Mason Hayes’s love life has a long history of losers who don’t see that Mason’s heart is as deep and tender as his mouth is awkward. He wants kindness, he wants love—and he wants someone who thinks sex is as fantastic as he does. When Terry Jefferson first asks him out, Mason thinks it’s a fluke: Mason is too old, too boring, and too blurty to interest someone as young and hot as his friend’s soccer teammate.
The truth is much more painful: Mason and Terry are perfectly compatible, and they totally get each other, but Terry is still living with his toxic, suffocating parent and Mason doesn’t want to be a sugar daddy. Watching Terry struggle to find himself is a long lesson in patience, but Mason needs to trust that the end result will be worth it, because finally, he’s found a man worth sharing his heart with.
I'm liking this Winter Ball series quite a bit so far, but the first book was definitely still my favorite of the two.
Mason is in his mid-thirties and a successful executive at the company where Skip and Carpenter, from the first book, work. But his personal life is a bit of a mess.
Mason has no real friends and his romantic taste in men is atrocious, with a full range of cheaters and con artists.
Terry is in his mid-twenties, with an okay tech job, but his personal life is nearly non-existent, as his cunty mother (yes, I used the "C" word, because it's well-deserved in this case) only allows him to leave the house to go to work and for soccer a few hours a week. It's ridiculous.
There was a whole lot going on in this book.
I loved the parts where Mason realized that he'd finally found his tribe. That his new friends were true friends, which he'd never had before.
I also loved the parts where the entire soccer team helped Terry finally escape his mother's very firm grasp. No one should have to deal with the verbal guilt-tripping that she doled out. I was, however, shocked that when he finally made his move, it was pretty uneventful.
What I hated was "the break," which I understood in my head, but the whole separation made zero sense to my heart. It felt extremely abrupt and left me scratching my ass, wondering what the hell just happened. I don't know, it just felt a bit manufactured from my point of view.
There were also quite a few passages devoted to the developing relationship between Carpenter (wasn't he straight?) and Dane, Mason's baby brother. I felt their story was pretty much told by the time this story wrapped, so I'm not really dying for them to get a book of their own, but that's just my take.
"Summer Lessons" was funny and flirty, with some sass and sexiness thrown in for good measure. It was definitely a fun ride, so I'd rate it around 4 stars and recommend it.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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