Learn with Me (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Learn with Me (With Me series #3)
Author: Kris Jacen
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Military, Romance
Page Count: 145
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 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?

This is the third book in the series and with both main characters being on the periphery of the heptad, there was a different feel with this story.

Josiah (Siah) gets his story here from Book 2 as well as Carter. They met as Danny was released from the hospital. Now it’s three years later and Siah is a teacher of 6th grade, who happens to have Mooney’s twins in his class. Carter is active duty in D.C. when they meet again and trade numbers.

Overall a quick, entertaining read. The story mostly ended up being about Carter being harassed by his fellow soldiers for being gay than it was about the development of a romance. There were a few fights and a beating.

For me, the dynamic just wasn’t there between Siah and Carter. Carter just kept saying he wasn’t good enough and then Siah would just think that he was the one not good enough and it kept circling around. I was hoping for more of a cute story between these two young guys but it didn’t really pan out for me.

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Galley copy of Learn with Me provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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