Tom and Reese have been together five years now and overall things have been good. Christmas is coming, the guys are living together and they're involved in their careers. Everything should be great but there's one big problem. Tom's dad is getting released from prison and it throws Tom back to how he was when he and Reese first met. And while Tom is locked inside his own head again, worrying about his problems, he misses the fact that Reese has a gorgeous new boss. One who is willing to give Reese all the attention he needs.
This book both hurt my heart and filled it with joy. I happen to love this couple so I was really excited to revisit them down the road. Both characters were much the same as they were in the first book but they're all grown up now. They're going through a really hard time in their relationship which was the painful part of the story. They have some very brutally honest conversations with each other. Some conversations that hurt a little to read. But never fear. This is a Christmas story so it all works out in the end. It works out so well that I found myself teary-eyed at one point.
This was another great installation in this series and I was so happy to get this happily ever after with these two. There are appearances from most of the couples from the previous books and one of the characters from a future book. There were funny moments, sexy moments and some really beautiful ones.
This book should not be read as a stand alone. You need to have read Off Campus first. You can skip the other books in the series (but you shouldn't because they're all made of awesome) and still follow this with no problem. The author includes a rigatoni recipe at the end because it's a big part of the story. Do yourself a favor and try the recipe. It was fabulous. A must read for fans of this series.
When talking fails, it’s time to break out the big guns.
Bend or Break, Book 5
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.
Warning: This book contains two adorable guys with way too many secrets, conciliatory rigatoni, a bedroom lesson on the power of multitasking, and indisputable evidence on what makes the perfect holiday HEA.