Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Bend or Break, Book Six)

Best friends. With benefits. But everything’s changing now…

Readers met Austin and Vinnie, two of Rafi’s college roommates, in LEVEL HANDS. Find out what happens to them after Rafi and Denny got their Happily Ever After in two novellas about finding love in unexpected places, LOVE ME LIKE A ROCK (Austin’s story) and HARD CANDY (Vinnie’s story).

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE is the duology containing both novellas.



The BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE duology contains:


In art and in love, it s the rough edges that make things interesting.

Having grown up with artistic implements always in hand, there s almost nothing Austin can t make real. Except for one thing an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.

The combination of emotional and sexual frustration fuels a spark between Austin and the nude model in his drawing class. Austin isn t used to having trouble focusing; models are merely challenging subjects to be rendered on paper. But the geology TA s direct blue gaze is powerful enough to drag Austin s focus away from his physique.

After a quick and very dirty post-class encounter, all the reasons that Austin has been waiting for his best friend go fuzzy in his mind. Sean is nothing like Vinnie. Sean is persistent, pays attention, and makes it clear he wants to be together.

But if Austin can t get his head and his heart on the same page, he could lose his friend, or his lover. Or both.

Warning: Contains rock geeks, tent sex, a dictatorial cox whose idea of a good time is drawing naked dudes, plus one naked dude who wants to be more than a good time.


How to get over someone? Get under someone else—as soon as possible.

Vincent Lim always assumed his best friend (and occasional hookup) Austin would be waiting for him—that eventually they’d end up together. But now that Austin’s in love with another man, Vinnie is at a loss.

After the world’s most awkward one-night stand with a dance major, Vinnie knows the drill. Minimize the embarrassment by pretending they’ve never met. Yet Bryan’s vibrant spirit and calm center lure Vinnie like a shelter from an emotional storm.

But Vinnie’s thrown off his game by the rest of Bryan’s total package. Vinnie’s a rowing jock with a single-minded focus on living up to his parents’ academic and social expectations. Bryan might as well be outfitted with glittery butterfly wings—with plenty of pride to match. Vinnie’s haphazard attention to a lover won’t cut it this time.

Physically, they can match each other stroke for booty pop. But for the lovers to meet on common ground, they’ll have to find a way to get moving in the same direction.

Warning: Contains one uptight rower, a dancer who can rock a skirt like nobody’s business, yoga lessons, and the benefits of being very bendy.

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“[Sean has] been inducted into my Book Boyfriend Hall of Fame. I loved EVERY. SINGLE. THING. ABOUT. HIM. Patient, funny, loving, caring, and a dirty mouth to boot.” ~Gay Book Reviews

“So sweet and totally sexy.” ~V’s Reads

“A wonderful, heartwarming romance about breaking down stereotypes while building a relationship. 4.5 stars.” ~Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews

“A sparkling story of love between opposites…I found this story enchanting.” ~All About Romance

“Love is messy — and Amy Jo Cousins captures it’s beautiful imperfections perfectly in this series.” ~Red Hot + Blue Reads, about LEVEL HANDS

“An entertaining and sizzling read that showcases her phenomenal writing style.” ~ RT Book Reviews, about THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

“If you’re the type to clutch your pearls at even a hint of sexytimes, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU. Seriously, don’t waste your one-click. Because when I say this story rolls with no brakes, I mean that. Cousins took me through it!” ~The Writers Republic, about THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

“Witty, tender, and wickedly sexy.” ~ Alexis Hall, about OFF CAMPUS