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Summer Lessons

(Winter Ball #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  576 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Mason Hayes’s love life has a long history of losers who don’t see that Mason’s heart is as deep and tender as his mouth is awkward. He wants kindness, he wants love—and he wants someone who thinks sex is as fantastic as he does. When Terry Jefferson first asks him out, Mason thinks it’s a fluke: Mason is too old, too boring, and too blurty to interest someone as young and ...more
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Published November 25th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I loved Winter Ball, the first book in this series, and was excited to read Mason's story. Mason is one of the VPs at the company where Skip works. In book 1, Mason crossed some boundaries in pursuing Skip, but once Mason met Richie and realized that Richie was IT for Skip, he backed off.

Mason has a huge heart; he's smart and loves to take care of his people. But he's also socially awkward and has a tendency to blurt out whatever pops in his head. Mason doesn't think he's much of a catch, until
This book is Classic Amy Lane - romantic, witty, sexy, dirty, snarky, emotional, laugh out loud funny, make-you-cry sappy, and it's perfect!

Summer Lessons is book two in the Winter Ball Series with the series named after book number one. Amy Lane has brought back the gang from Winter Ball and added in some more characters that you are going to simply love. The MC's in this story are Mason and Terry. Mason, we met in Winter Ball as he is a VP at where Skip works and was the VP who may have done
Jan 04, 2017 added it
DNF @ 35%

One of my New Year's resolutions is to stop pushing myself to finish books that don't hold my attention, just because I'm OCD like that. This book falls into this category. I can't connect to the plot, the characters or the narrative at all, so I'm throwing in the towel.

But I'm obviously the minority.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This series just makes me happy. I loved LOVED Winter Ball so reading Summer Lessons was a no-brainer, and I thoroughly enjoyed Mason and Terry and their journey to each other. It was entertaining and also a little heart breaking. Just a little, though, I promise.

Summer Lessons starts off with a tour through Mason's childhood and his awkward and funny obsession with his penis. Awkward, because he would blurt about it at random-ish times. And funny because he would blurt about it at random-ish ti
☆ Todd
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

I'm liking this Winter Ball series quite a bit so far, but the first book was definitely still my favorite of the two.

Mason is in his mid-thirties and a successful executive at the Sacramento-area company where Skip and Carpenter, from the first book, work. But his personal life is a bit of a mess. He has no real friends and his romantic taste in men is atrocious, with a full range of cheaters and con artists.

Terry is in his mid-twenties, with an okay tech job, but his personal life is near
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I has a problem...

I really loved the first book in this series, Winter Ball. I mean I liked it so much that I gave it 5 stars and a pretty glowing review. So here's my problem I seriously like this one better. I mean way, way more and not because the first book wasn't total awesomesauce...nope, nope, nope, not even a little bit. It's more like Winter Ball was awesomesauce and Summer Lessons are super deluxe awesomesauce.

'Summer Lessons' are Mason and Terry's story and this one got me right
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Mason stole my heart and he didn't gave it back!
I was a bit frustrated with Terry BUT I get it, he was young and he never had freedom and Mason was such a great guy, he gave him what he needed.
I can't wait for the next book!
This was all the fun!!!

I totally love Amy Lane. She's one of those authors who are just an auto-buy for me and even though I've already read this book, once again, when the opportunity was presented for me to review the audiobook and I saw that Nick J. Russo was the narrator I was all over it.

'Summer Lessons' is the second book in Ms Lane's series 'Winter Ball' and as I said in my original review 'I loved this one even more than the first one' which I loved 5 stars worth by the way. So here
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story with just a smidge of angst. Creative Amy Lane characters (as always), nicely performed by Nick J. Russo. A fun weekend listen.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, part-of-a-series, arc
I feel so conflicted after reading this book, because I freaked out when I realized I was getting Mason's story. I loved Mason a lot in Winter Ball, he was one of my favorite characters aside from Skipper and Carpenter, and I wanted to fall in love with his story. It was definitely good, but I'm not head over heels.

Remember Mason, one of Skipper's bosses, whose mouth has gotten him in trouble more times than he can count? Mason is a 37 year old man who has wanted only one thing his entire life:
This was okay, but I never quite felt the chemistry between the two MC's that I wanted to. Despite Mason's quick claims of love, I didn't really see why. What was so special about Terry? I didn't dislike him, but he also never really did anything to endear me to him either. He never seemed to appreciate Mason enough. And his actions didn't match his intense dialogues.

I liked Mason, and I wanted better for him. When new potential love interests started being introduced, I found myself wishing he
It should come as no surprise that I'm a HUGE fan of this author. I've read everything she's written excluding a few young adult books, and it doesn't make a difference to me what genre it is, what types of characters there are, whether it's filled with angst and pain or humorous, and it matters not what the plot is. Hands down I love every word written by Amy Lane. Sometimes that makes it very difficult to review her work because I feel as if I'm saying the same thing over and over. I'll apolog ...more
3.5 stars

I liked Mason in Winter Ball. His foot-in-mouth disease made for hilarious moments. Mason’s funny gaffes continue in ‘Summer Lessons’, and I liked getting to know more about him. He’s a genuinely nice person, so it didn’t take any effort at all to root for him.

Terry takes a bit more getting used to. He’s unsure of himself, and his place in the world. Some of that comes down to age, but it’s more so due to the affects of his emotionally-abusive mother. Even though I could sympathize with
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 23%.

I stopped reading it last night and went to bed. Today I realised I had absolutely no desire to return to it.

The notes to the tune were all wrong, and it was uncomfortable to read.

I will say, she seemed (from what I read) to recognise bisexuality.

I don't have the howling hate I sometimes get, or disappointment, just...I don't really want to be around this. Something about how she depicted the guys? I may take a bit of reflection to identify what exactly made me veer off. Even whil
Rachel Emily
Oh Mason! I just adored him! The beginning where we get to learn about who he was as a young boy growing up was just so endearing, and I just loved how he blurted out whatever he was thinking, no matter how outrageous. I felt awful for some of his past experiences and how down on himself he was. He truly needed someone who saw how wonderful he was and love him 110%.

Terry was a harder character to figure out. I think that not having his POV in some cases made him harder to like and figure out. H
BWT (Belen)

4.5 Stars

I absolutely, one hundred percent, no holds barred LOVED this audio narration. Nick J. Russo made me so happy while listening to this!

I laughed so hard, I loved the humor in this so much. I loved the age gap, I loved Mason, I loved Terry - even when I wanted to kill him.

Told entirely from Mason's point of view, I loved his (sometimes awkward) interactions with everyone around him. I felt all the feels with his love and fraternal bond with his brother, Dane. And I absolutely adored how h
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

3.5 stars

I absolutely adored Mason in Winter Ball so I was thrilled to see he was getting a book and I loved him just as much here. You don’t need to have read that story to jump in here, but it’s a fantastic one and the MC’s from that book, Skip and Richie, do play a big supporting role. The story between Mason and Terry itself is fully contained here though.

The book starts off with a hilarious view into Mason’s childhood and really set the tone for knowing
Joyfully Jay
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

First, I have to say, I freaking LOVE Amy Lane. Her books are always damn near perfect. She’s an auto buy for me, and you know what else? I was fortunate enough to meet her at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, and she was the sweetest, most gracious women I’ve ever encountered. So, when I saw I had the opportunity to review Summer Lessons, I jumped on it. I am so not sorry.

Let’s start at the beginning because it was freaking hilarious! It begins when Mason
Terry's and Mason's love story and individual development are in turns delightful, painful, and tender.

We have age and class difference and in really knowing that a better way of being exists for both of them. They are both use to a certain kinds of the relationship. For Terry, it is simply sexual and for Mason, it has more to do with status or assumed behaviors. They both have to learn to be in a truely loving equal partnerships.

They each have dependents of a sort and the book doesn't soft se
I love Mason! <3
And I definitely agree with another review that I read that my reservations were with Terry. I understood what Mason had to do but I wanted Terry to do more. I don't disagree that Terry had to experience what he had to for himself. Maybe because we really didn't have his POV but it felt like after all Mason went through, Terry could have showed more. I mean, we all know that Mason would be no comparison to anyone (or that may just be my bias, lol).

I love reading about the other
Pianka *call me PIU*
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance
I loved the first book in this series and I loved this one too. “Skip and Richie” are still my favorite couple but I dug “Mason and Terry’s” puppy love quite a lot. This read was a sweet and snarky romance with a whole lot of funny, dirty and sassy moments thrown in for good measure. The entire soccer group with Skip at its helm did wonders for the budding romance between our adorable MCs. It’s a very feel-good romance and I had a swell time rolling around laughing at all the stuff that came out ...more
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
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Mason Hayes has no filter. He says just what he's thinking, no matter how inappropriate, where he happens to be, or who he might be with—especially if it has to do with sex. This was a tendency his poor mother struggled with even when Mason was a child.

If you read Winter Ball, you no doubt remember Mason as Skipper's "gentlemen caller", an executive of their co
Rating this book isn't easy for me. It was GREAT at the beginning, funny and engaging, then when Mason and Terry started their relationship I wasn't sure it was working for me, but somewhere on the last third I was SO caught up in Mason's struggles I couldn't put it down! Unlike the previous one which felt lacking because it was too short, this one, delivered a full journey for both MCs (though we only get Mason's POV). They both needed to "grow up" in their own way, they needed time, and Amy ga ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, own-have, z-07-utc
I loved Mason so much. He's so awkward in social situations. But he has the biggest heart. His younger brother Dane is bipolar and he doesn't begrudge at all the time and effort he takes to make sure that Dane stays on an even keel. He doesn't see hierarchy and despite being a VP, has people from the IT tech pool eating lunch with him on a weekly basis. So he certainly can't understand why a guy almost a decade younger than he is would want to spend time with him.

Terry has had a tough life. His
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
wow so this book was actually 5 stars for me until Terry moved out of his mom's house towards the end of the book. i loved mason and thought his relationship with terry was cute but the last part of the book ruined their relationship for me. So basically Terry didn't have much free time because of his mom (but he still had weekends to sleep with whoever he wanted), so once he moved out he had to go out and date a bunch of other guys for 2 and 1/2 months to figure out if he really wanted a relati ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I loved this one just as much as the first. It takes a minute to warm to Terry he's young and living in a world completely controlled by his relationship with his mother. Mason is just the best, he's like Skip just the sweetest nicest guy willing to do anything and everything for the people he loves. The love story is sweet and hot and my only complaint is Terry needed to get his head out of his ass a little quicker. Another great book by Ms. Lane.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Audiobook provided through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

I finished this several weeks ago, and I still remember every moment of the story. I loved the story itself, especially the author’s description of this young boy growing up in a loving, supportive family, where Mom has to lace the Kool-Aid to survive Mason’s fascination with his penis once he discovers all the wonderful things it can do. Honestly, only a mother with a rich sense of humor—and perha
Lulu Forth
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audio review.

Book two in the Winter Ball series and this is Mason and Terry's story. I really enjoyed this book. I loved book one and couldn't wait to read about these two.

This audiobook is narrated by Nick J.Russo and I thought he did a brilliant job and I felt really immersed in the story whilst listening to his narration.

Mason is a VP at the company Skipper and Carpenter work at and through Skipper he meets Terry. Terry is about 11 years younger than Mason and still living with his vile, homo
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review and much more can be found at The Novel Approach

While this is the second book in the series, there is enough context that it can be read as a standalone. That being said, I highly recommend reading Winter Ball first.

We met Mason and Terry in Winter Ball, Amy Lane’s lovely little Christmas treat last year, and these two guys couldn’t be more different. Mason is a successful sales exec. He’s left his job and his home to head north after discovering his now-ex was having a long-time aff
I'm having a weird moment with this one. I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but it's strange writing this review a few days later I don't have any really strong feelings and kinda don't know what to say. I still sit with a lovely feeling when I think of this book, and I do remember the plot lines, but there's nothing super pointed that I feel like I need to say.

Terry is so naive when it comes to relationships and it's a struggle for Mason to be his first. He's really leading Ter
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Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail u ...more

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