“You can’t look back—you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.” ― Jodi Picoult
What happens to a man that has been in a relationship for eight years when he finds out that his long distance love affair has fallen apart. Well, for Jeremy Decker it means that he has maxed out his credit cards trying to keep the failing relationship together. Unfortunately, he finds out that David was cheating on him and he ends the relationship. Now he finds himself thirty years old, single and in debt up to his eyeballs. So this is how Jeremy finds himself teaching summer school to make the money to pay off his credit cards. That’s not even the worst part, he is teaching 16th century history and he is a literature teacher. He even admits to not knowing when the 16th Century was. To top everything off with a freaking cherry; it is the hottest summer in years and Jeremy feels like he is in hell.
One thing Jeremy didn’t know was that the school hired a teaching assistant for him. So we meet Lucas Van Sloan, a college student who just so happens to be a history major. The only downside to this situation is the fact that Lucas is just about everything Jeremy likes in a man, even if he is slightly on the young side. Lucas has a slim swimmer’s build with long blond hair and a glass half full outlook that draws Jeremy in no matter how hard he tries to fight it.
During the hottest part of the summer Jeremy’s air conditioning goes out and he is about to lose his mind from lack of sleep and is in serious danger of melting. Lucas sees this as an opportunity to get what he has been dreaming of, Jeremy under his roof. Lucas is house sitting for a friend for the summer and he convinces Jeremy to stay with him, just until his a/c can be fixed ofcourse. Once Jeremy moves in Lucas puts on the full court press and after just one week the two men are sharing a bed and getting to know one another better.
Jeremy and Lucas spend their days teaching and their evenings having dinner together, cuddling in front of the tv and sharing an evening swim. Both men are slowly falling in love with each other, but neither man has the courage to put their feelings into words. About two months into their relationship Lucas gets blindsided when David shows up at the school to get Jeremy back. For some reason, David can’t seem to understand why Jeremy doesn’t want him back. The unanswered phone calls and emails weren’t evidence enough for the man and Jeremy realizes that his going to have to spell it all out for David once and for all.
Seeing David and Jeremy together puts all kinds of doubts in Lucas’ mind. It’s not until Jeremy sends David packing that Lucas can breathe easy and he finally feels secure in their relationship. After a brief separation while Lucas visits his family both men realize they love one another. Love doesn’t always win in the end though. How will these two men be able to make it work when Lucas is twenty-one and still in college and Jeremy is thirty and ready to settle down? Well, you will just have to read the book to find out! :)
I liked getting to know these two men as individuals and as a couple. The internal dialogues were wonderful and their sex was off the charts. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance mixed in with their angst. So give Jeremy and Lucas a try and you might just find that you liked them as much as I did.
Reviewed by: Jackie