Nothing Like Paris

Nothing Like Paris

by Amy Jo Cousins


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Humble pie wasn't supposed to taste this sweet.

Jack Tarkington's life is in the toilet. He was supposed to be spending his junior year studying someplace cool like Paris or Rome. Instead, after taking out his anger on the campus "golden boy", whose dad ripped off his parents, Jack is facing possible expulsion.

Sure, it's all his own fault, but coming back to the small Iowa town he thought he'd escaped, after crowing about his admission to a prestigious school, has been a humbling experience.

When he runs into Miguel, Jack braces for backlash over the way he lorded it over his old friend and flame. Instead, Miguel offers him friendship-and a job at his growing farm-to-table store and café.

Against the odds, both guys bond over broken dreams and find common ground in music. But when Jack's college gives him a second chance, he's torn between achieving a dream that will take him far from home, and a love that strikes a chord he'll never find anywhere else.

Warning: This book contains a humbled guy who's on the brink of losing it all, a determined entrepreneur who seems to have it all together, apologies issued through banjo-picking duets, and two lovers who can play each other's bodies like virtuosos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619228344
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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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Nothing Like Paris 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book # 2, in the Bend Or Break series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this incredible series in order. Jack and Mike AKA Miguel have a history. One full of love, pain, and regret. Getting back into town, Jack needs a friend ad maybe more. Can he get Miguel to forgive him? Miguel wants to stay away from Jack. His heart can take so much pain. Seeing him in person and being able to touch.... how could he resist? This series definitely tugs on the heartstrings. I did not expect to like Jack, after book 1. This was a seriously unexpected story that gives you the feels. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog After escaping the small town in Iowa he grew up in to go to college, Jack never thought he would return. Only he managed to screw that up and is facing expulsion for bullying. He can’t work which is worse, seeing his screwed up family or his best friend and the only guy he has ever loved, Miguel. Not expecting any kindness from his ex, Jack is surprised when he offers him a job in the cafe he runs for him family. As Jack and Miguel start to close again, tempers flare as old hurts come to the surface, but pain isn’t the only thing that is between them, love and desire also make appearance, but can they rekindle their relationship when it seems inevitable one of them will be left behind? spacerI broke a cardinal reading rule when I decided to read this…I hadn’t read in order. I have started on the second book, I’m not sure how much of an impact this had on my reading the second book first, apart from that the fact that I didn’t read first hand about exactly why Jack got expelled from college. Part of me is glad that I didn’t read that as I had a hard enough time liking Jack as it was, without seeing him being a bully first hand. As you can tell, it took me a while to warm to Jack, in fact it wasn’t really till the end that I started to like him, and even then…he always seemed so self involved, I found it hard to connect with him. I preferred Miguel, he was a nurturer, the complete opposite of Jack, and was always taking care of people around him, I spent most of the book feeling like he was too good for Jack. My distaste for Jack effected this read for me, although his childhood wasn’t great and I did feel sympathy for him, that didn’t stop me from disliking him. However, one thing I couldn’t argue with, was the Jack and Miguel definitely had chemistry, the sexual tension between them was built up nicely and in that way they were the perfect fit. I’m not sure I would continue reading this series, as although there were some aspects I did like, I had a lot of trouble investing into the romance.
khulseman More than 1 year ago
"Jack Tarkington was home again." Sometimes you take a break from the life you want because you are forced. Sometimes you stay in a place because you think its the right thing to do. Jack leaves college unexpectedly and has to decide what he's going to do to continue on the path he has chosen. Mike is doing the right thing- supporting his family by growing the business. But sometimes the path you think you should be on turns out to be the one you were original on. You meet Jack in book 1. Is it necessary to read book 1 or can this standalone? Definitely can stand on it's own. Ms Cousins writing provides you enough background to the previous books without retelling the story. Each book stands on it's own. However, I did read book 1 and had 'feelings' about Jack. Not positive ones. Can people change and grow? Yes, and Ms Cousins crafts a story that makes you believe than can improve their outlook. However, I still couldn't connect with Jack. I think he was growing up but not completely. Still felt flawed in the end. Mike - he was too good to be true. So the two balanced each other out. But my lack of connection with Jack lessen my enjoyment - and that's on me not the author. If you love two people getting a second chance in love, I recommend this story Although the second book in the series, each one can standalone. As I write my reviews, I've read books 1-4. Book two - definite 4 star read. Series - 5 stars overall!
Anne-DirtyGirlsGoodBooks More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet & angsty read with a touch of humor - I really liked it! Jack has been thrown out of school and has nowhere to go but his home. Unfortunately, that's not a great place for Jack. Also unfortunately, it's going to mean seeing his high school boyfriend, Mike, again. I delayed reading this one for a while. I was afraid I wouldn't like Jack, and afraid it would be too angsty, I was wrong. It was just the right amount of angsty, and it had humor and sweet moments, too. Also, Jack redeemed himself, Miguel was no pushover, and I liked that. I was surprised by a turn things took near the very end of the story. I felt like I missed some foreshadowing or something, and that made it feel abrupt to me. It was still believable, though, and it's settled Amy Jo Cousins on my must-read list! *Note: I was provided a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
SCarr1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars We meet Jack Tarkington in Off Campus.  He is a complete ass in that book, so I was hesitant to read this one since he is the MC.  I mean, how can Cousins make this character, Jack, likeable?  I don’t know how she did it, but I did end up liking Jack.  Don’t get me wrong, he can still come across as an ass and he has a hard time taking responsibilities for the trouble he gets into, but I understand him better. In this book, Jack comes home because he was expelled from school, which is explained in the first book.  He is depressed because he never wanted to be back in the small Iowa town.  On his first day back he runs into his old best friend/ex-boyfriend, Mike.  To say these two left on bad terms is an understatement.  Jack feels that Mike deserted him by choosing to stay in Iowa to help his family instead of going off to college with him, which was their plan.  Mike feels that Jack deserted him by just leaving for school early without even telling him. The synopsis does a good job at explaining what the story is about, so I’m not going to go into any more detail.  I really enjoyed reading Jack’s transformation from this self- centered, dick-head of a character to someone who learns to take responsibility for his behavior and try to help others.  Jack didn’t magically change overnight and he still does some reckless things, but he doesn’t push the blame onto others like he did before.  Mike might seem like the “perfect” person, but he has problems of his own.  He is afraid to take chances and just settles for the comfortable life he knows.  These two complement each other well. There is not much I can say about things I disliked about the story.  It is a well written book and I enjoyed reading it.  Ultimately, I didn’t get that feeling of, “wow, this is the BEST book ever!”  .  It is a good book and that’s about all it is.  I’m happy I got to read it, and if you have read the first book you will most likely enjoy this story as well. This book is part of a series.  I do not think you need to read the first book in order to understand this story, but you would get more insight as to what Jack did to get himself expelled from school. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In this sweet and sexy second chance at love story, Jack has returned with a broken spirit to his small Iowa home town, having been kicked out of college and with uncertain plans for his future. His old high school boyfriend Miguel welcomes him with not very open arms, uncertain of his feelings for this man who left him to seek his future. Things are rough for Jack, but Miguel is the one he's always been able to count on. Can they find a way to get over the past and find a new future together? I really enjoyed this story. Jack was a secondary character in the first book of this series Off Campus and didn't seem to be particularly redeemable, but of course as with all characters there were many facets that were unknown until now and they make his actions more understandable though still not right. But Jack knows it too, he understands why he's ended up back in Iowa and that he needs to grow up and face his mistakes. He's an interesting character, full of a lively spirit that just needs a little direction - something Miguel has always given to him and reluctantly gives him now. Miguel was a sweet guy, still in love with Jack but very hurt at how things played out in their past. But this doesn't stop his attraction and having Jack back in his life, and back in his arms plays havoc with his heart. He steels himself against wanting more than Jack is willing to give, but soon finds that the Jack he knew as a teenager isn't this man anymore, that this man is better. The sexual attraction between them is still there and leads to several sexy scenes as they get reacquainted. Along with their romance there is the reality of small town America and what it feels like to be gay in a place where it is still an anomoly. I enjoyed how this was all brought into the story, making it feel quite real. Both Miguel and Jack also have family issues to deal with, different but equally having resulted in who these men are today. Overall I found this to be an entertaining read, with interesting characters, steamy love scenes and a couple who deserve their happy ending. 4 stars.