Nick Tremantle has had a rough ten months. His professional life took a nosedive, and then his mom's health took a turn for the worse. In a short space of time, everything changed. So when he spies the young man hitchhiking, Nick pulls over - he needs all the Karma he can lay his hands on. But when the identity of the young man is revealed, it sets in motion a chain of events that unfold quickly, changing Nick's life completely.
Alex Nordmann's life has definitely not gone the way he'd planned. Gone are his dreams of an education and living his life 'his' way. He'd thought the worst was over, until the morning he decided to come out to his parents. It just goes to show, people will surprise you every time. For instance, who could have foreseen that the man who gives him a ride - and an unexpected lifeline - would have been Alex's first crush all those years ago?
Alex has no idea what's coming at him.
This story is short and sweet with a bit of smexy stirred in.
Nick used to be Alex's high school teacher. Alex awakened the part of Nick that yearned for another man's touch, but Nick wasn't ready to admit to himself, much less the world, that he was gay, and he was certainly not going to cross that line and hit on a student.
Seven years later, Nick, still very much in the back of the closet with the scarves and umbrellas, picks up Alex on the side of the road.
Alex, who's has had a rough few years and had to drop out of college following a cancer diagnosis, has just been unceremoniously dumped by his parents.
Nick offers Alex (who is in remission) a place to stay, and the two fall into a very domestic routine. As FRIENDS. Even though each of them lusts after the other.
Mr. Nick Tremantle was, after all, the star of Alex's teenage fantasies.
I loved the age difference between the MCs and slow burn in this story.
Alex is broken and discouraged when Nick takes him in, but Nick, who has bad memories and anxiety of his own, gets as much comfort from Alex as Alex gets from him.
Alex teaches Nick to trust and to feel. The men talk and share. They cook together and laugh together. Now if they could only *ahem* GET together.
And they do . . . eventually. The wait is very much worth it, because Alex and Nick's first time is at once hot and tender, spicy but believable.
This is a teacher/student story, but it's also a friends-to-lovers story.
It's set in Florida, so the boys are not British. I'm still pouting a little about that.
But, hell, who am I fooling, I still adored this novella and can't wait to see where K.C. goes with this series.