Caro’s Review: Out of Bounds by A.R. Barley

Posted March 14, 2016 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books, Release day / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review: Out of Bounds by A.R. BarleyOut of Bounds by A.R. Barley
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Published by Carina Press on March 14th 2016
Genres: M/M, Romance
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Source: NetGalley

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.

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4 stars

“Out of bounds” is the story of Jesse, who has been beaten brutally by his former roommate and now has to live with this scary hunk of a man in his new dorm-room, the 4 years elder Nick. Even though they have divided their room in two halves to keep their boundaries upright, the lines start to blur and their hesitant friendship seems to morph into more… But isn’t Nick straight???

Well, this book was a very short, sweet and hot surprise. It took me only 3 hours to read it and so I’d say it’s classified as a novella. The pace, despite it being on the short side, was good, I loved how their relationship developed. The only thing a bit off in my opinion was the writing. During a sex-scene, the author referred to Nick’s penis as his “ironclad rod”. I would anticipate such a term in a medieval historical romance, but not in a modern M/M romance. Furthermore, the saying that one of the guys was “out of bounds” was used a hundred and twenty-eight times, at least it felt that way. That was very annoying the further the story progressed. But aside from that, it was a sweet M/M romance!

All in all, I rate “Out of bounds” with 4 stars and can recommend it to fans of romance and/or M/M. This is a standalone novella with explicit sexual scenes.


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