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Ts to make Jesse comfortableEnter the perfect plan a line of tape down the center of the room Boundaries establishedBut 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. 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 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 Amazingly enough 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 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 my enjoyment of Out of Bounds is verbiage The earth moved Somewhere in the distance world s explodedThe 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 eyes are And ps Nick s eye color changed to blue briefly The phrase out of bounds got beaten into the ground I don t want anyone to ever speak to me again about cherry lip balm Ever I really want to know how it 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 some 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 with 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 explained 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 especially if one of them were to feature Kelly Recommended for fans of NA and college romances An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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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. 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 even 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 of Jesse and the two move from tentative friendship to relationship I think this happened too fast Jesse went from not knowing Nick was gay to a mutual masturbation session faster than you can say hello Granted that scene was hot suared but it sort of came out of nowhere This book wasn t peppered with steam and steam but the couple included scenes were well done and sexy as fuck Jesse s fear and reticence clearly doesn t extend to sex The ending is a solid HEA There s talk of forever and puppies okay not the latter but it s the natural order of things Let s be together FOREVER And get a puppyThe drag ueens at the club where Nick works as a bouncer are all kinds of fabulous I have a feeling sexy Latin boy is going to be an MC in a later book There s a lot to like here but I had issues no real spoilers but this review is long enough view spoiler Considering what happened to Jesse and the fact that Jesse s dad is a well know lawyer I found it impossible to believe Ryan would have not only been allowed to stay in school but gotten off with apparently no disciplinary action whatsoever Jesse s reaction to the incident didn t feel entirely genuine What happened to him was terrifying but his panic attacks over being touched or feeling trapped felt somewhat manufactured especially considering how uickly he jumped into a sexual relationship with Nick Finally Jesse s behavior wasn t always consistent He feels safe and warm with Nick around yet when Nick buys him flowers for his birthday toward the end of the story he gets pissed off because he doesn t need to be taken care of Who reacts like that to a sweet gesture hide spoiler

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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. 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 easy entertaining 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

10 thoughts on “Out of Bounds

  1. says:

    Tag Team Review With Cupcake25 Hearts Dear Out of BoundsAfter being subjected to that phrase a gazillion maybe l

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    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 even 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 fig

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    I loved 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

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    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

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    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 excited when an author branches out and writes something that stretches their abilities I think that this wasn't the best fi

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    I'll start off by saying that I love trying out established 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 th

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    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

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    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

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    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 phrases?Two If I bought my partner flowers and they view spoilerthrew a tantrum because they don't need a keeper and they can take care of themselves I would have shoved the flowers up their ass and proceeded calmly to the nearest exit hide spoiler

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    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 exactly a people's person Having been on his own for the better part of his life he's the most comfortabl

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