Monday, January 26, 2015

Wicked Reads Reviews – Teach Me by Sloan Johnson

Two words stripped Austin Pritchard of the privileged life he’s used to. The moment he uttered the words, “I’m gay,” he realized there is no such thing as unconditional love. Now, he’s gone from traveling the world with his family to living on the streets trying to figure out how he’s going to stay in school.

A chance opportunity changes everything. Austin impresses the foreman and lands a job, but even more, he catches the eye of David Becker, who is determined to teach him that true love doesn’t come with strings.

The only thing David had as a child was love. His family struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. That has driven him to stay focused on his goals; become a tenured professor at a university and save enough money to build a home of his own. It’s not until he sees an insecure college student working on his new house that he realizes that he hasn’t planned on someone to share his life with. He’s about to learn that everything he’s already accomplished is nothing compared to the task of making Austin see that he is worthy of love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I was so excited to read this book and then when I started to read it my excitement dwindled. This story had good potential but I think it fell flat. Austin basically gets disowned by his parents when he comes out; he has no place to go when school is out so he lives on the streets. Meeting a few friends and sticking with them to stay safe leads Austin to a job opportunity. David has worked hard to meet every goal in life he has set for himself. His new house is one of those goals, meeting one of the young workers on his house wasn’t on his list, but it might be one of the best things to happen to him. This was just kind of boring and full of high school drama and the steam factor was nonexistent. I think I was so let down because I was excited to read the book and then it was just simply OK.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable.
Sex: Yes but not detailed
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: I don’t think so
Genre: M/M/Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

When the school year ends and everyone goes home for the summer, Austin has nowhere to go and ends up on the streets. I'm a sucker for a character who is struggling financially who can't make ends meet, so Austin's circumstances pulled at my heart strings. I was in tears repeatedly in the early part of this book.

Austin's life starts to change for the better when he meets David, a man 15 years his senior, on a worksite. The gap in the ages, financial status and life experience of Austin and David make for a turbulent relationship. At times David is a little preachy and Austin a little immature but the characters grow and learn as we move through the story.

I enjoyed Teach Me very much and I hope the author will consider writing Casey's story.

3.5 Stars

I don't know if it was based on some real world things going on but to me I felt all the pain and heartache that Austin had in the very beginning of the book. Even though we don't see the coming out to his parents and them turning their backs on him, the loneliness he felt while waiting for them at the end of school was heartbreaking. It was such a painful and emotional moment.

Without even knowing he was looking for it David found what his life was missing when he saw Austin. Relationships are hard work regardless who is in them, you need to work for it and with Austin's emotional baggage it just means they needed to work harder.

Teach Me was sweet love story, bumps and bruises included but not a lot of sexual chemistry between Austin and David. The overall message is about knowing you are worthy of being loved. Good premise.

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s body. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed, purple haired mom of two kids, one of which was a thank you present to her husband for letting her get a Staffordshire Terrier with more anxiety issues than Sloan has, which is saying something. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself in a good book and forget that she has somewhere to be.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Teach Me by Sloan Johnson to read and review.

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