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This is the first book by this author I’ve read, and I’ll definitely be reading more from her, now one of my top five Historical Romance authors.
This book has it all, great characters, storyline, and hot romance. The story starts off with the heroine, Elizabeth, who is a widow that had a very unsatisfying marriage, waiting for her tutor to arrive for her first lesson in “carnal pleasures”, which she thinks will be taught through lectures from the Madame of the brothel. But the Madame arranges the Hero, James, who’s one of her best costumers, to tutor Elizabeth with “hands on” lessons. Their first meeting James whispers in Elizabeths ear what it will physically entail and all I could think was ‘yes please’, I couldn’t wait to read more! The storyline builds up the erotic, they ease into the actual sex. There is a lot of sensual whisperings, and conversations, and fantasying about the other, and leads up to sex. So the book is highly erotic without being just plain graphic.
The book is written exceptionally well, so well that even when things that are unrealistic happen, you tend to overlook it because it fits so well into the story. Some reviewers have mentioned the overuse of the “F” word, and cursing in general. I’m not a huge fan of excessive swearing, but in this case every instance it seems to fit, the use is quite appropriate for the storyline, there wasn’t one time where I thought that it was unnecessary.
Throughout the book you see the characters grow, though they try to resist it, especially James, who desperately tries to remain as he was. Again, the book is so well written, and the storyline progresses smoothly, with great character growth, that I felt every emotion; amusement, heartbreak, sadness, joy, desire, etc. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a well written historical romance that is also erotic.
Elizabeth was a much more likable character than James. She's a chatterbox, curious, witty and not a wallflower. James was really cold, and despite all the steamy scenes, he was still pretty cold at the end. It's obvious that he has strong feelings for Elizabeth, yet his reasoning for staying away from her are weak. Although I liked the fact that Elizabeth didn't fall to pieces when she's inevitably hurt by James, her forgiveness comes much too quickly.
There was a scene at a dinner party that Elizabeth's sister was hosting, that had some potential drama/scandal, but then it was kind of forgotten. Following up with that thread and maybe skipping one of the numerous sex scenes would have made it a little more interesting.
I first read this book over two years ago and have gone black to read the end and epilogue several times since then because it just gives me the happy tingles. The plot is not particularly original but I think this is the best I have ever seen it executed. You really get to know James and Elizabeth. I loved seeing inside James' mind and watching him struggle with emotion and learning to love. Really great! Most of the book Elizabeth is trying to get though the impenetrable wall James has built around his heart. My favorite line from the whole book comes in the last chapter, "...and just like that, he broke." This book is really such a great romance mixed with a high level of well-written steam. I highly recommend this book if you like a hot romance with well-developed characters and a lot of strong emotions at play.
I really enjoyed this book. The heat level was hot without being raunchy. I loved how the author peeled back the layers on the H and how the h maintained her moxie throughout the ordeal. I will read another of her books.
I rarely write reviews, but Teach Me is a well-written, well-paced standout due to the author's fluid style (and I'm a writer, so I know- lol!). The story of the bored rake endeavoring to tutor a shy widow in pleasure is turned on end by the solid characters and plot. There are no spies, abductions or hidden identities here. Instead, there's a not-so-simple story of a woman who questions the social imprint of who she should be... and a man who (almost) can't get beyond his. The main characters were smart and interesting without all the typical plot contrivances (woe-is-me, down-on-her-luck heroines and I'm-a-bad-boy-just-'cause heroes), and the supporting characters were refreshingly realistic.
It was entertaining to watch Elizabeth slowly teach James to laugh at himself, and as for what he taught her? Steamy and graphic, often surprising, but HONEST (and not all about SIZE, if you get my drift).
I had thought Passion by Lisa Valdez was my go-to steamy read, but Teach Me has replaced it. This book is WELL WORTH the kindle price.