Title: Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 25th Nov, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 260
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
I loved the first book in this series and I loved this one too. “Skip and Richie” are still my favorite couple but I dug “Mason and Terry’s” puppy love quite a lot. This read was a sweet and snarky romance with a whole lot of funny, dirty and sassy moments thrown in for good measure. The entire soccer group with Skip at its helm did wonders for the budding romance between our adorable MCs. It’s a very feel-good romance and I had a swell time rolling around laughing at all the stuff that came out of Mason’s mouth!!! He was really one of a kind.
Mason Hayes has always wanted someone to love him for who he really is but his every romantic endeavor has ended disastrously thus breaking his heart. After a terrible betrayal which ends his last relationship, Mason relocated his life to Fair Oaks, Sacramento. He takes up a job at Tesco where he meets Skipper. Mason tries to land Skip but soon finds out that Skip is in a committed relationship with Richie and their bond is unbreachable like the Fort Knox. He settles being a part of their soccer group where he meets Terry Jefferson.
Terry is in his mid-twenties with a low paying tech job. His social life is non-existent because of his selfish and needy bitch of a mother who has never let him forget that he owes her because she has given birth to him. As I said, BITCH!!! Mason is interested in Terry but he is not sure if he is even gay but after an impromptu blow job session after practice one day, Mason has no doubt that Terry wants him too. Terry loves sex as much as Mason so they are all over each other on every Saturdays but it’s not the type of relationship Mason is looking for. Mason needs a full-fledged committed relationship but Terry has a lot of baggages to overcome before that can happen.
Mason gradually helps Terry turn his life around but he needs to let him go for Terry to make a conscious choice as an adult to want a relationship with him. Read this wonderful story about the journey of Mason and Terry finally getting what they both deserve the most: LOVE!!!
I loved Mason. He was dorky and goofy and has an obsession with the word “penis”. I laughed so much when the first chapter starts. His mother really deserved a medal to patiently handle Mason’s famous unruly and awkward mouth. Mason had such a big heart and he was never pretentious. He has a far better job than anyone else in the team but he never looks down on anyone. He is such a nice friend to Skip and Clay and I loved what he does for them at the end. His understanding of Terry’s situation is so awesome. He helps Terry with his whole heart and is not selfish when it came to releasing Terry for his own good. I really respected him for letting Terry go so selflessly.
Terry has been conditioned by his selfish mother to cater for her without living his own life. He is naïve and innocent in many ways. Terry has never been shown affection by his previous bed partners and always been taken advantage of. Mason changes that of course. There are many moments in the book when he discovers that what he has been led to believe is completely wrong and I really felt bad for the sweet and innocent Terry.
I loved the progress of Mason and Terry’s relationship. Both of them grow in their journey to find love and I loved how they had each other’s back. My heart was breaking for Mason when he lets Terry go to let him live his life. Their “break” was annoying but so very necessary. The results were fantastic but that period was really sad for Mason (and for me*pouts*)
Another thing that I absolutely loved was Skip’s soccer group. They were a huge part of the story. Skip, Richie and Clay were given more exposure than the rest. Clay is shown having a romantic relationship with Mason’s bipolar brother, Dane. We get bits and pieces of their story but I would really love to read their complete story next.
Overall, I loved this emotional and lovely story about love wholeheartedly. I loved the characters and felt totally invested in Mason and Terry’s life from the get go. Ms. Lane never disappoints with her romances and this one is another hit in the “Winter Ball” series. Her writing is beautiful here and she has done an excellent job in making it sweet, funny, sexy and romantic. I would recommend this book to all!!!