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Fever Pitch (Love Lessons) [Kindle Edition]

Heidi Cullinan
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Sometimes you have to play love by ear.

Love Lessons, Book 2

Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away.

Ditched by a friend at a miserable summer farewell party, all he can do is get drunk in the laundry room and regret he was ever born. Until a geeky-cute classmate lifts his spirits, leaving him confident of two things: his sexual orientation, and where he’s headed to school.

Giles Mulder can’t wait to get the hell out of Oak Grove, Minnesota, and off to college, where he plans to play his violin and figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. But when Aaron appears on campus, memories of hometown hazing threaten what he’d hoped would be his haven.

As the semester wears on, their attraction crescendos from double-cautious to a rich, swelling chord. But if more than one set of controlling parents have their way, the music of their love could come to a shattering end.

Warning: Contains showmances, bad parenting, Walter Lucas, and a cappella.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 705 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 339 Seiten
  • Verlag: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (30. September 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00KNPC1M2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #107.956 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen perfect read for a day of relaxation 26. Oktober 2014
Von Sunne
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
A nice “feel-good”-read. The absolute star in it probably wasn’t one of the MCs though (not that I mind, it’s so nice to meet Walter Lucas again).

What can I say? Cute and shy guys, misunderstandings, finally the flutters of first love (oh, and how sweet), stupid parents and picture perfect parents and friends. Everything is going to be great.

Despite “college-themed” books aren’t my favorite; I’ve really enjoyed reading this one. So thank you to the author for making this a sweet, funny and perfect read for a day of relaxation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen i loved this book 5. Oktober 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
OMG I couldn't stop reading this book once I started and during this book I could literally imagine all the music they played and sang and I was really touched deeply by all of it. It wasn't all just peace and love and I loved how it didn't just focus how the love is great but that everything also had something bad at the beginning. I really hope we get to hear more about Elijah's and Baz's story^^
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just as Incredible as the first book in the series 1. Oktober 2014
Von Christy Loves 2 Read - Veröffentlicht auf
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I had forgotten, until I was deep into Aaron and Giles's story, how big of an impact college, and especially the first year, can have on who we turn out to be. A vital, and sometimes overlooked, part of college life is discovering who you are. A leader or a follower, an activist or a pacifist, a book learner or a hands-on learner, and possibly the most important thing of all—when the time comes, do you have the strength and courage to stand up for yourself and what you believe in?

Aaron is more than a mess. An only child with a domineering, mentally and verbally abusive father, and a weak, ineffective mother. His only solace for a long time was his music, but when his best friend shunned him, after the guy kissed Aaron, he's had nothing. He and his mom moved to a different city for his senior year and now it's six weeks before colleges are to begin and Aaron still hasn't picked one. A random encounter with a fellow classmate, Giles, determines two things for Aaron. One, where he's going to college, and two, his certainty that yes, he really is gay.

Giles isn't thrilled to see Aaron on campus. Giles spent his entire school life being bullied and three separate, severe trips to the ER didn't make him feel any better for the guys who had sex with him and then ran back to their closets. He assumes that Aaron is one of those guys and that Giles is never going to get away from the stigma of his high school years. Over time throughout that first semester though, Giles and Aaron bond through their love of music, become friends, and then start dating.

Aaron is happier than he's ever been, but he knows he'll have to pay the piper after the first of the year when he'll have to man up and admit to his dad that he dropped all the pre-law classes and, instead, Aaron is majoring in music performance. It's where Aaron comes alive, and he loves his music classes, getting back into composing, and being accepted into the Ambassadors, the a cappella all-male group on campus. A feat not many freshmen have ever done. In fact, helping their female friends create Salvo, the first ever a cappella all-female group, is what gets Aaron and Giles working together with their combined love of music. Both of these young men are imminently talented, with Giles having made first chair violin in the school orchestra, and Aaron's tenor and piano accompaniment talents.

"He thought of the music, the songs that filled his head, his heart. Pushing aside his terror, Aaron steadied himself and headed for the front door.
“Aaron.” Beth’s voice tore through Aaron, making him move faster. He gripped the handle of his suitcase, snagged his coat and bent to pick up his shoes, figuring he’d put them on outside.
“Leave them.”
Aaron paused, startled, and glanced over his shoulder. His father had risen and stood like a dark thundercloud drawing power from the center of the living room.
“Those shoes are mine. That coat is mine. That suitcase, everything in it? Mine. ”

So Aaron walks out, no coat on, no shoes on, his laptop and phone in his bag, choosing his life of music over whatever his parents want. The betrayal from his mother cuts pretty deeply, although he shouldn't be surprised. Giles takes him to his house, and Aaron has no concept of parents like Giles’s, who love unconditionally and without reserve. Of course, Walter and Kelly drive down immediately, because no one is going to leave Aaron feeling unloved or unwanted. Even with all the help, and outpouring of sympathy, financial help, and a full scholarship, Aaron still has a giant hole in his chest where the two people who are supposed to love him, unconditionally, betrayed him instead.

'Fever Pitch' is just as incredible as the first book in the series and Aaron and Giles really sucked me in. In fact, the whole of the story wouldn't let me go, from the college, the teachers, the roommates, the orchestra, the chorus, and the a cappella groups. The ending was earth shattering and brought a few tears to my eyes. Needless to say, much like Walter and Kelly were here in person, I expect to see more of not just them, but also Aaron and Giles. I saw some strong possibilities for future stories, and since I know this author won't let me down, I'm confident I'll get to read them. Soon.

NOTE: This book was provided by Samhain Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A rating... 30. Oktober 2014
Von Smitten with Reading - Veröffentlicht auf
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My Review:
I had a chance to get this book from the publisher for review and passed up on it because I wasn't so sure about the whole music theme. Then all the reviews started coming in and I had to have it because everyone was raving about it. And to be honest, I loved the first book in the series so I don't know why I didn't jump on this one besides an overpacked review schedule.

And just so you know up front...yes, the hype was right. This book is excellent!

The book starts with the end of high school with Giles and Aaron. Giles was the flaming gay kid that was bullied all through the point of repeat hospitalizations. So he is thrilled about going off to college where people are more open minded, but his best friend, Mina, talks him into going to one final party in their hometown. There he runs into Aaron. Aaron is a new kid, but he's managed a level of popularity just because he's good looking and doesn't make waves. He's also deeply closeted and unsure about every single thing in his life. His parents make the decisions for him with an iron fist and that's left him unable to stand up for what he wants. Right now his main concern is college and finding a plan that will satisfy his very demanding father. The two guys have a single night together and then things are misunderstood between them. But it does do two things...that night lets Aaron know that yes, he is most definitely gay; and he plans to go to the same college as Aaron.

And that's when the real journey begins. And this book is a journey. It's about college and discovery and for these guys...learning to stand on their own and make their own connections and discoveries about themselves and others. Nothing is easy for anyone in this book. Giles has spent his life hiding in the shadows from the bullies. Aaron has spent his life living for his parents. And those are just the main two characters, but this book is rich with other characters, just as tormented and lost, making their own discoveries. It's an amazing book and as a mother of a college-age boy, I just wanted to round them all up and protect them from the realities of a harsh world. But that's kind of the point...they are learning how to stand up for themselves for the first time in their lives.

There are so many layers to this book...the harsh realities of the GLBT life; making adult decisions; finding a support network; seeing when others need a lift up; standing up for what you believe in. But it's all set to a world filled with acapella music that I loved. If ever a book needed to come with a soundtrack, I wished this one did, but Heidi Cullinan did an amazing job describing the score and the sounds and the magic that Aaron could create with his music. The book swept me away and I immediately wanted to reread the entire book when I reached the last page.

I hope that Samhain releases this one in print like they did the first book in the series. This is a series I want on my print keeper shelf. And there's another book coming. I'm crossing my fingers that it's about Baz and Elijah, although I'm not sure my heart can take the angst that will come with their story. Both these heart bleeds for them. Just like it did for all of them in this book. Heidi Cullinan stole my heart with these characters. Such an amazing book!

I highly, HIGHLY recommend it!! Oh, and read book #1 too...just because it's really good too. But they both work as stand-alones.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sometimes family is not blood related 19. Oktober 2014
Von Jewel Cardwell - Veröffentlicht auf
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I loved the way Fever Pitch started, jumping right into the fray with Giles and Aaron escaping a party neither of them wanted to be at anyway and escaping, even for just a little while, into each other. Once they both got to university, though, I spent probably 25% of the book wanting to smack them both upside their heads. But they are young and either don't have experience or have had mostly bad experiences with interpersonal relationships. So, I did my best to cut them some slack.

Meanwhile, though, I loved how both Giles and Aaron each found their way in their new world, navigating what others expected of them versus what they wanted for themselves. And I loved how they became friends before they finally got their act together and gave in to their desire for more. When that happened, I practically did somersaults!

But there is so much more going on in this story. Things happened that I certainly did not expect and the directions sometimes went in way I would not have considered. And it was brilliant. I loved that Heidi Cullinan included a little taste of Ed and Laurie from Dance With Me (which is still my favorite book of hers that I have read) and I loved seeing Walter and Kelly from Love Lessons again. Plus all the new characters we get to know. It reminds me that family isn't just who shares your DNA. Hell, sometimes they are not family at all. Family is who sticks by you when you need a hand. And family protects their own.

I cannot wait for Baz & Elijah's story - I have a feeling they are going to blow it out of the water. We get to know just a touch of their back stories here. Enough to realize that we've only scratched the surface and I cannot wait to read more about them.

So, yeah, I loved this story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heidi Cullinan has outdone herself! 11. Oktober 2014
Von Jen - Veröffentlicht auf
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Wow! Heidi Cullinan has outdone herself with this one! What a beautiful, painful (in a good way), moving trip this was. Fever Pitch is not only a romantic love story; it is also a story about making families and finding one’s place in life. Aaron says it well: “Everybody has somewhere they fit in. We just have to look hard to find it sometimes.”

This is the second book in the series. And I think it could be read as a standalone, but would be best read after the first one - Love Lessons (which is also amazing).

The book is populated with fantastic, fascinating characters – starting with the two MCs. I loved both Giles and Aaron (especially Aaron, which surprised me as I did not think that would happen at the beginning of the book). Many new supporting characters are introduced in this book, several who deserve stories of their own: Elijah, Baz, Mina, Brian. Giles’ parents rocked; I wish they would adopt me. ☺ I was really glad that Walter and Kelly made more than just a cameo appearance. Walter to Giles: “You don’t have to be perfect, but you need to be there.”

The writing quality met the high bar I have set for Heidi Cullinan based on other books of hers I have read. She really portrays her characters and their “voices” well. The story packs quite an emotional punch. The scene two-thirds into the story where Aaron has to have a “conversation” with his parents had tears streaming down my face. However, it is also fun and sexy at times.

I enjoyed the role music played and even learned a bit about it. A special thank you for the references to one of my favorite bands – Keane. First time I have seen them recognized that way.

And then there was the ending. I was really hoping Heidi would give us what we all wanted. And she did with aplomb. “…the song in their hearts so strong it couldn’t do anything less than change the world.”
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Youth and music and romance! 10. Oktober 2014
Von Amy Dunn Caldwell - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this book. Actually, I LOVED the first half, up until Aaron and Giles admitted their feelings for each other. After that I thought it lost a little steam, but I still enjoyed the read.

Aaron's an interesting character. He has everything a high school guy could want - good looks, money, and popular friends - yet he's miserable. The best thing that happens to him his whole senior year occurs as he's drinking away the birthday blues, hiding in the laundry room at a party he didn't want to go to in the first place.

Giles stumbles into that laundry room to get away from some party goers who want to play a violent version of smear the queer. He's at the opposite end of high school food chain, but he's kind to Aaron. They escape the party, and one thing leads to another. Then Aaron's revelation crashes hard into Giles' expectations and drives a wedge between them.

They spend the next half of the book overcoming their epic false-start. This is where I think the book works best. Ms. Cullinan does a fabulous job of capturing the uncertainty and excitement of your first semester at college. I loved the way both Aaron and Giles found their own circle of friends, and the way those circles came to overlap felt very natural to me.

I also liked the way both characters experienced making music. I'm a choir geek from way back, and more often than not the way music and musicians get handled in novels hits a big flat note for me. With Fever Pitch, I totally bought into how talented both Aaron & Giles were, and I loved that their musical collaboration became the foundation for their relationship.

So...what didn't work as well for me? I thought the parents were a little extreme. Aaron's parents were ALL BAD, and Giles' parents were ALL GOOD. As the main characters became more caught up in the conflict created by Aaron's parents, the believability factor decreased for me.

I could also have done without the whole subplot involving Aaron's roommate, Elijah. Granted, without Elijah the big final showdown would change significantly, but I found him to be a generally unappealing character. Maybe my attitude will change if he turns up as the star in Love Lessons #3.

Overall I enjoyed Fever Pitch, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories that capture the intensity of college life, or people who like Glee and Pitch Perfect, or hopeless romantics, or...

I was given a copy of Fever Pitch by the publisher in return for an honest review.
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