The Crush Revisited (Lincoln Hill #1)
by Shawn Lane
Published July 29th 2013 by Loose ID
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Tim Olfander escapes his busy, hectic life in LA at his ten year high school reunion in the city he left behind years ago, Lincoln Hill. There, at the resort the reunion has booked, his gaze falls almost instantly on the sexy, pretty guy behind the check-in counter. He chats up the guy only to learn he is the assistant manager, Brandon Collins.
Tim instantly sets in motion his plan to spend the week at the resort with Brandon's sweet body under his. He has no clue Brandon knows him from their high school days.
Back then, Brandon was a shy, closeted nerd who had a big crush on Tim, following him around at school. Now it seems fate has thrown Brandon's former crush at him in the form of the now hotter than ever Tim, who also seems to have sex with Brandon on the brain. Brandon gives into his baser needs, not to mention his old fantasies, for a week long smoldering affair with the crush he never dreamed he'd revisit.
The Crush Revisited is a typical love story between a crush and crushee. It is heartwarming and kinda sweet too. Tim and Brandon may be the formula for this type of story, but author Shawn Lane made sure to put in a twist into things that make this into one of my more favored reads during the time I was away.
Typically, I would go for light reads like this when I am off to lalaland so I can relax and just while the time away. I am always ready for the formulaic HEA stories that I would consider no-brainers. The Crust Revisited, however, was a bit different from the norm for me. For one thing, Brandon is pictured as this nerdy, quiet guy and Tim was an out and open popular guy back in their highschool days. Of course this would make Tim to be this sort of guy who could just click his fingers and both boys and girls would come over and ask what they could do for him. When they do meet again in this highschool reunion, it seems that on the surface the same still holds true, but when they do finally decide to hook up together for the week, the one giving directions was really Brandon and Tim was the one following along.
Quite a bit of a reversal of roles but it was done so skillfully and Shawn Lane managed to make it very believable. Tim is confused about the whole situation and yet could do nothing but to follow where Brandon leads him. Soon, the question was not when they finally say good-byes to each other and off to their normal lives, but Tim finding himself contemplating a life outside of that which his career was built on. Quite a quandary he found himself in, especially when surprise, surprise, his friends all short of push him out of his comfort zone and urge him take the plunge.
This was a really light read but it was very sweetly done. This is the sort of book that I would normally rate a 3 but I could not but help that goofy feeling when reading this. I fell in love with these two men so I will rate this a 4. It may not be amazing, but it sure is one of that made my time really, really happy and morantic.