Love doesn't come with a syllabus.
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.
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This is classic romance at its best. Nora Roberts once said about the romance genre, “The books are about the celebration of falling in love and emotion and commitment, and all of those things we really want.” Love Lessons is exactly that. Kelly Davidson is so traditional it hurts. When he starts his freshmen year at Hope University he hopes not to only get a great education but possibly meet the man of his dreams. He isn’t looking for some guys to fool around with. That’s not his style. No, he is looking for romance. Disney-style romance. Love with a capital L. His Happy Ever After.
Walter Lucas is the exact opposite. Relationships are confining and ridiculous and never work out. Walter would much rather check out the new freshmen and figure out his one-night stands for the school year. But fate has other plans for him. When the Dean informs Walter; “Hey, you are required to live on campus. I found the perfect room for you. It’s a single. In a house full of homophobic frat boys. Oh and you get to share that single with a allergy-ridden freshmen“*; Walter’s reaction isn’t filled with glee. And can you blame him? But then Walter meets Kelly and even though all the other stuff is true, Kelly is not the frustrating roommate Walter first envisioned. Not to mention, he’s super cute.
Although the mutual attraction is instant, both of them recognize that Kelly wants more than Walter is willing to give. So instead they become instant best friends while each trying to hide their crush from the other. Let’s just say Walter is a bit more successful than the inexperienced Kelly - which makes for some adorably uncomfortable scenes. But, of course, you can’t hide your feelings forever. Especially when you live in close proximity with the object of your affection. Before long Kelly is insisting that even he and Walter can have a Happy Ever After together. And Walter finds Kelly’s hope and dreams so endearing that maybe even a skeptic like him can be convinced.
I am crazy about this story. I loved Walter because, as you know, I love my emotionally broken boys. I love the hot and steamy scenes that Heidi wrote for these guys - *fans self vigorously and swoons*. But what I was wild about most was Kelly. He absolutely stole my heart. I adored his unashamed and unwavering desire and insistence on having his traditional romance. He was so stinkin’ adorable that I can even forgive his choice in Pride and Prejudice film versions. Come on now, Kelly. The Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle is top notch! And if I can forgive him that, then he must be quite loveable, indeed.
If you are looking for a new m/m romance to devour, I urge you to pick this one up. You will be happy you did.
*Not a real quote. I’m just paraphrasing.
About the Author
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a 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 also volunteers frequently for her state's LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.
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