Book Review: Short Stay (Love Lessons #3.5) by Heidi Cullinan



My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Own
Publication Date:May 24, 2016
Publisher:Heidi Cullinan
Point of View: Third Person (Elijah & Baz))
Genres & Themes: Romance, M/M Romance, Contemporary, College, Novella


Hot messes have a hard time with happily ever after.

Baz Acker and Elijah Prince have it all. They’re engaged, and their wedding is guaranteed to be a spectacle no event will ever top. So why are they hunkered down in a quiet corner of the Acker mansion, restless and edgy while they wait out the holidays?

When Baz suggests a road trip with Walter and Kelly to Las Vegas, it sounds like an ideal escape, but it turns out Vegas only amplifies their unease. Elijah can’t slough off the self-hating his parents programmed into him, and he worries how that will affect his marriage. Baz, crippled en route because of too much time spent in the car without rest, must face the truth that his wealth and influence can’t always counteract the limits his disability will put on his—and Elijah’s—life.

With help from their friends, a wily poker player, a take-no-prisoners drag queen, and a smooth-talking casino owner, they face the truth that happiness is a state of mind, not a destination where they book a stay. What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas—it will follow them all the way down the aisle.

This novella was written for and by the request of Heidi’s Patreon readers. It is suggested but not required that you read at least Lonely Hearts before reading this book.


“I want Elijah. Forever. Starting immediately. I’ve wanted it a lot longer than we’ve been engaged. If I hadn’t thought he’d scowl at me, I’d have dragged him off to Vegas to get married a long time ago.”

You know that one lone onion ring amidst your fries at Burger King? Sure, you can buy a whole order of onion rings, but nothing beats that feeling of getting that one onion ring, it’s as if your lucky. Everything is possible because you got the special onion ring, dammit!

That’s how I felt with short stay, I absolutely feel in love with Baz and Elijah. They were just that couple that were short of amazing, with their flawed characters and their amazing start, in all I basically loved the shite out of them. So getting a shortie, and their marriage at that? All you better know I would hit buy in less time that you can say Baz Acker who?

I love flawed characters and I love it when they still struggle after their HEA, and not because of some deep-rooted sadism in me, okay. It’s because real life doesn’t work like that, real life is work in progress, and Baz said something like that how you can never be alright, because each day was a battle. Talking with someone is always hard, and something you constantly have to fight to do, and I’m talking from experience. Hell, even when I had to go to a doctor, but I wouldn’t tell my mother for some weird reason. Simply because talking about it was hard for me. 

If I could hug a book and its characters I would do it to this one, so I settled with hugging my kindle. The romance and love is strong with this one, like holy I love that they love each other so much.

Spoilers: you will laugh and cry and get super steamy and cry and laugh and love and you will not be disappointed. Also, those vows! Their wedding! OMG. *swoons* #DEAD Your review will probably contain lots of “ I love.”

If you haven’t read the series you have to immediately in fact stop reading the review and click buy. And if you have read it then pass go and collect your heart off the floor!

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