Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan ~ Book Review by Caroline

20625174 Title: Fever Pitch

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Book Two of the Love Lessons Series

Sometimes you have to play love by ear.

Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school.
Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven. As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.

Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.

My View:

The first thing that springs to mind after the first couple of chapters is ‘sods law’!

Giles is the gay kid that everyone picks on and he has suffered some serious abuse over the years. In just a few months he will get away from his hometown and he is more than a little excited at the thought of and LGBT friendly college.

Aaron is the relatively new kid in town who ended up hanging round with the popular kids because they were the first ones to talk to him. He is under way too much pressure from his father to choose a college but has no idea what he wants to do with his life. He doesn’t like his group of friends, he’s stressed about life in general and he might just be gay.

At a party where they are both hiding from the jocks for very different reasons they stumble upon each other. They go for food, they chat about life and they have sex by the lake. Giles hopes for more but Aaron panics and heads home. Giles is disappointed but Aaron is exhilarated. Giles is back to counting the days to college and Aaron has suddenly decided which college to attend.

Neither got the others contact information so weeks pass until they see each other again.
They may both end up at the same college but love does not run smoothly, in fact even friendship is difficult to come by! Lack of communication and fear lead to weeks of stress, jealousy and missed opportunities. When they finally get their acts together they are beautiful, romantic and very hot together.

Although this is a Giles and Aaron’s story there is so much more going on with some fantastic secondary characters. Most of the students in the White House are deserving of a mention but I must admit to being curious about Baz. Elijah is not that likeable but another boy with a heartbreaking story to tell, he certainly improves towards the end.

We get to meet up with Walter and Kelly again and boy has Walter grown up! I adored him in the first book and although his life is still not perfect he was an absolute rock for Aaron and a very good friend when needed.

There is a real family feel to this book which in itself is ironic as there is also some horrifying parenting going on too. Giles hit the jackpot with his parents but the real family comes in the form of friends. When the chips are down you find out who your real friends are and Aaron was humbled and overwhelmed at the support he received.

I loved this even more than the first book. Heidi wrote a story full of emotion and angst with a backdrop of beautiful characters and a lot of funny banter between 2 young men who definitely deserve their happily ever after.

I have heard rumour that there will be a third book and we may get to see Baz and Elijah…….

Buy Links

Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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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