Summer School, Tam Ames


Summer SchoolRating: 4 Stars

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Gay Romance

Tags: Contemporary

Length: 143 Pages

Reviewer: Steph

Purchase At: Dreamspinner Press,



Jeremy Decker’s recent split with his long-distance boyfriend has left him lonely with a mountain of debt. His only practical source of extra cash is to teach summer school, even if it means teaching history-not easy for an English teacher. To support him, the school hires Lucas Van Sloan, a much-younger college history student.

Lucas, with his swimmer’s physique and optimism, not to mention his determination to get what he wants, both attracts and annoys Jeremy… and what Lucas wants is Jeremy. The heat flares between them, but when Jeremy’s ex, a high-powered attorney with plenty of experience turning things his way, shows he wants Jeremy too, it threatens to snuff out the flame of passion and new love.


This was my first book by Tam Ames and it was an absolute delight to read. The writing was seamless, switching between the two points of view effortlessly.

The storyline was great.

Jeremy and Lucas meet at Summer school. Jeremy is an English Teacher having to work in a summer school to pay off his credit card debts. And worst of all, he has to teach history, which is not his strong suit at all. This is where Lucas comes in.

Lucas is hired to be Jeremy’s assistant for the summer. Helping him with the criteria and the lively students.

When we first meet Jeremy he seems like a really annoying, grumpy guy. He’s moody and standoffish, which really gets on Lucas’s nerves. Lucas is always happy and positive so he and Jeremy clash at first.

What we didn’t initially realise is that Jeremy has been through a painful separation from an untrustworthy partner, he has lost that partner, and the future he thought he was going to have. He is left alone, with debts that his satisfying but low paying job cannot keep up with. The air-con in his apartment is broken, so he’s getting no sleep and he really is at the end of his tether… I thought it was cute that Lucas liked him anyway, but stood up to him when he was being an asshole.

The sexual tension was incredible and their attraction towards one another soon became undeniable…


‘He moved in closer until his mouth was only a hair’s breadth away from Lucas’s. “I think you need to learn who the boss in this relationship.”

He heard Lucas swallow, and Jeremy brushed his lips ever so gently over Lucas’s, just a tease…’


One of the things I loved most about this couple was how relaxed and comfortable they were with each other. You could tell that they just fit. They worked. They were open and honest, and told each other what they wanted. I loved that they were sweet and cuddly. Spending their free days having sex and eating bad food, watching movies snuggled up on the sofa. Sounds like heaven to me. lol


‘Lucas grabbed his hand, dragged him back to the bed, and wrapped himself around him again before he pulled up the covers. “It’s Saturday. Sleep-in day. And it’s raining.”


One of my favourite things about Lucas was his protective streak. He knew he wanted to keep Jeremy and he was willing to do whatever it took to keep him happy, and safe.


I’m leaving the door open because, if he touches you, I’m giving you a fair warning; you’d better not get in my way. I don’t give a shit if he’s a lawyer and can sue my ass off. I have nothing, so I’ve got nothing to lose.” He gave Jeremy a stern look..’


This really was a wonderful story and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them fall in love.


Jeremy didn’t want to be apart from him. Jeremy wanted to take him home and never let him go.’


If you are looking for something relatively short (143 pages), angst free, sweet, light, and super sexy, this is definitely the book for you.


This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.




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Kazza K

Sounds like a nice read, Steph.