Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Love Lessons
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Series: Love Lessons #1
Heroes: Kelly & Walter
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Publisher: Samhain Publishing/Insatiable Press
Release Date: February 25, 2015
Available at: Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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. Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.
I’m not going to go too much into the book itself because I reviewed it back in 2014 so you can see that review here. What I will say is that I loved this book just as much listening to it as I did reading it. There’s just something about this story that makes my insides all gooey!
I couldn’t help but fall in love with Kelly and Walter all over again. I loved the slow-build to their relationship and how different they both were. I loved that Kelly had so many expectations about falling in love and Walter, who didn’t really believe in it, wanted to give Kelly that experience even though Walter didn’t know anything but one-night stands. They were so sweet together, I almost couldn’t stand it!
As an audio, I really enjoyed the book. However, I didn’t exactly like Iggy Toma as a narrator. There were numerous times when I couldn’t tell the difference between Kelly and Walter. Since it’s alternating POVs, I constantly thought it was Kelly’s POV when it was really Walter’s or vice versa. I didn’t feel like even when there was dialogue between them, there was any difference between their voices so it made it hard to follow at times. BUT I will say that Toma did have a nice voice so it made me WANT to continue listening to it.
In the end, the book was amazing, just as great as I originally thought it was. The audio was good but it would have been better if I wasn’t so confused on who was speaking at times. Still, I encourage anyone who likes audios to give this one a go, especially if you’re looking for a sweet little story about college love!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review but the author also provided a copy.*