Everyday History (LenaR’s Review)

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Title: Everyday History
Author: Alice Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary MM Romance
Page Count: 290
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert to a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ruben into fleeing.

Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. The articles seduce Ruben with details from their weekend together and trigger feelings too strong to avoid. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.

A perfect book doesn’t exist. A perfect book that readers of various ages, backgrounds, genders, social status, with different tastes in books and genres will find equally well.
I become aware of this fact especially when I come across a book that touched me in a special way, that hit the right buttons and pulled the right strings in my perception of a good read, but I still not sure whom I can recommend it to.

Everyday History is one of those books.
Some of you might find it odd and frustrating.

    Keyword: PRESENT TENSE.
    Keyword: Age DIFFERENCES.
    Keyword: Student-teacher-relationship.
    Keyword: Changeing POVs.

Some of you will love it to pieces.

    Keyword: THE WRITING.

I can pretty well understand the both lagers. What I won’t be able to understand EVER: if this book leaves you indifferent.

It is a love story, a very intense and sensual love story. And it is brilliantly written love story, and it is an unusual love story. In spite of the whole story line is focused on Ruben and Henry, they are apart for the most part of it. But even if they don’t spend a lot of time together physically and even if there are no detailed sex on the pages, it is one of the most erotic books I’ve ever read.

Reading it was like going through a thick heavy fog of sexual tension…

Reading it was like listening a melancholic beautiful music…

Reading it was like watching in slow motions how a magnificent flower bursts into blooming…

Reading it was like falling in love deeply desperately, madly.

Reading it was like experiencing all these emotions by my own…

Everyday History is the most perfect imperfect book for me.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.