REVIEW: Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan


Heidi Cullinan. October 1st 2013. Samhain

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, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.

As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last.

Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.


Love Lessons - book coverTotally unexpected. And in a very very good way indeed!

I was a bit skeptical reading this, because come on, a fictional private school with enforced dorms, two gays in a room, coming out and opposite personalities? The book practically screamed “cheesy” in a glance. And then I realized, I don’t mind cheesy stuff, in fact I love it when done right. Like the case here.

Love Lessons was such a sweet sweet story, full of Disney tropes and sexual tensions. God the USTs. Oh, and it also had a very solid HEA. Sold yet? No? Maybe the characters would then.

Kelly was a college freshman, blushing virgin and allergic to any stuff possible out there. Especially almonds, fuck them. For such a guy that initially tempted you to wrap him in a bubble and protect him, Kelly did have a strong will and back bone, which as the story went made him as the support and strength for his boyfriend and family. He was so adorable, so loved, I totally understood how Walter wanted to protect and mess him up in every way. And he loves Tangled, omg.

Meanwhile, Walter was your older Casanova, sex on legs, “talents” conqueror and basically a commitmentphobe. I felt bad when he fell for the blushing charm of Kelly right from the beginning. Walter was someone who takes care of people and it was so endearing to see the lengths he went to do just that. Problem was, it was always only a one-sided thing. Until Kelly that is.

“Don’t you think it’s time someone gave up everything for you?”

It was so fun to read cynic Walter and naive Kelly teaching each others their beliefs and values. And the your realized that their personalities just couldn’t get any more different.

“What’s wrong with Disney?”
“What isn’t wrong with Disney? Cute bubblegum life wrapped up in a politically correct Technicolor corporate bow. Fake acceptance and other bullshit carefully crafted to be swallowed whole and consumed at a premium price.”

And it totally made the UST even more hotter.

I wish the epilogue was written differently though…

All in all, I was in love with both of them. And am waiting impatiently for the second book in the series, Fever Pitch! Walter, keep being sexy and awesome! And Kelly, please don’t stop drinking!



Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state’s LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at


1 ecopy of LOVE LESSONS
1 Car Charm
1 Keychain


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