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By the Book by [Vickers, Maria]
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Joshua Dayton met the man of his dreams as a sophomore in high school—his mentor and biology teacher, Mr. Cayden. Fearing his love would be considered forbidden and rejected, he ran away to college, determined to move on and forget. Three years later, he is summoned home and comes face to face with the man he tried to leave in the past. The same man he never stopped loving.

Samuel Cayden was looking for a fresh start and an escape. What he was not expecting was to develop feelings for his student, Joshua. Yet when the boy returns home a man, Samuel can no longer pretend the pull between them doesn’t exist.

Will the student become the teacher, showing Samuel how to open his heart? Will Samuel be able to prove to Joshua that things are not always what they appear? Or will the spark fizzle before it has a chance to ignite?

It’s time they got a lesson in love and temptation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546522972
  • Publisher: Self (14 June 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is a sweet story by Maria Vickers with characters that captured my heart. The connection between Sam and Josh is so strong from the beginning I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. Their struggles and commitment to each other makes it an emotional story.

The first day they saw each other after years apart was a bit tense, as expected but you could still feel that spark between them. I love how they both blush and snuggle into each other; they’re so cute. There are challenges for them of course but I think they handle them well. Both Sam and Josh’s parents struggle with accepting their son’s choices but I love how they stand up to them. I really needed Josh’s mom to come around. I was hoping with time she would learn to love and accept him for who he is.

Sam, geez his dad and brother are a piece of work. Giving someone time to adjust and accept is one thing but, seriously he gave them more than they deserved. Their invitation…...Ugh, so wrong. I wish that I could’ve been there when his dad got his mail. It makes me smile thinking about it, I’m glad they did it that way, as he wasn’t deserving of anymore of Sam’s time.

Great story, great characters! I love when I can add new authors and books to my wish list. I just added a couple of hers. It looks like this was her first time writing a m/m, great job Maria Vickers.

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This is an MM romance story.
Josh finally comes out to his dad about his sexuality while he is in highschool. Confessing to his dad that he has fallen in love with Sam, his teacher. Josh's dad asks him to wait before acting on his feelings. When Josh leaves for college, he leaves his heart behind.
Sam has always known he was gay, and after having had enough dealing with his painful family, starts a new life as a teacher at Josh's school.
When Josh returns home to help his sick mum, all his feelings are for Sam are brought back to the surface when he is face to face with Sam.
Their story is one with ups and downs, and some characters are easy to like and love and others.....well they won't leave you warm and fuzzy...quite the opposite in fact.
I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book. (less)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the risk is worth it! 14 June 2017
By R. Norman - Published on
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Maria Vickers is fast becoming one of my favourite authors! I was riveted by her 'Love Seekers' novels and have been intrigued to read By the Book. This is only my second MM romance (the first was a Regency novella), so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I don't know why I was worried - Maria, as ever, has produced a superb novel.
Josh has loved Sam for a long time, but Sam was his teacher, so whether or not the affection was mutual was immaterial - he was forbidden territory. Until graduation. Unable to face Sam, Josh leaves him a letter - then leaves the State. Now its 3 years later and Josh is summoned home because his mother is sick. To see Sam again is both exciting and terrifying, for despite his best efforts, Josh's love for Sam has not faded - not even a little bit. But will Sam even remember him? Did he ever read that letter and if so how will this impact their relationship?
Three years is a long time - people mature and change, lives move on - but unbeknownst to Josh, Sam has long returned his feelings and when they meet again, the intensity of their attraction is clear. Deep seated insecurities and family pressures however, seem determined to tear them apart, so can they be persuaded to relinquish their hearts' desire, or will they trust in their love?
One of the great things about this book is that it's a romance, a love story - like any other romance with all the accompanying tensions and issues - gender didn't even come into it and to me that is the mark of a master storyteller (or mistress in this case). I was immediately vested in these two characters, hoping they would find their HEA. Love is not always plain sailing - more often than not, it's messy, tricky and challenging and easily thwarted, but sometimes we just have trust our hearts and take the risk.
I admit I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's beautifully written, the characters are not perfect, they have the same hangups everyone struggles with, but that makes them all the more real. There are some serious issues to be dealt with, but these are balanced by fun, laughter and most of all life-changing, enduring, ridiculously intoxicating love!

This was a great read, and for me an easy 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice m/m romance 20 June 2017
By T. Fisher - Published on
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The story was good. It didn't bother me that the MCs met when one was still young since they didn't start anything until well after he was an adult. The story was lovely and hopeful and the MCs felt real. The only real disappointment was that chapters 10 and 11 were duplicates, so I felt a little cheated out of part of the story! Otherwise, the story itself was good, the characters fairly well developed and the ending worthwhile.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely love story! 15 June 2017
By tina marie lunsford - Published on
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I have to be honest and say that I originally bought this book because of the cover. (Terrible reason to buy a book, I know!) But, I found out, oh, the story inside that cover is just as beautiful! I loved it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good story 20 June 2017
By Jenny Sliger - Published on
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I couldn't decide between a 3 and 4 star rating so let's go with a 3.5.

The story and characters were pretty good. I did get a little annoyed with Josh in the beginning because he acted like a spoiled brat and I was iffy with the wishy washy way Sam was but it worked out in the end. The MCs did fit together well and although the chemistry wasn't as strong as I would have liked it to be, it was still pretty good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love 22 June 2017
By Delia petrano - Published on
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I love this book. It broke my heart and put it back together again. This had book mad me on my toes what would you do if you had a chance to be with your teacher that you are in love with. Fighting for well you want to be with its a stuff thing to do when people don't want you together so you have to fight for the person you love with all your heart this book was amazing and Jacob NEEDS his own book please