No Man's Land by Courtney W. Dixon (Ohana Surfing Club book 4)

“I would never make him feel less, and he would never make me feel that way either. Levi and I were perfectly imperfect.” Ash, in No Man's Land

From the blurb:

There’s only one man I will allow to know me. My mind, heart, and soul are my gifts to Mr. Carter.

I used to joke with my found family that I had daddy issues as a deflection from my problems. I didn’t want anyone to know that side of me. I had a classic case of it, keeping me from relating to young men my age. All because of my abusive father. At seventeen, I started college and developed an obsession with my advisor, Mr. Ashton Carter. He was everything I could ever want, and I knew deep down he could fulfill my needs that I couldn’t find with anyone else. But I was too young and had to wait until I turned eighteen and play my cards right. Would he want someone with my issues that no one else knew about other than my therapist? And I thought I left my past behind, only to discover that it's trying to claim me once more.


Levi Dawson was barely seventeen when he first came to me. His brilliant mind struggled to find direction, and I did my best to guide him. The more time we spent together the more he flirted. I knew he had developed feelings for me, but he was too young and I could lose my job at the university if we acted on them. When I stumbled upon Levi as the victim of a brutal attack, I saved him. Since then, he has desperately clung to me. Could I hold back my growing feelings for the young man? He was too hard to resist.

CW: Abuse of a child, homophobia, bullying, big age gap, co-dependency, explicit content.

Heather's Review:

Please be cognizant of the Triggers - No Man's Land is dark, haunting and emotional.  I was invested from beginning to end in Levi and Ash's story.  I absolutely love the evolution of Levi's character and his growth and perseverance.  I wish we could have seen the couple evolve and grow in happier times, but beyond that - if you need a book that tears your heart out and puts it back together slowly and painfully, than I recommend picking up No Man's Land. 

This book can be read standalone or as the fourth book in the Ohana Surfing Club and features a large age gap, quasi-taboo relationship between a young man and a college advisor and so much trauma...

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Rounded up)

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