Out of Bounds (Boundaries #1) by A.R. Barley Review


Out of Bounds (Boundaries #1)
by A.R. Barley

Stars: 4

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When the weather outside starts cooling down, inside the dorm things are heating up. Can these college roommates fall in love without going out of bounds?

Beaten and heartbroken, Jesse Cole is placed in a new dorm room after his last roommate attacked him. Just wanting to be left alone to heal in peace, he’s shocked when tall, dark and dangerous-looking Nick Moretti walks in.

Nick doesn’t have time to tiptoe around his new roommate—he’s too busy working in order to pay for school. But something about Jesse brings out his protective instincts. As their cautious friendship grows and becomes loaded with sexual tension, he wants to make Jesse comfortable.

Enter the perfect plan: a line of tape down the center of the room. Boundaries established.

But as innocent movie nights become hours-long temptation marathons, and whispered chats from across the room delve into straight-up dirty territory, crossing the line has never been so satisfying.


I really enjoyed this book. I’ve never read anything by this author before. And I just love reading new (to me!) authors! I feel like I found a diamond in the rough! And I had no clue she was an established M/F writer Aleah Barley.

Nick and Jesses journey was a bumpy one.

Jesse had something traumatic happened to him by the hands of someone he thought was a good friend. And it was really hard to move on or feel comfortable in his own skin after the whole incident.
Nick…. his new roommate had his own set of issues going on. He liked to be by himself. And not get close to anyone.
But once Jesse moved into his room. He just felt that he needed to help him out.

I loved how Nick thought of ways to make Jesse feel welcomed and safe in their room. He was super patient with Jesse. I felt their relationship happen naturally. Nick took things slow and he let Jesse set the pace of how things would go with them.

The drama between Nick and Jesse I felt was a little over the top. I mean… It all could have been worked out just by having a simple conversation. I just hate how something so little gets blown way out of proportion.
I also felt the whole Ryan situation was more than enough drama for the book. But I wish we would have gotten more from Ryan. He was a big part of the book. But he just pops in a couple times. And then nothing really.
I felt like we should have gotten more from him or the whole situation. I would have loved to get into Ryan’s head.

This was a good book. I read it in one day. Can’t wait read the next book in this series!

*ARC provided by publisher via netgalley*


A.R. Barley is a writer of humorous (she hopes) contemporary romance for everyone. She writes M/M romance under the name A.R. Barley and M/F romance under the name Aleah Barley. After living all over the United States, she recently moved to Motor City with a fluffy Maine Coon Cat who is constantly trying to appropriate her computer. She also lives with a rambunctious Labrador and a sexy engineer who can wiggle his ears. She is preparing for the zombie apocalypse while she works on her next book.




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