“The romantic longing, themes of bravery and confidence, and moments of cozy domesticity shine in this May-December romance” —Publishers Weekly
Summer Hemlock never meant to come back to Omen, Massachusetts...
But with his mother in need of help, Summer has no choice but to return to his hometown, take up a teaching residency at the elite Albin Academy—and work directly under the man who made his teenage years miserable.
Professor Fox Iseya.
Forbidding, aloof, commanding: psychology instructor Iseya is a cipher who’s always fascinated and intimidated shy, anxious Summer. But that fascination turns into something more when the older man challenges Summer to be brave. What starts as a daily game to reward Summer with a kiss for every obstacle overcome turns passionate, and a professional relationship turns quickly personal.
Yet Iseya’s walls of grief may be too high for someone like Summer to climb…until Summer’s infectious warmth shows Fox everything he’s been missing in life.
Now both men must be brave enough to trust each other, to take that leap.
To find the love they’ve always needed…
Just like that.
Carina Adores is home to romantic love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.
Book 1: Just Like That
Book 2: Just Like This
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.
I really know how to pick ‘em!!!
I choose my books for a variety of reasons, none of which I will share. However, the premise of this book drew me in... The idea of returning to a school you attended as a student to take up a teaching position from a teacher that more or less had terrified you is enticing... I could tell the school was not like mine from the initial scene, but I was really wondering how this would play out. Then, the first chapter ended with me stunned. I had to continue immediately, because I never expected that. Many such moments led me through the book as I grew fonder of the characters.... and awaited the next surprise. I wasn’t disappointed... Worth my time and affection!!