Review: A Summer of Guiltless Sex, by Dan Skinner

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cover-danskinner-asummerofguiltlesssexTwo very different men, from two walks of life find common ground for an exciting and unique adventure. It’d not been a great beginning of the summer season for either Bill, a young bridal store clerk, or Ted, a college student working as a lifeguard at the apartment complex’s pool. They’d both been dumped in their respective relationships and were still looking for “the one.” Their chance meeting at this low ebb in their lives and an off-the-cuff remark about what they both needed as a temporary solution to their physical needs, lead to a unique and adventuresome pact between the two. They agree to be what’s lacking in each other’s lives. They begin a journey of self-discovery. One that will only last the length of the summer and will forever change their lives and ideas about love and friendship. One season of guiltless sex.


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April 1, 2016
Dan Skinner
Contemporary, New Adult, M/M, LGBT+
113 e-book pages
1st person
stand-alone
May 24-25, 2016
Kindle Edition
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Rating:     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Review:

For some reason, I forgot how much I love Dan’s writing.

This was so much more than I expected.

I thought I was getting a light-n-sexy romp. That cover? Hot!

But truly, it encompasses just about every self-actualization I ever had about relationships when I was failing at dating in my twenties. Good times.

“Fear is temporary. Regret is permanent. Adventure is taking a chance because it’s better than the question mark if you don’t.”

This is about learning to love yourself, be okay with being alone, not to lose yourself in another person. Never forget yourself.

Most of all, follow your dreams and try new things. Never give up.

Ted, for an 18-year-old, sure had a good grip and had some wise words befitting one much older. Bill, aged 22, sure had his eyes opened by the young sage.

“The road in front of you is merely a road. You gotta walk to see where it’s gonna go…. but we can only count the steps behind us, not the ones still in front.”

This isn’t a romance, and I’ll go so far as to say it’s not super romantic. Mainly two guys having fun and learning about themselves along the way, then parting ways at the end of summer.

There’s no HEA of Bill and Ted going forth together. Instead, it’s permission to enjoy the hell out of another person then part on great terms with a treasure chest full of great memories.

It ends with hope,  a brighter path, and a gorgeous new horizon.

There’s not a damn thing wrong with that.

And that’s happy enough for me.

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