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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Funny

    Reviewed by Christina Marie at The Morning After Romance: Funny and sweet!

    I apologize in advance; this book has turned me into a giddy schoolgirl. I'll try my hardest not to squee.

    Have you ever been so excited for a book that you were nervous to the point of sweaty palms? Have you experienced that fear of disappointment? Hesitated to read something you really wanted to since you knew that it would be devastating if it didn't fulfill expectations, because you were so ridiculously looking forward to enjoying the hell out of it? NOT A PROBLEM HERE!

    The blurb had me convinced that I was going to love this. I'm ecstatic that I was right.

    Kelly is starting his freshmen year at Hope University. He finds himself with an unexpected roommate, Walter Lucas, the campus Casanova. Kelly believes in love and happily-ever-afters. Walter doesn't believe relationships.

    This book was pretty much made for me. It had so many things for me to love:

    Roommates, check.
    Slow burn, check.
    Great dialogue: check.
    Fluffy adorableness, check.
    Sugary goodness, check.
    True wuv, check.
    Sexual tension, CHECK.

    This book is sweet, funny, and hot. I was not expecting that last bit but it was really freaking hot. I mean, there isn't a lot of sex. There doesn't need to be. It doesn't take anything away from the book. Still, I was overheating reading this. My ovaries may have quivered. Oh, delicious unresolved sexual tension, you get me every time. It's a tricky thing, but there was the perfect amount. Precious balance, that. Not too much, not too little. It was just right.

    Have I mentioned that this book made me feel like Goldilocks? No. Well, the "just right" thing will come up again.

    It was kind of scary how much I related to Walter. Heidi Cullinan did an amazing job on her portrayal of all the internal conflict that results from having a manic depressive parent. I thought that was really well done. I fell in love with Walter immediately. At first he made me laugh, his POV is definitely amusing. He's a little broken, a lot vulnerable, and just about the sweetest bad boy. He's definitely not what he seems initially, and learning about his hidden depths as the book progressed was great. The way he grew as a character was even better.

    Kelly is a cutie pie, a shy, idealistic cutie pie. Like a teddy bear, he is impossible not to love. Or snuggle. Walter and Kelly are clearly opposites. It's what ends up making them so perfect for each other. I don't want to give too much away about either of them, or them together. Because, for me, the best part was in learning about them, in watching them fall for each other, in watching them grow, in watching them work at a relationship. I thought it was so perfect, the way they were together. Their interactions and dialogue were so sweet. I just loved them, together and apart. My heart felt full while reading this.

    It seems clear at this point. This book has turned me into a sap.

    I pretty much smiled my way through Love Lessons. It was amusing, it gave me a severe case of the warm and fuzzies, and it made my heart melt. The book is cute, sweet, romantic, and I suppose you could say it's a light read. Although, there isn't a lot of external conflict but there is a lot of internal, a lot of self-reflection and growth, introspection that had me introspecting. So, it's light but it's got substance.

    On to the epilogue, which I thought was perfection but some will loathe. I am a closet romantic. I mean, it shouldn't surprise given that I am a romance novel junkie. Still, I like to pretend I'm all bitter and jaded but sometimes a writer can lull me into admitting (and reveling in) my sugar addiction. This is one of those times. I'll admit the epilogue is sugary sweet. However, I thought it was the perfect amount, the "just right" amount. It had me drowning in warm fuzzy feelz. Perhaps I was hoodwinked and bamboozled by Kelly. Him, and his Disney happily-ever-afters sucked me in, and I found flawlessness in the tidy ending. Or, perhaps I was riding high on my reading buzz. Doesn't matter. I loved it. Kelly's words are actually purrrfect to describe the epilogue: "It was almost too cheesy, which was why It was so good--almost too cheesy. Right at the edge, which made it glorious."

    Do I recommend this? Without a doubt, yes!
    *ARC has been generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

    5 Stars

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    This was a book about finding yourself and love while facing the

    This was a book about finding yourself and love while facing the challenges that college and being gay bring with them. This had a good plot and storyline to it as well as good characters, the only reason I am not giving it a higher star rating is the book drones on and on...and on....I was starting to think I was reading a new version of the never ending story. I'd constantly catch myself checking to see how much progress I had made and when it would be something like 30% I'd inwardly grown and think to myself no way I've read so much more than just that. With that being said I did like the two main characters, Kelly and Walter, they also had some good supporting characters as well. The story itself was a heartfelt somewhat coming of age sort of bit and I liked it I just think the author should have shortened it a little, but this is just my feelings and opinion on this book you should definitely read it and form your own for this book because you may feel differently about the length if the book.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    There is a lot in this story.  I like how it feels like "re

    There is a lot in this story.  I like how it feels like "real life".  Kelly and Walter each take turns at being strong and together or being needy and wanting.  We see both of them grow over the school year as they more about themselves as they explore their relationship with each other.  There are also rich side characters that keep bumping into their lives and add other elements to the story.  And I really appreciate the epilogue that wraps it all up.  

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

    This was a fantastic coming of age book about two men, Kelly and

    This was a fantastic coming of age book about two men, Kelly and Walter,  at university.  The emotions ran so strong and real  between them I had no trouble feeling elated or sad when Kelly and Walter were having their ups and downs.  The story was equal parts sweet, and oh so spicy.  I just loved the connection between Kelly and Walter, they were truly each other’s yin and yang.  Watching their relationship grow, and watching Kelly and Walter grow as individuals was amusing at times and always refreshing.  Walter is a very charming and intelligent character.  And Kelly, he’s also intelligent and so cute you just want to squeeze him.
    You really get to know the characters and their families in Love Lessons which is so important in  any love story.  Heidi Cullinan pulled me into the world of  Love Lessons and blew me away with this awesome romance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Decent read from sample

    Cheaper on kindle and tax free also, just saying :(

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    There is a beauty in reading. Not only do we as readers get a ch

    There is a beauty in reading. Not only do we as readers get a chance to meet new characters and to get lost in their story but every reader experiences a book differently. Some view it simply as a voyeur, watching the players go about their script from beginning to end and some get immersed in the story as if it were actually happening. Me? I am a part of the latter; I become one with the story. The characters become real and I experience everything with them. Sometimes I feel the new of their situation and sometimes their situations hit so close to home that I can’t help the goose bumps that cover my flesh or the numerous nods that happen knowing exactly how they feel. Love Lessons is one of those books for me.

    From the moment we meet Walter Lucas on the first page I knew being inside his head would be a ride to remember but what I didn’t realize is how much of me I would see in Walter. Now all of that aside…I adored this man. His thought process is amazing, from the way he tries to get out of things to the way he sees life complete with the struggles that are thrown at him. When he gets paired unexpectedly, by fate or the insane family values of Hope University, with Kelly Davidson…oh my. We get to see so many sides of Walter come out. He is forever on the hunt for talent to take home but when he sees that his new roomie has an affinity for the HEA ala Disney movies? Well that throws a wrench in Mr. Lucas’ plans in more ways than he could have ever imagined.

    Kelly, oh my dear sweet Kelly. You and I need to go have lunch and I know the places where you wouldn’t have to worry about anything. The way you handle your new life at college, with the awkward orientation and finding out where you will be living, in a residence full of homophobic jocks! Ugh. I just wanted to hug you and well, just hug you.

    How indeed, I guess it is a good thing you get to shack up with the one and only Walter Lucas! I could not imagine a better way for you to start out your academic career with all that he can teach you. Even though you do not see things in the same light or even the same movie theater, the journey you boys take had me up until 2am reading. I have said it many times; it takes a special book to keep me up that way. I could not stop reading where you and Walter were headed, I had to know and now that I do, I want to go back and read it all over again.
    I find it most difficult to write about the books I adored this way, the ones that I fell so hard for and the ones that stay with me long after I read the last page. Love Lessons is that book for me right now. I want to share the quotes I have highlighted and yet at the same time, they are mine and if I share them they might disappear. Yeah, I am a hopeless romantic with a full on sentimental side that likes to keep books/characters that touch me deeply in my heart for some time and not let them out. I consider Walter and Kelly mine at the moment and I cannot let them go.
    BUT I do want everyone to read this. I want the beautiful, sexy, sweet and endearing story of Walter Lucas and Kelly Davidson to be read by anyone who I see or talk to. I want those who have never read a m/m romance to read this! To see what it is I see when I watch two men meet and find that balance of who they are apart and together. To simply just fall in love with a story, to read a romance because at the end of the day, that is what it all is. Romance and I hopelessly love it.

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