Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Learning to Feel
Author: N.R. Walker
Heroes: Nathan Tierney/Trent Jamieson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 182 Pages
Publisher: N.R. Walker
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Available at: N.R. Walker
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Blurb: Resigned to living a sexless, loveless life, Doctor Nathan Tierney knows something is missing. In a rash decision, he leaves his life-consuming job at Mass General Hospital, Boston, to be the small-town doctor in Belfast, Maine.
With the job comes a house, and with the house comes a handyman-painter. Trent Jamieson, a nomadic artist, and his dog Bentley, are offered free accommodation for the few weeks he fixes up the hospital-owned house.
Nathan is transfixed by this free-spirited, undeniably gorgeous man. Confused but amazed to feel any kind of attraction – much less to a man – Nathan convinces himself to put aside any preconceived ideas, and allows himself to just feel.
As their attraction for each other grows, one man learns to live, the other learns to love. But just who is teaching who?
Review: Nathan is burned out. His life is all about work, he doesn’t like sex, he barely thinks of finding a relationship, but he doesn’t know what it would take to fix it. Until one day – he sees an ad for a one year job as a doctor in rural Maine. He thinks it’s divine providence and he calls to accept the job that day.
When he gets to Maine, he learns that his furnished house (part of the compensation) comes with a short-term roommate who is painting the house in preparation for occupation. Trent, the rommmate, is an artist with a dog who supplements his income with house painting.
Nathan, who identifies as straight, is instantly attracted to Trent, and though it’s confusing, he tells himself to just let go and feel. Trent is equally attracted to Nathan, and the two start a physical relationship. Both “in it, whatever this is”.
Nathan quickly decides that he thinks Trent is “the one” though Trent doesn’t allow Nathan in too closely. In fact, Trent halts their physical relationship from “going all the way” due to his own insecurities, his bad past coloring his today.
With his heart breaking, Nathan watches Trent flee after Nathan pressed Trent for more. Fortunately, Trent changes his mind and returns shortly, and the two commit to the relationship once and for all.
There is a lovely epilogue, and we see the lovers three years down the line and in one of the sweetest final scenes ever, they pledge to one another, forever.
I was so psyched to see this FREE READ! It’s a full length novel and it’s wonderful. I loved it. It was a super sweet GFY/OFY with both MCs having some history to overcome and lots of room to grow and flourish.
I highly recommend this and all of NR Walker’s works.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I obtained my own, personal copy of this book for review.*