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.
Anyone who knows me knows I hate heavy angst in a book. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. So why do I love Fever Pitch? If you had asked me how I felt about the book during the first 50%, well, I almost put it down several times. Only one problem. The author brought in one of my ABSOLUTE favorite characters from her first book in the series – Walter. And anything with Walter is good, obviously.
So, what’s this one about? Aaron and Giles are from the same home town, only Aaron has only barely noticed Giles in high school and while Giles thinks Aaron is drop-dead cute, he also thinks the guy kind of hates him. Until a unique meeting at a party where they both hide in the laundry room to get away from it all. This starts off the angst…Why? Aaron decides after one moment of extreme happiness with Giles to follow him to college. Only both guys are nervous and assume things about the other that isn’t true, but they think it is. It takes half the book –let me repeat that – half the book for that part of the angst to go bye-bye. Of course a new kind of angst takes its place with religious extremism, one of the students on campus being kicked out of his parents’ house for not doing what his parents told him to do; not even allowing him to take his clothes or shoes. And the angst ratchets up with Aaron’s roommate who is a bit of an oddball from the beginning, but when we find out why, well, I couldn’t blame the guy for his offish behavior.
This particular book has romance, angst, gunshots, religious zealots, bad parents, good parents, and Walter. Can I just say I have a bit of a crush on Walter 🙂
5 Stars all the way for book 2 of Love Lessons. But I have just learned there is a Book 1.5, so I’m off to read that next.