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Love Lessons

(Love Lessons #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  5,376 ratings  ·  826 reviews
Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.

Worst of all, he’s landed the charming,
ebook, 379 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Samhain
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Wow. I REALLY did NOT expect to LOVE this book THIS much!!!! It was just SO GOOD!

Is it sweet? YES.
Is there angst? Minor. Very minor.
Is there smut? Minor. Very minor.
Is it the typical YA formula? On the surface it might seem it, but it actually goes much deeper. I wouldn’t call this “YA”.
Is it emotional? Yes, at times.
Is it HEA? See question 1.

This is a really different book than I’m used to from Heidi Cullinan. Honestly, the woman knows how to write a HOT story. Love Lessons, however,
Heidi Cullinan
Apr 26, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote-it
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Only $0.99 at Amazon right now!! 8/3/15 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CZ8MCG0*


Another fabulous read by the always reliable Heidi Cullinan! I mean, what is there not to love about a college freshman virgin from the sticks and a male player reforming his ways?? Truly nothing. And a Disney theme to boot?? Yes please!!

Clearly this book had some of my favorite tropes and it delivered in a big way. I was needed something light to pick me up and this good old-fashioned M/M sappy romance did the trick!
DNF 40%
Jumping for cover, sorry guys. Another buddy read gone bust, only this time I was wise enough to quit while I was ahead. Love Lessons will be that other book that everyone loved but me. Picky, fussy, grumpy or moody take your pick. My patience seems to be wearing thin lately, I was bored and exasperated, its a very slow moving story. It also didn't help that one of the characters Walter annoyed me, another strike. Sugar is all well and good but white death is too much.:( Yes, I did skim t
* Meli Mel *

♥ ♥ ♥ 4 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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"Sometimes they never do, and that’s a risk we take. But sometimes what they need most is to see us sitting still, patient, waiting. To understand that we’re going to be there no matter what, that we’re the ones who are always sitting there waiting, loyal, loving. Sometimes that’s more powerful than any words.”

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All Walter Lucas wants is to live off campus. He is known as
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Pre-ordered and a big thank you to Samhain's wonderful customer service that allows me to forget about the book until a nice email is in my inbox reminding me that it's here ! :D
And I'm going to Buddy read this with Lucy! :)

OK, first update Samhain didn't send me an email this time. Not good, here I am praising them left, right and center and they don't send me an email. *sadz*


Now to the book!
Short version I loved it . I am a sucker for sappy and sweet and Disney HEA! And this one delivere
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Okay, please don't hate me all you Heidi fans.

This was okay, but dear lord was it boring, after 60% I was so bored, bored, BOOOORED!

Everything was Disney movies and college politics and dull, dreary, everyday draaaahhhma.

I won't even mention the epilogue (well I am, but I'm not, if you know what I mean) because Heidi likes her OTT happy endings, but that's not what I'm moaning about. It just ... ends, no climax, no reveal if you like, just ...oh, we'll be fine and then the OTT epilog
Christina Marie
I apologize in advance; this book has turned me into a giddy schoolgirl. I’ll try my hardest not to squee.

Have you ever been so excited for a book that you were nervous to the point of sweaty palms? Have you experienced that fear of disappointment? Hesitated to read something you really wanted to since you knew that it would be devastating if it didn’t fulfill expectations, because you were so ridiculously looking forward to enjoying the hell out of it? NOT A PROBLEM HERE!

The blurb had me convin
Dan C.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I got the first peek at this book. It is, without a doubt, my favorite thing my wife has written. It pushed all the right buttons and made me feel all warm and gooey inside. You all better pray October gets here quickly. :)
Kaje Harper
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Walter - he's a guy who's working so hard to keep life running smoothly, not just for himself but for everyone he cares about. His depressed, moody mother back home. His favorite professor. And when he's assigned to room with the from-a-small-Minnesota-town freshmen, Kelly, that quickly includes his new roommate.

Kelly is a good guy who's a bit overwhelmed by the transition to college, and all the things he thought it would be and isn't, including a dorm with disdainful jocks, and food t
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well what a delightful read that was. I never doubted this one because it had so many things going for it from the word go. It's by Heidi Cullinan so that's a given. Its set in college.I love college stories. At this moment in time the reviews average 4.3 and best of all its MC's are made up of a gorgeous shy, Disney loving, allergy ridden virgin and an equally good looking, popular, devil may care, anti relationship, walking sex magnet Mr Popular... Opposites attract at its best, so the thought ...more
All the stars for Walter and Kelly! I absolutely LOVED this story! Walter and Kelly were the perfect couple. They were both so freaking cute. Walter is a reformed manwhore who has no interest in relationships. And Kelly is a Disney fanatic looking for true love and a happily ever after. Fate pairs them together as roommates. I loved the slow build of their relationship. And I loved the epilogue! Cannot wait to read Fever Pitch!! ...more
This is story is okay if you're into cute, allergy-ridden virgins who hail from the arse end of nowhere and lust after Disney characters.

Okay. No. Seriously. This was nice. The writing was very good and the line editing was stellar. I've realised that's why I keep coming back to Heidi Cullinan's books—because in many technical aspects they are fantastic.

This book started out funny and I liked Walter all right. Then at around 25% I learnt Kelly was a Disney fanboi and lusted after cartoon charact
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, on-my-kindle
My friend has been on me forever to read these, but I was having trouble getting into it. Kelly just seemed too pure, and innocent, and Walter like too much of a player. I was pleasantly surprised once I got passed the initial bit how much these characters grew, and changed. I liked that Kelly had strong ideas, and a love of Disney movies, but he was so much more than that. I liked that they had to learn to understand each other, and that it was a story about them both growing, and learning abou ...more
Jenni Lea
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

This book was way different than any other book I have read by this author. It was very sweet and had a YA or NA feel to it. While I liked the story and I felt it was well written, it is not a favorite of mine. I think I prefer the main characters to be quite a bit older and more seasoned. It was still a great story although very, very long.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4
Lilia Ford
The Case of Tangled v. Fight Club

This book was yet another reminder of why Heidi Cullinan is one of my favorite M/M authors. I read it right after reading Special Delivery, which is deliciously filthy, so I was a bit worried by the college setting and the “warning” that Love Lessons would be less, shall we say, sexplicit, than her other books. The anxiety ramped up a bit during the opening chapters because of the rom/com friendly set-up: shy, freshman virgin is forced to room with the “campus Ca
There is a beauty in reading. Not only do we as readers get a chance to meet new characters and to get lost in their story but every reader experiences a book differently. Some view it simply as a voyeur, watching the players go about their script from beginning to end and some get immersed in the story as if it were actually happening. Me? I am a part of the latter; I become one with the story. The characters become real and I experience everything with them. Sometimes I feel the new of their s ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an adorably sweet book with possibly the cheesiest ending I have ever read. Loved it! The book, not the ending! The ending was a little ott for my tastes.

Gooey fluff haters stay *far* away! Sap lovers read it and enjoy.
* A Reader Obsessed *
Apparently I'm a total sap, and I'm not going to apologize for loving the sentimental romance that this was. It must be the college setting and the setup of the shy virgin who just can't help but fall in love with the notorious player, slowly winning over his heart. Though this is a classic NA trope we've all read many times before, Cullinan executes this quite brilliantly.

So yes, this was a perfect blend of everything I like in a romance. You've got well balanced push pull, crazy jealousy, gut
I found the tone and style worked absolutely perfectly for me. We wander back and forth between the two boys' points of view: Kelly's idealised & optimistic outlook, and Walter's jaded yet generous one. They don't clash so much as mesh. And interlock. And fit together. Eventually. Once Kelly overcomes his shyness and Walter lets down his guard.

The use of Disney films and a college philosophy club to highlight moral and economic issues involving family, jobs and abandonment is incorporated clever
❧ *´¸. Gwendolyn ❧ A Purely Organic Book Owl‘•´¸.*
Aww, so sweet!


Yes, that sounds like something Kelly would say. And, gosh did I love their cuddling. why I liked this read so much....l

Gosh, let me tell you why?

Plain and simple this book was MAGICAL! And, it made me happy.
Gosh, I love the name Walt, it reminded me of Walt Disney ....which was the theme of this book. I loved seeing how Heidi Cullinan built her world around this theme. It was pretty AWESOME to read.

But, what I loved most.......

I loved Kelly & Walt they are truly one of the cu
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 Stars***

This was a sweet love story.

Kelly was a small town, newly out, romantic dreamer. He was obsessed with Disney movies and based his relationship goals on those idyllic romances and happily ever afters. Walter was his polar opposite. He avoided romance and was cynical about relationships. Deep rooted abandonment issues only aided him in keeping romance at a distance.

"I want the full package. I want to meet someone at a restaurant and wonder if we'll kiss at the end of the ni
Tully Vincent
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Lovely well-written, sweet, slightly angsty, slow-developing romance. Enjoyable book which I listened to on audio. Narrator did a nice job. Totally adorable ending. But...this one had me teary for the wrong reasons. I think my reaction to it might have been a bit like Walter's to watching Tangled.
Sort of a bit spoiler... (view spoiler)
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! It is romantic, sweet, emotional and it is like a fairy tail with two princes charming!

Kelly and Walter are absolutely beautifully together, not only as lovers but also as friends... loyal friends... I've felt a little anguished in the first part of the book, watching the beggining of their love but also the denial of their feelings... until that magnificent kiss, I wasn't relaxed...

Definitly a book to read again!!!

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I would like to read more about Kelly and Walter... I'm w
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ahhhhh... I loved it.

Sappy and sweet and Disney and everything!

Even though watching a Disney movie together and holding him close while they slept had been better than any sex Walter had ever had in his life.

This book is a slow growing sweet romance but it packs an extreme punch. While sweet it was so tender, touching and detailed... Beautiful.

“Because you matter.” Walter ducked his head and nuzzled Kelly’s ear, but it wasn’t sexy. More needy, insecure. “You matter so much
Shile (Hazard's Version) RL sucks on semi hiatus

Kelly and Walter were sweet together.. i enjoyed reading this, though i felt it was too long.
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, contemporary
It's rare to find an NA book that you never want to end. Kelly and Walter were simply adorable. Cullinan's writing is engaging and indulgent. I felt like I was at Hope U with the gang. There were too many instances where tell rather than show was used. Otherwise this would have been a perfect new adult story. ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance

3,5 stars.

Love Lessons is about two young men who know they love each other but they have to discover this slowly and find out if their love has a future.

Kelly is just starting his freshman year of college and is for the first time really coming out. And he has a pile of issues to deal with. He is allergic to just about everything and has to live in a specific dorm in order to make sure that he doesn't have an allergic reaction. Of all people he gets the campus Casanova as his roommate in a room
I'm giving this one a 3.5.

The book was enjoyable, the writing good and I liked the romance. The roommates/friends to lovers was done very well. Experienced Walter and virginal Kelly made a good opposites attract couple. I enjoyed the tension and build up to their romance.

As far as storylines go, it was typical new adult fare with the two finding their way in a college that does not quite live up to the image it projects (not sure really why anyone chooses that school) and struggling with famil
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet story. I loved Kelly and Walter as a couple. I loved that, for a shy, and often flustered, boy, Kelly sure knew what he wanted. His indignation over letting other people determine how he lived in high school made him determined to live life on his terms and he wasn't going to let anyone stop him. And poor Walter, the casanova snooping in Kelly's text messages and obsessing about his sex life under the guise of concern for his naive roommate, he was so whipped.

When they fin
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Author of over thirty novels, Midwest-native Heidi Cullinan writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because they believe there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. Heidi’s books have been recommended by Library Journal, USA Today, RT Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. When Heidi isn’t writing, they enjoy gaming, reading manga, manhua, and ...more

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