Book Review: By the Book

Synopsis:

Joshua Dayton met the man of his dreams as a sophomore in high school—his mentor and biology teacher, Mr. Cayden. Fearing his love would be considered forbidden and rejected, he ran away to college, determined to move on and forget. Three years later, he is summoned home and comes face to face with the man he tried to leave in the past. The same man he never stopped loving.

Samuel Cayden was looking for a fresh start and an escape. What he was not expecting was to develop feelings for his student, Joshua. Yet when the boy returns home a man, Samuel can no longer pretend the pull between them doesn’t exist.

Will the student become the teacher, showing Samuel how to open his heart? Will Samuel be able to prove to Joshua that things are not always what they appear? Or will the spark fizzle before it has a chance to ignite?

It’s time they got a lesson in love and temptation

My Review: 4 Stars

Ok first off I received an advance review copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review. Secondly, let me say that I have never read a male/male romance book before. This really was my first time reading this type of book. Thirdly, I will say that it is not my cup of tea. Now on to the honest review of the book itself. The author does a great job bringing to life the struggles of a young man being gay in a catholic family and predominately catholic town. When he left home for college Joshua thought he could get over his feelings for his teacher. The thing is though is the school boy crush was gone and replaced by the a grown man in love. The author again brought these emotions to life, the feelings of love, the fear of rejection. These are all very familiar to a lot of people, so I was  able to relate. I remember being young and having feelings for someone and fearing they would not feel the same. Samuel is in the same boat. He has feelings for Joshua but fears Joshua will reject him. Since this is a romance everyone knows they do get together. But the author did not make even that simple for her characters. Once together, so many people try to tear them apart. Then the raw emotions come to life even more and of course the fear that they wont make it cause of all the adversity. I don’t want to give to much away because that would result in no reason to read the book. I gave it only 4 stars because there were things that I felt could have been resolved a little better. However, even though the male/male romance is not my cup of tea, the author brought the characters and setting to life in a way that even  I couldn’t put it down till I finished it.

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