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Summer Lessons

(Winter Ball #2)

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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
ebook, 260 pages
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 he 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 he
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Jaime
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
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Ele
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.
Jewel
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
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☆ 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 nearly
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Karen
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 str
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River
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!
Karen
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's
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Christy
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Sandra
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
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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
Aerin
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:
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Amazonaute
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
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Gabis Laberladen
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Darum geht's:

Mason ist nach der letzten gescheiterten Beziehung seinem jüngeren, psychisch kranken Bruder nach Sacramento gefolgt, um sich um ihn zu kümmern und ein neues Leben anzufangen. Die plumpen Flirtversuche über die IT-Hotline seiner Firma bringen ihm zwar keinen Lover ein, aber "Flirt-Opfer" Skipper wird zum guten Freund. Auf dessen Party lernt Mason den jüngeren Terry kennen. Terry steht schwer unter der Fuchtel seiner Mutter, doch um Zeit mit Mason zu verbringen, begehrt er auf.

So fan
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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
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Debra
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
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Adam
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
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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
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namericanwordcat
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
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Rissa
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 oth
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Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
Read the full review on GraveTells, including memorable tweetable quotes, here: (available after 11/10) http://bit.ly/SummerLessonsReview

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
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UltraMeital
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth
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
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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
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Meganjoy
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
Sadonna
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
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Morgan  Skye
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audio, series, reviewed
(Small spoilers near the end – I’ll warn you before they come!)


So, you remember Mason as the executive who kept flirting with Skip and then later played golf with him. He’s a great guy who’s a bit socially awkward and hasn’t had much luck with men. His latest ex tossed him over for his boss and that, coupled with his brother, Dane’s, troubles instigated his move to Sacramento from San Francisco. He’s got a wonderfully supportive family and a job he excels at, but he’s lonely.

Terry is another guy
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Morgan  Skye
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, you remember Mason as the executive who kept flirting with Skip and then later played golf with him. He’s a great guy who’s a bit socially awkward and hasn’t had much luck with men. His latest ex tossed him over for his boss and that, coupled with his brother, Dane’s, troubles instigated his move to Sacramento from San Francisco. He’s got a wonderfully supportive family and a job he excels at, but he’s lonely.

Terry is another guy on the soccer team that plays with Skip. He can’t be “gay” bec
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Jaymie
4 Stars!

⚽☀⚽☀⚽☀⚽☀⚽☀⚽☀

Mason seemed to have a lot going for him. Attractive, smart, nice with a good job and a super supportive family. However, he seemed to have the worst luck with men. From one bad boyfriend to the next, Mason begins to wonder why he's unable to find someone who will love him. After a particularly bad breakup, Mason moves with his brother Dane, who suffers bipolar disorder to Sacramento in order to be a much needed support system.

With a new job, a new home and a few new friend
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