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When talking fails, it’s time to break out the big guns.
Give 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.
Starting off, I’m so happy Amy Jo decided to go back in and write a follow up story for Tom and Reese. When authors spend time with beloved characters, after they’re already in their established relationships, for the most part solid, checking in to see how things are going, I get very excited. Happily Ever Afters aren’t always sunshine and roses. Real life relationships go through trials and tribulations. Even years later, any relationship will have it’s ups and downs. Relationships are hard work, and in Real World, Tom and Reese figure that out.
Five years into their relationship, Tom and Reese both find themselves dealing with issues that can either make or break them. How they come together and figure out where they can find help form one another is an important process. Tom needs to learn how to communicate more clearly with Reese regarding his fathers coming release from prison. Reese, in turn, needs to figure out how to help Tom, while dealing with new responsibilities in his job and determining the next direction he’d like to go in career wise. Both of them need to build on the trust they already have for each other.
Real World conquers all of the typical relationship issues. Tom and Reese’s relationship feels authentic in it’s development and direction. Their story, helped along with amazing side characters like Cash and Steph, Denny and Raf, and even a little bit of a hint that we may be getting a Vinnie and Austin book, plus a spectacular surprise at the end (though not really surprising, it is a holiday book after all), it was all supreme fun. This is a must have book for anyone wanting loving the Bend or Break series.