Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: 339 pages
Rating: A List
Blurb: Sometimes you have to play love by ear.
Love Lessons, Book 2
Sequel to Love Lessons
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.
Product Warnings: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.
Review: It is difficult to write a proper review without a total fangirl moment for Heidi. She is a wonderful person and an even more amazing author.
I fall in love at least once with each book, it is impossible not to love her characters.
With this particular book, I will highly recommend it for those of you who have a hopelessly romantic heart.
This book is full of undiluted love gestures, sexual tension, friendship loaded with feelings that go deeper than any of the main characters are willing to accept.
It is for those of us who loved Walter Lucas in book one, with all his cockiness and all his change of attitude.
When Aaron meets Giles at the farewell party he is a lost child, upset, angry and undecided about his future.
Is Giles, the gay kid who knows what he wants to do with his future, and that is basically get the hell out of that town.
What Aaron finds in Giles is a reason to follow his instincts. He finds a possible friend, and a way out from under his father’s control.
Saint Timothy college is where Giles wants to go, because of their music program. It is also where Aaron ends up, because they have Giles.
Though their first encounter doesn’t go as planned by Aaron, things start to work out.
And it is music, our other MC in the story, that brings them together.
“I love him. His heart swelled and spilled over as they rounded into the final chorus. I am so in love with him I can’t even ask him out. I want to lie at his feet, want to smooth out all the wrinkles in his life and make everything okay.”
Can I just say that you must listen to this book playlist on Spotify, Heidi has a playlist there that is ready for you to enjoy. If you are a Glee fan, mixed together with a bit of Perfect Pitch, you will want to have this playlist as the soundtrack of your life!
Music is such a vital part of the story and the way these two characters relate to each other, it is their very own way of communication.
“He doesn’t ask me out, though. I’ve tried twice, and all I get is violin lessons. Which are fun, but I jerk off after which is kind of weird. I wish he would ask me out. But maybe he is not into me and I am an idiot.”
This is what I meant by love gestures. Aaron and Giles story is told through music. Their miscommunication, the tension between them, their love, their need for each other.
There is a song for each scene that will give you goosebumps. Or will have you in tears.
But Walter wasn’t always such a smart guy when it comes to matters of the heart, and all his knowledge is very important for Aaron, and for his relationship with Giles.
These boys know how lucky they are to have someone to love, that loves them back. They complement each other perfectly. Once they are settle in their new life in college, they can finally see how perfect they fit, how good they are for each other. How together they are braver and stronger.
And through everything they will fight for that love.
“I love you, I love you, I love you, he said over and over, without saying a single word.”
I said at the beginning that I tend to fall in love at least one in each book. In Fever Pitch I felt in love with Aaron and Giles, but also felt in love with Elijah and Baz. Thankfully I am not going to have to wait too long, as their story will be book 3 in the series.
I want you all to enjoy this book, to love these characters and feel their music.
Reviewed by Connie