Title: Nothing Like Paris (Bend or Break, Book 2)
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Published: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Jack Tarkington messed up. When he gave Tom Worthington a hard time because Tom’s father caused Jack’s parents to lose all of their savings (and Jack’s college fund) in an investment scheme, he hadn’t exactly realized the implications of his actions. Now suspended–and facing expulsion–for harassment, he is forced to do the one thing he told himself he would never ever do. He’s returning to his hometown in Iowa. Jack left so much behind when he left, and he still feels most of that was for the better. But he’s not in town for long before he runs into the one thing he left behind that he regrets–MIguel. Jack’s high school best friend (and boyfriend) certainly hasn’t forgotten that Jack left him, either. And when he’s only back because he was forced to come home, not because he wanted to, certainly doesn’t give Miguel any hope that Jack has changed. But will the break from school and return to his past help Jack find what he really wants? And will he be able to make the best of the second chances he finds for himself and for Miguel?
In the first book, Jack is nowhere close to a likable character. Even though we earn a bit about his motivation in the end, it’s still not enough to get past the way he acted toward Tom and Reese. Learning more about him and his past, however, added a whole dimension to Jack that helped me to understand him even better. The character development in this book (both for Jack and for Miguel) is incredible while never feeling forced or overdone. I am very much a fan of the way this series seems to be progressing and am definitely looking forward to the next installment.