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Off Campus Everyone S Got Secrets Some Are Just Harder To HideWith His Father S Ponzi Scheme Assets Frozen, Tom Worthington Believes Finishing College Is Impossible Unless He Can Pay His Own Way After Months Sleeping In His Car And Gypsy Cabbing For Cash, He S Ready To Do Just ThatBut His New, Older Student Housing Comes With An Unapologetically Gay Roommate Tom Doesn T Ask Why Reese Anders Has Been Separated From The Rest Of The Student Population He S Just Happy To Be Sleeping In A BedReese Isn T About To Share His Brutal Story With His Gruff New Roommate You Ve Seen One Homophobic Jock, You Ve Seen Em All He Plans To Drag Every Twink On Campus Into His Bed Until Tom Moves Out But Soon It Becomes Clear Tom Isn T BudgingTom Isn T Going To Let Some Late Night Sex Noise Scare Him Off, Especially When It S Turning Him On But He Doesn T Want Any Drama Either He Ll Keep His Hands, If Not His Eyes, To Himself Boundaries Have A Way Of Blurring When You Start Sharing Truths, Though And If Tom And Reese Cross Too Many Lines, They May Need To Find Out Just How Far They Can Bend Before They BreakWarning This Book Contains Cranky Roommates Who Vacillate Between Lashing Out And Licking, Some Male Male Voyeurism, Emotional Baggage That Neither Guy Wants To Unpack, And The Definitive Proof That Sound Carries In College Housing


10 thoughts on “Off Campus

  1. says:

    4.5 stars I have a confession to make I have a MAJOR kink for college boys.Something about the college setting excites me to no end Two guys living together, changing together, sleeping in the same room it is just RIPE with possibilities And the chances that a college story is a Gay For You is SUPER high I mean, if a guy is going to swing the man way, he might as well try it in college This book isOut For You than GFY Though Tom would have considered himself pretty straight, he w 4.5 stars I have a confession to make I have a MAJOR kink for college boys.Something about the college setting excites me to no end Two guys living together, changing together, sleeping in the same room it is just RIPE with possibilities And the chances that a college story is a Gay For You is SUPER high I mean, if a guy is going to swing the man way, he might as well try it in college This book isOut For You than GFY Though Tom would have considered himself pretty straight, he was no stranger to the allure of a nice pair of male buns, as much as he tried to deny it to himself However, I loved his gay discovery scenes and I adored every second of Tom getting his freak on with Reese Something to note about this book It is angsty Reese and Tom have major issues and have both been traumatized to various degrees in the past They bring a whole room full of baggage to their relationship Though I don t enjoy angst for angst s sake, I thought that the drama in this book was really well done These guys had legitimate issues and I enjoyed how the author handled them My heart broke over and over for these two guys, and I was addicted to finding out how they would get over their hurdles In fact, I stayed up all night to finish this story This book was a solid 5 stars from me until somewhere in the second 1 2 It started slowing down and the almost constant blowjobs got a little too repetitive for my tastes However, the majority of this book was pitch perfect and almost impossible to improve upon If you want a long, heartfelt book full of self discovery, angst, and emotion, don t pass this one up It is perfect for fans of GFY OFY and college boys, as well as anyone who likes a hard fought love story Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  2. says:

    4.5 starsTwo men struggle with fears and past hurts, trying to make their unexpected relationship work.There s angst here, yes, but there is lightness too HOPE, humor, and plenty of sexy times Tom is as much a victim of his dad s Ponzi scheme as the families who lost their savings His dad in jail, Tom has nothing but a car he drives as a taxi on weekends and a duffle bag full of clothes Tom is obsessively private and paranoid about attracting gossip He could still feel that train c 4.5 starsTwo men struggle with fears and past hurts, trying to make their unexpected relationship work.There s angst here, yes, but there is lightness too HOPE, humor, and plenty of sexy times Tom is as much a victim of his dad s Ponzi scheme as the families who lost their savings His dad in jail, Tom has nothing but a car he drives as a taxi on weekends and a duffle bag full of clothes Tom is obsessively private and paranoid about attracting gossip He could still feel that train coming, the long, low moan of its horn rolling ahead of it, warning, warning, that it couldn t slow down Not for anything Reese is openly gay and wears his skinny jeans like armor To scare off his straight new roommate, Reese starts marching a parade of guys through the dorm room, giving out blowjobs like candy Little does Reese know that his straight roommate isn t so straight, andthan turned on by what he sees The book is told from Tom s POV, but both men are fully sketched, complex characters Both come AT life, expecting a punch to the gut at any moment They move from defensiveness to a tentative friendship to something deep and meanigfull, but the tenuous balance they achieve is easily shaken as emotional ghosts resurface The author explores Reese and Tom s inner struggles without preaching or offering platitudes for their problems Love is a balm, but it s not a fix it all Reese and Tom can listen and support one another, but must ultimately do the hard work on their own Tom doesn t think he can count on anyone but himself, and Reese sometimes pushes too hard and isn t as patient with Tom as Tom is with him That s not to say Tom gets a free pass, because his paranoia about attracting attention is maddening and leaves Reese feeling helpless As frustrated as I was with both MCs, their conflicts and compromises felt true to life Cash and Steph are wonderful secondary characters and do much to lighten the tone of the story I also loved Reese s dad, who was nurturing and caring but still had to be trained on the appropriate use of expletives Tom and Reese create their own cocoon, so the focus of the story isn t campus life but the relationship and the healing At its core, this is a story about letting others in and taking a chance on love.Off Campus is tender, poignant, and beautifully written Thank the gods or, rather, Amy Jo for the epilogue It gave the story much needed closure and made me a happy reader indeed Reese pulled Tom s head down until their mouths pressed together in a kiss that shifted from Hello there, sailor to Fuck me now in seconds


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    Warning I am writing this review after a sleepless night Rambling and bad grammar may be ahead.I haven t enjoyed a character s voice this much since Meatworks There is something about Tom s voice that was familiar It was like listening to a friend of mine talk or confide in me He sounded real It helped that his narration is full of smart ass and bitchy gems that made me want to fist bump him and say, I feel you dude Like that bit about the two dozen microbrews on tap Yeah Ain t no one Warning I am writing this review after a sleepless night Rambling and bad grammar may be ahead.I haven t enjoyed a character s voice this much since Meatworks There is something about Tom s voice that was familiar It was like listening to a friend of mine talk or confide in me He sounded real It helped that his narration is full of smart ass and bitchy gems that made me want to fist bump him and say, I feel you dude Like that bit about the two dozen microbrews on tap Yeah Ain t no one got time for that hipster shit.I also enjoyed Reese He is a sassy twink but definitely not a stereotype I enjoyed how unselfconscious he was about who he is despite all that had happened to him The addition of Cash and Steph really strengthened the book for me I loved well rounded side characters and even if Steph didn t get as much page time as Cash, I really enjoyed her scenes and their scenes together All of the characters in this book were pretty strong, even Evil Nemesis Jack who I will definitely be reading about in the next book of this series.Besides the characters, I really liked the premise of the book rich WASP turned working class struggling student with a chip on his shoulder and massive paranoia , I thought the UST between Reese and Tom was smoking hot, and I really dug how Tom gave in to his attraction to Reese without fuss and protesting He also embraced his bisexuality in a way that I appreciated despite him 1 feeling self conscious about saying it to gay dudes because of the expectation that they would see it as a cop out i get this a lot and 2 paranoia about being out on campus because of all of his other issues.I had minor annoyances with some things Tom did and some things Reese did, but it wasn t enough to turn me off either character For Tom, it was his reaction to Reese s past I felt like he was being judgemental at best and condescending at worst, but then I thought about it and realized he was pissing me off because he was acting how people in my life have reacted to me when I confided in them about shit He was pissing me off because his reactions were realistic When you don t handle trauma the way people expect, people have a tendency to act like they know what s best for you Sometimes they re right, but that doesn t make it any less annoying in the moment On the flip side, I thought Reese was being a little unfair about his expectations with Tom towards the end, but again I couldn t deny that Tom was dropping the ball a lot.What it comes down to is that Cousins did the thing that I ve been wanting to read about for a while She didn t draw out their UST for ages, focus on their road to being a couple, and then end the book when they reached that milestone Nope Instead, they reached that milestone and the rest of the book focused on them figuring out how to be a couple considering how messed up they both were in their own ways There s no way either character could have had a seamless transition from where they started to being a perfect couple, and I appreciate that Cousins took the time to show all the bumps in the road along the way Every pissy fight, escalating miscommunication, and every misstep was shown in a way that made them feel like real people trying to figure out what they wanted from the world and each other I look forward to Jack s book and especially Cash and Steph s book Cannot wait, especially for the latter


  4. says:

    Now FREE on , 2017 05 17 loved this one so hard Although I loved this book, a lot, at times it was emotionally challenging and frustrating Shoulder Shake Smack a Bitch Tom was the very rich, golden boy track star at his upper crust college, until his ponzi scheming father got caught and he lost it all Well, everything except for his BMW, which he uses as both a taxi to make money and a home for a Now FREE on , 2017 05 17 loved this one so hard Although I loved this book, a lot, at times it was emotionally challenging and frustrating Shoulder Shake Smack a Bitch Tom was the very rich, golden boy track star at his upper crust college, until his ponzi scheming father got caught and he lost it all Well, everything except for his BMW, which he uses as both a taxi to make money and a home for a year and a half, until he can make enough money to return to college All of Tom s friends broke his trust in one way or another, so now he doesn t trust anyone, not even a little Upon Tom s return to college, he meets his new roommate, Reese, who also has trust issues after being held down and raped off page, thankfully by his previous roommate s jock friends When Reese sees that he is not going to get the single room that he was promised, he parades a string of tricks through their room, passing out blowjobs like Halloween candy, in hopes of scaring away his straight roommate But, much to Reese s chagrin, after Tom living in his car for over a year, he isn t going anywhere Nope As Reese eventually decides that Tom is there to stay, they begin holing up in the room together and develop an uneasy truce, a friendship, then I wanted that like I couldn t breathe without it That s why I came backThe rest of the book is the somewhat angsty tale of how two young men with significantly less than no reason to trust, slowly begin to bond and earn one another s trustThat Right there Tom paused, hand on the doorknob, and looked over his shoulder Not one jock has ever done that Ever Done what Made someone stop when they were hurting me That s differentThey each compromise a lot for the other, but the very out Reese seems to give in muchfrequently than Tom, with his paranoid, chronic aversion to going out in public, even without the gay thing coming into play Reese on Tom spending at least some of Christmas with Reese his awesome dad We make a lot of compromises for each other, you and I This one isn t mineEventually Tom s personal demons eventually tear them apart and he runs to Cash, his loud, abrasive track mate and only true friend, for shelter I can t express how completely amazing Cash was in this story A funny, smartass with no filter at all, but always there when Tom and Reese needed supportWell, then don t be all I love you but I can t be with you, goodbye on the fucking phone, Romeo That shit ll make people worry He sat up straight and stared at Tom, eyes narrowing Not me, of course I was like,whatevs , when your boy called me and told me I maybe wanna keep an eye on youFortunately, both Tom and Reese use the few months apart to truly begin working through their issues Reese because he finally realizes that he wants to live life without being afraid all of the time and Tom so that he could work through his problems and be a man who Reese could be proud of being with.And their reunion meeting in the park, where Tom finally felt like he would be able to start not disappointing Reese Well, not nearly as much, and definitely not if he could help it That scene was stupendous he could feel it in Reese s skin, in his bones, in the way his spine curved against Tom s belly that it wasn t too late He could still catch up. Yes, they still had a lot of issues to work out, but we get our HEA and the epilogue was way over the top amazing, IMHO The light lit up Reese like a halo as they smiled at each other I love you It was easy to say Now Tom had learned that it mattered Saying the words The words weren t enough, in and of themselves, and actions mattered too, but after Reese had sat him down and explained a few things, he got it better about it And, learning how the words lit Reese up like a candle, he d started to look for it That bright shiny glow, the curve of a lip, how Reese blinked slowly just once, the dozen ways he practically shivered with happiness when Tom said it Love you too His boyfriend s eyes narrowed and Tom dropped his box to the side with a thud just in time to brace himself as Reese walked right into him and backed him up against the wall For a little guy, he could growl like a bear God I ll love you right up against this wallThe book was slightly angsty, funny and a good amount of sexy, with tons of feels , so I really enjoyed it from start to finish.This one was a solid 4 1 2 stars for me and I highly recommend it This book was not provided by the publisher and was my own copy


  5. says:

    4 Slow Stars Oh boy, this one was SLOW And long And not a lot happened plot wise, but somehow in the end I ended up liking it Most of the book I spent waiting.Waiting for something to happen between Reese and TomWaiting for them to do something other than give each other blow jobsWaiting for Reese s POV.Waiting for Tom to get over his aversion to the publicWaiting for Reese to get mad at Tom.Waiting for them to break upWaiting for something.anything.some drama. 4 Slow Stars Oh boy, this one was SLOW And long And not a lot happened plot wise, but somehow in the end I ended up liking it Most of the book I spent waiting.Waiting for something to happen between Reese and TomWaiting for them to do something other than give each other blow jobsWaiting for Reese s POV.Waiting for Tom to get over his aversion to the publicWaiting for Reese to get mad at Tom.Waiting for them to break upWaiting for something.anything.some drama.some excitement.Reese and Tom were both very damaged characters Becoming roommates is the last thing Reese wants Tom just wants somewhere to sleep between the endless nights driving and the days spent in class Tom was frustrating as hell at times.He was always getting mad at Reese when I thought Reese should be the one mad at him Not a lot happens plot wise And it took a long time for Reese and Tom to start to try to work on their hang ups But I really loved it once they did, I just wish they had gotten there a bit sooner This could have been a 5 star read for me, had it been a bit shorter and not so dragged out But in the end, I liked Reese and TomI liked their banter I liked that they were complex, somewhat damaged characters Looking forward to the next book in the series.I think I didn t like Jack too much so


  6. says:

    DNF at 62%I realized that it was my personal hang ups that made me unable to continue this story So I will not rate this and the review will be done under spoiler tag It s clearly a me not you situation and I just think it will not be fair for the author if I openly write down my thoughts Early reviews have been positive so go ahead and read them Again, my issues Not yours view spoiler It was just too much sex for my taste Starting with Reese trying to get rid of Tom by having se DNF at 62%I realized that it was my personal hang ups that made me unable to continue this story So I will not rate this and the review will be done under spoiler tag It s clearly a me not you situation and I just think it will not be fair for the author if I openly write down my thoughts Early reviews have been positive so go ahead and read them Again, my issues Not yours view spoiler It was just too much sex for my taste Starting with Reese trying to get rid of Tom by having sex in their room with others, Tom practically becoming a bit of a voyeur when he listened to Reese having sex, then the whole sex fantasies of Tom including one when he was jacking off in the bathroom , then Reese giving Tom blowjobs, and so on, and on, and on It was like in almost every chapter I read had sex in it It was just not my cup of tea because for me, it became sex over romance and at the point where I stopped, I didn t believe in their romance Not when they both had baggage that wasn t properly addressed, ESPECIALLY Reese I was concerned that Reese had PTSD because he was raped The way he was skittish about being touched but still had sexual encounter with others, as evident in his attempt to get rid of Tom just screamed to me as so There wasn t enough recovery process at half way through from Tom to help Reese overcoming this I m not even sure if a closeted man with paranoia about being discovered by media due to his family scandal would be the right person for someone with issues like Reese I just didn t think that part of the storyline was handled very well.Not to mention the overuse of the words kid really, with only two years age gap and Reese calling Tom baby sigh, this baby police was not happy.So I decided to stop hide spoiler The ARC is generously provided by the author for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is required for any ARC received.


  7. says:

    Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw ReviewsAs an older college graduate, dorm life was one of those experiences I missed I know people who enjoyed that time of their life, and others who hated it To an introvert like me, living with a randomly selected roommate in a cramped room, communal bathrooms, noise, and lack of privacy sounds like hell on earth While I have no regrets about missing the dorm experience, I periodically enjoy reading about college life and the confusion, emotion Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw ReviewsAs an older college graduate, dorm life was one of those experiences I missed I know people who enjoyed that time of their life, and others who hated it To an introvert like me, living with a randomly selected roommate in a cramped room, communal bathrooms, noise, and lack of privacy sounds like hell on earth While I have no regrets about missing the dorm experience, I periodically enjoy reading about college life and the confusion, emotional turmoil and insecurity that plagues young adults Tom Worthington uses his car as a cab to help pay for his tuition costs Unfortunately, he doesn t have much else in the way of money or possessions, as his dad s fraudulent scheming left victims penniless, resulting in frozen assets and a jail sentence Tom is deeply affected by his father s actions and tries hard to keep a low profile around campus He has difficulty trusting others, is unable to ask for help, and fears people are gossiping about him.Tom didn t get the single room he was promised, so he is forced to bunk with Reese Anders, a 20 year old gay man who has his own reasons for wanting to be alone In spite of the men s unwillingness to share a room, Tom and Reese develop a tentative friendship that eventually gives way to mutual attraction It s not as easy as it sounds, though, because Tom and Reese are very private people with unresolved issues I nearly set the book aside, because I quickly tired of the random sex scenes and wasn t warming up to either Reese or Tom Thankfully, I was patient, for I was rewarded with a moving, powerful story that felt so real Tom s and Reese s problems were dealt with very sensitively without resorting to clich s and pounding the reader over the head with important life lessons I especially enjoyed that friendship, trust and love took time to develop Reese and Tom know they each have difficult hurdles to overcome and needthan love to make their relationship work Significant secondary characters like Tom s best friend, Cash, Reese s friend, Steph, and Reese s dad kept Tom and Reese from being too isolated and helped infuse this story with lightness, humor and love This is my first book by Amy Cousins, but it certainly won t be my last I m looking forward to spendingtime with Reese and Tom s friends and getting a glimpse of their future Thanks to Abby from Bookie Nookie s Erotic Lending Group for lending this to me.


  8. says:

    I wasn t planning on reading this Correction I wasn t planning on reading it now But RL has been a bitch lately I ve also been in a sort of a book funk , and people whose opinion and taste in books I trust were praising Off Campus on social media, describing it as emotionally authentic So I thought I d try it too, especially after a lovely lady shout out to Karen Wellsbury agreed to buddy read with me.Now, in the interest of honesty, even though I had high hopes, I was also a bit leery I wasn t planning on reading this Correction I wasn t planning on reading it now But RL has been a bitch lately I ve also been in a sort of a book funk , and people whose opinion and taste in books I trust were praising Off Campus on social media, describing it as emotionally authentic So I thought I d try it too, especially after a lovely lady shout out to Karen Wellsbury agreed to buddy read with me.Now, in the interest of honesty, even though I had high hopes, I was also a bit leery because of the theme and the premise Too easily it could all blow up into an angstfest and descend into dramaland Not only did that not happen, but for me, despite my quibbles which I won t address overall the book should be praised for achieving a great synergy between technical merit and emotional impact, this story was delivered with honesty from start to finish.Off Campus is about the risk taking and trust involved in building intimate relationships the level of communication it requires the self disclosure intrinsic to such relationships and the vulnerability it brings actually listening to the other person and not discounting the truth in what is communicated to you The affection, intimacy, nurturance, and mutuality it involves The fragility of the entire construction And how it can all work out if you just let go and allow yourself to trust and feel and believe in the other person and what you have or can have with them.Highly recommended


  9. says:

    I have to say I really enjoyed this book It had everything I enjoy in a college romance setting It was fun, sexy, and angsty We have two young men who are carrying a lot of hurt with them.What I loved The two main characters Reese and Tom were great individually and as a couple they had great chemistry Character development Banter Secondary characters It was heartbreaking but also full of hope The way she developed the relationship between Tom and ReeseWhat I didn t love The book started I have to say I really enjoyed this book It had everything I enjoy in a college romance setting It was fun, sexy, and angsty We have two young men who are carrying a lot of hurt with them.What I loved The two main characters Reese and Tom were great individually and as a couple they had great chemistry Character development Banter Secondary characters It was heartbreaking but also full of hope The way she developed the relationship between Tom and ReeseWhat I didn t love The book started with a bang and then it hit a snag Luckily, it didn t last too long I wanted inside Reese s head The story is only told from Tom s POV and there were several instances that I wished we were getting Reese s side as well Overall, this was pretty freaking good It s a great book about self discovery Definitely recommend this to any N A, OFY story lovers 4 stars


  10. says:

    2.5 starsOi Its me not the book I wanted to loved this but i ended up being disappointedThere was a story here that i might have enjoyed but it dragged,on and on and onTom s inner monologue became repetitive and i stopped feeling sorry for him On the upside i loved Cash There are some good reviews, so maybe its me not the book I feel if i read this in 2015 maybe i would have enjoyed it but after reading so many MM books i guess i am over the manufactured break up miscommunication 2.5 starsOi Its me not the book I wanted to loved this but i ended up being disappointedThere was a story here that i might have enjoyed but it dragged,on and on and onTom s inner monologue became repetitive and i stopped feeling sorry for him On the upside i loved Cash There are some good reviews, so maybe its me not the book I feel if i read this in 2015 maybe i would have enjoyed it but after reading so many MM books i guess i am over the manufactured break up miscommunication thing that happens between 75% 80% then the reunion at 90% i just can t deal