Review: Amy Lane – Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2)

41uwsqpbs6lAuthor: Amy Lane
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary:

Mason Hayes’s love life has a long history of losers who don’t see that Mason’s heart is as deep and tender as his mouth is awkward. He wants kindness, he wants love—and he wants someone who thinks sex is as fantastic as he does. When Terry Jefferson first asks him out, Mason thinks it’s a fluke: Mason is too old, too boring, and too blurty to interest someone as young and hot as his friend’s soccer teammate.

The truth is much more painful: Mason and Terry are perfectly compatible, and they totally get each other, but Terry is still living with his toxic, suffocating parent and Mason doesn’t want to be a sugar daddy. Watching Terry struggle to find himself is a long lesson in patience, but Mason needs to trust that the end result will be worth it, because finally, he’s found a man worth sharing his heart with.

Review:

This was okay, but I never quite felt the chemistry between the two MC’s that I wanted to. Despite Mason’s quick claims of love, I didn’t really see why. What was so special about Terry? I didn’t dislike him, but he also never really did anything to endear me to him either. He never seemed to appreciate Mason enough. And his actions didn’t match his intense dialogues.

I liked Mason, and I wanted better for him. When new potential love interests started being introduced, I found myself wishing he would give them a shot. I agree that Terry needed to live on his own, but that doesn’t mean you hafta start skipping out on plans and stop texting. It’s called being a friend. Mason was there for him when he needed someone and it was really unflattering to see how quickly he dropped him.

So the resolution was nice, but not as joyous as I experience with most books. First of all, their first three interactions post ‘break’ were all via phone.Seriously?!?And then, while Terry did acknowledge that he was wrong and needed to make amends… Mason was so happy to have him back that there was very little groveling. Terry at least needed to acknowledge how much he had hurt Mason, for pretty much no reason.

I liked how the book started with some scenes throughout Mason’s childhood, showing us his foot-in-mouth-disease. It was sweet and a nice intro. I do honk that if we had gotten a few scenes from Terry’s POV, it would have made me a bit more sympathetic. If I had seen his insecurities and questioning, it also may have allowed to see the chemistry better from his side. Anyway, a nice enough read, but not an all time fave from one of my fave authors. If you liked book 1 then you’ll prob like this also, the same cast of characters make a prominent appearance and I liked getting to know Dane in particular.

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