So, I got to read this lovely book in preparation for my interview with the wonderful MJ O’Shea 🙂 It’s a story about former childhood friends turned lovers being forced to interact again after eight years of silence caused by one of them pulling a major douchebag-move that lost him what he should have held most sacred! A sweet book about re-kindling an old friendship and love with a lot of pining 😉
Rory was Ben’s oldest and best friend until senior year of high school, when they confessed they’d harbored feelings for each other all along. They enjoyed only a few months of happiness until Ben chose closeted popularity over true love… and he’s regretted it ever since.
Eight years later, Ben is out and proud and teaching art at the same high school he graduated from. When he learns the chemistry teacher is retiring, he’s excited to meet her replacement until he finds out the brand new teacher is none other than Rory Newton—the first love he’s never quite gotten over. Despite a painfully awkward start, it doesn’t take Ben long to realize he’ll do whatever it takes to win Rory back. But it’s starting to look like even his best might not be enough.
The Facts: This 176 pgs novella was published by Dreamspinner Press on November 27th, 2013. The next book will be Fen’s story “Impractical Magic” and will be released April, 2014 🙂
The Cover: The cover is beautiful and has a certain lightness to it. I loved it but it might make you think it’s a lighter, sweeter story than it really is! There is a lot more angst in this one than I’m told other books by the author contain, though it is still an easy and rewarding read 🙂
The Title: Newton’s Laws of Attraction is a really fitting title. The New chemistry teacher Rory Newton gets to make all the rules when he is forced to interact with his childhood sweetheart again, as he was hurt badly in the past. Laws of Attraction also works well, as the two boys were described as attached to the hip, never able to separate! Now after 8 years wasted it was only a matter of time for them to meet each other again. I also like that the plural laws distinguishes it enough from the real Newton’s law of attraction, that it is easy to find something about the book 🙂
The story: So, this story is from the POV of an art teacher. He is openly gay, sacrifices his lunch hours for students who need help with art, teaches the girl’s soccer team after school and has some funny and good friends that will become your friends as well (Excited to read Fen’s story in April). Anyway, things haven’t been like that always. When he was seven he found a new friend and they stuck to each other like glue and later realized they were meant for each other. Ben was a soccer jock back then, though, and his best friend and lover was a science geek. While Ben loved him him for it, his teammates didn’t and Ben acted in a very stupid way that ended their relationship. The thing he regrets most in his life.
Then suddenly the old dragon of a chemistry teacher is replaced by a new star: Rory. Ben doesn’t know how to behave, as he never even apologized for what he did. Things start off very awkward! But it is the chance for these guys to get a second chance at love.
For me this story felt a lot like a shorter and less complicated “Something like winter”. Both are from the POV of the guy who screwed things up as teenager and redeem them in the eyes of the reader long before the second MC chooses to open his heart again. I think, had this been from Rory’s POV it might have been a very different book. As it is, I fell in love with Ben, including the full package with all his flaws and mistakes. As such, it was at times difficult to see him turn from pining to suffering as Rory played with his heart.
Okay, so I’m not really sure how actively Rory played with his heart. He might have been very, very blind and not realized how in love Ben still was. Even after Ben confessed his love he might have dismissed it, because of the past. So I think Rory could be a good guy, afraid to put his heart on the line again, but it’s heart to love him as character without seeing his POV and while seeing our guy (Ben) suffering greatly as his love is rejected.
Sure, it’s almost exactly what he himself did to Rory, but things have changed and they are adults now. I think if Rory actively wanted to show him what he himself went through, before acting on their love, that would be a bad thing to do. But I never really got that feeling. Rory is scared and hurt and doesn’t know how to deal with this situation.
It’s a dangerous dance they are dancing on a tight rope in the sky, without safety net. They know what they want, but are unsure whether they can and should try to get it, as the potential for pain and disaster is big!
For me the way it was written was very easy to read. There was some angst, but Ben was mostly pining and trying to get his love back with a mostly optimistic point of view. Even when my heart broke for him later, when things got really bad for him, I applauded the decision not to let anyone walk over him like that – even if it was the love of his life.
So there is angst, but it’s not dominant in most of the book and generally the sweetness of their love prevails to keep the reader anticipating the happy end. The part about their childhood friendship was perfect, I loved the awkwardness of the first few months and the way they slowly reconnected. For me Rory let Ben jump through to many burning rings, though and without his point of view, I kinda didn’t really like him as much as I wanted to. Still, I loved this story and can highly recommend it. Solid 4.25 stars 🙂
So go over to DSP and get your copy now, so you will be prepared for Fen’s story (everyone thinks he’s completely straight and was joking about getting it on with a guy – I guess not 😉 )
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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