{Review} Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan (Love Lessons #3)

{Review} Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan (Love Lessons #3)Lonely Hearts by Heidi Cullinan
Also by this author: Carry the Ocean
Series: Love Lessons #3
Published by Samhain Publishing on August 11, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance, New Adult
Pages: 325
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Even hot messes need a happily ever after.

Love Lessons, Book 3

With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill.

With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.

Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp.

When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.

Warning: Contains sex in a Tesla, sex in a cupboard, sex under a piano, kinky role play, and a cappella RuPaul songs. Just a couple of boys groping, battling, then finally loving their way to becoming men.

 


Erin: It should come as absolutely NO surprise that Heidi Cullinan’s newest book, Lonely Hearts, book 3 of her fabulous Love Lessons series, is beyond fantastic. I mean, this is Heidi Cullinan we’re talking about here. As anyone who knows me—and probably those who don’t—knows, Heidi is my very favorite author. Ever. Everything she writes, from New Adult to high fantasy to kink to contemporary romance, is full of all the things that make reading the joyous escape it is. Characters that are so perfectly developed they leap off the page, dialogue that is both witty and poignant, and layered between, a love story that hits dead center into your feels and stays there for days, if not forever.

Lonely Hearts is Sebastian ‘Baz’ Acker and Elijah Prince’s story. We met both in Fever Pitch, book 2, and this book picks up right where that one left off, at Walter *sigh* and Kelly’s fairytale Disney wedding. (sidenote: while I don’t think it’s inherently necessary to read both previous books in this series to enjoy Lonely Hearts, you will definitely appreciate it MUCH more if you do. Besides, Walter. Enough said. You definitely want to experience all that is Walter Lucas, trust me) Not only do we have the best wedding ever, we see Giles and Aaron, Damien, Marius, and the rest of the Ambassadors, plus we get hot, steamy sex in an uber sexy Tesla. Talk about opening a book with a bang. Literally. But, please, do NOT think this book is only about sexy times because as per usual for the wickedly talented Heidi Cullinan, sex is but the tiniest bit.

Baz and Elijah are broken boys, more physical than mental for the flirty and oh so charming Baz and for Elijah, well, his demons are many and large to boot. Watching these two navigate their relationship was pure enjoyment, even when they made me cry.

“All I know is I don’t want to stop being with you once we go back.” Baz rested a hand on Elijah’s hair and threaded his fingers hesitantly. “I get tired of being alone. I think you do too. We could be alone together, instead.”

The moments when Baz and Elijah are at their most vulnerable are the ones that broke my heart then filled it with hope and joy. There are very few authors who balance hot and sexy with the quiet and tender quite like Heidi Cullinan. It’s a gift and one of my favorite things about her books.

Lonely Hearts has a great balance of humor and angst and sex and the story is just about perfect in every way. One of the other things that fans of Heidi have come to expect are the plethora of pop culture references and this book delivers these in such a delightful way. From RuPaul and the music of Maino to Howl’s Moving Castle and the brilliance that is Hayao Miyazaki, you’ll find yourself smiling if you recognize something or Googling if you don’t.

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And as always, Heidi pushes boundaries and opens mind, and her transgender character Lewis/Lejla was lovely and important and a fabulous addition to the residents of the White House. Watching Elijah be gentle with her, support her and fight for her was truly one of my favorite parts of the book. Not to mention, the surprise appearance of Ed and Laurie from Dance With Me made me smile big and their cameo was just such a wonderful gift!

This book is full of all the good things: flirting and UST to the max, way WAY hot sex (the role play scene about scorched my computer screen, not even gonna lie about that), a deep, REAL friendship that morphs into a true and beautiful loving relationship, the exploration of family and how sometimes you have to make your own, and the search for yourself and finding the path that brings you joy. Lonely Hearts was everything I wanted it to be and more. Do yourself a favor and read ALL the Love Lessons series, you will thank me, I promise.

“I know where you keep your heart, Sebastian.”

“Yes.” He pressed the flat of his hand over the fluttering organ inside Elijah’s chest. “It’s right here.”

Erin

Erin is a book addict! She loves books of all kinds, but her favorites are Contemporary Romance or YA (and she reads both boy/boy AND boy/girl, sometimes even girl/girl!) She's been reading since she could hold a book in her hands and doesn't see that changing any time soon. Give her a Coke, kick ass tunes from her favorite playlists, and a book, and she's in reading heaven.

She's a Texan, though she drinks her tea plain and NOT sweet. She loves cheesecake, strawberry limeade's from Sonic and her favorite color is purple. In her books, she loves an HEA, but she never minds if the road is rough to get there, as long as the reward is worth the struggle.

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