Love doesn't come with a syllabus. Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn't so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus. Worst of all, he's landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.
Walter Lucas doesn't believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible - except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view. As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he'll have to finally show up for class - and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last. Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.
©2014 Heidi Cullinan (P)2015 Insatiable Press
Lily reads, writes, and reviews m/m romance.
I'm finding this story hard to rate.
There were times when I thought the audio book dragged and I wished certain scenes had not been included. The Williams' storyline I found hard to accept.
Having said that, there were some lovely moments between Kelly and Walter. I loved when these two had intimate and sexy moments, but always worried (just as Kelly did) that Walter would go all weird afterward and withdraw. I suppose that was all part of the tension, but even so, it took well over half the book before they even kissed.
Love Lessons is a masterpiece in sexual tension and emotional realism. It is unbelievably sexy whilst containing very little actual sex.The emotional progression between Walter and Kelly felt natural. I didn't feel hit over the head with sentimentality but my heart was slowly ripped out by Walter's generosity and vulnerabilities and sweet Kelly's quiet strength. The book is so well written, it has the best description of a man realizing he's in love I have ever read/heard, and Iggy Toma narrates the whole thing excellently to me he is Walter. In short GET IT GET IT GET IT GET IT.
"Seeing what's in front of you..."
I really enjoyed this story. The narrator brought the characters to life and I became engaged in the story of Kelly and Walter. Though at times I wanted to smack Walter upside the head, I understood the aspects of his life that resulted in his perspective on love as a lasting and true construct. A very nice, sit down to relax story with a happy ending...
This was really a pleasure to listen to. It is one of those stories where you have a smile on your face most of the time you are listening to their story. The narrator did a wonderful job of bringing Walter and Kelly to life. This is a very sweet story that is a little darker than you expect. It starts off as the openly gay college playboy meets the super shy, gay freshman that has massive allergies and loves Disney movies. The slow build up and angst of their romance is just right. We learn that even though Walter appears in control, he has demons to fight, a la his messed up family life. And although Kelly's Disney princess view of the world seems unrealistic, he has some steel in his spine when it comes to Walter. No real drama, just a sweet story. Definitely worth a credit.
"Iggy Toma's narration is perfectly paced."
This is just a very sweet, lovely, gentle love story. Though it doesn't have the grittier edge of most of the other Cullinan stories I've loved, it still had the heart and longing.
Iggy Toma's narration is perfectly paced and suited to the story whether the sweet or heated times.
One of the things I absolutely love about this is Kelly is such an unapologetic Disney princess. The in depth analysis of the different Disney animated movies was brilliant and oh-so-entertaining.
Walter and Kelly are so good together and they just make my heart melt.
"This was one of my favorite ebooks last year."
I originally bought this in ebook format and read it last year. I loved Kelly Davidson and his unabashed love for Disney movies because that was something I'd never encountered before in a male character. It made the character cute, and endearing for me.Walter Lucas, however, reminded me a lot of myself. Even his favorite movie (The Fight Club) was also one of my favorites. He's cynical, and yet a complete romantic. I love how he tries (unsuccessfully) to hide his vulnerability, and how he takes care of the people he loves.
I liked that it was about two people falling in love, in a normal setting, with no over-the-top drama and purple prose. And I liked how Heidi Cullinan was able to convey both Kelly and Walter's feelings through the narrative. The first time Kelly realized he wanted Walter, I could actually feel his yearning. When they were dancing and Walter was working up to kissing Kelly, you could feel their anticipation and nervousness, I could even hear the music in my head.
Yes, it was easy to tell who was speaking since he gave them different voices. Wasn't too crazy about his voice for Walter, though, because it sounded rough to my ears at times. And initially I thought (when he was reading the narrative) he sounded too stiff and formal, even had a slightly angry/curt tone.
Kelly Davidson. He is just completely adorable. Genuinely nice, polite, a ray of sunshine. As Walter described him -- a happy-seeking-missile.
I couldn't help but wish that this had been narrated by Jason Frazier because he would have been perfect for this book. He'd be perfect for Fever Pitch (Love Lessons book 2), too.
"A lot of angst"
In this series of 3 books, I happened to read this story last. If I had read it first, as written, I would not have bothered to read the other two, which would have been a real pity as they were truly awesome. This book was not. This story was way too angst filled, which slowed the story down and it was not nearly as interesting or engrossing as the others. They were more than awesome and I highly recommend.
"A bit sappy but sweet"
Fun book for the summer. A bit predictable but sweet. Good for a summer beach read.
"Love Lessons - A+"
Sweet, touching, comfortable.
I love how Kelly's family rallied around Walter when his own family let him down.
He has a soothing voice that's very easy to listen to.
Anyone, if you're paying attention to these reviews, please make Heidi's entire catalog available through Audible. Her books are wonderful and in my opinion, way overdue for a good listen.
Well written charming and smart story. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The narrator was awesome, bringing life to all of the characters.
"Kelly and Walter were what the other needed"
Kelly Davidson is an incoming freshman to Hope University and he's petrified. First, he has some allergies that limit what dorm he can reside in as well as what foods he can eat. Plus, he is finally coming out as a gay young man. Imagine his surprise when he finds out at the very last minute that he has a roommate, Walter Lucas.
Walter Lucas, a junior, just wants to finish school while minimizing the stress of his family life. When he lands freshman Kelly for a roommate, it seems like it's one more person he has to look out for. But Kelly just brings him joy. Being around Kelly is like seeing the world through fresh and untainted eyes. Kelly is sweet, thoughtful and just curious of life outside the little bubble his parents raised him in. No one to give him lessons like love-'em-and-leave-'em Walter. Except Walter doesn't want to ruin Kelly's views on love and sex. So the new best friends attempt to tiptoe around what's going on between them.
Iggy Toma nailed this book. It was sweet, humorous and had that college angst that draws on the reader's emotions. His narration was easy to follow, and he didn't use overly dramatic voices for Walter and Kelly. His voice just flowed with the story and I was immersed in the college world.
Kelly and Walter were opposites and that's why they worked so well as a couple. The effort the author made in developing the characters showed because their chemistry felt so real. For most of the story, there was a range of emotions.
I docked it a star because towards the latter part, the pace slowed down a lot and I just wanted to know how it concluded.
Even so, the writing and the plot was awesome. I look forward to book 2.
"Disney isn't just for girls!"
Kelly is a small town guy with Disney –HEA – visions in his head. He just KNOWS life gets better in college and he won’t let anybody tell him otherwise.
Walter is the jaded, older student and now roommate who, at first, wants to break Kelly of his romantic ideal nonsense, then feels it’s his duty to protect those dreams and finally to make them come true.
This is a long book, so we cover a lot of ground and in a lot of detail.
We get a good, hard look at what makes Walter so cynical and a good look at what makes Kelly so idealistic.
We get to watch the relationship, in its early seedling stage nearly die before finally taking root to grow into a full-fledged, Disney-level-happiness, rock solid, Red-wood of a relationship.
This is a new adult novel. Not quite YA – too much drinking, drugs, and s*x for that. But the story is more closely that of a YA than some of the other, far more raunchy, Heidi Cullinan “adult” books. It is very well written and very involved, like the rest of Heidi’s books, and hits all the right buttons for me.
I just love the characters. They are all very well developed, three-dimensional, interesting and unique. There are several secondary characters that add complexity to the story and help to give this book it’s authentic flavors.
Kelly is an amazing guy. Heidi has managed to give us a freshman boy, who loves Disney movies, is a die-hard romantic, a virgin and yet he is still very much a boy. I love him! I love that he idolizes Tangled and has dreams of how his first date, first "time" and wedding should all be. I loved the juxtaposition of his money poor, love rich household with Walter’s money rich, love poor life. Walter, the playboy, the cynic, the last guy to imagine Happy Ever After is the PERFECT choice for Kelly.
Their story is told slowly, organically growing and unfolding tenderly in such a way that we can easily see how the switches can be flipped and how our jaded Walter can come around to being Kelly’s Prince by the end of the book.
I could really relate to Kelly’s vision of what love “should and should not” be, I think many of us remember that time in our lives – whether it was high school, college, or later in life – and how hard it was to mesh that vision in our head with what life hands us. What I admired was how Kelly held on to his vision of Disney-Princess-Happiness without shame or wavering even in the face of disillusionment and that, in the end, his enduring faith brought everyone around and actualized his feelings rather than crushing his spirit.
The length of the book is both its strength and weakness. It takes a little dedication – there are times the story drags and it takes a little perseverance. However, the pay out is definitely worth it. Because she doesn’t compromise on length, the story feels very natural and real, and because life is more than just romance, the added side stories Heidi guides us through help us to see how our MCs are growing and changing in a way that feels authentic.
By the end I think everyone will have at least some tears in their eyes if they are not out-right bawling. It is an amazingly tender, sweet and satisfying book on many levels.
You will fall in love with Kelly and Walter and – now that I have read the sequel – I can tell you that you will be excited to know we get to see even more of them real soon and it only makes this book that much more sweet.
I give it 4.75 hearts and I really recommend this book to anyone who ever had a Disney-Princess fantasy or anyone who ever thought true love only existed in fairy tales.
Iggy Toma is a new narrator to me and he did a fantastic job with this series. He adds so much real emotion that the listener is truly immersed in the story right along with the characters. He did some subtle variations on the voices, enough to differentiate the speakers, but did not go over the top with them. I really, really enjoyed listening to this and will probably find myself listening to it again and again – all 10 hours!
The listening experience contributes so much to the enjoyment to bump this to a 5 of 5 stars! I loved it!
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