Marcel Ritter is an excellent pupil at a German school, has two loyal, best friends, and caring parents.
Still, his life is far from being perfect.
He is the bullying victim of Tim ‘Dumb’ Eschner, soccer hunk and the school’s official dimwit.
When the vice principal witnesses one of Tim’s assaults, Marcel’s problems seem to be solved at last. But his good nature and his fast tongue get him into more trouble than he would prefer.
Forced to work together, they both discover that there is more to the other one than meets the eye.
A feel-good story about change, forgiveness, and love.
This romance novel contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual encounters (m/m).
Word count (story only): approx. 74.200
|File size:||357 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Mario K. Lipinski (born in November, 1975, in Germany) lives in Herne, Germany. He is a spare-time author and, in "real" life, is a mathematician teaching at university level. Does it show in his books? Yes, it does. English is not his native language, and a frequent question is why he does write in English. For more than 15 years, most of the books he has read have been in English. So, it felt natural for him to write in English, too. He is into romance with a capital R.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow. I absolutely loved this book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Usually, I read fast, but this book made me want to slow down and absorb what I was reading. I didn't want it to end! Maybe it was the mood I was in that was looking for a really sweet, feel good book. I don't typically read a lot of YA books, so I am surprised at how much I loved this. I also know absolutely nothing about the German school system, and I felt that it was written well enough for me to understand it and not feel lost. The author wrote this very well in English for not having English as a first language. I never would have known from the writing. Marcel was the smart kid in school who got bullied by Tim because Nicholas (Tim's friend) didn't like Marcel. Tim was Nicholas' brute, and was failing out of school. He was older (had to repeat years a couple of times) and had the school nickname "Dumb". When Tim gets caught punching Marcel in school one day, the administrator is about to kick him out of school. Marcel feels bad at seeing Tim's reaction to it and agrees to tutor him so he can finish school. We see right from the beginning how big of a heart Marcel has, and we learn very quickly that what we see on the surface of Tim is very little of who he is. Tim has so much guilt about his bullying of Marcel and has trouble believing that Marcel could forgive him, let alone like him. His struggle was so touching to read. I loved watching Tim grow and I loved watching Marcel guide him and remind him that he is not dumb and that he deserves happiness. These guys go from enemies to acquaintances to friends to lovers, and every step of the process is filled with love and encouragement and hope. I was glad to read an epilogue that takes place 8 years later that tells how they struggled together as they went out on their own (together of course), but also how they persevered and were made stronger because of it all. LOVED it!
Very good story. Could use some editing and stronger writing. I always wonder how such young, inexperienced people become so quickly adept at sex, so quickly. Not quite believable, but a heart-warming result for the story line.
A realistic picture painted of the difficulties faced by same sex relationships. Fortunately, right prevailed and the story ended happily. Too bad this doesn't happen in all relationships!