logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
Controlled Burn - Erin McLellan
Controlled Burn
by: (author)
At eighteen, Joel Smith’s life fell to pieces. His boyfriend died in a car crash while reading a sext from him, the local newspaper outed them both in the aftermath, and his parents got a divorce. Joel did everything possible to outrun his past: he moved to Oklahoma for college, legally changed... show more
At eighteen, Joel Smith’s life fell to pieces. His boyfriend died in a car crash while reading a sext from him, the local newspaper outed them both in the aftermath, and his parents got a divorce. Joel did everything possible to outrun his past: he moved to Oklahoma for college, legally changed his name, and started over.

Since then, he hasn’t let anyone get close—not his classmates, not his roommate, and definitely not his hookups. The strategy has served him well for over three years. Why would he change it now?

But Joel doesn’t plan on the articles about his boyfriend’s death being used as a case study in one of his classes. And he doesn’t plan on Paulie McPherson, who is sweet and giving and fun. In Paulie, he finds a home for the first time in years.

But love isn’t simple, and lies have a tendency to get in the way. Joel must figure out if he’ll allow his grief to rule him, or if his connection with Paulie is worth letting all of his walls come tumbling down.
show less
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781626495777
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages no: 309
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
~~ Elsbeth ❤❤❤ MM-Romance ~~
~~ Elsbeth ❤❤❤ MM-Romance ~~ rated it
2.5 Review: Controlled Burn by Erin McLellan
This book.... For me this book had the potential of being great. But sadly it wasn't. I do love angsty emotional books but dammmmn being in Joel's head was too much. Maybe it was the first-person-writing, the continuing POV of Joel. There was no escaping from it. No light. I don't like feeling ...
...Bookfanatic
...Bookfanatic rated it
2.5 I'll just be over here in my box, with a few of my friends...
This was another awesome buddy read with my besties...Josy, Christelle and Simone and made even better when the lovely Dani joined us...sadly this didn't turn out to be an awesome story for any of us...but, hey that's just us. A lot of people who read this book...well, they loved it and I'm not here...
Debra E's Never-Ending TBR
Debra E's Never-Ending TBR rated it
4.0 Controlled Burn
Originally reviewed at Sinfully.What a wonderful debut from Erin McLellan. Centering around 21 year old Joel and 23 year old Paulie, both juniors at college who have so much more in common than just winding up in the same class. Like any good New Adult story should be, it’s romantic and heartbreakin...
Jude1111
Jude1111 rated it
4.0 Controlled Burn
4.5 Stars.Paulie was this cute, swishy guy who had claimed me as a class buddy(...)For a debut book I've got to say this one is pretty impressive and I think it's down to the writing....it has a kind of gritty feel to it.More and more I'm finding that sweet,fluffy,predictable MM books don't do it fo...
Other editions (2)
Books by Erin McLellan
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?