Friday, December 9, 2016

Summer Lessons by Amy Lane

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I found this series just when I was starting to miss the sunshine and happiness of Amy Lane’s Candy Man books. Fortunately, this second book in the Winter Ball series is full of the gentle humor and sweet romance I loved in the Candy Man books. Here, we again meet up with possibly the least successful Sacramento rec league soccer team and watch as Skipper’s boss, Mason, falls for Terry, a hapless defender.

This story tracks Mason’s life from the time he is nine years old. Young Mason is such a funny, charming character that by the time Mason came of age, I was thoroughly invested in his wellbeing and desperate for him to meet someone special. Adult Mason is a little more slick and much more reserved, but there are still enough glimpses of the awkward, foot-in-mouth teenager to make me smile. Mason’s early dating escapades are both hilarious and incredibly sad, so by the time he meets Terry, I was desperate for something to go right for him.

Terry is very young and his life experiences have made him even younger. Afraid to stand up to his mother, living his life in her closet, Terry is a difficult character to love. Because the story is told from Mason’s perspective, I kept questioning Terry’s motives, and there were a few times I wanted to shake him and knock a little sense into him. As a couple, I enjoyed the vulnerability between these two. Mason is tentative because he is worn out and jaded. Terry is tentative because he hasn’t had any experience of affection in his life before.

This is a classic Amy Lane story. It is a story all about family with the dysfunction in Terry’s small family offset by the warmth and unconditional love of Mason’s. This author always writes about mental health issues with sensitivity and insight, and there aren’t many problems she can’t solve with friendship, kindness, and some really hot sex.

AMY LANE is a mother of two college students, two grade-schoolers, and two small dogs. She is also a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores fur-babies, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all. Her award-winning writing has three flavors: twisty-purple alternative universe, angsty-orange contemporary, and sunshine-yellow happy. By necessity, she has learned to type like the wind. She’s been married for twenty-plus years to her beloved Mate and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2) by Amy Lane to read and review.

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