By the Book (Lessons Learned 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : June 14, 2017
- File Size : 1708 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 294 pages
- Publisher : Self (June 14, 2017)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B071YWSJKB
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #288,740 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Josh has loved Sam for a long time, but Sam was his teacher, so whether or not the affection was mutual was immaterial - he was forbidden territory. Until graduation. Unable to face Sam, Josh leaves him a letter - then leaves the State. Now its 3 years later and Josh is summoned home because his mother is sick. To see Sam again is both exciting and terrifying, for despite his best efforts, Josh's love for Sam has not faded - not even a little bit. But will Sam even remember him? Did he ever read that letter and if so how will this impact their relationship?
Three years is a long time - people mature and change, lives move on - but unbeknownst to Josh, Sam has long returned his feelings and when they meet again, the intensity of their attraction is clear. Deep seated insecurities and family pressures however, seem determined to tear them apart, so can they be persuaded to relinquish their hearts' desire, or will they trust in their love?
One of the great things about this book is that it's a romance, a love story - like any other romance with all the accompanying tensions and issues - gender didn't even come into it and to me that is the mark of a master storyteller (or mistress in this case). I was immediately vested in these two characters, hoping they would find their HEA. Love is not always plain sailing - more often than not, it's messy, tricky and challenging and easily thwarted, but sometimes we just have trust our hearts and take the risk.
I admit I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's beautifully written, the characters are not perfect, they have the same hangups everyone struggles with, but that makes them all the more real. There are some serious issues to be dealt with, but these are balanced by fun, laughter and most of all life-changing, enduring, ridiculously intoxicating love!
This was a great read, and for me an easy 5 stars.
Crushing on his teacher and then realizing it was actually love...
Confessing said feelings...
Then running away...
Not exactly the best start to a love story good thing it starts years before...or is it years after!?!
By the Book is a former student /teacher romance. It's clearly an age gap romance but it feels so damn right. Emotional, physically, and mentally these two are complimentary. The ying and yang of each other. Their relationship is impressive and sweet. I would say their understanding of each other is something to be jealous of.
Oh and did I mention its MM?!? Yes, yes it is! (Naughtiest winky face and waggling eyebrows) By the Book may not follow the rules but then rules were made to be broken.
They both had some deep, ugly, family issues, which I could definitely appreciate. I just wish there had been more resolution, though, especially when it came to Sam’s family. There was a lot of anger there and for the way things ended it was pretty anti-climatic.
Although By the Book didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I think it’s a respectable first foray into the m/m genre for Ms. Vickers.
***There was a chapter that repeated which caused some confusion. I did see this morning a response from Ms. Vickers on a review on Amazon that an update is available. I though my Kindle was set for automatic updates so I will have to check into that.