Mason Downing is good at a lot of things, but math isn’t one of them. What he is good at is hiding the fact that he’s a poor kid on a full scholarship at elite Bragson University—though he won’t be there for long if he can’t get his grades up.
Carter Lantor is the embodiment of all that Mason pretends to be: rich, confident, and smart. But when Carter is handpicked to be Mason’s new math tutor, Mason learns that he’s not the only one hiding things. Soon, Carter’s picture-perfect façade begins to crack under the pressure of his father’s expectations and his own unhappiness.
Together, Mason and Carter must teach each other that no matter how much they question their place in the world, their love for one another might be the answer they are looking for.
If I had to sum this short novella up in one word, I'd probably go with "awkward."
The first parts of the book, the words on the page just didn't flow for me. I kept mentally stopping when a paragraph just felt off for me, which was pretty distracting.
Fortunately, the awkwardness dissipated a bit and the book finally got into a rhythm that didn't annoy me.
However, one thing that did annoy me was how much time that Mason spent obsessing that he was a poor kid, wearing over-priced clothing just to fit in with his peers at his up-scale university.
Mason was obsessed with fitting in, but we're never introduced to a single friend that he's trying to fit in with. So why the fuck was Mason so worried and who exactly was he trying to impress. That was a real ass scratcher for me.
I actually did like Carter's character better, as the artistic rich kid with a bullying father who was used to everyone falling in line with his every command.
The relationship aspects of the book seemed a bit rushed and I actually found myself a bit more interested in the relationship between the boys and Carter's parents than the actual feelings between the boys.
I could actually see a domineering, but ultimately caring, father figure pulling some of those stunts, in a misguided attempt to look out for his son's well-being and future.
And the part where Carter's father ultimately admits that he wants a closer relationship with his son? That will probably be the single aspect of this story that will stick with me for more than a few days.
The one sexy scene seemed to devote more time to lube and putting on the condom than any actual sexual act, which disappointed me.
Then after staying the night together, we're fast forwarded in the story, bypassing a lot of relationship building, which is one of my favorite parts of M/M books, and head straight into more interactions with the parents.
Overall, the story was okay, but not overly memorable, so I'd rate it around 2 1/2 stars for slightly below average.
My copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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