Title: Lonely Hearts (Love Lessons #3)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 11, 2015
Page Count: 325
Reviewed by: Brooklyn
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Baz and Elijah’s chemistry right from page one was hot! But…Baz was really hot and cold with Elijah to begin with. One minute they are all hot and heavy with each other, then Baz acts like he doesn’t exist. And I couldn’t understand why he kept his distance, why he kept saying to himself it was something he could never have. Ultimately, he decides he wants it enough to say to hell with it – he’s gonna go for it anyway.
The Fabulous Big Gay Disney-themed wedding of Kelly and Walter started off the story and it was fun to see this couple from book one get their happy-ever-after wedding.
I’m don’t do anime, so the references were a bit lost on me, and there were quite a few, but I like how Baz and Elijah identified with the anime characters. Baz’s description of himself as “the boy who lived” gave me a chuckle.
The secondary characters were awesome. A solid group of friends who provided strength and support. And Lejlah was so endearing. I would love to get her story and see her find happiness.
Baz and Elijah’s story was powerful. It epitomizes the struggles of many LGBT teens today, unfortunately. Although they overcame the crap life threw at them, so many others don’t. Not everyone has a happy ending; that’s life, but I hope that someday, it won’t be solely because of who they are and who they love.