Title ~ Out Of Bounds
Author ~ A.R. Barley
Publisher ~ Carina Press
Published ~ 14th March 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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 shocked when tall, dark and dangerous-looking Nick Moretti walks in.
Nick 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 wants to make Jesse comfortable.
Enter the perfect plan: a line of tape down the center of the room. Boundaries established.
But 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 satisfying.
Out of Bounds is a very nice college roommate become friends turned lovers story with a slight twist; both guys are actually gay. I love college romance stories. The boys are young and hot and there’s lots of drama mixed in with partying and good sex. This one is no exception.
Jesse had to leave his current housing situation, due to his straight roommate beating the shit out of him, and Kelly, the RA in North dorm finds him freezing outside and bloody. He gets him transferred to his dorm and gives him the keys to the only available room on his hall, his ex-boyfriend, Nick’s, unbeknownst to Nick. My only thought here is that he found the kid pretty messed up and bloody, why wouldn’t he take him to get cleaned up first and then bring him to the room, rather than just give him a key. But that would take the fun out of Nick and Jesse’s first meeting.
There's an instant attraction, but Jesse doesn't know Nick is gay, and he just came from a very bad experience with a straight roommate and is extremely gunshy. Nick doesn't think that Jesse would ever like someone like him. He's a big, gruff, troublemaker who gets into fights, just ask Kelly.
From the very beginning, Nick is protective of Jesse. He doesn’t know his situation, other than something bad happened to the kid and he’s scared. Jesse sees something in Nick that no one else does, a big teddy bear. Jesse has trouble with boundaries, and Nick makes him feel safe. They develop a friendship, which neither think could go further, but both clearly want to. I’m glad their relationship moves slowly. It works here. It's sweet and we root for them to finally get together, which they do, until Nick goes out of bounds and feels he's lost Jesse, so he pushes him away.
They both have issues which have to be worked out, and it makes for some great conflict. I wish the characters had been developed just a bit more. The author did a pretty good job, but I think this book could have gone further, and not ended where it did. That’s a good thing. I’d like to have seen more.
Overall, I think the author did a really good job. I'm glad this is a series, and can't wait for the next book. I hope that Jesse and Nick are still a part of it, because I think their relationship can be taken further. I'd like to see Jesse introduce Nick to his family, and really explore Nick’s issues a bit more. They are a likeable couple. This is a fun read, both sweet and hot.
Meet A.R. Barley
A.R. Barley is a writer of humorous (she hopes) contemporary romance for everyone. She writes M/M romance under the name A.R. Barley and M/F romance under the name Aleah Barley. After living all over the United States, she recently moved to Motor City with a fluffy Maine Coon Cat who is constantly trying to appropriate her computer. She also lives with a rambunctious Labrador and a sexy engineer who can wiggle his ears. She is preparing for the zombie apocalypse while she works on her next book.