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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Making the Grade by Carol Lynne

Making the Grade by Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (89 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

Kenny Trenton has had a crush on Cattle Valley English teacher, Eli Sanchez, since the age of seventeen. Although Kenny’s no longer a schoolboy, Eli refuses to see his fellow faculty member as anything but a student.

Eli has spent his life hiding from the outside world. When the loneliness gets too much, he decides to make the changes necessary to open himself up to friendships and perhaps a relationship.

When Eli attends a high school football game in a neighbouring community, he’s attacked in the parking lot. Although Kenny’s the one to rescue him, Eli begins to think he’s made a mistake and living in the outside world isn’t a good idea.

Kenny’s determined to keep Eli from retreating into his shell once again, but will his love be enough?

In Making the Grade, teacher Eli Sanchez decides to step out of his safe world, and much to his surprise, he discovers love and friendships await him. Carol Lynne takes her readers back to Cattle Valley, and as always, it is a delightful visit.

Eli Sanchez’s difficult past in a gang ridden neighborhood has caused him to tightly control the world around him. When he realizes just how isolated he has become, he decides to change his lifelong habit of isolating himself physically and mentally. Kenny Trenton’s love for Eli began while still in high school, and it is stronger than ever now he is adult. The two men begin dating following the attack on Eli, but will misunderstandings drive them apart?

Making the Grade is an engaging novel with three dimensional and in depth protagonists. Eli’s newfound friendships with the residents of Cattle Valley are heartwarming. Kenny and Eli’s romance is full of ups and downs as both men learn the importance of communication. The attack on Eli and the subsequent police investigation are interesting and realistic.

Ms. Lynne continues to keep the Cattle Valley series fresh and engaging with authentic storylines and appealing characters.

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