Author: A. M. Leibowitz
Publisher: Acquitted Books (division of Supposed Crimes LLC)
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Genre: Literary m/m
Pages/Word Count: 272pages print/~94k words
Available formats: epub, MOBI
Phin Patterson is an educational consultant dissatisfied with his job and his life. On a mission to complete one last assignment before escaping his unfulfilling career and figure out what he wants, he accepts a commission from Donald Murdock at the New York State Education Department. Suddenly, he finds himself on his way to evaluate a tiny school in New York’s Southern Tier, not far from the town where he grew up. Now his only goal is to get in, do his job, and get out before anyone from his past remembers him.
That turns out to be easier said than done. Dani Sloane, the sharp-witted administrative assistant to the principal, learns the truth about why Phin is really there. With the help of her friends, she sets out to unmask him and force the local board of education to stop the plans that could ruin their school. Discovering that her sometime-lover is an old business associate of Phin’s only complicates both the situation and their relationship.
Meanwhile, Phin, who has committed himself to keeping his emotional distance, can’t resist the charm of the town and its residents—especially the school psychologist, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in over twenty years. While Dani works to take him down and save her school, Phin wrestles with learning how to do the right thing, including telling the truth to the man with whom he’s already falling in love.
I have to say, I really liked this book. It was nothing like I was expecting and almost from the beginning I was pleasantly surprised with the whole story. It certainly was unlike many of the M/M romances that are out there, and that was refreshing. At least until I got the point where I was wondering if the main charries were going to hook up any time soon. Kidding... kinda.
The biggest appeal to this story was how real everything seemed to be;from the characters to the storyline plot itself where it focuses on real problems that are faced each and every day. It was not only the main story of Phin and Alex that drew me in, but on the other characters that supported the plot as a whole. It was the events of their lives and what was going on that had Phin becoming part of their world that made the story work as well as it did.
Though I am not one for spoilers, I will let you know, if you are looking for lots of sex scenes and a hot M/M romance, this is not one of them. It is a great story that builds up, and that just adds to it's appeal as a whole. I recommend that you give Lower Education a try, and I hope you are as pleasantly surprised as I was.
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