Title: Just Like That by Cole McCade
Series: Albin Academy, Book 1
Release Date: June 30, 2020 by Carina Adores
Format: Kindle ~ e-Arc (320 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance; LGBT;
Blurb: Summer Hemlock never meant to come back to Omen, Massachusetts.But with his mother in need of help, Summer has no choice but to return to his hometown, take up a teaching residency at the Albin Academy boarding school—and work directly under the man who made his teenage years miserable.
Professor Fox Iseya: Forbidding, aloof, commanding: psychology instructor Iseya is a cipher who’s always fascinated and intimidated shy, anxious Summer. But that fascination turns into something more when the older man challenges Summer to be brave. What starts as a daily game to reward Summer with a kiss for every obstacle overcome turns passionate, and a professional relationship turns quickly personal.
Yet Iseya’s walls of grief may be too high for someone like Summer to climb…until Summer’s infectious warmth shows Fox everything he’s been missing in life. Now both men must be brave enough to trust each other, to take that leap. To find the love they’ve always needed…
Just like that.
This story was okay for me. I had hoped for a faster pace love story, but it was a happy one. I am always appreciative of an ending that makes me smile. This story was more about healing from childhood trauma and from a lost love by way of new love. It just didn’t wow me.
Summer Hemlock returned to his home town to become a Teaching Assistant at his former high school. He was reunited with his former professor, Fox Iseya, whom he had a crush on back in the day.
Now that they are somewhat colleagues, Summer makes his move and kisses Fox who doesn’t rebuff him. Instead he issues Summer a challenge, and for each challenge met, Summer can get a kiss from Fox. It begins this dance between the shy teaching assistant and the aloof professor.
One thing that I liked was the relationship wasn’t rushed. I also liked that the older more experienced professor took the lead and they began to break down some of the walls that they both had built around their hearts for protection. I liked that they were good for each other, it is just that I found it slow and boring. I was hoping to have some angst or more explosive encounters than the quiet subtle unpacking of their issues. I liked the writing but I prefer more drama and a faster pace romance. It was my first time reading this author and I found it to be a slow burn which is difficult to enjoy, especially in this current pandemic time in society. I finished it but didn’t feel wowed by the story enough to be curious about any sequels.
*Special thanks to Carina Press via Netgalley for the e-book given in exchange for an honest review.