Class Distinctions (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Class Distinctions
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Release Date: February 25, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, YA Romance
Page Count: 41
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Kyle and Jonathan were perfect for each other, the two halves that, once together, made a whole. And then one snowy night just before Parents’ Weekend on the campus of Hamilton University, Kyle drops a bomb: he’s breaking up with Jonathan.

Follow the couple through the stormy (in more ways than one) night that ensues. Why has Kyle suddenly decided to throw away something so precious and good?

The answers lie in their backgrounds, and will gradually come to light as a winter blizzard rages around the young couple.

Their tortured paths bring them to the covered bridge where their love had sprung to life on a hot summer day. But will the warmth of that memory and the heat of the love they once shared be enough to outclass the storm, and more importantly, bring them back together?

This brief novella takes place one cold February night in the months-old relationship between Jonathan and Kyle, both students at Hamilton University. Jonathan’s plan for a weekend together are shattered when Kyle abruptly breaks up with him. We get alternating POVs throughout as each young man deals with their heartbreak, until they find themselves drawn to the old covered bridge where they shared their first kiss on a bright August day.

There are no explicit sex scenes, but there is longing and young love and the feeling that each is at the beginning of something important:

Kyle stared down at him, with hope, with hunger, with ineffable need, but mixed in with all that was kindness and gratitude.
And love.
Jonathan hadn’t realized until that very moment how hungry he had been for this connection.

Reed writes beautifully of the relationship each young man has with his mother and I would have loved to have them meet one another. My only niggle about the story is the pacing which dwells on the breakup a bit too leisurely IMHO while the ending very quickly introduces the reason for the breakup and then concludes fairly quickly. 3.5 stars for “Class Distinctions.”

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Galley copy of Class Distinctions provided by JMS Books in exchange of an honest review.


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader