Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Love Lessons
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Love Lessons #1
Heroes: Kelly Davidson & Walter Lucas
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 379 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: 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.
*sigh* This book was made for me! Why didn’t I read it sooner?! Gah! And why don’t I already have the sequel in my hands?!
Kelly Davidson has a problem. He came to college with the idea of starting his happily ever after but not only is he having trouble finding ‘the one’ but now he’s sharing a tin box sized room with someone else and in a building with a bunch of jocks. Thankfully his roommate, Walter, is a great guy. As a junior, Walter has experience in school AND in guys so when he’s forced into a room with innocent little Kelly he’s only too happy to add Kelly to his one-night stands… that is until Kelly tells Walter about his dreams of true love and before Walter knows it, he’s taken Kelly under his wing and determined to make Kelly happy anyway he can.
What. A. Sweet. Story! Omg, when I started this, I was extremely anxious that it would have a lot of sex and that the characters would try and work out their problems through some skin on skin action. Thankfully, that’s not the case. As Kelly is very firm in his desire not to give up his virginity until he’s found ‘the one’, at least when he’s sober. Walter respects that and is all too willing to make Kelly into a good friend instead. I LOVED that because it meant Kelly and Walter had such a good connection before things escalated into the love territory. It meant that their hearts were involved way before they did anything.
Now, don’t mistake me and think this is insta-love because it’s NOT. The book takes place over the school year so that’s months and months of their friendship developing. What I truly loved, though, is that Kelly and Walter are complete opposites. Where Kelly has rose-colored glasses on at times, Walter is bitter. Where Kelly is sweet and innocent, Walter is a slut who doesn’t care how he acts to others. Where Kelly has a lot of allergies and health issues, Walter is all too willing to take care of Kelly. This story is like a fairy-tale where the country bumpkin tames the wild city boy. It’s sweet but intense and yes, there is sex!
My only issue was that some things towards the end became more telling than showing and I desperately wished they’d have been shown instead. But that ending… I just LOVED it. So sweet and totally fit the ‘fairy-tale’ that Kelly kept dreaming about.
All in all, a sweet, fantastic book. I loved that it wasn’t as smutty as I was expecting but really took the time to develop the friendship and feelings between Kelly and Walter. Most of all, I liked that it struggled with Kelly’s dream of what college really is and his desire for a Disney style romance but also focused heavily on Walter’s own problems and where they stem from. I wouldn’t consider this one Young Adult but more along the lines of New Adult so if you’re Young Adult phobic (like Susan65) don’t write this one off just yet because it’s definitely worth the read!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*