(Love Lessons Series, Bk #3)
by Heidi Cullinan
With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill.With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.
Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp. When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.
Warning: Contains sex in a Tesla, sex in a cupboard, sex under a piano, kinky role play, and a cappella RuPaul songs. Just a couple of boys groping, battling, then finally loving their way to becoming men.
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I truly can’t rave enough about this series or the characters, the stories, or the writing. I read this three days straight because “LIFE GETS IN THE WAY and my nights were “the only free time I had”. Thus late night reading and early morning rising to go to day job. Oh so worth it. I LOVED every single PAGE! Every single WORD! The characters are fantastic. The story is endearing.
We met both Baz and Elijah in the previous book “Fever Pitch (Love Lesson #2)” but we truly get to know them in “Lonely Hearts”. Both have been through a lot. While their lives are different and many may think Baz has it easier because he has money and a family per se, this isn’t the case. The readers as well as Elijah learn what happened to Baz as a teenager that causes him to wear sunglasses during the day. Yup, not a fashion statement! There is also a lot of emotional scars for both to over come.
Elijah is always waiting for the other foot to fall. The ever “nothing good remains or comes free”. He had a very hard time letting others help because of that fear and the fear of letting them in and being left. This last fear is one he shares with Baz. This fear is one that he is determined to not only face but over come to be with Elijah! I LOVED how he goes about it and how the two of them make it work!
"Lonely Hearts" is much more "sexier" in the sense that the guys basically get it on from the get go, but that's because it WORKS for the characters and the story! Heidi does a phenomenal job with making everything fit perfectly to their personalities and events.
Another thing that I LOVED about "Lonely Hearts" well, two things... we got to see a WEDDING!! Woohooo! Not saying anything more due to spoiler! The other thing is that it's a story about friendship! Baz is very particular who lets into his life and those who he considers his friends are his family. They are his rock! Elijah is slowly learning that friendship is something he needs and when offered by the right people, it's so worth the risk of trust and love!
Overall a great story of love, moving forward and a family made of those you select to have in your life! Looking forward to the next installment and I CANNOT wait to re-read via audiobook. Iggy Toma who narrates is AWESOME!!!
Rating: 5 Stars - PERFECTION
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Heidi Cullinan in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.