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Friday, June 8, 2012

Lessons in Love by Blake Deveraux

Lessons in Love by Blake Deveraux
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (181 pgs)
Other: M/M, multiple partners, anal sex, mention of rape, mention of abuse
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

College is a difficult time for the most confident student, but for Mitch Broward, college life promises to either be the beginning of a new life, or the extension of a painful lie.

When Mitch meets his flamboyant roommate Josh, he realizes just how hard it may be to find his place in the world. He is neither comfortable with his sexuality nor is he ready to put himself through the stress of being "outed".

He's hired to tutor Benjamin Walker and his attraction to the handsome football player is unmistakable. Mitch knows that Ben's teammates regularly harass Josh, tormenting him mercilessly.

Mitch finds himself in a tense friendship with Ben that turns out to be far more complicated than either of them ever dreamed. Mitch's final dilemma--is Ben is just another bigoted gay-basher, or is there more to the football player than meets the eye?

Angst, drama and hot men are in high order in this book!

In the matter of a few days, I've read almost all of the books by Blake Deveraux. It's been a great few days. I've been introduced to characters I can't help but fall in love with and stories I'll think about for days to come. Mr Deveraux has a talent for squeezing every last drop of emotion out of a scene and making the reader (me) want to know more.

Lessons in Love is probably my favorite of his books so far. Why? It's real. How is it real? These are characters that seem like they are people I know in real life. I can identify with Mitch and Ben's struggles and how they see life. Most of all, I felt like I was there. Mitch is a great character. He's emotionally strong and steady in the moments where he doesn't think he can be. I enjoyed reading Ben's determination to figure himself out. The whole book read like a movie, I could see it happening.

Okay, so there are a couple of typos and a few odd line breaks. Trust me, those really don't matter. I got so caught up in the book that my inner editor totally shut off. It did.

I think my favorite character was Josh. Flawed as he might have been, I liked him. Again, he's one people can identify with. Plus he's got that great snark going for him. His defense mechanisms are what made him memorable.

If you want a book with steamy love scenes between hot guys, a dash of action, and enough emotion for three books, then this is the story for you.

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