ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date- June 30th 2020 Genre-M/M Age-Gap Romance
Kindle Edition-336 pages
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.
In Just Like That, critically acclaimed author Cole McCade introduces us to Albin Academy: a private boys’ school where some of the world’s richest families send their problem children to learn discipline and maturity, out of the public eye.
This book is approximately 65,000 words
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Just Like That by Cole McCade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre-wise this is a M/M age-gap romance. It was very well written and instantly drew me in with its easy style. This had such a beautiful flow to it and the prose used here was just so lyrical. Summer Hemlock returns to his roots in Omen Massachusetts to be close to his mother and to take up a position as a TA at his former school Albin Academy. Summer is now working under his former teacher and crush’s shadow the frosty and rigid processor Fox Iseya. When the professor brings attention to Summers reticent nature challenging him to step out of his safe-zone Summer without thinking of the consequences angrily kisses him. Fox has been closed off for years, the pain of losing his wife causing him to shut down his emotions and hide behind an icy outward demeanour. Summers unexpected move totally throws him and causes the first chunk in his defences to appear. I did initially think that it would be Fox being the elder here making that first initial move when surprisingly it was Summer who despite his more timid and submissive nature takes the reins and first pushes forward here. Fox initially is much more reserved but does react accordingly. He is initially very much perturbed by what is unfolding as he’s been living in an emotionless vacuum for years due to his past grief. Dropping his walls after all this time to allow someone closer goes totally against his every instinct. Fox’s initial floundering is adorable and such a contrast to his usual controlled outward persona. It’s also fascinating to see Summer emerge from his chrysalis after years of keeping his head down. As a character Summer is such a contradiction all anxious energy mixed together with a big glug of courage. He’s afraid but still prepared to go after what he wants despite his uncertainties or maybe even because of them. I loved the authenticity and complexity of the characters here they were imperfect and unique which gave this, in turn, such a realism. Dynamic wise Fox Iseya is very much the dominant personality here but that is not to say the more submissive and shy Summer doesn’t also have a voice. And as there relationship develops further Fox is very much a protector as well as a nurturer towards the much younger Summer whilst also trying to hold himself slightly separate for his own emotional protection. I especially adored his stern take no-nonsense approach and the way it made Summer feel grounded and secure in the face of his own fears and extreme anxiety. locked behind Fox’s stern persona is also so much surprising vulnerability and insecurities that he keeps hidden using fear of his wrath as a tool to repel others from getting close. They were both such diverse personalities and against the odds, they seemed to fit. This was very much a journey of discovery for both men who each found what they didn’t know they were looking for in each other and grew so much over the course of this story. With this, we mostly focus on summer and Fox and there building bond but rather than being bored I was enthralled. This was an incredibly romantic story, driven solely by the emerging bonds and past traumas. It was incredibly emotional and poignant and actually had me transfixed. I adored both Summer and Fox very much and was totally invested in their story. They had such explosive chemistry as well as such a deep emotional connection. There were no major gimmicks really with this and the simplicity of the story here was actually part of its whole appeal. This was thoughtful and insightful and the emotions and slow healing experienced here is the main focus. The struggles of a man afraid to re-open his heart and the courage of one who though still afraid doesn’t let it define and shape his future. Totally recommend this it was great and I enjoyed it immensely. A thumbs up from my camp.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Just like that.
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