Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Teach Me by Sloan Johnson

Title: Teach Me
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Published: December 2, 2014
Two words stripped Austin Pritchard of the privileged life he’s used to. The moment he uttered the words, “I’m gay,” he realized there is no such thing as unconditional love. Now, he’s gone from traveling the world with his family to living on the streets trying to figure out how he’s going to stay in school.

A chance opportunity changes everything. Austin impresses the foreman and lands a job, but even more, he catches the eye of David Becker, who is determined to teach him that true love doesn’t come with strings. 

The only thing David had as a child was love. His family struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. That has driven him to stay focused on his goals; become a tenured professor at a university and save enough money to build a home of his own. It’s not until he sees an insecure college student working on his new house that he realizes that he hasn’t planned on someone to share his life with. He’s about to learn that everything he’s already accomplished is nothing compared to the task of making Austin see that he is worthy of love.
I love how Sloan Johnson isn't afraid to jump and take on, what may be considered, taboo subjects.  You could almost call this a forbidden romance in some ways but that would be an insult to Austin and David. 
We first meet Austin, it's the end of his first year at college and summer break.  This time though, there are no parents to greet him and go home with.  His father has completely disowned him and kicked him out after Austin told his parents he is gay.  He is homeless and has nowhere to go.  He meets another couple of people in the same situation as him and they take him under their wing, showing him the safest place to sleep and how to find food.  Casey & Bree are people he can trust a rely on, that's important when you are living on the streets.
Casey and Austin pick up part time labouring jobs where they can and on one of these jobs Austin meets David.  It would be fair to say that David is completely taken with Austin.  He sees something in him that seems to compels him to want to get to know him.  Austin is very wary of David's intentions and approaches any interactions with him with suspicion.  Once Austin realises that David's intentions are genuine, a friendship develops between them.
Austin is so sweet and vulnerable.  His father is a prize A a-hole who controls his wife and children to do as he says but not as he does.  He has completely shredded Austin's self esteem and self worth.  Austin is determined to be independent of his parents wealth and make his own way in the world.  In his mind he thinks he can prove his father wrong, that isn't worthless and will make something of himself. 
David has come into Austin's life at the right time and I guess the same could be said for Austin too.  David offers Austin a lifeline if you will, giving him unconditional love, acceptance and guidance.  There is a significant age difference between the two of them and you only really notice it when Austin gets frustrated and acts out like a 20 year old young man.  I love how there is a slow build to these two falling in love and how David doesn't try to rush anything, letting things develop over time.
"Austin buries his face in my chest and I smile, knowing that he is sniffing my shirt.  It's such a little thing, but it's his thing and it's adorable." - David
This is a sweet story of two people who were not looking for anyone or anything but they found each other, they found their one.  I finished this story with a huge smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart, just beautiful.
I give this 4 stars!

David overturns two buckets and sits on one of them. I

cautiously follow suit and sit on the other. “Were you serious last night when

you told Bill that you were interested in working for him this summer?” David


“Yes, sir,” I respond, wondering why he’s asking me this.

It’s not like it matters to him, but the way he leans in as he talks to me, I

start to feel like he truly cares.

“Austin, you don’t have to call me sir. I’m just David,

okay?” I nod and find a spot on the floor to hold my attention because I’m

terrified to look into his eyes. He’s too close, too friendly, and already he

makes me want things I shouldn’t with him. “Good. Now, I want you to come to

dinner with me tonight.”

I stand so quickly that I kick the bucket out from behind

me. Everything I’ve been thinking about David is obviously way the fuck off

base because now he’s trying to bribe me. Fuck that. I storm down the driveway,

ready to give up the only opportunity I’ve had to save myself because I’m not

going to let anyone play games with me. Before I make it halfway to the street,

David’s hand is wrapped around my arm, pulling me back.

The urge to spin around and deliver a jab to his chiseled

jaw is somewhere just below the surface. I clench my eyes closed, taking a few

breaths as I remind myself there’s no one to bail me out of jail if I do hit

him and he presses charges.

“Get. Your hands. Off of me.” Rather than listen to my

demand, David’s grip tightens when I try to jerk away from him. Now, I’m

pissed. I turn on my heel and shove David away. “I don’t know what fucked up

game you’re playing, but I’m not about to be your little bitch boy. If me

working for Bill depends on me being at your beck and call, tell Bill I’ll find

something else. I’m not a whore.

David stuffs his hands in the pockets of his oh-so-sexy,

perfectly distressed jeans. And the arrogant fuck looks as if he’s about to

laugh at me.

“Is that what you truly believe I am trying to do?” David

asks. I swallow hard, regretting saying anything. No, I don’t really think

David’s trying to buy me, but no other scenario makes any sense. “Austin, look

at me.”

The tip of his finger crooks beneath my chin, forcing me to

lift my gaze. What I see terrifies me more than the thought of trading my body

for a job. David seems genuinely hurt by my accusation. Rather than apologize,

I walk away. I’m not running this time, but I have to get someplace where I can

sit before my knees buckle beneath me.

I sit on a boulder beside the house and David pushes me over

as he settles back as well. “Austin, what is this about? Have I done something

to offend you or make you feel uncomfortable?”

Has he? No. Yes. Fuck, I don’t know anymore. If I sit back

and really think about it, he’s been nothing but kind to me. “No. Don’t mind

me, it’s been a rough month and I’m a bit stressed.” I chew at the inside of my

lip to stop myself from saying anything else. David can’t know why I’m

stressed. Yes, I’m ashamed of my life as it is right now, but if no one else

knows, I don’t have to see the pity in their eyes.

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.


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