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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Real World (Bend or Break #5) [Tom & Reese] by Amy Jo Cousins

This one was everything I could have hoped for and more. I can't express how happy I am with the way this one turned out. I LOVED both Tom and Reese in the 1st installment in the series, and yeah, it was obvious that their problems won't just disappear when they are finally committed to one another but here we got to see them 4 years later and though there's much of the same (no one changes over night..), it's different, their relationship is stronger, their connection is beautiful and even when they are both making mistakes it's obvious where their heart are. 

Tom's father is about to be released which puts Tom in the worst possible mood but Tom would be Tom and so he can't actually talk to Reese and express his feelings, his fears. Reese knows Tom better than Tom can imagine and so though Reese doesn't know WHAT is happening in Tom's head, he knows he is suffering. Instead of trying to pry it out of him,  he tries giving him time, giving him an accepting place and yet it doesn't really work, especially when there is a problem with the money reports in the company Tom works in - another reason for Tom to stress out - after all it's quite obvious he would be the first to blame when money disappears.. 

Reese has other things on his mind besides the secrets Tom is keeping from him, he is actually getting to DO something in the company he works at, not just as a secretary, but a fun job at marketing he can't believe he got involved in. He is happy, he is appreciated but when he comes home, Tom, his partner, isn't to be found.. there's just this carcass of a guy who sits and either studies or works with his earphones plugged to his ears. 

Even though they both were inside their heads, each with his own problems it was SO SO beautiful hearing, from each of their POVs, how much they cared about one another. Yeah it's not perfect and yet they are "it" for one another and it was obvious in the most prominent way - how they looked and thought of one another. 

Reese and Tom NEEDS to talk, but it takes Tom the realization he might be losing Reese to make himself sit in front of Reese on their bed, lights out and actually talk about how messed up he is. Seeing the two of them together is beautiful beyond words. These guys love each other SO MUCH and yet it's not easy. It never is, which is what makes this story so beautiful, heart clenching and REAL. This is life. 

After their long overdue conversation things start to change, also we get glimpses of past couples - Cash and Steph, Rafi and Denny - coming to enjoy the holidays with their close friends. It was simply a joy. What both these men went through on their own, together, the whole journey, they deserved to have this HEA, true HEA where I could totally imagine them growing old together. 

I don't want to say more because this novel is quite short and yet it packs everything in it and closes the love story perfectly. Be advised NOT to read this one without reading the 1st installment in the series AT LEAST or you wouldn't understand the significance of the whole relationship. 


I kindly received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 142 pages, 21 November 2015 / On GoodReads

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