Title: Stage Two (Lexington Lovers Book 3)
Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, uncle, vice principal, guardian, nephews, bullies, crush
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Love has a steep learning curve.
Assistant high school principal Blake Barnes has everything he wants—a chance to help troubled students and an outlet for his passion for theater. Well, almost everything—he still goes home to an empty apartment. Then his high school crush explodes back into his life, the unexpected guardian of two boys in Blake’s care.
Thane Dalton has always been a bad boy through and through. Not much has changed, including his mistrust of authority figures, and no amount of institutional bureaucracy will keep him from protecting his nephews from the bullies terrorizing them. If that means butting heads with Blake, so be it.
Blake and Thane have lessons to learn: that they both have the boys’ best interests at heart, that the tension between them isn’t just confrontational, and that sparks can fly when opposites come together.
What happens when you are all grown up, the assistant principal at th high school, have two boys in your office that are new but are being bullied, and then find out their guardian is none other then your high school crush? Well in Blakes case you get tongue tied around him. Then when you untie your tongue you say the wrong thing and get off to the wrong footing.
And in Blake’s case you decide you do not like your previous crush like you used too. He may even think that Thane is even a bigger a$$ now then when he was younger. A very hot A$$ but an a$$ just the same.
Regardless Blake knows he has to do what he can in order to keep Blake’s nephews, Kit and Phillip safe from the bullies. That is why he suggests joint the theater crew to help them make friends and to keep the occupied and he will be able to keep an extra close eye of them also.
The only problem is though he invited Thane to pitch and help with the set building for the theater, he did not figure he would actually do it. But here they were and the more time they spent together the more his crush from Before comes back full force.
Can two men and two boys all come together to make a family that they all crave or will there be too many obstacles and issues standing in their way?
This was a really good read with some extremely sweet moments in it. But at the same time Ariel incorporated a serious subject of bullying at school and how the issue is handled. I think that Ariel did a wonderful job on this book and I really enjoyed it. Cannot wait till the next book in this series comes out.