Audio Book Review by Kristie: For Real, by Amy Jo Cousins

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Real World, by Amy Jo Cousins
Series: Bend or Break, Book Five
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Book Release Date: November 17, 2015

Narrated By: Cooper North
Publisher: Insatiable Press
Audio Release Date: January 25, 2017

Audio Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


When talking fails, it’s time to break out the big guns.

Five years ago, Tom Worthington busted his ass to overcome the fear and paranoia that led him to withdraw from the world and nearly lose his boyfriend. He never thought he’d find himself right back there, shutting Reese out, keeping secrets again.

Reese Anders is ready to try anything to get Tom to talk: if he can’t seduce his boyfriend with food, he’ll get Tom to open up in bed. But even Tom’s confession that his dad is getting out of prison soon doesn’t clear the air between them. And as the holidays approach, intensive mentoring from a new British boss creates more distractions, until Reese is keeping secrets of his own.

At a company Christmas party, it only takes Tom one look at Reese’s new boss to figure out how much danger their relationship is in. But he’s not about to let the connection that started all those years ago at Carlisle come to an end. It’s time to deal with their problems like adults. Face to face. Or back to front. Starting in the bedroom.


M/M Pairing
Gay and Bisexual Characters
Contemporary Romance
Life After College
Established Relationship
Happy Endings


What can I say? I really love Cooper North’s voice. His narration of the Bend or Break series has been wonderful. In Real World, there are a few little niggles I have about the audio, but honestly I still loved it. Cooper successfully infuses the emotions that Tom and Reese are going through, right into my ears. And so many emotions there are!

Really, the best part of the book is when all the gang, or most of them, are all back together, celebrating the holidays, and that one little surprise that Tom has. It’s beautiful, full of wonderful happiness, and emotions. Cooper excels at bringing Tom and Reese to life. But when there are a lot of other characters “in the room” so to speak, he easily switches from person to person, moving through the different dialogue seamlessly.

As with the end of each audio book in this series, I long for the next one and hope that Cooper will continue to be the narrator. He’s captured the voices of all the characters, and he’s captured all my warm and fuzzy heart feels.


Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series again. Amy Jo is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.

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