Learn With Me (Maya’s Review)

Title: Learn With Me
Author: Kris Jacen
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: May 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Military
Page Count: 43,000 words
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Josiah “Siah” Kent has always loved learning; now he’s living his dream of teaching children to love it too. After getting his degrees in New Orleans, he accepted a teaching position outside of Washington DC. What a better place to be able to teach and continue learning?

Sergeant Carter May joined the Army right out of high school. He’s always struggled to succeed in school but has found a place in the military but has dreamed of getting a college degree–he’d be the first in his family if he did. Being stationed with the Presidential Firing Battery at Arlington National Cemetery will give him the opportunity to take the chance, but will he risk failing?

A chance meeting years ago in New Orleans, had sparks flying between Siah and Carter. Another chance encounter between the ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, blow those sparks into a full flame. Can Siah and Carter find some common ground to learn more about each other and a possible future together?

I was hoping for a nice heartwarming story with this one and it didn’t disappoint. The storytelling was somewhat abrupt occasionally which jarred me out of story but Carter and Siah are NICE.

They both struggle with self confidence but are willing to change. Siah is unhappy with being afraid of others so he starts training martial arts. Carter has problems with book learning but he tries to overcome his difficulties. In my opinion, few people are actually willing to make such changes. I’ll also admit I liked Siah’s stance on learning and hard work. It’s what made characters so likeable. We see how their relations develops and even secondary characters popping up are charming. I’ll admit to skipping sex scenes as was more interested in dating part. The military part, which I expected to be just pretty scenery, actually turned out to be very interesting.
I think I would have liked this one better with lower heat rating. It’s comforting story with a happy end.

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