Author: SC Wynne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/23/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
Mason Downing is good at a lot of things, but math isn’t one of them. What he is good at is hiding the fact that he’s a poor kid on a full scholarship at elite Bragson University—though he won’t be there for long if he can’t get his grades up.
Carter Lantor is the embodiment of all that Mason pretends to be: rich, confident, and smart. But when Carter is handpicked to be Mason’s new math tutor, Mason learns that he’s not the only one hiding things. Soon, Carter’s picture-perfect façade begins to crack under the pressure of his father’s expectations and his own unhappiness.
Together, Mason and Carter must teach each other that no matter how much they question their place in the world, their love for one another might be the answer they are looking for.
Overall I enjoyed this little opposites-attract tale from SC Wynne. Wynne’s books are always a decent comfort read for me.
Carter and Mason’s story was no exception. Told in alternating first-person points of view, you often get the same scene repeated from the second perspective, which slows the pace down some. Once they finally do get together, however, they are good for each other, and they are sweet together. They are the type of couple you root for a happily ever after.
They are both young, but Mason is very mature for his age. He has had to be. However, he still has room to grow and Carter helps him do that. At the same time, Mason helps Carter stand up for himself and find out things aren’t as bleak as they appear.
There are a couple of things that did, however, bug me in this book. First was Mason’s absolute and incessant need to reiterate that he was poor, and everyone would hate him/make fun of him for his social status. We get it, we don’t need it beat into our heads.
The other pet peeve that this story hit was the treatment of Mason’s background. He was from Texas. Not all Texans are gun toting, uneducated, cow tipping cowboys with thick drawls. Even those who hail from small towns are regular people. Unless they actually grew up on a ranch, which Mason did not.
However for many these things will be a non-issue. If you can get past these two pet peeves, you will probably enjoy this little tale. There isn’t a lot of angst, so I would classify it in the comfort read realm.
SC Wynne will remain on my like to read list, even if this one was a little bit of a miss for me.
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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