Coming September 30 from Samhain Publishing
terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and
he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term
only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell
party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was
ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him
confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed
and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out
what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus,
memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his
haven. As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from
double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of
controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come
to a shattering end.
Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.
I will start this review by saying I did not read Book 1 in this series. I found this series when I signed up for the blog tour. But this book is definitely stand alone, I never felt like I needed to read book 1 in order to know what was going on. That being said, because I got to meet Walter and Kelly in this book, and now I want to go back and read their story. 🙂
I actually live and work in the area that this book was based around, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota. So, it was so much fun to read about the cities, and different areas, weather, etc. that showed up in this book.
I started this book, and just really enjoyed the tension and stress of Aaron and Giles. They struggled to actually get together and become a couple. It was a nice, sweet story for the first half, and made me smile as they bumbled around each other and tried to connect as their college world happened around them, bringing them into their life.
It was all sweetness and happiness….then BAM! Heidi hits you in the face with what can be such a struggle for many gay young men. In this case it wasn’t just that Aaron was gay, but also that he was not following the chosen career path that his father laid before him. My heart broke for Aaron, as his world fell apart, but at the same time, I felt such joy for him that he was being held up by such a strong family of his own making. And yes, the tears were flowing.
Finding a way to put his life back together with the help of his family of choice was such a challenge for Aaron, and with Giles by his side, it happened in spades. As he became stronger, he found himself able to grab his roommate and bring him along for his own ride (possibly the next book?) as Elijah’s life begins to fall apart as well.
A strong ending, with big surprises on the way, one of which had to do with Elijah early in the book (shocking!). I really enjoyed this book, and am hoping that Love Lessons 3 might be Elijah or Baz’s story….well I can ask can’t I? 🙂
Final determination, four pieces of eye candy. Give this one a go, right after you read Walter and Kelly’s story. Heading back there myself! 🙂
what he was doing with Aaron.
blanket he thought he remembered seeing back there, though he told himself if
he didn’t find it, it was a sign from God he should get in the car and drive
Aaron Seavers the hell to his house, where he belonged. He had no idea what it
meant when he found the blanket immediately, neatly folded on top of the spare
tire. Somehow he doubted it was a thumbs-up from the Almighty to get laid.
deep throat the guy he’d had a crush on since the moment he’d first seen those
baby blues peeking beneath dark, shaggy bangs? When he shut the trunk, he saw
Aaron standing beside the car, hands tucked in the front pockets of his jeans,
shoulders hunched, with a hungry, terrified expression on his face.
around like a squirrel in a cage as he spread the blanket on the most level
spot he could find, was whether this was another case of closeted “straight”
boy or if this was Aaron coming out to him. Normally Giles didn’t ask. As much
as he hated these hookups after, as much as it made him batshit the only action he ever got was with recoil-fucks—well,
Giles had a hard time looking gift sex in the mouth. He told himself it was his
sweet revenge, a power trip, but if he were honest, mostly it was because he
or…something different. Dumb, because it wasn’t like this could go anywhere.
Aaron was gone tomorrow, and come this fall Giles would be too. At best they
would maybe hook up on breaks, but if Aaron was
about to come out, Giles would never bag him again. Aaron was Grade A Prime for
whatever gender he chose to take to bed. Giles was lucky to be a C+ on a good
day. Too skinny, too geeky, too awkward. No way Giles could ever score an Aaron
beside Aaron, who sat a hell of a lot closer than a straight boy would. Looking
a lot more eager and vulnerable than Giles’s hookups usually did. None of this
was on the scripts Giles knew.
think back on this moment and admire his own nobility.
half-devoured by mosquitoes.” Giles kicked off his shoes and wiggled his
stocking-footed toes in the blanket’s nap. “Nice summer so far, actually. Not
too hot, not too wet.”
talk about the weather, but it was equally clear he didn’t know what to do
next, wound so tight that if Giles wasn’t careful, the guy would sproing right into the lake.
follow my lead. Boy do I know this dance. Giles eased onto his elbows and
let his legs fall open. Ostensibly he stared at the water, but mostly he
allowed Aaron to admire the way he filled out his jeans, an invitation his
companion took. It was a subtle peek, but it was there. Giles wasn’t a Jon Hamm
or anything, but he had a decent package.
idle conversation to loosen him up. “Eden Prairie, you said. Did you grow up
California—Oakland—but we moved when I was four. I have vague memories of the
house we lived in there, and maybe the bridge and a house on a big hill with an
orange flowerpot on a stoop, but that’s it.”
he’s always spent a lot of time in his law firm’s California office. Especially
Aaron didn’t withdraw, he let it linger ever so lightly. “We’re in the same
place as we’ve always lived, but we did a big remodel last year. I’m the last
one in the nest.”
brothers and sisters?”
lives in Linden Hills. Mark’s in St. Paul and just had his first kid. What
about you—are you an only?”
hand brushed Giles’s, but instead of pulling away he let it linger. When Aaron
spoke next, his voice shook. “Probably a good thing I’m an only child. My
parents are awful together. They shouldn’t have had me.”
now.” The line was a bit cheesy, but the knee beside Giles’s became more sure
of itself, the fingers lacing more deliberately, so hooray for dairy products.
Pressing his whole thigh closer, Giles captured Aaron’s hand. “So, birthday
boy. Did you get all the presents you wanted?” Aaron pressed their legs
together, gaze drifting to Giles’s crotch. Giles bit back a smile. “Or
maybe…something is missing?”
looked Giles dead in the eye, all his longing and desire naked between them.
happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all
to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just
aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she
enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching
television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal
advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern
state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including
her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERIES
The Love Lessons series are new adult LGBT contemporary romance
novels set at various colleges within the American Midwest. While Love Lessons and Fever Pitch feature gay protagonists, subsequent novels will include lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual heroes and heroines.
The heat level for these stories is significantly sweeter than some
of Heidi’s erotic romances, which has a tendency to make the sexual
tension ratchet off the charts.