Sunday, June 25, 2017

By the Book by Maria Vickers

"Great Story. Great Characters."
Author: Maria Vickers
Title: By the Book
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: June 14th
Cover Designer: T.E. Black Designs
Editor: Shana Vanterpool
Joshua Dayton met the man of his dreams as a sophomore in high school—his mentor and biology teacher, Mr. Cayden. Fearing his love would be considered forbidden and rejected, he ran away to college, determined to move on and forget. Three years later, he is summoned home and comes face to face with the man he tried to leave in the past. The same man he never stopped loving.

Samuel Cayden was looking for a fresh start and an escape. What he was not expecting was to develop feelings for his student, Joshua. Yet when the boy returns home a man, Samuel can no longer pretend the pull between them doesn’t exist.

Will the student become the teacher, showing Samuel how to open his heart? Will Samuel be able to prove to Joshua that things are not always what they appear? Or will the spark fizzle before it has a chance to ignite?

It’s time they got a lesson in love and temptation.
Also available on Kindle Unlimited
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

A sweet and heartfelt read.

Josh has always known who he loves: his biology teacher Sam.  He also knew he could never do anything about it until he left school.  His love was declared in a letter before he left town and he has not been back since.  When Josh's mum is taken into hospital, Josh returns home to find Sam helping her out.  Josh's feelings for him haven't diminished.  In fact absence has made the heart grow even fonder.

This was a reminder that prejudice is still alive and rife in society, with Sam and Josh not only having to overcome their past teacher-student relationship and age difference but the extreme hatred and verbal abuse they face from the very people who should support them and love them unconditionally: their families.  The strength of these characters and of their love for each other shone through and enabled them to stay strong in the face of such appalling prejudice.

This was a beautifully woven story and the beauty of their love outshone even those darker parts.  So heartfelt.

Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing, and after she became disabled, she decided to use writing as her escape. 

She has learned a lot about life and herself after becoming sick. One of the things she has learned and lives by is, life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances. 
I’ve always loved books. Not only creating stories but reading them as well. Books transport me, and when I was younger, I would run into walls because I refused to put my books down even for a second. Take not, walking while reading is not advised. LOL. 

With my books, I dream of sharing my stories with the world. I want others to be transported or to feel the emotions my characters feel. That is my goal. If I can do that for one person, I succeeded. 

Getting sick changed me and my life, but it also opened doors that I thought were closed. Today, even though I may not be able to do as much as I once could, I still have my mind, and I can write.
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