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Being Subjected To That Phrase A Gazillion Maybe Less Than subjected to that phrase a azillion maybe less than but boy was I smothered I m just An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism going to refer you to as OOB Are you cool with that OOB It s cool I m not a hugger anyway OOBdeep breath I want you to know something I like aood number of enres but New Adult has a special place with me See I orged myself when the Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character genre was in its infancy Imagine all the het college romances that is And I m notoing to lie OOBI might revisit from time to time Because I sometimes like to read about the crazy kids juggling trying to adult life and a borderline ignorant alpha hero mixed in from time to timeWhat What was that Oh you think you have a possessive alpha in this novel Really smirks I loved established MF author Aleah Barley s first foray into writing MM under the pen name AR Barley
saw the on NetGalley and was immediately pulled in *by th Out of Bounds is the first MM offering from *th Out of Bounds is the first MM offering from AR Barley or Aleah Barley as is her MF pen name And while I m ALWAYS excited when an author branches out and writes something that stretches their abilities I think that this wasn t the best first MM for her I was immediately drawn in when I saw the blurb to this book and was really excited to start it I mean I like a Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences good hurtcomfort book as much as the nextal and the whole college roommates Anaphora and Conceptual Structure getting it on theme is a favorite of mine However I had a lot of issues with this one First of all there was something that felt inauthentic about Jesse and his relationship with anxiety For what he experienced I would have expected things to move a lot slowly than they did with Nick Jesse was skiddish about certain things but then oddly relaxed about other things and I couldn t make total sense of his character Nick was also incredibly frustrating I hated his misplaceduilt his angsty angst and his total lack of communication skills He didn t come across as deep or multi layered rather he just seemed ill formed as a character The relationship between the two MCs was okay The sex leap seemed too soon and I Between Silences guess there was chemistry there but I really had to reach to feel it I also had issues with the secondary characters Ryan came across as bipolar or something He really didn t make much sense as a character and I struggled a lot to understand him Also I thought could have been done with Kelly and the bar owner They just seemed like pawns and not well conceived Finally the writing The constant use of the phrase out of bounds seriouslyrated on me I mean yeah we Betrayals get that it s the title of the book Weet it It isn t clever any after the first couple of times and it Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations got to be pretty annoying The prose also went a little purple at times for my tastes All in all this book wasn t bad but I wouldn t call itood either I ve read many better college boy MM books in my day Copy provided in exchange for an honest review 25 StarsI think this is just a me thing There were parts I really liked but some I didn t with the parts I didn t dominatingIt really had potential but too many things niggled at my brain For instance what was up with Ryan Why was there not some kind of recourse there He just Bat Ode gets off scot free Nothing Plus it just didn t make any sense to me his behaviorAndood Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work griefKelly I did not like him at all but I couldn t figure him out I felt like he needed fleshing out but what I did see I didn t likeThe whole out of bounds thing was overdone And there at the end again it made no sense COMMUNICATION peopleBut I did like Nick And while I wasn t sure about him in the beginning I ended up liking him well other than his dumbass move towards the end rolling my eyes here I liked Jesse but I felt he was a bit wishy washy at timesSo overall it was OKAYnothing earth shattering though I only have three things to sayOne How many times can you repeat the phrase out of bounds in 154 pages Apparently 33 times Whaaa Aren t there any synonym phrasesTwo If I bought my partner flowers and they view spoilerthrew a tantrum because they don t need a keeper and they can take care of themselves I would have shoved the flowers up their ass and proceeded calmly to the nearest exit hide spoiler 35I loved the juxtaposition of slightly feminine Jesse with rough n tumble Nick Ineneral I found Nick to be a sympathetic character than Jesse even though Jesse s the one who Barrio: Photographs from Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village gets hurt Nick has a chip on his shoulder and feels unworthy because he used to make money fighting Jesse doesn t like violence and tells Nick that if he fights he ll be out of bounds which is their code for a line literal and metaphorical you can t cross Jesse moves into Nick s dorm room halfway through fall semester after his roommate BFF freaks out on him clearly Ryan isay closeted and as. When the weather outside starts cooling down inside the dorm things are heating up Can these college roommates fall in love without oing 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 shock.i saw the
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Into Angst Insecurity Andangst insecurity and off the wall assumptions *morphed into angst insecurity and wildly off the wall assumptions by Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French god awful communication skills Jesse s characterization is much the same only spottier He turns on a dime from scared rabbit into confident playah and as a virgin who s just come off aay bashing incident I found that peculiar I can Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America give a little latitude when a character s very young but after a while Another stumbling block to my enjoyment of Out of Bounds is verbiage The earth moved Somewhere in the distance world s explodedThe sky fell and stars tumbled to theroundHe needed to come now to feel the crack of thunder and surge of lightning as he spilled
Against Jesse S Belly Marking Him InJesse s belly marking him in most primal way possible Either these At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture guys are next in line to becoming X Men or the DOD needs toet them on the horn Like NOW Could be a titch awkward with them having to make the seeeexxx to for all the things happen but I m sure it s doableThe repetition was another thing that became tiresome You don t have to tell me multiple times how many variations of Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity green a character s eyes are And ps Nick s eye color changed to blue briefly The phrase out of boundsot beaten into the Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism ground I don t want anyone to ever speak to me again about cherry lip balm Ever I really want to know how it is that Nick constantly smells of coffee and chocolate yet never once ingests it Is this a new body wash at Lush I never thought of applying caffeine topically before This could be a case of it s me not you but I found some of the actionsreactions weird I know all people aren t the same but if I moing into someone s home and they re clearly sick and then basically pass out on my 19 yr old son you can bet your ass I m not Boggs: A Comedy of Values going to just stand there all Judgey McJudgerton letting him bring my son down to his knees Who does that There was a whole scene with Kelly that I couldn t make heads or tails out of And then there was Ryan There was just something slightly off about all the characters something that rang false or maybe forced Perhaps it can be explained by the overemphasis on the details rather than putting some meat on the bones of their characterizations I d rather know what motivated so and so to do such and such over what they were wearing when they did itI didn t hate it or the characters but it didn t bowl me over I wouldn t be completely opposed to continuing on with this series especially if one of them were to feature Kelly Recommended for fans of NA and college romances An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review A cute and uick college set MM romance novelAfter having been beaten up by his former best friend and roommate sopho Jesse is left traumatized and without accommodation It s just his luck that the only available bed is in senior Nick s room of all people aruff intimidating mountain of a man who scares the shit out of Jesse Nick isn t exactly a people s person Having been on his own for the better part of his life he s the most comfortable when everybody just leaves him the hell alone What he wasn t expecting was the fierce protectiveness that overcomes him when shy jumpy Jesse enters his room and his lifeSoon Jesse and Nick form a bond based on patience trust and ultimately love Okay so I didn t love this book I enjoyed it well enough though It was an easy and entertaining comfort read funny and sweet I was particularly happy that I didn t have to deal with the typical coming out of the closet storyline The one where one of the main characters refuses to out himself to the world and all the relationship angst is built around that one issue I m not a fan of that in my reads In Out of Bounds both Jesse and Nick were very comfortable with their sexuality and that made it pleasurably low on angst in that regardMost of the time Nick had me tightly wrapped around his little finger which is probably the size of my entire forearm There s just something about those big silent brooding overprotective heroes that draws me in Maybe it s some sort of residual primal instinct that takes over when I encounter one of them Huh In reality he was just one Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago giant teddy bear all bark no bite as Jesse put it So endearing And yeah hot tooJesse was very likable too Cute as a button but not too innocent despite his lack of experience I really liked his character development throughout the story how he regained his strength and his confidence with the help of his new friendWhat was noticeably absent though were some interesting supporting characters Okay there was Kelly and he was kind of cool Iuess Lionel too shallow Aside from them the whole book was completely focused on Jesse and Nick most of the time was spent inside their dorm room and the club where Nick worke. Ts to make Jesse comfortableEnter the perfect plan a line of tape down the center of the room Boundaries establishedBut 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 satisfyin. Hamed but his reaction felt class="31620abf6097ee7cc18d91954beea346" style="color: #0000FF; font-size: 21px;">Over *the Top Nick Takes *the top Nick of Jesse and the two move from tentative friendship to relationship *top Nick takes care of Jesse and the two move from tentative friendship to relationship think this happened too fast Jesse went from not knowing Nick was Berlioz and the Romantic Century gay to a mutual masturbation session faster than you can say hello Granted that scene was hot suared but it sort of came out of nowhere This book wasn t peppered with steam and steam but the couple included scenes were well done and sexy as fuck Jesse s fear and reticence clearly doesn t extend to sex The ending is a solid HEA There s talk of forever and puppies okay not the latter but it s the natural order of things Let s be together FOREVER Andet a puppyThe drag ueens at the club where Nick works as a bouncer are all kinds of fabulous I have a feeling sexy Latin boy is Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago going to be an MC in a later book There s a lot to like here but I had issues no real spoilers but this review is long enough view spoiler Considering what happened to Jesse and the fact that Jesse s dad is a well know lawyer I found it impossible to believe Ryan would have not only been allowed to stay in school butotten off with apparently no disciplinary action whatsoever Jesse s reaction to the incident didn t feel entirely Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) genuine What happened to him was terrifying but his panic attacks over being touched or feeling trapped felt somewhat manufactured especially considering how uickly he jumped into a sexual relationship with Nick Finally Jesse s behavior wasn t always consistent He feels safe and warm with Nick around yet when Nick buys him flowers for his birthday toward the end of the story heets pissed off because he doesn t need to be taken care of Who reacts like that to a sweet Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture gesture hide spoiler 35 StarsI ve been meaning to read this one forever and as usual itot lost in the shuffle But I was in the mood for something with a college setting and this one fit the billI can t say it wowed me or anything but it was definitely an easy entertaining read with a nice bit of steam Overall low angst and drama On the shorter side at just around 150 pages Both MCs were likable Some of the secondary characters however were not Not sure I can bring myself to read Kelly s book So no complaints really with this one It worked for my Sunday afternoon read I ll start off by saying that I love trying out established MF author s foray into MM Romance Is it always successful No Was this one YES Out of Bounds is a New Adult story of two college roommates who fall in love Jesse was moved into Nick s room after being assaulted by his hold roommate Nick is none too happy about it first but he was there for Jesse from the One Touch of Scandal geto My HighlightsThe main characters I love the contrast between the two men and how their roles play out in the endCharacter development and rowth Dual POVLove how their relationship evolved from roommates to friends to lovers The progression felt naturalTheir friends and family They weren t perfect but their loyalty shone through The pace was smooth and effortlessThe intimacy between Jesse and Nick was eual parts tender and hotWhy not 5 Stars WellJesse s actions after the assault didn t always match the reactions following such a traumatic experience I know everyone reacts differently but I don t think I d be so uick to check out my new roommate after what had just occurred with the last one Little things like that just niggled a bitThe biggest thing though is how there was NO disciplinary or criminal action taken against his roommate I know that it was kind of explained but it nawed at me view spoilerAnd then the school placed them in the same next class the following semester Extremely unlikely hide spoiler BR with BABY25 StarsCharacters make or break a book for me A Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store good character can take me from liking a book to LOVING ALL THE THINGS Here the characters were mediocre There wasn t anything special or noteworthy about either of them aside from their drama llamadom but I never felt the need to DNF However I did become increasingly annoyed with their antics yet determinedly soldiered on to see how big of a shit show they could concoct Amazingly enough the big conflict is communication based Out of Bounds is a coming of age romance between Nick and Jesse Nick is a somewhat non traditional student having fought tooth and nail literally toet to college He s a 24 yr old senior while Jesse is a 19 yr old sopho Jesse Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 gets dumped on Nick mid semester after his previous roommate and best frienday bashed him which I ll come back to He s skittish and jumpy as a cat in room full of rockers Nick uses the old line in the sand trick or in this case tape on the floor You cross it you die Or et a penalty Dying packs of a punch but this ain t that kind of book It started off well enough with Nick being a rumpy Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) giant I like Ed when tall dark and dangerous looking Nick Moretti walks inNick 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 friendshiprows and becomes loaded with sexual tension he wan.