Title: Teaching Ben (Dreamspun Desires #52)
Author: Shae Connor
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 170 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Learning to love means a study in patience.
Fresh out of the military, Ben Cooper is ready for a new start. He’s away from his domineering father, making his own choices… and out of the closet. On his first day of college, he meets David Powell, who’s just the kind of gorgeous man Ben’s dreamed of. Too bad he’s the teaching assistant—which makes him off-limits in Ben’s eyes.
David is Ben’s age, but his life has taken a different path. He’s close with his family, who helped him deal with personal struggles after he came out. And while he’s staying away from any hint of scandal, Ben’s a kind of temptation he hasn’t faced in years. If only they’d met on more equal footing.
As the semester progresses and their lives become more entwined, keeping their relationship platonic becomes more difficult. They just have to hold out until the end of the semester….
Sometimes finding the right person and then having to wait to be with them is so much better then jumping into something right away. Becoming friends first and getting to know one another can be better than learning who you’re with while trying to navigate a relationship.
Ben is fresh out of the military and starting fresh without having to hide who he is. Finally after having a father that was former military and against him being gay and six years in the Air Force and not being true to who he really is, Ben has the opportunity to really start living his life for him and not anyone else. Ben has enrolled in college and is ready to truly experience all the things that he has had to hide from.
When Ben walks into one of his classes the first person he notices is the TA, David. Though Ben is extremely attracted to him he knows that David is off limits since he is a teacher of sorts.
When David met Ben he knows that there is something different about him. Something that David wants to get to know better. But David knows that anything more than friendship for now is going to cause a scandal of sorts and that is the last thing that David wants or needs.
So David and Ben decide to stick with a friendship until Ben is no longer a student and David is no longer a TA. But when a student and fellow classmate gets jealous of the two of them getting so close he will stop at nothing to break them apart or get them in trouble.
Can David and Ben not only survive someone else’s jealousy but also survive “just friends” until the end of the semester? Can they really become more once classes are over after being nothing more than just friends?
I really enjoyed this read. It is a sweet romance that is slow burning. Becoming friends first is what makes them so much better together in the end. I am glad that I read it.