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Give Me A Hand

(Beyond Desire #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  88 reviews
These college roommates might be lovers, but old hurts may keep forever out of reach…

Best friends. Jude is more than Cam’s roommate—he’s his best friend. Cam loves how they fit so perfectly into each other’s lives. The last thing Cam wants is to upset the most important relationship in his life, especially since he’s been burned by love before. And after surviving a near-f
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published March 10th 2020
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I had high hopes this would be sort of an NA version of Want Me. Alas, it was not.

Give Me a Hand follows your basic romance algorithm: MCs meet/are hot for each other, the courting ritual, feelings happen, conflict/misunderstanding which leads one of them to realize how many feelings they had for the other MC which leads to the big finish of HFN/HEA.

I like the romance algorithm otherwise we wouldn't be here. Martin delivered the bones of the algorithm but the filling needs some polish and here's
Holy Unrefillable Prescriptions Batman , What's Going On?

Give Me A Hand is a Friends to Lovers, NA, College age , Steamy, Contemporary Romance story with a HEA.

Give Me A Hand it's an Ok read: was just expecting more , after reading the reviews.

I had some trouble connecting with the heroes Cam and Jude , their relationship and the overall plot of the story. It also has the frequently used and loved , by no-one I know, "the big misunderstanding" plot device.

The story is told from Cam POV; he
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author and publisher for a complimentary copy via A Novel Take for an honest review.

I liked this quiet contemporary story of college roommates. Cam shies away from serious relationships. He's focusing on his college studies after Track and running, the thing he really loved, was taken away from him by a car accident with a drunk driver.

His roommate Jude and their new casual relationship sneaks up on him until Cam's taking Jude home with him to Thanksgiving dinner and his best frie
michaela ⚘
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jude and Cam have been roommates for the past couple years and are close as friends can be. But, when Cam walks in on Jude having a rather private moment it ultimately leads to a casual relationship starting between the two. But, how long can casual last until feelings get involved?

This was my first book by this author and I liked it for the most part. I enjoyed the first half of the Jude and Cam’s story a lot. It was steamy, fun and overall enjoyable. But,as the book went on the more increasin
Between the sheets book reviews
I love discovering’New To Me’ Authors and reading MM is my absolute fav.
Gwen Martin is an author I will definitely be reading more of . Give Me A Hand ticked so many of my boxes

✅Friends to Lovers
✅Slow Burn
✅Hot chemistry
✅Heartbreaking backstory

The list goes on and on.. I loved it all

Cam & Jude have been college roommates for 2 years, they have a great friendship and everything is going fine until the day Cam walks in on Jude naked in the bathroom. Instead of turning and leaving , he w
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

3.75 Stars

New adult, especially college-set stories, are some of my favorites, and this one was pretty good, but for me, it could have been so much better.

I really liked both Cam and Jude and I thought their backstories were interesting. At first, I wasn’t sure how well we’d get to know them, as the first half of the story mainly consisted of mutual self-pleasuring sessions, so I was glad to see them finally sit down and talk a bit. But I wanted more talk. I wanted to get to know them, especia
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is an incredibly steamy new adult read. It is the story of Cam and Jude, two college roommates who start hooking up after Cam walks in on Jude having a wank. More erotica than romance, the boys are sexy and there is just enough story to keep readers engaged.

This is a sexy, uncomplicated story. The characters are likeable and the college setting is familiar. Cam’s fear of intimacy is explored in some depth but o
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Give Me a Hand is the first book in the A Beyond Desires series by Gwen Martin. I liked the story but for me there was just something missing.
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

When Cam walks in on his friend/roommate, Jude, in the most intimate yet awkward position, it sparks a change in their relationship. At first, Cam avoids him, and keeps a lid on his emotions. But when Jude finally gently confronts him, things take a turn. A hot, but not really satisfying, turn. And when Jude and Cam pretend a relationship that doesn't actually exist, to allow Cam to save face in front of an ex, it just might spark an even bigger change in their friendship. That is, if Ca
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
*possible minor spoiler-y things*

This is the author’s debut full-length novel, and it’s a pretty solid story all around. The premise indicated in the synopsis was an immediate attention-grabber, so I was eager to get started reading this book.

I did like both main characters, though Jude definitely was my favorite of the two. He just felt more genuine to me, whereas Cam’s “we’re just friends getting off together” outlook that he kept trying to convince himself of did irritate me just a bit.

One th
Ruthie Taylor
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the first book in a new series. It will be interesting to see where future installments take us.

We get the story from Cam's point of view - and at times I really wished that we got hear from Jude, as we can only infer his feelings for most of the book. The story itself is quite simple, but wow the heat quotient is so high it blew off the head of the thermometer (amongst other things ;-) ) If you want to find ou
Mara Townsend
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Omg they were roommates!!!

The heartfelt story of Cam and Jude will bring you laughs, steam, and tug at your heartstrings while you watch these two disaster humans grapple with their relationship going from friendly roommates to friends with benefits to inevitably FWB with deeper feelings. Watching these two fall in love both slowly and all at once was a true joy.

I really enjoyed the humorous moments, cheeky dialogue, and the side characters that brought Cam and Jude’s world to life and the steam
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jude and Cam share a dorm room. Close friends, very comfortable with each other. Until Cam found Jude in a compromising position. Cam knew he shouldn’t, but he stayed to watch. When they finally got comfortable with each other again, neither man knew what it meant but suddenly they couldn’t get enough of each other. Cam kept telling himself they were just friends. Friends who shared an incredibly intimate time together.

This is a new author to me. I liked her style of writing. Jude and Cam were
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I will be following her after this. This story is so full of emotion. Both of the main characters were likable. Cam is so insecure. He may have his reasons but I had to feel bad for Jude. Jude came across as such a caring person who did everything he could. When he got hurt at the party I wanted to cry. I liked this story where the friendship of Cam and Claudia remained regardless what was happening with either of them. I think the author did a gr ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

This blurb had my attention and I couldn't wait to read this book. I have to say I was a little let down. With how things started off with Cam and Jude I was expecting things to get hot and heavy and just keep getting better but that wasn't the case. I felt things kind of fizzled a little bit midway. Cam and Jude are good together, we get Cams point of view, wish we had some of Judes. Then there was some drama that happened but it was qu
Faye K
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
An okay book to read, I didn't really connect to the characters as this was in Cam's POV. The story has a fair amount of narrated voiced story telling which isn't my fav to read. Sexy scenes of them both pleasing themselves and each other is included. A friends to lovers with baggage from the past effecting the present. I would've loved Jude side of the story included. Small bantering between them I liked especially Jude's witty comments at times. I could've kicked Cam towards the ending for bei ...more
Lillian Bryant
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crazy Sexy

This book is beyond steamy. But my favorite thing about it, is how the feels sneak up on you and honestly have you flying through the pages for more Cam and Jude.
Reading to Stay Awake
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG I loved this book!! I’m not going to give you a synopsis of the story as you can get that in the book description before you buy the book but this is a storming sexy sex filled romp that I felt really invested in. I wanted to know what was going to happen on the next page and the next chapter and now that I’ve finished I want to be friends with the boys to find out what they do with the rest of their lives!!

This is the first book I’ve read written by Gwen Martin but I loved her style and tu
Patricia Nelson
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fantastic, sweet, grab-you-by-the-feels, amazing, poignant, smoking hot, adorable, delightful, engaging, endearing, lovely, adorable, and totally awesome start to an interesting new series. It had me hooked from beginning to end, and I can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
I.M. Flippy
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this sweet romance between two bisexual dorm-mates! One thing I really enjoyed was that it's entirely from Cam's point of view. I tend to go far alternating POV stories but it's actually a fun change of pace to see only one love interest's point of view, especially when they're hopelessly pining and being such a doofus about their feelings. I quite enjoy that. ...more
✨The Quick & Dirty Bibliophile✨

Overall: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 💦😏😌🤔🤨😩

The Quick and Dirty: A steamy, college friends-with-benefits story between roommates that turns into something more.

This was a quick read for me and while I enjoyed the dynamics between Cam and Jude’s roommates turned friends-with-benefits relationship, I felt like I needed a little more out of the character development and the commitment-phobe conflict felt a smidge too predictable.

My biggest qualm with this book though was how the intimacy pla
K.R. Phoenix
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.75 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4

Wow! So much chemistry, perfectly intertwined with sweetness, humor, and emotions. I loved it!

Cam & Jude have so much chemistry they set the pages on FIRE! But the story also has so much depth. Each character has so much more under the surface and I loved getting to see beyond the lust and steam! The side character’s in this story are also excep0tiomnal and add that much more flair to the story! (I’m looking at you, Claudia, you’re awesome!)

I really liked Gwen’s
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, I loved this book!

Give Me a Hand is the first book I've read by Gwen Martin (I think it's her first published novel) and it just blew me away. It's kind of rare for me to give a 5-star rating to a new-to-me author but this book deserved it and more.

The blurb gives you the nitty-gritty so I'll try not to rehash it here. Let me start by saying this book is HOT AS FIRE! I have a weakness for stories about college-aged guys and the depth of feeling between Cam and Jude just jumped off of the pa
Give Me a Hand was a fast read with loads of heat. Unfortunately, once the lust tapered off, I felt the book also fizzled. Try as I might to not draw comparisons to similar books, I couldn’t help it. I was hoping for a story that substantially developed the characters and relationship as well as burning up the pages, and Give Me a Hand focused predominantly on Cam and Jude’s start.

Give Me a Hand follows two college roommates who have known one another for years, but suddenly find themselves in
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
So this is a friends to lovers, college roommate romance that all comes from the POV of one character, Cam.
Cam walks in on Jude one night, having a little bit of fun by himself, and finds himself constantly thinking of the possibilities. However, Jude is the one to make the first move and they fall into an easy and comfortable...... thing. Something neither puts a name to which may cause a problem later on.
Things move quickly, physically at least, but take a fair amount of time emotiona
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I think there are readers who will really enjoy this book. For me it was just ok. I liked the sweetness and kindness in much of the book and I liked the main characters. I found the angst a little too high for me, even childish at times. This may be realistic behavior for college age boys, but it cuts into the romantic potential.

There is a lot of dialogue, detail, explaining, and narration / consciousness. Some readers will love this and devour every word; the longer the story stretches, the mor
This book starts off with Cam walking in on Jude getting off in their shared bathroom. Ever since then Cam can’t look at Jude the same way. For a month he avoids and ignores Jude. Jude finally corners Cam and tells him to get over it and that nothing should change – but it has. They embark on a journey of mutual pleasure but Cam doesn’t do relationships so that is not what this is . . . or is it?

This was written in 3rd person which is never my favorite and only Cam’s POV while I really enjoy bot
Joyfully Jay
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

3 stars

Cam tells this story, and it’s clear that he’s still rather emotionally immature. His high school heartbreak has infected his entire life and Cam spends weeks and months convincing himself out of the obvious—that he’s totally gone over Jude, who loves him completely. To be clear, there is a LOT of sexytimes between Jude and Cam. And, they spend nights in each other’s beds. And they hang out a lot without even having sex. For me, the prose got a little silly with Cam
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-tbr
3.6 Stars

This touched on so many different emotions
The story is told from Cam's view.
Cam has a strong personality but he is wary about exposing his heart first and I got that. Young, already burned once, and so desperate to want it to be real - but the fear of grasping it and finding out it's just an illusion? Enough to keep his guard up.
He and Jude are close and what they share is practically perfect - why label it? Sometimes it's easier to pretend. You don't lose a friendship and no one gets
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a slow burn romance. While it contains plenty of hot scenes between Cam and Jude, the relationship between the two men doesn't develop until near the end. The story is completely told by Cam's POV. Cam is oblivious to his surroundings, and the most frustration trait is that he uses past hurts which dictate his life. Jude and Cam have been roommates since they were assigned together in their first year. One day, Cam walks in on Jude in a private moment and from then on, can't stop thinkin ...more
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