Bethany reviews ‘Love Lessons’ by Heidi Cullinan. Published by Samhain Publishing on October 1, 2013, 314 pgs. Released on audio by Insatiable Press on February 25th, 2015, 10 hrs & 5 mins.
Why I listened to this book: This week is re-review, where we take a book another RGR reviewer reviewed, read (or listen) and review it yourself. Here is Dana’s original review: Love Lessons
Love Lessons, Book 1
Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.
Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.
Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.
As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.
Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.
While I was looking for something to re-review, Dana and MtSnow both strongly suggested I try this one. They said I wouldn’t be let down, and you know what? I wasn’t. It was low in the angst department, fairly high in the smexy times and all in all an easy read. I have read stuff from Heidi Cullinan before and wasn’t disappointed with them, so I am glad this book will be among those.
I loved Kelly and his undying love for all things Disney, since I along with two of my children, adore Disney movies. This made the book very relatable to me. What I enjoyed even more that Kellys love of DIsney was how acceptable of it Walter was. There wouldn’t be many men that would be that understanding, and actually think it was adorable. So Walter scored many points in my book for that.
Kelly is somewhat of a hot mess when it comes to his health, allergic to many, many things, some that send him right to the hospital. And because of this he must live in the only single dorm with an AC. Walter was all set to live in an off campus apartment, but when that falls through, he is left with two options, thus leading to him living with Kelly in the single.
This was your typical, boy wants to meet his prince charming, living happily ever after, and one boy who doesn’t believe in forever love. I love, love, love opposites attract stories and this one was one of the better ones I have read.
Watching Walter finally let go of his fear of believing in love was wonderful, and watching Kelly grow into the man that changed Walter was fantastic. The secondary characters play such a huge role in this book and while they were necessary for the story they never overshadowed Walter and Kelly’s relationship.
While the book itself was great, the narration brought it to life for me. I listened while I cleaned, and crocheted in the evenings, and I felt like I was in the story, playing a role in their lives. This was the first time I have listened to Iggy Toma, but it most definitely won’t be the last, I plan on starting book two in this series very soon.
I highly recommend this book and the audio version of it. Its the perfect feel good story.
Heidi grew up in love with story. She fell asleep listening to Disney long-playing records and read her Little House On The Prairie books until they fell apart. She ran through the woods inventing stories of witches and fairies and enchanted trees and spent hours beneath the lilac bush imagining the lives of the settlers who had inhabited the homestead log cabin and two-story late 1800s home on her family farm. She created epic storylines for her Barbies until it wasn’t satisfying enough to do so any longer (age ten), and then she started writing them down. Her first novel, The Life and Times of Michelle Matthews, was published when she was twelve in the school anthology and took up nearly half of it.
Though Heidi continued to write novels through high school (and still has the Rubbermaid tub full in her bedroom), she stopped in college, deciding it was time to grow up and do something meaningful with her life. When the specifics of that didn’t pan out, Heidi ended up in grad school to become a teacher, and through one of the courses rediscovered her love of romance novels. She began to write again on the side, continued to do so while she taught seventh grade language arts and reading, and when she quit teaching to have her daughter, she took up writing with more seriousness, both as a stress relief and as a potential means of bringing in money.
Many million pages later, Heidi has learned a lot about writing, more than she ever wanted to know about publishing, and most importantly, finally figured out that writing IS the meaningful something she wants to do with her life. A passionate advocate for LGBT rights, Heidi volunteered for One Iowa during the fight for marriage equality and donates with her husband as a monthly partner to the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal. She encourages you to support your own local and national LGBT rights groups, too.
Heidi enjoys reading, watching movies and TV with her family, and listening all kinds of music. She has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats. Heidi is an active social networker, and of course has good old-fashioned email(link sends e-mail).