Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: High School Reunion
SERIES: Collins Avenue Confidential
AUTHOR: Steve Milton
PUBLISHER: self published
LENGTH: 152 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2016
“He was my teacher twenty years ago.” High school was rough, but at least Steve enjoyed nursing his teenage crush on his English teacher. Twenty years later, Steve isn’t interested in attending his reunion, until he remembers Mr. P might be there. And Mr. P might still be hot.
“Everything is different now.” David Patterson, “Mr. P” to his students, was fired for an indiscreet adult encounter. But that was almost twenty years ago, and now he’s openly gay in the classroom. Meeting his former student is a jolt back to his past, and maybe to his future.
High School Reunion is a standalone second-chances gay romance with a feel-good HEA, a hot English teacher, his shy former student, a grumpy cat, and love hotter than the Key West sun.
High School Reunion is the sixth story in the Collins Avenue Confidential series but can be read as a standalone. This is my first book by this author and I am quite torn to write this review. On one hand I really like the writing style and especially in the beginning, the first third of the book I was having a blast. I loved the humor and was laughing out loud a lot. On the other hand, different elements of the plot-line were a bit unbelievable and I didn’t quite feel the chemistry between our MCs. The book also could have used one more set of proofing.
I think if you read this story as a fantasy coming true, it’s a great read. This is definitely something we all have fantasized about. What would happen if we met our high school crush later in our life? How would our past dreams come true and how would our then secret love come to life. If you have ever thought about that, you would enjoy this story. Steve meets Mr.P (David), his former English teacher, at their reunion and this book tells you what happens next.
Being an avid reader and part of this wonderful community, certain elements of the plot-line spoke to me real well. We get two writers for main characters and the literary and musical references add a certain intellectual layer to the plot. The fact that Steve is a gay romance writer who writes dinosaur love stories was an extra fun bonus. I enjoyed his take on the writing process and his job description and also like how his writing changes by the end of the story, how he comes out of his shell and broadens his writing horizon.
The first sex scene happened in a pretty unexpected place and although it was hot, I think it didn’t match any of the characters’ mindset. I didn’t feel that kind of urgency between them to justify the encounter.
Their love for each other was too insta for my taste, but their whole relationship and how they handled upcoming problems were well written and very promising for their future.
Overall I would say it’s an entertaining love story and I hope you enjoy it.