Review – Teaching Profesor Grayson by Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta

Book Title - Teaching Profesor Grayson
Author - Kade Boehme and Allison Cassatta
Publisher - Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/ASIN - 9.781632165e+012

Christian Grayson is a professor of sociology who comes from a close-knit Southern family steeped in values and tradition. He left Tennessee using education as his excuse for escape, when he truthfully only wanted the freedom to be who he truly was. But at age forty, he’s still in the closet and still adheres to the morals his father, a Southern Baptist minister, raised him with. This includes saving himself for Mr. Right.

CJ Hata has been under Christian's wing since his freshman year. A genius, pure and simple, he's a senior now and no longer needs to report to Professor G, but he still seeks his teacher out occasionally for a friendly chat.

When Christian accidentally outs himself to CJ while pouring his heart out about his dying father, CJ feels totally out of his element. He convinces himself to put forth his best effort because the man he’s been crushing on for four years needs a friend. In the meantime, everyone around CJ is stumbling out of the closet, but the one person he really wants to come out has barricaded himself in with the bible and his family's expectations.


Kade Boehme

Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. Currently residing in New York City, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze.

He is the epitomy of dorkdom, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. (That'd be Orioles, Seahwaks, Ravens, or Gators.) Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book. He is also a hardcore Britney Spears fangirl and has an addiction to glitter.

It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class.

He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well.

Allison Cassatta

I am a married, 33 year old, female, with no children. By trade I am a network engineer with far too many years under my belt. My first book was published in 2010 by Kerlak Publishing, followed by a short story in 2011 through Dreamspinner Press. I don't have any formal training, I simply write what I feel. I have a vivid imagination and love building dream worlds for my readers to escape to.

I recently discovered that I am a hopeless romantic and that usually makes for some very turbulent stories. As most know, love is a mountain and at its peak there's infinite beauty, but it's best appreciated after a difficult climb... that's how I write. The world would be a boring place if we didn't have to fight a little for what we wanted, now wouldn't it.



Absolutely brilliant! How else can I describe a book so beautifully written? Can two people create something more than the sum of the individual? Kade's style is evident in this book, but with Allison's added individual style, the sum is even greater than the two put together. This book is no less than amazing. I opened this book with a heavy heart, fearful of how much this would gut me raw. I am well aware of how much Kade Boehme's books rip me through emotions that have me bawling, completely turning me to mush. My new found bulk kleenex stash depleting faster than I believed possible. The honest emotions from the characters is a beauty hard to describe. And the roles of each character in this book going so against what you would expect is so fresh. It forces you to dig deeper into what you learn from them, and I truly believe everyone who does not understand that being gay is not a choice. It just is. Love is love, and no book expresses this more honestly, or more thoughtfully than this one. I find with books by Kade Boehme, and now with books by Allison Cassatta, that I have a deeper understanding and far more compassion for what all gay people have to deal with in regards to society as a whole. I have always believed that love is love, but not being gay myself has kept me on the outside, and I am grateful for the insight into this very difficult journey.

Christian Grayson is a forty year old professor. He was raised in a Southern Baptist family, his father being a preacher. He is gay and terrified that this makes him a bad person, but he is starting to realize that he needs to own this. He has a very deep faith in God, having stayed chaste, believing that it should be saved for when he finds the one true love.

CJ is a 23 year old college student. He is nearing graduation. He is a self declared smart arse, having grown up being a quite unemotional, instead being very matter of fact. His mother is career military, and his father is a stay at home, traditional Japanese father. CJ lives with his best friend Caleb, whom he has known since the start of high school.

Professor Grayson doesn't have many friends. His only "friend" is one of the students he advises. When he learns that his father is dying, he leans on CJ for support. CJ has no time for gay men who are in the closet, and he speaks his mind, harshly so, to Christian. But Christian has no idea how to come out to his family, but his feeling for CJ seem to give him the strength to decide to own who he is. After his dying father destroys him emotionally, CJ is the first person Christian reaches out to. Things go from bad to worse, especially with his family. But Christian can no longer deny who he is or who he loves. CJ's world is in an upheaval, from Christian's problems to the blindsiding he gets from his roommate Caleb. Throw in a revelation from his tutor subject, Josh, and CJ is overwhelmed at the emotions he is feeling. Christian and CJ's journey of self discovery, acceptance, love, loss, and everything in between is one not to be missed. Their struggles are so honest, so raw, that your heart aches for them both. The taboos of their situations fail to deter true love, but what would you risk for the sake of love? Is family too big of a concession to make? How does one's faith in God affect those decisions? Is God truly a loving God? And at what point does happiness become paramount? Can love ever be truly wrong between consenting adults? The journey of these two incredible men is pure, so raw. I haven't felt this affected by a book in a while. This is an eye opening, heart warming tale that just blew me away. I hope these two writers do more collaborating because together they are amazing. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to experience the beauty and struggle of love. If this doesn't get you right there, right in your soul, there is no hope. One can only wish that their own life can be filled with a love so pure, so awe inspiring. I know I am going to reread this book a lot. It truly is one of the most amazing books I have read. If I could give it more than five stars, I would. This one is in a class by itself, far above the rest. Go grab it, a healthy handful of kleenex, an a comfy reading spot and settle in for an amazing ride!



Heidi gives Teaching Profesor Grayson

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