Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Level Hands by Amy Jo Cousins

When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as smooth sailing.

Rafael Castro is so far out of his element he can’t even see it anymore. Carlisle College in Massachusetts is a long way from his Chicago home, even farther from his Dominican Republic roots.

The only thing keeping him attached to his last nerve is the prospect of seeing Denny Winslow again. The first time they met, Denny taught Rafi to fly across the water, rowing hard in a knife-like boat. Now, two years later, on the wings of a rowing scholarship, Rafi is attending Denny’s elite college.

Even before the excitement wears off, Rafi is struggling with classes and fending off rumors that Denny’s family, not Rafi’s talent, won him his spot. To quash the gossip, Rafi tries to steer clear of the man he wants. A plan that evaporates in the fire of renewed attraction.

But Carlisle’s academic pressure cooker has Rafi barely treading water. And when a family crisis hits, both Rafi and Denny must pull hard to keep their relationship from capsizing in rough waters.

Warning: Contains a surly Dominican-American guy determined to show no weakness, a golden boy who knows his soft spots, some seriously dirty bachata dancing, and an excellent excuse for voyeurism in the locker room.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I wanted to read this book in part because it is about rowing – a sport I love – even though I was new to the series. I am not sure it entirely captures the sport – but it does do a pretty good job of explaining the intensity. And that is one of the issues that the newly arrived Rafi certainly finds a challenge. He has a massive chip on his shoulder about his background now that he is at a prestigious and mostly white college. Let alone the fact that he got there due to a teenager who fell for him a few years ago. So he really does behave like a jerk for a considerable part of this book, as far as I am concerned. To say the people around him were patient would be an understatement! I, however read on, because I am always curious as to how such behaviour is resolved ... and Ms. Cousins did a pretty good job of convincing me – helped by some seriously hot scenes.

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Level Hands (Bend or Break #4) by Amy Jo Cousins to read and review.

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