Book Review by El: The Heart as He Hears It, by A.M. Arthur

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The Heart as He Hears It, by A.M. Arthur
Series: Perspectives, Book 3 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 19, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Interview with Amy Jo Cousins, author of the “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” Duology!


Amy Jo Cousins has a new duology out now, featuring two incredible novellas in the Bend or Break universe!

In Love Me Like A Rock, artist Austin has to get his head out of the clouds or he risks losing both his best friend Vinnie and his new relationship with geology student Sean. In Hard Candy, Vinnie wakes up from a one-night stand with Bryan, a dance major who is everything that Vinnie is not. Together, they make Between a Rock and a Hard Place!

You can read more about the duology here, including summaries and my reviews of both novellas!

Today I’m thrilled to be featuring author Amy Jo Cousins on the blog, to talk about challenging common romance tropes, writing awkward sex, and the planning that went into this duology… plus some hints about what’s to come from AJ!

So check it out…

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Duology Book Review: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Amy Jo Cousins


Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Series: Bend or Break, Books 6 and 7
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: March 22, 2016

This duology comprises of Book 6, Love Me Like a Rock, and Book 7, Hard Candy. I recommend reading the rest of the series first, but these can be read as a stand-alone.

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cousins-rock-hard-duologyWhen Vinnie and Austin first appeared in Level Hands, I was immediately intrigued by whatever was going on between them. It was clear there was something, and the brief cameo we got in Real World just added fuel to the fire. So I was ridiculously excited to see that they were finally getting their own books.

And then A.J. said that they were getting their own separate books. As in, separate romances. Whaaaaat? But this is Amy Jo Cousins we’re talking about. Even though I wasn’t quite ready to put down my “Austin/Vinnie OTP” banner, I was willing to trust in her ability to write a gorgeous relationship for both of them.

And she did. Oh, boy, did she ever.

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Series Spotlight on Samhain Publishing!

A special Series Spotlight this week. I’m taking a page out of Amy Jo Cousins’ book by putting a spotlight on my favorite titles from Samhain Publishing.

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Samhain Publishing just announced that they’re beginning to ramp down operations in preparation for closing their doors for good. The news is incredibly upsetting, and the entire romance community seems to be reeling as hundreds of authors, editors, and artists find themselves without a publishing home.

I want to highlight some of the incredible novels that Samhain has put out. They have a wide range of LGBT titles, and some of my favorite authors are published through them!

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