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This edition is no longer availableDisillusioned History professor Eric Spears has his world rocked when Arthur starts attending lectures. He's not enrolled in the class, but that doesn't matter to Eric, who has been searching for an intellectual equal for some time. When their blossoming relationship catches the eye of one of Eric's other students, Percy, will Eric lose AThis edition is no longer availableDisillusioned History professor Eric Spears has his world rocked when Arthur starts attending lectures. He's not enrolled in the class, but that doesn't matter to Eric, who has been searching for an intellectual equal for some time. When their blossoming relationship catches the eye of one of Eric's other students, Percy, will Eric lose Arthur to his own insecurity?...

Title : A Symphony of Echoes
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ISBN : 9781920502454
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Number of Pages : 164 Pages
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A Symphony of Echoes Reviews

  • Serena Yates
    2019-04-10 17:55

    Once in a while I find a story that deserves to be called gentle and romantic without being overly sweet. It is a difficult balance to strike, but Cecilia Ryan has managed to do just that with this book. The key to its appeal, I think, lies in the two main characters, Eric and Arthur. Their personalities, how they relate to each other and how they deal with everything life throws at them, make this book shine.Eric is a middle-aged history professor who is beginning to think of himself as old. While he still feels young at heart, he is realistic enough to know he isn’t twenty anymore. This becomes particularly acute when he starts to develop feelings for Arthur, a twenty-year old who sits in his classes because he wants to learn. Eric’s way of approaching and coaxing Arthur out of his shell is wonderful. The care Eric takes to make Arthur feel at home, the way he handles his questions and explains the more difficult emotional side of their budding relationship is great. It isn’t that he doesn’t make mistakes (he is human, after all, and the author lets him be), it is how he handles them.Arthur has had a shitty childhood and is trying to deal as best he can. His thirst for knowledge drives him into the university, even if he can’t qualify or pay for the courses. He notices Eric’s interest and ends up very confused, but not for long, his natural curiosity and decency come through and he starts taking his life into his own hands.If you like character-driven stories, enjoy reading about real men who deal with a relationship many see as impossible due to the age difference, and if you prefer emotional and psychological explorations to ‘wild adventures’, I am sure you will like this story. I really enjoyed the different pace and the careful orchestration of events that made it possible for this story to be wonderfully quiet and relaxing.NOTE: This book was provided by Silver Publishing for the purpose of a review on QMO Books.

  • Vio
    2019-04-08 15:54

    This started so well then just after about half way it felt rushed and not quite as good! It lacked something not sure what and the age gap was too much for me to feel that the couple could make a go of it. I would have liked a much longer story with more background and also how the eventual relationship develops between Eric and Arthur. Nice but not gripping enough for me!

  • Alina
    2019-03-30 22:42

    I can't stress enough how much I loved this book!I understand that it's not to everyone's taste, because of the huge age gap and some quasi-incest tendencies (at least it's looked like that to my perverted brain xD), but I absolutely LOVE these thematics, so I thoroughly enjoyed! The story's very well-written and slow pacing, so you have time to get to know and love all characters and the relationship development looks believable to me. I especially liked the tenderness and uncertainty they've been both feeling at times.Great story!

  • Charlie Richards
    2019-03-28 18:30

    This is in no way your classic love story, but it's excellent none-the-less. I enjoyed the way Eric related to Arthur and how their relationship grew. A sweet, poignant tale of how an older man (Eric) can lovingly guide a younger man (Arthur) into adulthood, and show him his self-worth. At the same time, Arthur reminds Eric of his own value as they face down Percy's cruelty. Excellent story, and I'll definitely look for more from Cecilia Ryan.

  • DarienMoya
    2019-04-05 16:47

    I am surprised out of mind, about how awesome I found this book. Once I started this book, I just could not stop reading until it was all finished. The story captivates with its gentleness and sweetness, but not too sweet. A perfect balance was created, and it just flowed so well. As much as I enjoyed this story, I feel like something was missing and more than half way through, the plot felt rushed and safe.Eric is History professor, and he has love/hate relationship with teaching. I guess it could be blames on his students, who sit in class like boring cardboard boxes, and hardly show enthusiasm for the course. Until there was Arthur, though he isn’t officially enrolled in the university, his enthusiasm for learning is exciting to Eric, on both an intellectual level, and an excitement in his pants (I know about those).You can tell by looking at Arthur that he doesn’t have much in the way of possessions, but he is smart boy and Eric wants to help without pushing the boy away. He gets his opportunity to invite Arthur home, when he finds him asleep in his office, though Arthur is sceptical he just got an invitation to a warm place, he’s not stupid in turning that down.What develops is a beautiful relationship between both men. Though Eric is literally twice Arthur’s age, it pales in comparison to the things they have in common and how well they get along. You would think the story would become all about sex, but sex takes a backseat to the developing relationship, that is one of friendship and a growing love.A little conflict is thrown in by Percy a student of Eric’s who seems to have it out for him. This is the part that threw me; I would have rather him be crazy in love with Eric, than what his actual vendetta was. It all felt too rushed, and as if I am missing something, I guess I just wanted more, because I really like Eric and Arthur (they are just super sweet). They make my heart feel super happy!Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would love to see more of Eric and Arthur again. Their relationship is budding and beautiful one and I want more. I also really enjoy the author's writing style, it snarky and funny and I like it.More of my reviews and ramblings at PANTS OFF REVIEWS

  • Chad
    2019-04-12 17:37

    3.5 stars Reviewed on Hearts On Fire... to begin? Alright here we have a story about a disillusioned history professor named Eric Spears and a “student” named Arthur that attends his classes. He isn’t actually enrolled in the classes but is the only person in the whole class that really pays attention to what Eric is teaching. Arthur has problems of his own to contend with, one of them being having a bad cold and seriously underweight. Instantly Eric has an idea of having Arthur move in with him as his intellectual equal but quickly dismisses that. As days go by things are going smoothly until one night Eric forgets some papers at the University that he wants to grade and get out of the way, so he heads back to his office and comes upon the sleeping form of Arthur in his office.It’s then that Eric talks with Arthur about what is going on and learns that Arthur was evicted from his shabby apartment. Eric now brings up the subject of having Arthur move into his house to help him out with tedious school things like grading papers and so forth. So they form a tentative living arrangement. While I applaud Eric’s selflessness in helping Arthur out, how can he really help him out when all Eric is seeking is an intellectual equal and not a real lover?Add to the mix another complication in the form of a student named Percy (I was so not a fan of Percy at all) who tries his hand at blackmailing the professor. Wow talk about ballsy indeed. Percy was a total creep throughout the whole of the book.BUT, the main characters’ romance and subsequent real love seemed a bit rushed and at times lacked any real conviction, maybe because to me they also sometimes acted somewhat more card-boardish than real characters.So in this reviewer’s opinion Cecilia Ryan knows how to tell a good story as a whole, it’s just certain parts fell flat. Don’t get me wrong it is a fast, easy read and it has romance, plenty of sex scenes that did feel real, plus adequate secondary characters that moved the story along.So if your looking for a mild romantic read then this is the book for you. I will try other books by Cecilia Ryan in the future of course because she is worthy of another chance.

  • Deeze
    2019-03-31 15:51

    I'm starting to think I jinx myself the moment I start saying a book starts well. Up to about 20% I was convinced this book would be going on my favorite shelf, then it just all started going down hill. A lot of the writing for me felt too wordy for what it actually said. I felt like I missed parts of Eric and Arthur's back ground. After the strong start it seemed to waffle along without really saying much. The age gap was not really noticable unless it was pointed out. The suspence part of the story felt rushed and was left unfinished. Not to mention the advice he was given by the administrater felt totally wrong, (view spoiler)[ would they really advice giving in to blackmail? (hide spoiler)] Overall it left me feeling kinda flat.Sadly this was little more than an OK read for me, but I'm giving 3 stars for the first 20%.

  • Susan Laine
    2019-03-22 23:41

    3.5 stars. While I did like some of the story, getting just Eric's point of view and none of Arthur's left me feeling a little one-sided. Also, this story feels a lot like the beginning of a larger story, and it leaves things off in the middle of everything. I was a bit disappointed about that. And the whole Percy angle... Don't even get me started on that.I did, however, like how little cues of words, reactions, sensations made the guys very real, very close to the skin, if you know what I mean. The best scenes were in the beginning as they were learning to read each other and figure out where they stood.I sincerely hope there's a sequel coming, like tomorrow, cause there's so much left unsaid and undone, and I'm not exactly sure how things ended at all between Eric and Arthur.

  • Penumbra
    2019-04-10 23:55

    I won a paperback copy of A Symphony of Echoes by Cecilia Ryan from a Pants Off Reviews giveaway, thank you.(view spoiler)[A Symphony of Echoes is the story of Eric Spears a forty-seven year old University History professor and Arthur a student who attends Eric’s classes diligently. Eric figures out that Arthur is not a registered student, but doesn’t have the heart to kick him out of the class because Arthur is more motivated to learn than all the rest of Eric’s students combined. Arthur is a disheveled young man who from his appearance lives a hard life and all Eric wants to do is take Arthur home and take care of him.The story begins with Eric typing a hypothetical ‘Companion Wanted’ ad that describes Arthur to a ‘t’. Eric knows he’s a lost cause and Arthur wouldn’t accept any help even if offered. But surprisingly Arthur does, when he reaches a very low point. This is then the beginning of their relationship.The author did a good job of giving different voices to the characters. One thing I noticed about Eric is that he behaved differently around Arthur and around his friends. Eric was much more relaxed around his friends, and around Arthur he was more of a teacher. I’m wondering how this would work out in a long term relationship, but Arthur didn’t appear to mind since he loved to learn about everything, from history, people and sex. Arthur is a virgin, I’m not sure if this is just with men or with women also. He’s not even sure if he’s gay. In fact Arthur and Eric discuss this at some length in the story. So in the end the readers don’t know if Arthur is gay, bi or gay for you. I sort of wondered that maybe the only reason Arthur cared for Eric, was because Eric supplied him with love and affection and no one else really had. Eric of course has been in love with Arthur for quite some time. Even though Eric was interested in a sexual relationship he didn’t push for it, leaving when and how far they went up to Arthur. If you’re expecting a fast paced book, this is not it. The book is pretty much about Eric earning Arthur’s trust, teaching Arthur about life, people and sex and them growing together into a relationship. There are a couple of simple sex scenes and I didn’t find them as detailed or long as others I’ve read. They were definitely part of the background.As to the cover, I don't think the men really look like Eric and Arthur. Arthur is supposed to have blonde hair and Eric is slightly chubby with greying hair I believe. The man on the left side of the cover looks like he's more in his late thirties than late forties. So I think that more accurate pictures of the men would have been better, although I do like the image of the University at the bottom of the book cover.A Symphony of Echoes is a fast read but not an angst-filled one even though the author adds in a character named Percy, another student, who has an ulterior motive for chatting up Eric. So if you’re looking for a low-keyed relationship story that is quick to read then this book might interest you. I give this book 3 stars. (hide spoiler)]

  • Three Crow Press
    2019-04-12 23:48

    Three Crow Press by LisaHistory professor Eric Spears knows the subject he teaches is one that students don’t pursue because they want to; most of them endure it because they have to in order to fulfill credits to earn a degree. It’s that fact, among others, which makes Eric see Arthur, a young man who clearly doesn’t belong in his classroom, in a very different light.Professor Spears also understands there’s an invisible line between students and teachers that he’s toeing very precariously where Arthur is concerned, but Arthur isn’t technically a student, you see, so maybe those unspoken rules don’t really apply. Arthur sits in Eric’s class, absorbing every word, every lecture, like a sponge because, thus far, Eric is the only professor who hasn’t kicked Arthur out for trespassing where he doesn’t belong.As a teacher, Arthur’s enthusiasm for learning speaks to Eric on a visceral level. But it’s Arthur’s appearance—the threadbare clothing, the obvious hunger, the persistent cough—that calls to Eric’s compassion. And it’s that compassion that Eric must guard carefully, not allow it to slip over into pity, because Arthur is like a feral animal in some ways, who won’t accept anything handed to him lest it feel like charity. Eric must tread very carefully if he wants to keep Arthur coming back to his classroom.At forty-seven years old, Eric has a world of experience that should put him leagues ahead of nineteen year old Arthur, but what Arthur lacks in years, he makes up for in his wisdom. Their divergent backgrounds—the privileged son of a lord, and the son of a prostitute whose education has been earned in the school of hard knocks, but who is still incredibly innocent—shouldn’t have much in common, but sometimes all it takes is a willingness to give and the need to earn what’s offered to draw two very different people together.An attempt at blackmail from one of Eric’s students provides for a bit of angst to the plot, but overall, A Symphony of Echoes is a story that should be enjoyed for its quiet and gentle moments. This is Arthur’s coming-of-age story and Eric’s discovery that happiness and fulfillment doesn’t come with an age requirement. There’s a restrained dignity to this story that reminded me good fiction doesn’t always have to be about turmoil and upheaval. Sometimes it can simply be about affection and admiration and acceptance, which is what this book does well.Cecelia Ryan has written a May/December romance that should appeal to readers who love a love story, pure and simple. It’s restrained and charming and peopled with characters that define unconditional love and friendship.

  • UltraMeital
    2019-04-10 15:53

    This short novella was utterly beautiful. One of THE best tender romance novels I've EVER read. I have to say, from the first page, it was a 5 star rating for me. Even though the general story seems not only cliche but "wrong" - a professor falling for his student? But hold your horses here! It's not what you think! It's everything else! It's a love story between a man that is hungry to love and a younger man who doesn't even know what a warm and loving gesture is. Both main characters were so beautifully portrayed, though we only get Eric's POV (the professor). Arthur is very insecure about himself, surely about his sexuality and what he actually wants from Eric, but as Eric only wants to give what Arthur is willing to get the progression of their relationship is heart warming, tender and just, perfect! Though Arthur attends ALL Eric's lectures he isn't a student of the university he just comes because he wants to learn and he loves Eric's history lectures (and well, Eric is the only professor who hasn't kicked him out of class because he isn't enrolled..) so for all of you out there feeling annoyed with this sort of relationship, it's different here. The age differences is quite big.. (~25 years) and is not something that one can miss (in experience but very much in insecurities and "general" innocence"), but for me, it worked. I got what they found in one another and how special it was. I also really liked Eric's "family" and friends and how committed they are to each other. Though Eric is quite isolated when you look at his general schedule he is a good friend and truly a good person. Yes, the love story is the most tender I've read but it's not mushy or sticky, it's just sweet and endearing but also this book is LOL funny. The first few pages were a total giveaway on Eric's sense of humor and later on the interaction between him and Arthur was fun but also hilarious at times. The main issue in this one is the progression of their relationship but there is also someone who wants to hurt Eric and destroy his happiness which puts a strain on their relationship but as romance novels go - there's a beautiful happy ending. For me, though it was a bit less than 100 pages, I got everything I could ask for. For anyone who is a romantic at heart (who knew I'd fall in this category!) this is THE perfect love story. This is my second read by Cecilia and since most of her work is very short I intend on reading most of them this month. More Reviews HERE

  • Ashley Cox
    2019-03-19 22:36

    Okay, this started off as a gym read and it lead to me spending waaayy more time than I intended on the elliptical machine! Suffice to say, I absolutely loved this story! I realize that some people will be put off by the age differnce (19/20ish and 47 - didn't bother me at all since I actually adore stories that feature an age difference), but honestly, I felt that the author handled it well. She paid great detail to showing the reader that Arthur was a mature young man and that his relationship with Eric was not built upon deceit and coercion. I never felt that Eric abused his power, in fact, he was quite careful when it came to starting an actual 'relationship' with Arthur. Ultimately, I look forward to other works by this author and would love to see more of these two characters (and learn more about Trevor and Adam).

  • Becky Condit
    2019-03-22 20:25

    4 1/2 stars!The plot in A SYMPHONY OF ECHOES is well-oiled and moves smoothly, but this is a character-driven story and I cared deeply about Eric and Arthur as well as their friends. I hope there will be more stories about Eric’s friends and co-workers as I really liked them and want to see how they are getting on. The May/December aspect of Eric and Arthur’s relationship is actually more of a concern to Eric than to anyone else, but there will be things to deal with in the future that Arthur is not thinking about now, such as caring for an elderly partner when Arthur is still a middle-aged man.I enjoyed this book very much and look forward eagerly to reading more by the talented Cecilia Ryan.Please see my complete review at (March 7, 2012)

  • Meggie
    2019-03-30 16:36

    This story was weird if I'm truthful. The beginning was slow and interesting enough. Eric fell in love with a young Arthur. Romance between them was warm and easy, but bland too. I didn't feel true emotions of love between them till the end. Storyline between Eric and other student Percy was idiotic part of this book. To be sincere I liked the cover and nothing else in this story. It was a really boring read.

  • Elizabeth H.
    2019-04-10 19:47

    2.5 stars rounding up to 3.0 stars.Frustrating! There was a core of a good story here, but the tale was told in such a restrained way that I found it very difficult to connect with either main character. There just wasn't enough emotion in this one, even though the setting of the story I did find very interesting.

  • Sandy Voegtlen
    2019-04-01 15:49

    This novel was extremely confusing. I wish I'd known that it was the second in the series. If I had, I would have gone back and tried them in order. Since I didn't, I struggled through. I will probably try the third, but it may be awhile.

  • Zaa
    2019-03-24 18:43

    Another story about teacher-student relationship. The plot might appear to be romance standard but it is in fact anything but standard--the sensual minimalism of the writings combined with well developed characters. Overall, this was a decent read for me.

  • Kiki
    2019-03-22 20:39

    I was liking this a good bit -- the relationship between the two men was so sweet... But then we got into the whole bit about Percy ... it was so unrealistic and so tiresome, I just lost interest in the book altogether.

  • Katy Beth Mckee
    2019-03-29 17:47

    Eric is drawn to Arthur who is and isn't his student. When he has the chance he offers aid and comfort. This story offers a slow and realistic build up.

  • Caroline Gabel
    2019-03-23 23:45

    a very interesting story

  • Hearts On Fire Reviews
    2019-04-09 21:26

    Reviewed by: ChadGenre: M/M ContemporaryRated: 3.5 hearts Check out the review on

  • Amy
    2019-03-21 20:37

    2.5 stars. To be honest, this was kind of boring, I barely finished it. It just seemed to be missing something.

  • Craig Sharp
    2019-03-20 23:39

    A Symphony of Echoes by Cecilia Ryan was wonderfully written and an excellent read.

  • jules0623
    2019-04-11 18:34

    Good God, this was dull!