Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Fever Pitch
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Love Lessons #2
Heroes: Aaron Seavers/Giles Mulder
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 339 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sometimes you have to play love by ear.
Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school.
Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven. As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.
Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.
With only a few weeks left before they go off to college, Aaron and Giles accidentally meet at a party neither of them want to be at. Desperate to get out of there, they take off together and seeing as it’s Aaron’s birthday, Giles does his best to make Aaron feel better. When the night’s over and Aaron acts weird, Giles puts him off as just another straight boy. That is until he sees Aaron at his new school and fears college will be just like high school and refuses to put up with it. Now with both men hurt, they try to find their own paths through college life that unfortunately keeps bringing them back to each other. Can these boys get passed their bad feelings and if they do, will they be able to survive the pressures that come with not only school life but family, as well?
When I read Love Lessons months ago, I was afraid that the sequel wouldn’t be as good. I mean, I LOVED Kelly and Walter so when I started Fever Pitch (without reading the blurb), I didn’t have any idea what I was getting myself into. BUT I can happily say that I loved this book just as much, if not more, than Kelly and Walter’s story.
This one has the same “feel” and pacing as the previous book but with different conflicts. Whereas Walter had family issues, they were more from neglect than anything. In this one, the conflicts revolve around the fact that Aaron has parents who don’t really care about him and dictate everything about his life. Their issues don’t stem from him being gay (although, that could be an issue) but more to the point that they don’t approve of his choice of major and refuse to support someone who will most likely end up homeless and without a job because he chooses a musical path instead of a “realistic” major. Of course, there’s so many other things going on as well such as Giles and Aaron’s one night together and how that defined their “relationship” up until a point. Then there’s the a cappella and orchestra and their roles in each and a few other small conflicts here and there. I was a HUGE fan of the movie, Pitch Perfect, so it was a real treat when I realized this story dealt heavily in a cappella.
Even so, I really liked the overall story. The plot was interesting, it was fast paced without being too fast and the characters were very likeable but the writing also kept me engrossed in the story. Personally, I adored both Giles and Aaron. They’re very different people where Aaron is more shy, self-conscious and vulnerable and Giles is more confident, blunt and jaded. I loved that contrast because it always felt like when they were together Giles, who claims isn’t attractive, was looking out for Aaron, who was more naive and gorgeous. I adored the fact that Aaron loved Giles and found his geeky ways attractive. He was just adorable seeing Aaron explain what he liked about Giles and experiencing Giles’ reaction to it. They’re an odd couple but cute together. I just really loved them because they had a great connection but also because they worked really well together and when one of them needed support, the other was always there to give it. And they were so sweet together! I thought my cheeks were going to get sore with how much I smiled while reading this book.
My only little niggle with this one is that I desperately wanted to see Aaron and Giles while they were getting to know each other again when they both started composing for Salvo. I wanted to see them get passed their initial awkwardness and dislike and experience them laughing and really becoming friends. So much of the beginning is shown with Giles hating Aaron so I think it would have been awesome to see Giles while he started to warm up to Aaron and realize that Aaron much different than he originally thought.
In the end, I just adored this book. So far I’m loving this series and love that it deals with very real college type conflicts and I loved that there was such a big support system for both Aaron and Giles. I really enjoyed all these characters. Giles and Aaron had a lot of depth but there’s also the secondary characters that gave the story something special. Of course, Kelly and Walter are back in this one so I loved seeing them again! But I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series (at least I hope there’s more!) because I just cannot wait to read about Baz and Elijah and their story (at least I hope they end up together!). If you read Love Lessons and enjoyed it, definitely give this one a try because you’ll no doubt enjoy it just as much.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*