Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 8 hours and 25 minutes
At a Glance: Oh my god, I love Mason, a fantastic character we met in Winter Ball, and I loved his story. As usual, Nick J. Russo provides the perfect narration.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: Mason Hayes’s love life has a long history of losers who don’t see that Mason’s heart is as deep and tender as his mouth is awkward. He wants kindness, he wants love – and he wants someone who thinks sex is as fantastic as he does. When Terry Jefferson first asks him out, Mason thinks it’s a fluke: Mason is too old, too boring, and too blurty to interest someone as young and hot as his friend’s soccer teammate.
The truth is much more painful: Mason and Terry are perfectly compatible, and they totally get each other. But Terry is still living with his toxic, suffocating parent and Mason doesn’t want to be a sugar daddy. Watching Terry struggle to find himself is a long lesson in patience, but Mason needs to trust that the end result will be worth it, because finally, he’s found a man worth sharing his heart with.
Review: Summer Lessons is the second book in this series, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading Winter Ball first; it adds so much to these characters.
Mason Hayes is an executive at Tesko Tech. When he first started at Tesko, he made some inappropriate remarks to Skipper Keith, one of the tech support desk guys. Luckily, Skipper handled it well and they have since become friends. In fact, Skipper invites Mason and Dane to join the summer soccer league with him and Richie and the other guys.
Terry Jefferson is a friend of Skipper’s from Tech school, and another guy who plays on the soccer team. He seems to take a liking to Mason, and decides to help him with some proper soccer coaching before the first game—but one things leads to another in the park bathroom. Seems that Terry might not be so straight after all, and that he really has taken a shine to Mason.
Mason, however, is appalled by the way Terry seems to think of himself and even more appalled by how Terry is treated by his bitter, surly and hateful single mother. Ms. Jefferson does literally nothing—except demand that her son take care of her as repayment for giving birth to him! She is truly a barnacle on the hull of Terry’s life, and it’s pretty tough to remove this barnacle—at least not without some help.
Mason is at a loss as to how to help Terry, and he needs help from his friends Skipper and Carpenter, and also from his amazing assistant, Mrs. Bradford. The guys and the rest of the team help Mason help Terry make the moves he needs to get away from his mother and start living his own life. The problem for Mason is that once he helps Terry start living his own life, that life doesn’t seem to include Mason anymore. What can Mason do? He can wait and pine a little bit and hope for the best. If they are meant to be, then it will work out.
Oh my god I LOVE Mason. His foot-in-mouth disease is perfectly on display, but we get to see what only his mother and brother have known to be true up until now—that he truly has a heart of gold and someday, someone will finally SEE him and appreciate all he has to offer. This is another fabulous book in this series, seamlessly mixing the characters from the first book into this story. I can’t wait for the next book because Dane and Carpenter definitely deserve their HEA. Nick J. Russo once again does a stellar job of narration. His voice characterizations for all of the guys is spot on, and I enjoyed every minute of his narrating.
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