Love Lessons (Love Lessons #1) by Heidi Cullinan

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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. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 A-nony-mouseTAG

While I have several Heidi Cullinan books on my eReader, this is the first one I’ve read. (while going back to edit this, I realized that was wrong – I have read a few of her others. Oops 🙂 I fell in love with Walter and Kelly. I’ll have to read more to know if she is overall my kind of author, but I’ve already got book 2 in the series queued up and ready to read.

So, what is Love Lessons about? Kelly is a dewy-eyed, Disney-loving freshman at college. He is finally out, but finds that Hope U isn’t what he expected. For one thing, the dorm he’s in is the jock dorm and they are not the most friendly to gays. For another, he thought that once he went to college, he’d have tons of friends. Not so much. Walter is a jaded junior, who has no intention of having relationships. He’s seen how badly they can go in his own family and wants nothing to do with it. However, when Hope U screws up his plans to live off campus, he ends up bunking with Kelly.

He can’t help but like his roommate and his desire to help and take care of people gets a big boost with his new roomie and with the fact the one professor he adores on campus may not get tenure this year, he has two people to fight for. The only thing Walter doesn’t quite expect is falling for the boy who actually sees a silver-lining on his life.

How can one jaded junior and a freshman who believes in happily ever after get along? Well, that’s something you’ll have to read to find out.

I LOVED this book. Walter has been through hell, and yet he’s still supportive and while he refuses to acknowledge it, hopes for things to turn out right. Kelly has grown up with a family who loves him, accepts him, and won’t let him down. The dichotomy is fascinating to read and especially as Walter fights his attraction for Kelly.

The only thing is there were a couple areas that it felt like plot points got dropped. Kelly had thrown a fit about a coat at one point. Later on, when that coat becomes part of the whole thing, there’s never a mention of how he reacted when received it. And the ending seemed to gloss over a LOT. I felt like we missed a huge part of the ending. (before the epilogue)

But even with the plot points missing, this was a WONDERFUL book and I would highly suggest it.

The narrator, Iggy Toma, did a fantastic job. I loved his voices for Walter and Kelly, and he even did an amazing job at female character voices.

I definitely look forward to the next book. In fact, I’m off to listen to it now 🙂

Story Rating: 4 stars

Audio Rating: 5 Stars

Overall rating: 5 stars

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