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I really enjoyed this story. The narrator brought the characters to life and I became engaged in the story of Kelly and Walter. Though at times I wanted to smack Walter upside the head, I understood the aspects of his life that resulted in his perspective on love as a lasting and true construct. A very nice, sit down to relax story with a happy ending...
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What did you love best about Love Lessons?
I originally bought this in ebook format and read it last year. I loved Kelly Davidson and his unabashed love for Disney movies because that was something I'd never encountered before in a male character. It made the character cute, and endearing for me.Walter Lucas, however, reminded me a lot of myself. Even his favorite movie (The Fight Club) was also one of my favorites. He's cynical, and yet a complete romantic. I love how he tries (unsuccessfully) to hide his vulnerability, and how he takes care of the people he loves.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked that it was about two people falling in love, in a normal setting, with no over-the-top drama and purple prose. And I liked how Heidi Cullinan was able to convey both Kelly and Walter's feelings through the narrative. The first time Kelly realized he wanted Walter, I could actually feel his yearning. When they were dancing and Walter was working up to kissing Kelly, you could feel their anticipation and nervousness, I could even hear the music in my head.
Did Iggy Toma do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes, it was easy to tell who was speaking since he gave them different voices. Wasn't too crazy about his voice for Walter, though, because it sounded rough to my ears at times. And initially I thought (when he was reading the narrative) he sounded too stiff and formal, even had a slightly angry/curt tone.
If you could take any character from Love Lessons out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Kelly Davidson. He is just completely adorable. Genuinely nice, polite, a ray of sunshine. As Walter described him -- a happy-seeking-missile.
Any additional comments?
I couldn't help but wish that this had been narrated by Jason Frazier because he would have been perfect for this book. He'd be perfect for Fever Pitch (Love Lessons book 2), too.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I'm finding this story hard to rate.
There were times when I thought the audio book dragged and I wished certain scenes had not been included. The Williams' storyline I found hard to accept.
Having said that, there were some lovely moments between Kelly and Walter. I loved when these two had intimate and sexy moments, but always worried (just as Kelly did) that Walter would go all weird afterward and withdraw. I suppose that was all part of the tension, but even so, it took well over half the book before they even kissed.
Love Lessons is a masterpiece in sexual tension and emotional realism. It is unbelievably sexy whilst containing very little actual sex.The emotional progression between Walter and Kelly felt natural. I didn't feel hit over the head with sentimentality but my heart was slowly ripped out by Walter's generosity and vulnerabilities and sweet Kelly's quiet strength. The book is so well written, it has the best description of a man realizing he's in love I have ever read/heard, and Iggy Toma narrates the whole thing excellently to me he is Walter. In short GET IT GET IT GET IT GET IT.