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Published by Silver Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie
David Thornton has a lot on his plate, with a full load of classes to teach at the university and a young daughter to take care of. Shane, a neighbor who babysits his daughter, Jessica, is a great help. He doesn’t think of Shane any other way, until his teaching assistant mentions that Shane has a crush on David. Then suddenly Shane is all David can think about…
Academic Pleasures is a sweet, if too simple, tale of a man finding love again in the last place he expects to. David thinks he’s happy enough in his life. He’s frustrated with the classes he’s teaching, and still misses his wife, but he tries to convince himself he has all he needs. Once he starts seeing Shane in a different light, he can’t seem to stop. Unable to just jump into a relationship, he tries to convince himself, and Shane, that Shane is too young for him and better off with someone else.
I liked Academic Pleasures well enough, but little things threw me out of the story. For one, Jessica was said to be three years old, yet she was in kindergarten? Unless the educational system where the story is set is drastically different from the one I’m familiar with, a three-year-old would be in preschool, not kindergarten. A much bigger issue was the too-quick resolution of David and Shane’s conflict. While the story is sweet, in the end it was a bit too light to really stick with me.