3 Stars for A Year in the Life by Cat Grant – #MMRomance @CatGrant2009


Title: A Year in the Life (Courtlands – The Next Generation #1)
Author Name: Cat Grant
Publication Date & Length: December 15, 2014 –  286 pgs


Courtland fans, get ready – the next generation’s here!

A campus flu outbreak, complicated by a freak October blizzard, brings Cornell seniors Seth Thompson and Bilal al-Mansoori together. Three days spent waiting out the storm at Seth’s snowbound apartment leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a hot night under the covers, which quickly deepens into a true emotional bond…

Plus, a world of problems for Bilal, an Iranian Muslim. Despite his homeland’s harsh laws and even harsher punishment for homosexuality, Bilal can no longer deny who he really is: A gay man falling in love for the first time.

Seth’s gentle manner and passionate lovemaking bring Bilal more joy than he ever thought possible. Yet, despite the lovers’ growing happiness, Bilal’s haunted by guilt and shame left over from his strict upbringing, and the sad realization that he’ll never see his family in Iran again.

Speaking of families, it’s time for Bilal to meet Seth’s…

Eric, Nick and Ally. Ten years later, this committed triad is still as deeply in love as ever, but even commitment comes with challenges…

Is there room in this non-traditional family for Bilal? His future with Seth may depend on it.

Includes the novella In From the Cold.

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Seth and Bilal meet through a fateful series of events. Their love is nearly instantaneous, and without angst. Bilal, initially conflicted about being gay, adapts pretty easily, though he remains closeted (see book two?). What Bilal didn’t count on from his pretty artist boyfriend is a whole heap of parents, an adorable little sister, and great friends.
As a romance, this book is a bit thin. However, as a book about family, this book is warm and giving and poignant. It takes place during the fall and winter, culminating at New Year’s, which makes it a perfect Christmas read, and a good start to a promising series.
C.E. Case


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If you’re looking for epic sci-fi, fantasy, or historicals, that’s not me. Contemporary all the way, baby!

However, if you’re looking for down to earth, complicated characters dealing with real-world problems (and the occasional comfort read!), I might just fit the bill. 🙂


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