Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Two words stripped Austin Pritchard of the privileged life he’s used to. The moment he uttered the words, “I’m gay,” he realized there is no such thing as unconditional love. Now, he’s gone from traveling the world with his family to living on the streets trying to figure out how he’s going to stay in school.
A chance opportunity changes everything. Austin impresses the foreman and lands a job, but even more, he catches the eye of David Becker, who is determined to teach him that true love doesn’t come with strings.
The only thing David had as a child was love. His family struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. That has driven him to stay focused on his goals; become a tenured professor at a university and save enough money to build a home of his own. It’s not until he sees an insecure college student working on his new house that he realizes that he hasn’t planned on someone to share his life with. He’s about to learn that everything he’s already accomplished is nothing compared to the task of making Austin see that he is worthy of love.
Sloan Johnson is a new to me author but she is one I will definitely be seeking out more from. Teach Me is an emotional, heartbreaking, and beautifully told story.
Austin is destroyed. He has been kicked out and completely abandoned by his family. So when the school year ends he packs whatever his dufflebag and backpack will carry and walks away. Since he has no place to go he ends up taking shelter under a bridge where he meets two people that will help him survive the next several months on the streets.
David is a professor who has worked hard for everything he has. When he meets Austin doing day labor on his homes construction site he sees something in the younger man that reminds him of himself. What starts out as a helping hand could develop into something so much more if he can just get Austin to trust him.
This book made me so sad. Not just that a family could do this to one of their own, but that Austin didn't have any friends that he trusted or could to turn to for help. The fear and uncertainty that Austin feels read true. The more you learn about his home life it's a wonder the kid could function at all. But you see how he used it as a motivating factor for the rest of his life. There were times where his actions frustrated me, but I had to stop and remind myself that he was a 20 year old that had everything materialistic handed to him most of his life, but had no emotional support.
I appreciated that the author took the time to let the relationship develop and didn't make the sex as a cure all for everything else. Even after they were together they still had their problems and had to learn how to deal with them instead of running away. Something they were both guilty of at times.
There are some great secondary characters that really help define and develop both MC's. The MC's come from two very different backgrounds. Austin grew up with money but was constantly berated and told he wasn't good enough while David grew up poor but always knew he was loved. You also have the established life long friend on David's side and the strangers that helped you in your time of need friends for Austin. The street kids sub-culture added a lot of depth and layers to this story.
If you like stories that develop at a realistic pace and have strong emotions, both the good and the bad then Teach Me needs to be added to your TBR list.
RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Dragon Kin #7
The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!
But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.
Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?
The Dragon Are Back, The Dragons Are Back!!!
After a 2 year hiatus Aiken is back and it's like she never left. I for one have missed the Cadwaladr Clan and all of their kin.
Best name for a character EVER!!! Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains. How could you not love that name!! Well of course if you are a dragon you don't have time to stand around listening to that mouthful especially since the woman is there to kill your Queen. So Celyn does what his Queen commands and puts the human female in prison. Of course he mocks her terribly before he does this and then promptly forgets about her....for eight months!
Elina knew this mission was a death sentence but figured this was as good a way to die as any. She doesn't exactly have a death wish, but her life with her tribe isn't really worth fighting for. So when the dragon Queen Rhiannon and crazy human Queen Annwyl the Bloody ask her to return to her tribe and arrange a meeting to talk about making an alliance she feels like she finally has a purpose. Then they ask that dimwit male dragon that threw her in prison to accompany her.
Celyn is always a loyal dragon who does what his Queen commands but this is going to far. He has to travel to the Steppes with the insulting female with the never ending name. Seriously, the things he has to do for family.
Well of course since this is a Dragon Kin book much hilarity, fighting and sex ensues and a good time is had by all....ok maybe not by all, but the people...err dragons that you care about have a great time. There are several different story lines running through out the book that if not tied up, set up the next book and leave you wanting more.
All of your favorites are back and sniping at each other in the way that only family can. The kids are growing up fast and really coming into their powers, and not just the twins and Rhianwen but all of the half dragon children. I think my new favorites and Dagmar and Gwenvael's children. They are going to have their hands full with that brood.
This series has never missed a step and I for one hope it continues for years and years, just a little closer between books.