#first impressions #second chances by Heidi Belleau
LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Jonah is ready to start fresh in college and maybe use some of his online confidence in his every day life. However, that all falls apart when he finds out his junior high crush, Sebastian, is a student in one of Jonah’s classes. Not only is he a student but he also witnesses Jonah getting scolded by the professor for showing up late. Embarrassed on his first day of class was not what Jonah signed up. I really admired how Heidi Belleau demonstrated social anxiety in this book. I completely understand the feeling and it’s written really well. You can go from completely strong and confident to totally giving up on leaving your room.
Sebastian’s understanding of Jonah’s needs was also great and I loved how he just wanted to make Jonah happy. He saw exactly who Jonah was on the inside, even back in school, and he didn’t want to change him. I guessed the little surprise, it was fairly predictable, but it was also sweet.
3 out of 5 stars
Jonah Gilchrist lives a double life. On the internet, he’s a fashion-blogging Tumblr celebrity. In the real world, though, being an awkward gay virgin isn’t as cute and endearing as it is online—it’s a target on his back. After years of being bullied, Jonah’s determined to start afresh at college, but it’s hard to remake yourself when you’re sharing classes with your ill-fated junior high crush.
Sebastian Rose, with his easy-going manner and great sense of humor, was one of the most popular guys in junior high. He was also one of Jonah’s only defenders. Too bad Jonah knows Sebastian’s kindness was only pity.
Bumping into each other after all these years makes it seem like the universe itself wants Jonah to have a second chance at his first love. But how can he ever hope to reinvent himself when Sebastian’s presence pulls him further into his past? Then again, maybe moving forward doesn’t have to mean leaving the best part of your past behind.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event.
Published by M/M Romance Group on June 8, 2013