Author: Megan Slayer
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/06/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Can the geeky teacher moonlighting as a rock and roll metal god find the one man to see both sides and want it all with him? Ever since Michael Jepsen walked into Cedarwood Elementary and spotted Niall Grayson, he’s been hooked. He wants to explore every inch of the sexy third grade teacher in all sorts of hot ways. But Michael has a secret—during the summer months, he morphs into his alter ego, Bandit, and rocks stages all across the country. Can he keep his job at the school, while living the rock and roll lifestyle and snag the man of his dreams?
Niall Grayson never thought he’d catch Michael’s eye. Becoming more than good friends never crossed his mind. He’s not good at letting people into his private life and he prefers to keep his heart guarded, but something about Michael makes him want to open up. Will he be able to accept the different facets of Michael or will the relationship fail before it gets started?
For anyone who has read Megan Slayer’s Single Father Society series, you will notice that this book is loosely related in that it is set in the same town with the same people and the same hate group. There are references to the behaviors and couples from the series, but you do not need to read that series to read this novella.
I enjoyed this story and the message the author was trying to send. I always like stories that show the reader the effects of trying to be someone or something you are not. I love stories with a strong sense of home and what it means to a character. And this story was both things. It was a romance between two men who find home in each other and that romance was heartwarming.
However, there were times I felt like I was at a confusing tennis match with my head bouncing back and forth as Niall and Michael interacted. Thier first date, for example, was full of banter, yet equally as full of fighting and mistaken concepts. It was as if one man was having a first date conversation while the other was fighting with a long term lover over the state of their future. I found it a bit hard to follow and a bit too fast for the time the men had been together.
I also struggled with the overall rushed feeling of the love story. There were words that explained that the men wanted to go slow, but the actions themselves did not support that. And because this felt so rushed, there were times I felt I had missed key facts. Times I wondered how a character knew a piece of information, when I as a reader didn’t know it.
But, overall, I was left with a happy feeling. I enjoyed this story and thing Cedarwood is shaping up to be a great universe. I am always left with an overall impression of cuteness that leaves me wanting to revisit these men and their lives. The setting, the characters, the end result of the romance are all well done and easily overcome the rushed feelings I have encountered. I do think this could be fantastic if things were more fleshed out, but for something short and sweet, this gets the job done.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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