Lonely Hearts : Love Lessons

  • by Heidi Cullinan
  • Narrated by Iggy Toma
  • Series: Love Lessons
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Even a hot mess needs a happily ever after.
With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian "Baz" Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends - his buffer zone - are preparing to move on while his own life is at a crippling standstill. With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up - then opens up - with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz's carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn't terrifying. Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn't used to having a happy herd of friends. He's even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy's affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp.
When Baz's mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz's and Elijah's pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they're stronger together...or apart.
Warning: contains sex in a Tesla, sex in a cupboard, sex under a piano, kinky role-play, and a cappella RuPaul songs. Just a couple of boys groping, battling, then finally loving their way to becoming men.


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Customer Reviews

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Tough couple to tackle but still an excellent book

First, I just want to say that I really enjoyed this book. It maintained the flavor of the first two books- continued to give some dark moments while still maintaining the feel-good community love and support happily ever after tone of the series. One of my absolute favorite moments is when Baz declares that, no they are not Sid and Nancy. They are in fact, Sophie and Howl. I also was quite amused by the observation towards the end of the book by Elijah that their relationship has kind of an identity crises as they have compared themselves to so very many different cinema couples by the end. (I had to seek out Black Butler as a result of this book.)

I appreciated the addition of Lewis/Lejla and the continuing expansion of awareness/education about the multitude of lgbtq issues that people, and particularly youth are up against. It felt like there was *a lot* of stuff tackled in this one book though - maybe too much.

I think that this was an intriguing but tough couple to tackle a story about. Baz and Elijah both have some pretty unlikable characteristics as portrayed in the earlier books in this series. I get that to make them the central characters of this story they needed to be transformed into characters for us to love, however, I think that both characters were force molded rather than exposed, understood and transformed. In spite of events at the end of book 2 which undoubtedly affected the way both characters would behave in *this* book I think that Baz's aloof/mystery persona and Elijah's acidic self-reliant self-preservation were both way underplayed even at the beginning.

I liked the idea of self-medication (Great we are going to Sid and Nancy each-other.) for different reasons for both characters was a really important and great thing for this book to explore, but I found the ultimate resolution to that, as well as the underlying issue's to be unrealistic and extremely white-washed. Depression and drug abuse are both huge and important issue's that deserve more attention and reality than they were treated with.

In spite of those complaints, I was happy with the outcome of this book as I have been with all of them. It was a fun ride, and left me with the feel-good warm fuzzies I associate with this series as well as a whole cast of characters that I have fallen in love with.

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- katelyn "“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss"

Excellent narration, but disappointed with story

What made the experience of listening to Lonely Hearts the most enjoyable?

Definitely Iggy Toma. He's one of the best narrators I've listened to so far since joining Audible. His narration is easy to understand and follow, I never feel like I have to read the book to understand what's going on. And while he does inject some acting when it comes to character voices, it's never over the top of annoying. Just enough to give the characters a distinct voice.

Would you recommend Lonely Hearts to your friends? Why or why not?

I'd recommend it for those who read/listened to the first two books in the series since the characters from those books all have cameos in this one.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes which dealt with Lejla/Lewis. I'm assuming there's going to be a book about her...

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

'It' doesn't get better. 'We' get better.

Any additional comments?

Okay, while this wasn't bad, I didn't enjoy the story as much as I did Love Lessons and even Fever Pitch. Elijah and Baz's penchant for drugs and other intoxicating substances just wasn't my cup of tea and made me feel really detached from the characters. Plus, this got heavy handed in the drama Llahma department a few times.

While I do know of and actually loved the anime series Black Butler, I didn't like how it was injected into the story, practically giving a synopsis of that series. It made parts of Lknely Hearts drag for me, and the role play as Ciel and Sebastian just felt like overkill. The constant references to Studio Ghibli movies also kind of killed things for me in a way the Disney stuff in Love Lessons didn't manage to do. It was just... Too much. I'd rather focus on the characters of THIS story, not characters from some other stories.

And the epilogue, kind of went too far in the sugary direction for what I felt would be appropriate given what I know of Elijah and Baz's personalities. The constant presence of the Ambassadors and Salvo members got a bit grating at times for me, too.

Anyway, not my favorite installment in this series, but it wasn't terrible, either. And Iggy Toma did an excellent job so it was still worth it.

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- JC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Insatiable Press