Book Reviews

First Impressions, Second Chances by Heidi Belleau at MM Romance Group @ Goodreads

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-June-2013

Book Blurb

Dear Author,

He’s always been a little shy and anxious in social situations, making it difficult for him to meet new people. Most nights he stays home. Even though his long-time friend calls trying to get him to go out every once in a while, he makes excuses and stays in where he’s away from strangers and crowds.

After a long week, he wants nothing more than to relax into his typical routine when his friend shows up at the door.

Photo Description:
Instagram picture of two young men sharing a surprised kiss, both of them with eyes wide open.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love Has No Boundaries" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.


Book Review

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a social outcast, not just because you're gay, but because (on top of that) you're fundamentally uncomfortable around people, then Jonah, the narrator of this book, can be your guide. And even though he does his best to sound funny and unaffected, if you read between the lines, you will see a cry for understanding and love from the very start. Jonah has a way to go, and he may not want to admit it, but he isn’t stupid. He is just very, very inept.

At first glance, there isn't much to like about Jonah. He is vain, obsessed with fashion, and posts his thoughts every five seconds just waiting for his adoring followers to comment. Leaving the room to go out into the "real world" has him terrified, and I can’t even blame him. As more information about his past emerges, it becomes obvious he was bullied in school, his parents are rich, and he is too scared to show any sort of weakness or part of who he really is.

Sebastian changes all of that. They went to school together, and when Jonah finds out he is now enrolled in the same college, sharing a class, his world comes apart. He's always had a crush on Sebastian and while the man is not fashionable in the least, Jonah does still have a crush on him. The emerging romance, as they reconnect, is funny, sweet, and had me rooting for them both to figure out how to communicate so they can figure out how to deal with their differences – the real and the imagined ones.

If you like stories with very distinctive characters and their views of the world, if you enjoy reading about social outcasts who manage to find love anyway, and if you're looking for a sweet, funny read about a very cute college student, then you will probably enjoy this free short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 42 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-June-2013
Price FREE
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