Sam reviews ‘Out on a Limb’ (Browerton University Book 2) by A.J. Truman . Self Published on April 15, 2016 and is 278 pages.
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review
Why I read this: I had the opportunity read both book 1 and book 1.5 in this series and enjoyed both. When I was given the chance to read and review AJ Truman’s newest book of the series it was a no brainer and I jumped at the chance.
No looking back.
That’s the motto of college senior Cameron Buckley, whether he’s kicking his latest hookup out of bed or plotting out his future as a hit screenwriter. With only a few weeks until graduation, he’s ready to put Browerton University in his rearview mirror and start the life he’s been dreaming of ever since he was a kid. But a chance meeting with a sexy stranger in a bar throws a wrench into his Hollywood plans.
For Walker Reed, no looking back is hard to do when you work minutes away from your alma mater and share child custody with your college sweetheart. Almost fifteen years after graduating from Browerton, he can’t stop wondering how he got here. He has an ex who can’t stand him, a five-year-old son he can’t connect with, and a dead-end job he can’t escape.
When Cameron and Walker first meet, they know the rules. They know their friendship has an expiration date, yet it begins changing them in ways they never expected. As graduation looms, they both know things can’t go anywhere, but they can’t keep denying the feelings pulling them closer, even as an offer from Hollywood threatens to tear them apart forever.
OUT ON A LIMB is a gay new adult romance filled with humor, heart, and hot guys. It’s the second full-length book in the Browerton University series, but can be read as a standalone. The book is intended for readers 18+.
Cameron is a college senior about to graduate. He plans to move to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a screenwriter one day. Having only a few months left, he plans to make the most of them. When not working at Starbucks or attending school, he is partying with his friends.
Walker is a divorced father. His life is at a standstill. Not only is his job not what he wants, it has also kept him from his son more often than not. The only things he looks forward to is seeing his son, Hobie and Cameron, the cute barista at the Starbucks by his work. Walker is attracted to Cameron but, knows he is way out of his league.
While out one night at the local bar playing Le Sports trivia, Cam spots Walker. Cam approaches him hoping that Walker can help his team with the trivia questions. This leads to conversation and eventually to a good friendship. Both are aware of their growing attraction to one another. They also know there is no way they could actually get involved. Cam is leaving for Hollywood in a few months and there is also a major gap in their ages. Only, the heart doesn’t care about these things. One thing leads to another, making their connection no longer just fun and games. Cam all at once realizes that no matter what his intentions were, he is in a relationship with not only Walker but also his 6 year old son.
What will happen when Cam graduates and has to move on?
Out On A Limb by AJ Truman, is the 2nd novel in the Bowerton series. I truly enjoyed Cameron and Walker’s story. Just like book 1, Out in the Open and book 1.5 Behind Closed Doors, it flowed great and I was able to connect with the characters immediately.
Walker and Cameron’s attraction to each other was there from the beginning. However, it wasn’t until they saw each other away from work that they were actually able to interact on a more personal level. I like how they start out as friends, knowing that they wouldn’t be able to have a successful relationship together. Only, they become so close that they can’t help but fall for each other. The sexual tension is stifling, as they do everything they can to prevent crossing the line of friendship. When it becomes too much and they give in. These scenes are written in great detail and it gets hot fast.
I love the effect they have on each other and not just in a sexual sense. Cameron was able to help Walker come alive in all aspects in his life. He finally found his backbone and was able to go after what he wanted. In turn, Cameron was able to open his heart and learn that sometimes life has other plans for you. It doesn’t mean your dreams end, they just change.
One of my favorite things while reading a series is being able to see the characters from the past books. AJ Truman does exactly that with Out on a Limb. I enjoyed the fun banter between all the characters. The scene where they are all together and out of the blue they end up babysitting is a favorite of mine. This scene just shows you what a great group of friends they are and how they are there for each other no matter what that may include.
I just adore Hobie. He is such a great kid and to see how he and Cameron interacted together was a highlight. It was incredible to witness how much of an impact Cameron had on Walker and Hobie’s relationship just by Cameron being is a part of their life.
It was a delight to be able to experience Cameron and Walker’s journey to reach the happiness they deserve. I can’t wait to read more by AJ Truman in the future.
Out on a Limb can be read as a standalone, but I recommend beginning with book 1, Out in the Open. By doing so, you will be able to get a good perception of the characters from previous books.
Read my review for Book 1, Out in the Open here: https://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/out-in-the-open-browerton-university-book-1-by-a-j-truman-lgbt-review/
Read my review for Book 1.5, Behind Closed Doors here: https://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/behind-closed-doors-browerton-university-book-1-5-by-a-j-truman-lgbt-review/
A.J. Truman remembers his college days like it was yesterday, even though it was definitely not yesterday. He writes books with humor, heart, and hot guys. What else does a story need? He loves spending time with his pets and his partner and writing on his sun porch.
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