplinary or criminal action taken against his roommate I know that it was kind ofxplained bu. When the weather outside starts cooling down inside the dorm things are heating up Can these college roommates fall in love without going out of bounds Beaten and heartbroken Jesse Cole is placed in a new dorm room after his last roommate attacked him Just wanting to be left alone to heal in peace he's shock.
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