Book Review: Teach Me by Sloan Johnson

Reviewed by JustJen

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]Title: Teach Me
Author: Sloan Johnson
Heroes: Austin Pritchard/David Becker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 245 Pages
Publisher: Sloan Johnson
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Two words stripped Austin Pritchard of the privileged life he’s used to. The moment he uttered the words, “I’m gay,” he realized there is no such thing as unconditional love. Now, he’s gone from traveling the world with his family to living on the streets trying to figure out how he’s going to stay in school.

A chance opportunity changes everything. Austin impresses the foreman and lands a job, but even more, he catches the eye of David Becker, who is determined to teach him that true love doesn’t come with strings.

The only thing David had as a child was love. His family struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. That has driven him to stay focused on his goals; become a tenured professor at a university and save enough money to build a home of his own. It’s not until he sees an insecure college student working on his new house that he realizes that he hasn’t planned on someone to share his life with. He’s about to learn that everything he’s already accomplished is nothing compared to the task of making Austin see that he is worthy of love.

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Review: This is my first time reading Ms. Johnson, so I can’t compare her first attempt at MM to her usual MF books. But I can say that I really enjoyed this story.

Austin is a sweet kid who was basically disowned by his parents when he came out. He was in the middle of college when this happened, so was suddenly faced with nowhere to go, no way to pay for school and all with nothing but the items from his dorm he could fit in his duffel bag. Things seem pretty bad for him, but he is lucky enough to meet up with a young couple on the streets who sort of take him under their wings. He and his new friend find jobs filling in on construction work.

David is a professor who has worked his way up from nothing, saving for his dream house, which is in the process of being built. It is a bit behind schedule, so the foreman calls in extra help in the form of Austin and his friend. Austin doesn’t have much experience, but his eagerness is noticed by David, who decides to take a more hands-on approach to his home building. The two get to know each other as they work side by side, though Austin is extremely reluctant to share anything about his life and circumstances.

David is patient, seeing something of himself in Austin. He goes out of his way to win Austin’s trust, both with Austin’s issues, as well as with his sexuality. David is very attracted to Austin, even knowing his age difference. They face a few challenges as David tries to help and Austin fights accepting it. Austin is determined to finish school and pay his own way, though he does eventually accept David’s assistance. As their relationship grows, they have some communication issues, mostly involving school, but they work through them.

They ended up being a really sweet couple, and I really enjoyed watching the trust grow. This was a really easy to read story that I found quite enjoyable. I wish there had been a bit more angst involved with Austin’s time on the streets, but the rest was done very well. I loved Austin’s reluctance with the actual sex, even though he wanted more and more. It was his first opportunity to have a gay relationship, and it was nice to see him hesitate with things here and there. David was wonderful in this respect, taking his time and making sure Austin was comfortable every step of the way.

I did not feel as though this was a mf book rewritten as mm, which I know was a concern from a few people. Ms. Johnson did a good job in that respect, as far as I’m concerned, and I will definitely be looking for more of these stories from her in the future.

Overall Impression: I liked it!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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