Kyle and Jonathan were perfect for each other, the two halves that, once together, made a whole. And then one snowy night just before Parents’ Weekend on the campus of Hamilton University, Kyle drops a bomb: he’s breaking up with Jonathan.
Follow the couple through the stormy (in more ways than one) night that ensues. Why has Kyle suddenly decided to throw away something so precious and good?
The answers lie in their backgrounds, and will gradually come to light as a winter blizzard rages around the young couple.
Their tortured paths bring them to the covered bridge where their love had sprung to life on a hot summer day. But will the warmth of that memory and the heat of the love they once shared be enough to outclass the storm, and more importantly, bring them back together?
I am at the point of my readership loyalty with Rick Reed that I only need to know one thing before I snag anything with his signature initials, is it horror? That’s just something I can’t do, not even for him. If it’s not scary then I call dibs! I don’t even need to read the blurb, I just get in line and take my number. So far this practice has worked well for me, and this was no exception.
“Class Distinctions” is a sweet story of two college freshman discovering the beauty in flying high and the searing pain of crashing from the sky.
Things begin with a flurry of excitement. Jonathan is vibrating with anticipation as he prepares for a special weekend. This holiday weekend he is staying at school with his boyfriend, Kyle, and he has spared no expense in his attempts to make it memorable. However, Kyle destroys his romantic plans with his own unforgettable words first. Jonathan feels as though his chest was slayed open. There is something severe about lost love when it’s the first time. Falling in love is euphoric and it’s precious when it’s the very first fall you’ve ever had. But in turn, it hurts like no other when it’s over. Kyle walks out on him, leaving his heart in pieces. Hours ago he thought he would burst from happiness and now he’s indeed shattered. What happened?
For a story under fifty pages, it is bursting with sharp emotions. The timing was brilliant, I was intrigued from the first few pages. I enjoyed visiting memories from the beginning of their relationship. Hearing POV’s from both Jonathan and Kyle pulled it all together. I don’t think it would have held the same impact if it was singular storytelling. As usual with Rick’s stories, it was extremely well executed. The heat levels were turned down slightly. It wasn’t necessarily fade to black but the heat comes from emotions rather than sex.
This is classic Reed; lovable characters, acute heartbreak and plenty of sweet romance. Not only did I quickly fall for the guys, but I adored their mothers too. I found their inclusion in the story a fantastic addition. College years are delightful and terrifying. Growing up is a double-edged sword. Leaning on your parents when your world is in turmoil is natural even when they come from different backgrounds. Kyle and Jonathan need their mom’s differently and their mom’s provide for them in different manners, but their profound love for them is the same. I loved all of the love flowing throughout this story.
A very short story. I think the only weakness within these pages, is the page numbers itself. I would have very much liked to know what happened…after.
NA readers, RRR readers and those hopeless romantics that believe despite all odds, love wins.