Book Reviews

Hide Your Love Away (IF I FELL 1) by Mia Kerick

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / New Adult / Age Gap / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 26-July-2021

Book Blurb

Too young.
Too damaged.
Too close to Cole’s enormous secret for comfort.

Rough and tumble Edgewater University maintenance man Colton Ledger should keep his distance from the sleek and snarky college junior who has caught his attention. After all, Timmy is half his age, not to mention that Cole has a secret life he can’t afford to reveal. So why is he compelled to undermine the young man’s cocky game and lure him into his private life?

As the product of an unwanted late-life pregnancy, Timmy Hale has been emotionally shattered by a loveless upbringing. After years of desperate attempts to garner attention from his apathetic parents fail, young adult Timmy changes course. He hides his feelings of vulnerability behind meaningless sex, endless partying, and a big, bad attitude. Until Cole comes along…

When trouble finds Timmy in the form of a dangerous and relentless stalker, Cole must decide if Timmy is worth the risk of coming clean about the confidence he’s obliged to keep, as Timmy weighs the potential havoc falling in love could wreak on his heart.


Book Review

Okay, readers, today let us try a different hook. Think of Mia Kerick as a chef of literature, and ‘Hide Your Love Away’ as the author's newest comestible. Kerick has previously been a master of confecting delicious entrees, though the current offering may be more akin to grilled cheese – nourishing, engaging the gustatory palette, but perhaps somewhat ordinary, everyday.


To begin, as is also typical with TV romance movies, hormonal feelings are rife, but coital completion is delayed to the end. (Sorry, was that a pun?) After love, complications and uncertain commitments, the reader is finally rewarded with sexual intercourse of the main characters.


The heroes are interesting, though quirky. Timmy, an insouciant college junior, has been treated merely as his parents’ afterthought. As a result, he is now a gay, cynical, horny, and self-aware young man. Though (sadly) not detailed for the reader, he is a post-adolescent quasi slut, meaning that he does it often, but not repeatedly with any single partner. Cole, a hot man in his forties, is the embodiment of physicality – a muscular maintenance man (i.e, janitor) no less, and yet his sex life, at most, is quite private and only occasional. It might be viewed as a penance for being a single, guilty father of an adult (straight) son.


Lest Kerick leave us in doubt, the villain is totally psychotic, and in a movie theater, his every appearance on the screen would generate hisses and boos.


We need never doubt that ‘Hide Your Love Away’ will bring an HEA. The trip to that point is full of realizations, reformations. and reconciliations. And Kerick is well-versed in the employment of literary foreshadowing.


‘Hide Your Love Away’ is tasty enough, and easy to digest – though adding a bowl of tomato soup wouldn’t have hurt.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 174 pages/43000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-July-2021
Price $1.99 ebook
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