Book Review

Off the Bench

๐‘ถ๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’, ๐‘ธ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’†๐’.

Gorgeous. Fiery. A cheerleader so far out of my league itโ€™s ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ that I even fantasize about her.

I need to find a way to shut down the dirty thoughts she inspires before itโ€™s too late. If I donโ€™t, this whole new life of mine is at risk.

Easier said than done when temptation lives right down the hall.

๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐’”๐’–๐’„๐’‰ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’ˆ๐’–๐’š, ๐‘ช๐‘ฒ ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’‘๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’š ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’†๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”.

Sweet. Shy. The star of all my naughty nerd fantasies, but utterly blind to my flirtations.

Giving in to his plea to be his love coach may seem drastic, but Iโ€™m ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ for the chance to come off the bench.

Too bad the friend zone was a hell of a lot safer for my heart.

My Thoughts 

Thank you so much to The Hatters Author Services and the author for this copy in exchange for an honest review.ย 

OMG THIS BOOK…. I mean it started off slow in a way where I thought, โ€œI donโ€™t know about you,โ€ but it slowly grew on me until it made me explode in happiness. 

These characters took me a minute to truly dig, but when I did, I fell in love with them and their funny and crazy story. Quinn Thompson sounded ABSOLUTELY crazy at first, but she slowly grew on me and I was rooting for her and her dreams. However, I felt she could be a little too needy sometimes and it wasnโ€™t really my cup of tea. I get that she was really into him, but her behavior made me cringe just a little…. 

Now… CK… he made me so annoyed at some points, but in the end I was also rooting for him and his relationship with Quinn. I felt that sometimes he treated Quinn in a way she didnโ€™t deserve because of his past traumas. That really irked me especially because we knew, through her perspective, how much she really liked him. I just wanted to shake him sometimes and tell him to get over himself. 

However, around like 100 pages into the book, he was a good contender for book boyfriend for me. 

OH and their steam WAS SO HOT! OMG! Iโ€™m glad I had my drag queen fan next to me while I was reading because DAMN their under the pants tango was scorching!  

This book was part of the #UofJ series and was the fourth book of the series; however, it can be read as a standalone. 

I havenโ€™t read any of the other books in the series, so I wasnโ€™t as connected with the characters as someone who had read the entire series. Therefore, I didnโ€™t really care about them or their weird antics so that was an annoyance for me sometimes. BUT, that is because I havenโ€™t read any other books in series, I think if I had, I would feel differently. 

Overall, this friends to lovers book was a great slow burn and a great way to start off 2022!ย 

My Book Rating

3/5 Book Worldย 

4.5/5 Romanceย 

4/5 Plotย 

4/5 Characters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Off the Bench by Alley Cizย 

Genre: Friends to Lovers Romance      

Published on December 28, 2021 

Copy Read: ebook (kindle) 

Pages: 373   

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