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 a classic tale of "opposites attract", uniting a shy, virginal, romantic-notioned college freshman with an out and proud casanova senior by putting them together as roomies in a small single room. Add to that a severe case of allergies and a room assignment in the jock dorm, and it's a match made in heaven.
Well, not quite.
Walter is unhappy with having to share a room, but feels oddly drawn to the shy, quiet Kelly. They start out as friends, with both of them starting to feel the attraction, but Walter keeps Kelly at a distance, afraid that he's the wrong kind of guy for anyone's first time, especially someone like Kelly, who wants the whole romance love story.
The UST is high in this book, and both boys face personal challenges. Walter has serious abandonment issues, and trust is not something he does easily. His family is broken, and he's hiding behind a mask of IDGAF.
Somewhere along the way, without meaning to and certainly without realizing it, Walter falls in love. And somewhere along the way, Kelly figures out that he's stronger than he thought, and that Walter is worth fighting for.
With witty humor and her personal brand of snark, Heidi Cullinan deftly paints a portrait of two college boys who don't have all the answers, but who find strength in each other.
I was concerned at first that this book would turn into a sappy romance, but I shouldn't have feared. Even with Kelly's Disney kink and Walter's sweet care and concern, this book isn't ever too sugary. There are some very poignant scenes throughout the book that delve deeply into their individual personalities, and it was a pleasure to see Walter slowly but surely turn from a man-whore into a sweet, caring, loving boyfriend, beginning to trust and open his heart. There's a bit of a role reversal towards the end, with Kelly being the more dominant force, and showing more backbone than I initially thought he had. It seemed almost as if he intuitively realized what Walter needed.
The ending felt a bit rushed, like we skipped a bit too much time, and didn't really get the full picture that led to that point. Nonetheless, it was cute and worked for these two.
I liked that the author let both of these boys grow and change, and that none of it ever felt contrived or forced. Their relationship was a natural progression, and felt organic throughout. The sex scenes were explicit, though less so than what I'm used to seeing from this author, and also emotionally charged. There were no scenes for mere titillation - they all served a purpose.
The supporting characters, especially Kelly's family and Walter's professor, were well done, had great insights and accepted these boys as they were. I didn't care much for Walter's friend - she was too selfish for my taste.
I very much enjoyed reading this book (twice), and would recommend it for anyone looking to read a cute, sweet romance with enough meat underneath the sugar to make it a very satisfying read.
I received a free ARC from the tour organizer. A positive review was not promised in return.
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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