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Born for Leaving

(New England State of Mind #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  93 reviews
When they say be careful what you wish for, do you pay attention?
Neither did Oliver Tunstead.

Oliver wishes for nothing more than to get his mind off his crappy bartending job, pile of debt big enough to swallow him whole, and playboy ex-boyfriend/boss who refuses to back off. Too bad distractions, like the hot little convertible he has his eye on, cost megabucks. And Olive
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published July 30th 2020 (first published July 2nd 2020)
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I went into Jude Munro’s Born for Leaving with a completely open mind. I read the précis and the trigger warnings so I thought I was prepared. But this novel still hit me hard, and that’s saying a lot. There’s so much emotion in this story, and both men’s experiences are raw and real. While this is not a warm and fuzzy romance, it makes for an unsettling, and highly rewarding, journey. Jude Munro is out to push our buttons, and for me, she succeeds.

A welcome respite from the intensity of the plo
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had a tough time with this one and actually put it aside for a day to consider whether I would finish or not. I had a difficult time with the set-up and with Oliver's decision making from the start so it's a bit my fault for continuing to read. (view spoiler) ...more
Wow, this is a truly spectacular story! It's also intense, raw , gritty , thought provoking ; it gave me goosebumps and left me a basket case of emotions.

Please, take to heart , the trigger warnings . They're plenty, they're graphic , they're heartbreaking and they're taboo.

I know , I am going to have a massive book hangover . Born for Leaving is one of those tales who stays with you for a long time.

I just reviewed Born for Leaving by Mia Kerick writing as Jude Munro. #BornforLeaving #NetGall
Evie Drae
Where does one start when attempting to write a review for a book that changed their life? Okay, okay. Melodramatics aside, I mean it. Born for Leaving by Jude Munro hit me in a very special, emotional, and high-impact readerly spot. It was one of those books that gave me such an intense book hangover when it was over, I sought out another read as completely opposite it as possible—a psychological thriller with a lesbian lead—just to keep my mind from spiraling in circles. Because I couldn’t get ...more
Rainbow Reader
Well, I just finished that read in one single sitting when I'd already been up for over 24 hours before starting to read. If that doesn't say it all, I'm not sure if I'll be able to do it any better justice. But I'll certainly try.

This book hit me in every one of my feels. Bodie and Oliver might be two of my favorite characters I've had the pleasure of reading in quite some time. They have such delightfully unique voices—even though this is written in first-person single POV with Oliver as the M
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'Born for Leaving' is a MM Romance written by Jude Monroe. This book was one heartbreaking tale of love and loss!!

I rarely read MM Romance. The only author that I have read before this book was K.webster. But there was something eye-catching about this book that had me grabbing this one. And what an amazing choice that was! This book is a definite read for all the contemporary MM Romance lovers out there!!

This author just shredded my soul w
Lily Michaels
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so before I begin this review I have to take the biggest, deepest breath. Guys, this story left me with the heaviest book hangover I have had in a long, long time. It’s taken me days of writing and rewriting this review to finally feel like I could do it justice.

I’m actually going to start with, I think, my only complaint and I am starting there because this needs to be said before going any further for those reading my review. On the listings for this story on NetGalley, Amazon, and Goodr
True Loveislovereview
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2020
Oliver is saving all the money he can to buy his convertible, for himself and Hugo, his dear dog.
Working as a bartender at Surf’s Up he makes long hours and little money.
When he reads advertising about one seeking a room, he offers his spare bedroom.
Another opportunity to gain money.

Bodie is a broad muscled guy and the new bouncer at Surf’s Up, the bar has a lot of nasty costumers and Jack, the owner, is the biggest loser ever. Wait until he gets totally nuts.
Bodie is as closed off as can be, fi
Cathy Geha
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Born for Leaving by Jude Munro

A newspaper request for a place to rent
A man with a room available to rent
A bartender and a bouncer will share a house
Two men with potential to become more than roommates

This was a sweet story with the promise of love, safety, a sense of belonging and “home” for Oliver and Bodie. Both men have trust issues and are a bit silent and rather distant from others but do make a connection with one another. The question is whether or not the one “born for leaving” will deci
Reader Views
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Born for Leaving (New England State of Mind Book 1),” by Jude Munro, is the perfect romance for the beach. The story centers around two male characters--Oliver and Bodie--who are loners, but seemingly destined to meet when Oliver, who is strapped for cash, places an ad in the paper seeking a roommate to share expenses. This is how he and Bodie meet. But since they are both loners, and so different from each another, how will this work out? A better question is, now that their mutual attraction ...more
Sarah C
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Brenda Moser
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written book with strong characters in Bodie and Oliver. The author does a great job bringing the two together and building their relationship. She gives them a strong connection and weaves an entertaining story that had me glued to the pages from start to finish. I loved and would recommend reading.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
Emily Ozuna
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


The ARC for this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much!

If you are looking for an extremely sad book, with lonely characters and a tender and deep romance with a lot of drama around, this is your book!
Trust me you are going to finish it real quick, this book is addicting and the characters just win your heart, starting with Oliver.

Oliver who is not going through the best moments of his life. He has a semi-
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance, m-m
Born For Leaving is the story of two men, both loners by choice and circumstance, getting together as roommates by sheer coincidence. What follows is an angsty, heartbreaking story that will tear your heart out!

Oliver is the one with the house he is desperate to keep. So desperate, in fact, he keeps on working at a place where, although he gets on well enough with his co-workers, is dangerous for his physical, mental, and emotional well-being. His boss is his ex which is always fun but Oliver al
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

This story has a lot of trauma, both current and historical, for these characters. The trigger warning is real. Expect frank discussion of child rape, and some brutal moments for both Oliver and Bodie that end in more sexual trauma—both on and off the page. They struggle to find peace because of their wariness that anyone they let close might/will hurt them. For Oliver, he knows that Bodie’s time on Gillamour is finite, so he doesn’t want to be shattered when then
Mari  Cardenas
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

This book deals with (mentions) of past child-abuse and there's an attempted rape that might be triggering to some readers. Proceed with caution.

I liked Oliver a lot, even if he was a bit of a pushover. I get that he loved his work at Jack's bar and he was great at it, but the environment was less than ideal and he could've found something that was less detrimental for his well-being, both physical and mental. At least once Bodie started living with him and working at the bar it wasn't qu
Fanni's So Many Books
Olliver wants a roommate to save money for a car and he finds one in a newspaper ad. The mysterious Bodie, turns out to be a handsome cowboy in need to stay for the summer so the arrangment is perfect.
They become easy friends with both of their quiet, solitary nature and then slip into a relationship just as simply.
Nothing is that simple, though, as both men have a painful past that they struggle to overcome and Bodie's instinct to leave before he can build a life in one place is destructive for
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
3.5 (rounded up to 4) stars

I liked the love story between Bodie and Ollie. Unfortunately, I didn’t like a couple of things about this book, so it only got 3.5 (rounded up to 4) stars from me. As several reviewers mentioned, there are several possible triggers which I’m assuming have now been added to the synopsis as trigger warnings.

Bodie and Ollie are similar in that trust doesn’t come easy to either of them and they don’t open up to others. However, their backgrounds are very different. Bodie’
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book from this author and it was so much more than I expected. I couldn’t put it down, it had my attention from the first page.

This is Ollie and Bodie’s story. It was well written, realistic, emotional and had a great storyline. The chemistry between them is off the charts immediately.

Both guys are struggling but in different ways. Together they make the other realise that it’s worth fighting for what you want. And that everything is better when you have a dog to talk to.
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R.K. Emery
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I love the way these characters meet. I always like these kind of stories, they're my favorite.

What's even better? I love the way their relationship unfolds. It is believable and filled with angst and passion.

Wonderfully written. Perfectly crafter characters. Engaging and Enchanting Storyline.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emotional adventure

This was a great read. I enjoyed this book. Oliver was a great character and Bodie is a lost cowboy who needed a home. Tragedy comes and there love is almost lost but love heals everything. Loved there HEA. Great Read from start to finish.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliver, aka “Ollie”, and Bodie both struggle with a past that have left them slow to trust and closed off. Munro does a great job of detailing their budding romance, showing how they gradually open up and begin to trust each other. I enjoyed watching them evolve, especially Bodie as he moved on from his past, discovering the positive side of intimacy. There is a great cast of supporting characters, some you will love and others you will really love to hate. I really enjoyed this well written, en ...more
AND 1515
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant Story....
by and1515

Wow this is the first book I've read by Jude Munro and it's absolutely fantastic Ollie and Bodie's story is a brilliant kaleidoscope of colors and multiple emotions.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was bored somewhere, in the beginning, It was a great start to this story, different than other books in this genre. I really loved the way Ollie was introduced then, the Bodie introduction kinda ruined it for me, it's so overused. Thank god I kept reading.

The cover is simply a picture of an attractive man, you'd expect some fun and sexy story but what we get is something entirely different that made me feel like this Is a great story but hidden behind a mediocre cover. This is about learning
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Where to begin? This book, well, it is just excellent. It is written perfectly, with a certain depth and attention to detail that this type of story particularly needs. It starts with two brilliant characters, think ver opposites attract, whom are from not only different walks of life, but also whom have very different perspectives.

They are both wary of commitment, due to past heartache. They know that they should avoid one another, but the pull is beyond their control, and then they have to de
Jess Kinslow
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My heart.

I loved this book so much! I can't really decide who I loved more: Oliver or Bodie. I fell in love with both of them for very different reasons. My heart ached for them both and I was completely vested in their love.

Definitely looking forward to reading more of this author.
Stephanie W
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What started out as a newspaper ad for a place to live became so much more.

Oliver "Ollie" Tunstead- a bartender who is in debt and needs as much cash as possible. He does the unthinkable and rents out a room in his cottage. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Especially when you are still under the thumb of your ex.

Bodie is in a mess with his life right now. Needing a reasonably priced roof over his head, he answers the advertisement. Low maintenance kind of guy, he agrees to share his
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have the box of tissues ready, because there will be a few tears for Bodie and Oliver. Bodie has survived a horrific childhood to become a loner, never settling in one place until Oliver. Both are introverts due to their pasts, but they are navigating a relationship and slowly opening up to each other. When demanding customers and Ex's try to destroy them, my heart hurt and couldn't wait for the HEA outcome. Born for Leaving is an emotional roller coaster ride of two loners trying to find a way ...more
Jeanne Richardson
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book I've read written by Jude Munro; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
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