Review: Nothing Like Paris by Amy Jo Cousins

Posted January 9, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: Nothing Like Paris by Amy Jo Cousins
Nothing Like Paris
by Amy Jo Cousins

2.5 Stars


Released: March 3rd 2015
Series: Bend or Break #2
Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Pages: 249
Format: eBook

” I had a lot of trouble investing into the romance.”
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After escaping the small town in Iowa he grew up in to go to college, Jack never thought he would return. Only he managed to screw that up and is facing expulsion for bullying. He can’t work which is worse, seeing his screwed up family or his best friend and the only guy he has ever loved, Miguel. Not expecting any kindness from his ex, Jack is surprised when he offers him a job in the cafe he runs for him family. As Jack and Miguel start to close again, tempers flare as old hurts come to the surface, but pain isn’t the only thing that is between them, love and desire also make appearance, but can they rekindle their relationship when it seems inevitable one of them will be left behind?

spacerI broke a cardinal reading rule when I decided to read this…I hadn’t read in order. I have started on the second book, I’m not sure how much of an impact this had on my reading the second book first, apart from that the fact that I didn’t read first hand about exactly why Jack got expelled from college. Part of me is glad that I didn’t read that as I had a hard enough time liking Jack as it was, without seeing him being a bully first hand.

As you can tell, it took me a while to warm to Jack, in fact it wasn’t really till the end that I started to like him, and even then…he always seemed so self involved, I found it hard to connect with him. I preferred Miguel, he was a nurturer, the complete opposite of Jack, and was always taking care of people around him, I spent most of the book feeling like he was too good for Jack. My distaste for Jack effected this read for me, although his childhood wasn’t great and I did feel sympathy for him, that didn’t stop me from disliking him. However, one thing I couldn’t argue with, was the Jack and Miguel definitely had chemistry, the sexual tension between them was built up nicely and in that way they were the perfect fit.

I’m not sure I would continue reading this series, as although there were some aspects I did like, I had a lot of trouble investing into the romance.



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About Amy Jo Cousins

Amy Jo Cousins lives in Chicago, where she writes contemporary romance, tweets more than she ought, and sometimes runs way too far. She loves her boy and the Cubs, who taught her that being awesome doesn't necessarily have anything to do with winning.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne


Thanks for the review Suzanne

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Thanks for the review, I’m having a hard time with books this year being MEH as well. I’ve started 3 books already and stopped because I just couldn’t get into them.