Level Hands

Level Hands

by Amy Jo Cousins

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BN ID: 2940157275112
Publisher: Amy Jo Cousins
Publication date: 03/05/2017
Series: Bend or Break , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 735,745
File size: 469 KB

About the Author

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.

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Level Hands 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rafi was an interesting, competent, and confident character in The Girl Next Door. I was excited to read about that Rafi. However, that was not the Rafi in this book. This Rafi was rude, whiny, inconsiderate, ungrateful, and self conscious. He never gave a good reason he refused to be with Danny. Needing to be his own man was a weak excuse that got old the first time it was used. He treated Danny like crap for most of the book. Despite being unwilling to be seen with Danny due to fear of gossip, he gossiped about Danny's confidential medical info. Even when surrounded nice, gay characters, Rafi still feared the public reaction to being with Danny. I started disliking Danny for continuing to be nice to and supporting Rafi after Rafi is always horrible to him. Also Rafi complains about his scholarship, rowing, classes, his job, money, hills, Danny, etc. Just wanted to scream at the character to be grateful and quit whining. There was nothing redeeming about Rafi which was a huge let down.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the Bend Or Break series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order. Rafael and Denny meet through Denny's family. When he gets a chance to go back to school, he feels worlds apart from the other students. The only person he knows there is Denny. Who taught him a sport that gave him back him life. Denny has felt haunted by his past with Rafael. They have unfinished business, and the only way to solve a problem is to confront it. Or will that just push Rafael away? This series has so many surprises for the reader! A story this good with characters that have rich stories are always a joy to read. These two were inevitable, and watching them get together and break down walls between them made it a great book. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth story in the Bend or Break series and while it can be read as a standalone, the two main characters Rafael and Denny met in the third book (The Girl Next Door) when they were 2 years younger, forming a fast friendship that could have turned into something more serious if Denny hadn't moved back home. But now they are both at the same college, Rafi having made it there via a rowing scholarship that Denny's family had a hand in creating. Rafi is out of his element, struggling to fit into this new world and retain his identity as an accomplished rower in his own right and not as a charity case or Denny's new 'boy'. Balancing his feelings for Denny with his desire for independence has him all tied up in knots - will he miss the opportunity to further their relationship because of his stubborn pride? I've read all the books in the series, and I have to say that this one is my personal favourite. It's told from Rafi's point of view and you can just feel his struggles to fit in and feel comfortable in his own skin. In this regard the writing is excellent as I found his challenges very realistic and right from the start you can feel his internal battle. He knows he's the charity case, the one on the team who is there because of a scholarship that was designed with him in mind from the start. This gives him the intense desire to prove to everyone that he's worthy of the money. And money is something he's very conscious of, having grown up in a poor household. This elite college that he's at is something he would never have dreamed of attending, and his interactions with the privileged students and their casual relationship to money just reinforces in him how much he can't screw up this opportunity. Denny was his best friend two years ago - but the Denny he encounters now is not the gawky crushing on him teenager but instead a handsome, ripped (oh yeah!) confident man. He's been waiting for this opportunity to be with Rafi again, yet Rafi pretty much gives him the cold shoulder. Rafi already has the stigma of being a scholarship student, one that the guys on the team are aware exists because of Denny and his family. The last thing he wants is to be Denny's boyfriend at the college too and not to be taken as a serious competitor. His struggle to fight his feelings for Denny was heartbreaking, and there were times I just wanted to shake some sense into him (the same as Denny I imagine). Of course, eventually he just can't stay away anymore, and they finally get the chance to be together they way they've wanted to for a long time. Denny is no longer an innocent teenager and they share some steamy love scenes together. But as much as the sex is hot, it's the emotional intensity that grabs the reader and makes them root for this couple. Because Denny is only going to give so much to Rafi without getting something in return, and Rafi is risking losing the best thing that's ever happened to him by shutting him out and keeping their relationship a secret. It's a challenging situation for both men, and made for the type of story that's hard to put down as you root for them to get their happy ending. This whole series to date has been excellent and I'm looking forward to what's coming next. 5 stars.