Friday, February 27, 2015

[ARC Review]: "Nothing Like Paris"

Nothing Like Paris by Amy Jo Cousins
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 3, 2015)
Series: Bend or Break, 2
Genre: NA M/M Romance

Humble pie wasn’t supposed to taste this sweet.

Jack Tarkington’s life is in the toilet. He was supposed to be spending his junior year studying someplace cool like Paris or Rome. Instead, after taking out his anger on the campus “golden boy”, whose dad ripped off his parents, Jack is facing possible expulsion.

Sure, it’s all his own fault, but coming back to the small Iowa town he thought he’d escaped, after crowing about his admission to a prestigious school, has been a humbling experience.

When he runs into Miguel, Jack braces for backlash over the way he lorded it over his old friend and flame. Instead, Miguel offers him friendship—and a job at his growing farm-to-table store and cafĂ©.

Against the odds, both guys bond over broken dreams and find common ground in music. But when Jack’s college gives him a second chance, he’s torn between achieving a dream that will take him far from home, and a love that strikes a chord he’ll never find anywhere else.

Warning: This book contains a humbled guy who’s on the brink of losing it all, a determined entrepreneur who seems to have it all together, apologies issued through banjo-picking duets, and two lovers who can play each other’s bodies like virtuosos.

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Nothing Like Paris is a second-chance romance between two young men who were best of friends (and lovers) before life and personal decisions tore them apart. Now, a few years later, Jack's back in town to lick his wounds and, slowly, he tries to rekindle his friendship with Miguel (Mike). It's a bumpy road, but the end result is more than just friendship.

This is my second time reading Amy Jo Cousins (the first was a free novella just a few weeks ago) and once again I quite enjoyed it! I do think if I had read the previous book in this series, I might have understood a bit more about what went down with Jack at university, but I wouldn't say it's necessary to read in order, either.

Two scenes stood out for me in this book – and yes, they were both smexy scenes. Well, one was, the other was a make-out scene only.

In the first scene, Miguel and Jack offer to make out for Andie (a friend and worker at Miguel's shop). Oh my, when those two make out for her, they REALLY put on a show! And I don't mean a fake show, no, I mean a blazing hot, no-way-could-they-fake-that-reaction show that had Andie fanning her face – and me as well! It was beyond sexy.

The second scene that I loved was a phone-sex scene, with Jack in the back of a truck and Miguel back at home. So fucking hot, trust me. :)

Besides the chemistry, which was there and done well, these two also had a solid friendship, which I liked. I was glad that both men were able to realize what their dreams were in life and go for it; it wasn't easy, but they did it.

All in all, I was very happy with Nothing Like Paris, and I will be coming back for more books by this author.


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Have you read Amy Jo Cousins before? Do you have a favorite book of hers?


Until Next Time,


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Red Iza said...

Looks like something I might enjoy, thanks for making me discover this author :)

The_Book_Queen said...

It was a fun read, happy to share a new author with you!

Loupe Duffy said...

Yes, it was Cut & Run, first book in the series. I didn't like the narration at all, and of course my like for the book suffered :(

The_Book_Queen said...

Completely understandable -- a bad narrator can really break a book. I've not read that series, but I know many love it.