Title: 245 Days
Author: Isabelle Peterson
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 03-07-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Coming Out
Page Count: 250
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Ashley Brennan, son of a luxury hotel chain billionaire, is happy teaching business and consulting. Moving from California to an opportunity in Connecticut at the prestigious New England University, Ashley takes it to escape a string of bad luck in the romance department. Meeting Taylor at the off campus bar, The Library, Ashley, feels his luck may be changing.
Taylor Davis is nearing the end of his college career and looking forward to moving out west, escaping the cold winters of the North and possibly the judgment of his parents, who don’t yet know his sexual orientation. After only a handful of brief “relationships,” Taylor’s not so sure love is in the cards for him, until he meets Ashley. Everything with Ashley feels so comfortable, so natural.
When Ashley and Taylor put together that Ashley is Taylor’s professor, how will they make it 245 Days to the end of the school year when Taylor graduates and is no longer off limits? And even if they can make it to the end of the year, will everything else in their lives still line up?
When Taylor and his BFF Livvie go to the pub one night, Taylor doesn’t expect to meet the man of his dreams. Ashley is a few years older and incredibly confident and when he sees Taylor, he knows what he wants. Their attraction is instantaneous despite both being the opposite to what their usual type would be and when they head off to Ashley’s house later that night, two things are apparent 1. Ashley is rich and 2. Taylor is about to get his first sexual experience and it’s going to blow his mind.
Things take a turn for the complicated when they come face to face in the classroom the following day as teacher and pupil. The university rules are very strict on such relationships and the two are forced to try and hide their feelings for the next 245 days until Taylor graduates. This is easier said than done when every second they spend together makes them fall harder for each other. To make matters worse, both are in the closet to some extent, meaning that friends, family and colleagues are determined to set them up on dates with women. The story follows them through the school year as they try (and fail) to keep their distance and their hands off. They work round things by taking trips away to get some alone time but this needs a lot of planning, a lot of lying and assistance from friends to create a cover story.
The writing style was easy to follow and is written from the POV’s of the two MC’s so you get both perspectives. What I didn’t like was the repetition. Information would be provided then a couple of sentences later, the exact same was said again but was worded differently and I felt it was padded out with far too much minute detail about things that were irrelevant and did nothing to enhance the story.
That aside, it was a fun story and the characters were sweet and likeable. Their sex scenes were ok but didn’t quite rock my world. Thankfully there is an HEA and the ending jumps way into their future to let us see what they are up to years down the line. I liked this book but I didn’t love it.