Title: Teaching Ben
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
House Line: Dreamspun Desire
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Length: 209 pages
Reviewed by Racheal
Learning to love means a study in patience.
Fresh out of the military, Ben Cooper is ready for a new start. He’s away from his domineering father, making his own choices… and out of the closet. On his first day of college, he meets David Powell, who’s just the kind of gorgeous man Ben’s dreamed of. Too bad he’s the teaching assistant—which makes him off-limits in Ben’s eyes.
David is Ben’s age, but his life has taken a different path. He’s close with his family, who helped him deal with personal struggles after he came out. And while he’s staying away from any hint of scandal, Ben’s a kind of temptation he hasn’t faced in years. If only they’d met on more equal footing.
As the semester progresses and their lives become more entwined, keeping their relationship platonic becomes more difficult. They just have to hold out until the end of the semester….
First I have to say this was my first time having read a book by Author Shae Connor and after reading Teaching Ben, I am definitely without a doubt her newest stalking fan!!!
She had me hook, line, and sinker within the first few pages. Ben's character of having to start over in college at the age of 24, having a hard life growing up, and be forced into a life he wouldn't have normally chosen for six years; seeing the strengths in his character was what attracted me from the start. He didn't have that poor me attitude. He adjusted to the things that life threw at him but he decided when he had enough and took charge of his life with a goal. The only obstacle that he saw was his sexy student teacher David.
David's character was just as strong but had a past which from time to time haunted him. I could relate to a point because I have done things in my past that I look back on and wish I think, that person isn't who I am, what happened, why did I do that? If people were to find out would they judge me for my past mistakes or look past that and see me for the person that I am today. David holds on so much to the past and is afraid to let Ben in, even though they both struggle with the realization that for the time being all they can be is friends.
Ben and David share not just sexual energy but a closeness that two best friends have. I like how the story was written showing more of how they managed a close friendship and didn't try to ruin that by just throwing away something they were both were working towards.
However, keep in my mind that the semester does not last forever, and Ben and David's story doesn't end once the semester does. Trust me when I say this is a fantastic build up to an amazing story that takes you on a journey of two men coming from two different worlds that find a way to show each other, friendship, family, strengths, acceptance and love along the way.
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