“An un-put-downable gay romance.” —Publishers Weekly
Rian Falwell has a problem.
And his name is Damon Louis.
Rian’s life as the art teacher to a gaggle of displaced boys at Albin Academy should be smooth sailing—until the stubborn, grouchy football coach comes into his world like a lightning strike and ignites a heated conflict that would leave them sworn enemies if not for a common goal.
A student in peril. A troubling secret. And two men who are polar opposites but must work together to protect their charges.
They shouldn’t want each other. They shouldn’t even like each other.
Yet as they fight to save a young man from the edge, they discover more than they thought possible about each other—and about themselves.
In the space between hatred, they find love.
And the lives they have always wanted…
Just like this.
Book 1: Just Like That
Book 2: Just Like This
Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters. Discover a new Carina Adores book every month!
Two hotheaded teachers at an elite Massachusetts boys' school team up to help a student in trouble in McCade's scorching second Albin Academy romance (after Just Like That). When PE teacher Damon Louis angrily confronts art teacher Rian Falwell about keeping star athlete Chris Northcote from football practices, Rian's temper flares; from his perspective, it's football practice keeping Chris from art class. They soon realize that Chris, who is frequently tired and evasive, has been lying to both of them but the inflexible assistant principal brushes off their concerns. Damon and Rian must work together to get to the bottom of Chris's situation, but they frequently lock horns along the way. Their efforts also bring up painful memories of their own complicated family situations, with Rian avoiding his wealthy, manipulative family and Wampanoag Navy vet Damon grappling with having been raised by white parents. When Chris passes out in class and the school nurse discovers that his uniform hides bruises all over his body, Damon and Rian ramp up their investigation. Their stress gives way first to frequent arguments, then to achingly emotional sex scenes. The leads' volatile emotions and the elusive mystery make for an un-put-downable gay romance.