Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Release + Review + Excerpt + Teaser: Teach Me by Sloan Johnson

Title: Teach Me
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Gay Romance
Publish Date: December 2, 2014
Review Source: eARC

Two words stripped Austin Pritchard of the privileged life he’s used to. The moment he uttered the words, “I’m gay,” he realized there is no such thing as unconditional love. Now, he’s gone from traveling the world with his family to living on the streets trying to figure out how he’s going to stay in school.

A chance opportunity changes everything. Austin impresses the foreman and lands a job, but even more, he catches the eye of David Becker, who is determined to teach him that true love doesn’t come with strings.

The only thing David had as a child was love. His family struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. That has driven him to stay focused on his goals; become a tenured professor at a university and save enough money to build a home of his own. It’s not until he sees an insecure college student working on his new house that he realizes that he hasn’t planned on someone to share his life with. He’s about to learn that everything he’s already accomplished is nothing compared to the task of making Austin see that he is worthy of love.

 "Stop trying to make this perfect for me.  It already is because it's with you. I love that you try to take care of me and make sure I'll never regret anything we do, but that's not possible.  It's because it's you that I know I'm ready for this." ~ Austin

I am going to say that this book brings to light what is in reality a very harsh realization that we fail to think about, but unfortunately it happens everyday.  Many young people are thrown out into the world with nothing but what they can either take with them or what is only on their backs, because of the sole fact that they believe or are different from what either their families or society thinks they should be.  One day I hope that Love will be Love.

Sloan Johnson writes an amazing story of how you can face the most trying of situations and with a positive outlook and sometimes a little help you can still be successful.  I absolutely loved how she wrote Austin's character in this book.  The ups and downs and the amount of stress that he dealt with is unfathomable, but he was head strong in the fact that no matter what he refused to allow his father to get the best of him.  But, do not forget that no matter how strong the individual is, they still need a special someone in their corner to be their go to person when life seems to become to much, and this person for Austin is Bree.  She is there for him when he needs to see the light at the proverbial end of the tunnel, or when he just needs that person to lend an ear to voice his pain.  Last but not least, we can not how important of a roll that David plays when it comes to Austin.  Attraction is a funny thing, but when they say you had me at hello, sometimes that says more than you can even think.

This book was a really great read, and I guess in away for me it made me stop and think about how lucky I am in my life to be accepted by most for my choices in love, relationships, and that my family has been accepting and unconditionally loving, because not everyone out there has that luxury.  This book allows us to see that if you hold true to your values that you can stand tall and face the world head on.  It has been awhile since I read one of Sloan's works, and I am so glad to have gotten the opportunity to read and review this book.  It was a wonderful pleasure and I can say that it will be read time and time again, so don't miss your chance to grab a hold of Austin and David, wrap your arms around them and follow their story.

David overturns two buckets and sits on one of them. I cautiously follow suit and sit on the other. “Were you serious last night when you told Bill that you were interested in working for him this summer?” David asks. 
“Yes, sir,” I respond, wondering why he’s asking me this. It’s not like it matters to him, but the way he leans in as he talks to me, I start to feel like he truly cares. 
“Austin, you don’t have to call me sir. I’m just David, okay?” I nod and find a spot on the floor to hold my attention because I’m terrified to look into his eyes. He’s too close, too friendly, and already he makes me want things I shouldn’t with him. “Good. Now, I want you to come to dinner with me tonight.”
I stand so quickly that I kick the bucket out from behind me. Everything I’ve been thinking about David is obviously way the fuck off base because now he’s trying to bribe me. Fuck that. I storm down the driveway, ready to give up the only opportunity I’ve had to save myself because I’m not going to let anyone play games with me. Before I make it halfway to the street, David’s hand is wrapped around my arm, pulling me back. 
The urge to spin around and deliver a jab to his chiseled jaw is somewhere just below the surface. I clench my eyes closed, taking a few breaths as I remind myself there’s no one to bail me out of jail if I do hit him and he presses charges. 
“Get. Your hands. Off of me.” Rather than listen to my demand, David’s grip tightens when I try to jerk away from him. Now, I’m pissed. I turn on my heel and shove David away. “I don’t know what fucked up game you’re playing, but I’m not about to be your little bitch boy. If me working for Bill depends on me being at your beck and call, tell Bill I’ll find something else. I’m not a whore.”  David stuffs his hands in the pockets of his oh-so-sexy, perfectly distressed jeans. And the arrogant fuck looks as if he’s about to laugh at me. 
“Is that what you truly believe I am trying to do?” David asks. I swallow hard, regretting saying anything. No, I don’t really think David’s trying to buy me, but no other scenario makes any sense. “Austin, look at me.” 
The tip of his finger crooks beneath my chin, forcing me to lift my gaze. What I see terrifies me more than the thought of trading my body for a job. David seems genuinely hurt by my accusation. Rather than apologize, I walk away. I’m not running this time, but I have to get someplace where I can sit before my knees buckle beneath me.
I sit on a boulder beside the house and David pushes me over as he settles back as well. “Austin, what is this about? Have I done something to offend you or make you feel uncomfortable?” 
Has he? No. Yes. Fuck, I don’t know anymore. If I sit back and really think about it, he’s been nothing but kind to me. “No. Don’t mind me, it’s been a rough month and I’m a bit stressed.” I chew at the inside of my lip to stop myself from saying anything else. David can’t know why I’m stressed. Yes, I’m ashamed of my life as it is right now, but if no one else knows, I don’t have to see the pity in their eyes. 


Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.
When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.
Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?
Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.


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