Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Contemporary, NA, m/m
Series: Love Lessons #2
Reviewed by Anne
297 ebook pages
Aaron isn’t really excited about starting college, in fact, he’s having a hard time even picking a college to go to. He is excited about living on his own, though. He won’t be under his father’s thumb any more, and there might even be room for him to come out. Giles is excited to start college. High school was hell for him, and he’s hoping college won’t have any of the bullying and cliques that left him feeling like he was the bottom of the barrel. A chance encounter at a party neither one of them wants to be at leaves Aaron with a new sexual experience and a college t choice made. Unfortunately the same encounter leaves Giles feeling rejected again. So, when they get to college, where both are involved in the music program, Giles is not as happy to see Aaron as Aaron was hoping he would be.
I felt like this was a story written just for me. One part Glee, one part Pitch Perfect, and one part Heidi Cullinan goodness was a perfect mix. Heck, it even had a huge musical closing act!
Surprisingly, I felt like the romance, though it was good, wasn’t the strongest point of this story. The real strength of the story was the coming of age that Aaron and Giles went through. Some of that involved them being together, but a lot of it happened more in parallel, separate from their relationship. It’s full of good messages, but they’re not shoved down your throat. There’s acapella, unrequited love, just the right amount of angst, and some incredible parents. I loved every single word of it!
The only thing I could even begin to complain about is how much Walter and Kelly (from the first book in the series) appeared in this one. But, really, I can’t complain, because Walter and Kelly were awesome! They also have an integral part in the story, they weren’t just reappearing for the good feels of it.
I highly recommend this book! It’s going on my Best of 2014, and it’s in my top 5 right now! I did read Love Lessons, the first book in this series, before reading this one. I think you’d appreciate a couple of the secondary characters more if you read in order, but I also think you’d be fine if you read this one as a stand alone. It’s a great read!