Book Reviews

Teacher Man (Kettle Run 1) by Grant C. Holland

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 18-September-2019

Book Blurb

Could it really be Seth Ferris, his high school crush? The last time Nick saw him was a decade ago during their college years, and Seth was on his knees. Now Seth was back, almost like magic, more handsome than before, with a nine-year-old son at his side.

Fleeing mistaken assumptions of his guilt for a disaster at the school where he was a teacher in Pilot Hill, Nick Katopidis returns home to the small town of Kettle Run to start his adult life over again. Keeping one foot outside the door, in case he needs to run again, Nick lives a quiet, mostly anonymous life, serving as a substitute teacher and surviving on interest from a life insurance nest egg left behind by his late parents.

Seth Ferris is back in his hometown of Kettle Run again after trying to forge a life elsewhere, too. Burn out from an inner-city teaching position and the breakdown of his ex-wife bring Seth back home to raise his son, Charlie. He’s hoping to build a stable life with a new circle of friends when he stumbles upon Nick at the local mom-and-pop fast-food hangout.

The chemistry between Seth and Nick fans smoldering embers into a flame quickly, and they share the memory of one brief erotic moment together during their college years. Unfortunately, time has a way of introducing more complications into life including whispered rumors about Nick, the return of Seth’s ex-wife, and Charlie’s temper eruptions at school, but deep down both Nick and Seth suspect they were meant to be together.


Book Review

“I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it's how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that sets us on the path that we're meant to be on.” ~ Jay Ellis

Through no fault of his own, Nick Katopidis, of ‘Teacher Man’ by Grant C. Holland, finds himself back in his hometown. Nick is left shaken from events that happened in his last teaching position that have changed his life forever. All he wants to do is recover, make a new start, and keep a low profile. In many respects, he has become a recluse. Except for his part-time job as a substitute teacher, he has removed himself from society. All of that begins to change with a chance meeting between him and Charlie, one of his students and his father, Seth, who Nick recognizes as someone he had a crush on, along with one sexual encounter, when they were younger.

Nick had not intended to eat in the restaurant, just to take his food home, but Charlie talks him into staying and sharing a meal with him and his dad, Seth. Nick and Seth start talking and the feelings they had for each other years ago create a small glimmer of light between them. Before they know it, they are spending more and more time with each other. They both want more, but Nick hesitates. For one thing, he is not even sure that Seth is gay. He doesn’t feel like getting his heart broken by a straight man. Nick does love Charlie and, soon, realizes he loves Seth as well.

Seth is falling for Nick, but Charlie is his first consideration. There’s always the fear in the back of his head that his ex-wife, currently in rehab for drinking, will find an excuse to take Charlie away from him and that would be a disaster of monumental proportions for both him and Charlie. When Nick’s past catches up with him and he is fired for no good reason, he wants to pull away from Charlie and Seth so they aren’t caught up in his problems, but Seth won’t let him. He stands beside Nick and encourages him to fight for what is right.

This is a great beginning to a new series. I love the characters, especially Charlie, who, of course, steals the show. Nick and Seth are good together, very passionate, but also very loving and considerate. Thanks, Grant, for the delightful story. I look forward to the next book in the series where, maybe Andrew, Nick’s friend, and Jason, the friendly bartender, get together? Here’s hoping!  

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 201 pages/51000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-July-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Teacher-Man-Kettle-Run-Book-ebook/dp/B07TXKD58V