Book Reviews

Love You So Hard (Love You So 1) by Tara Lain

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-April-2021

Book Blurb

After you’ve hit rock bottom, it’s time to learn to top.

Slimy creeps insult him, users take credit for his work, and spending all his money on his sick mom leaves Craig in a dull gray apartment and a dull gray life.

Enter teacher, Jesse Randall, in a T-shirt that proclaims, “I Would Bottom You So Hard”.

Craig asks the tutor to teach him to top and the lessons succeed beyond his wildest dreams.

Just one problem. Craig loves his teacher so much, he never wants the lessons to end. How can he reach the top, without losing his sassy bottom?

First edition published by Love Has No Boundaries, June 2013.

Second edition published by Tara Lain, October 2013.

Third edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 2018.


Book Review

As Machiavelli once said: “Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.” Inside, Craig has what it takes to be successful in life; but outside, he doesn't exude the confidence necessary to impress anyone. In fact, people dismiss him, constantly underestimating what he can do. He's not happy, but he doesn't know what to do about it. He needs motivation and it comes in the shape of an adorable, confident, young man named Jesse.

Craig is a good man, hard-working, and responsible. His biggest problem is that he underestimates himself. His attitude is reflected in what he does, thinks, wears, and even in the car he drives. He's stuck in a rut and can't get out. He's got it in his mind that he will always be second best, that he's not good enough to be at the top. When faced with something which goes wrong, instead of confronting the situation, he crumbles, backs away, and lets it go rather than standing up for himself. Each time, Craig dies a little more inside. Internally, Craig knows that he's good at his work, but he's set such a pattern for himself, that others don't give him the respect he needs. Even in social situations, Craig holds back, feeling like no one would ever be interested in him.

Jesse is like an angel; bright, beautiful, and nurturing. He sees beneath Craig's veneer, glimpsing his potential. When Craig gives him an opening, he jumps in. They strike a bargain; Jesse will tutor Craig, in and out of bed. Jesse begins to help Craig acknowledge his negative attitude and presents him with opportunities that will change it. Jesse brings out Craig's good qualities and acts as a mirror, showing Craig that the things he desires are already there. 

Although this is a cute love story, there is also an important message woven within the story: Don't underestimate yourself and don't ever let anyone tell you that you are less than you are. Thanks, Tara!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 94 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-April-2021
Price $1.99 ebook
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