Tuesday, April 15, 2014

eARC Review: Love Lessons Learned (Love Lessons Learned #1) by K.C. Wells

Love Lessons Learned (Love Lessons Learned #1)
by K.C. Wells
Published April 14th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Amazon, Amazon UK

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

John Wainwright is having a momentous day. To start off, he lands his first teaching job. Then his brother, Evan, and Evan’s husband, Daniel, take him out to celebrate in Manchester’s gay village. An encounter with a sexy man forces John to admit what he’s been denying for too long—he’s gay. His coming out proves he’s supported and loved by his family and roommates. What more could a man want? There’s just one small problem: John’s dishy Head Teacher, Brett Sanderson, and John’s gigantic crush on him. Too bad Brett is straight. 
Brett Sanderson leads a double life. At thirty-three, he is the Head Teacher of a primary school. But for seven years now, during every school holiday, Brett has fled to Brighton, where he becomes ‘Rob,’ a man who has a different guy in his bed every night but has never had a relationship. 
Once he’s back in school, Brett is firmly back in that closet, until his newest staff member starts prying open the door. When John pulls out all the stops to get Brett’s attention, neither man is prepared for the consequences.

Before I begin my review, let me just say that I giggled my way through this read. No, not because this is a silly story. It's because this one mananged to push all the right buttons, in all the right places, at the right time. And I just LOVED! reading this.

Love Lessons Learned involves the men of the Learning To Love series, and then some. Even with the familiar men showing up, this is a different series altogether. Remember Evan and Daniel? Well, this story involves Evan's older brother, John Wainright. He had been questioning his sexuality for a long time but never really did anything about it. So, here he is, landing a job in a small school and looking for a place to stay, far away from his parents'. He finds the perfect house, a good twenty-minutes walking distance from the school in a home being shared by three guys. All openly out and gay. Well, he had just accepted his sexuality by this time so no worries. (Crossed fingers)

In the school, John gets to be mentored by the head teacher, Brett Sanderson. This is a confident man who knows what he is doing and heads his staff well. No woman had been able to snag this man's attention for he seems to be married to his job. Thing is, no one really knows who the real Brett is and if they found out? Well tongues would most likely wag. Brett is self-assured until he finds himself mentoring one John Wainright.

This is a true love story here, with all the angst, drama and such that usually accompany the genre. But what I really loved about this read is that there was no melodrama. AT. ALL! which is really good, for this made the story flow perfectly throughout its course and the plot and characters developed better than what was  to be expected. In short, there is a lot going on in this story other than romance and it was a delight to read. This was humorous, a comic relief, frustrating, thrilling, and highly erotic in the best way possible. Only an author like K.C. Wells can get away with this style - leaving her readers all hot and bothered and at the same time, leaving much to the imagination. 

Now why did I giggle my way through this? Well, there were just some things here that made me gasp in awe and appreciation which immediately spurred my imagination to go on overdrive hyperdrive. I don't want to spoil anything so let's just say, this is a must read. I need to add  that there were times John's and Brett's romance was quite staid in comparison to what was going on between Daniel and Evan. And have I mentioned the housemates? This supporting cast of characters were brilliantly written and I have to be honest, they really stole the show at times with their comments, actions and misadventures. But their stealing it just confirmed that these men formed a beautiful bond of support group filled with a friendship and loyalty that I absolutely fell in love with. This is the support that John and Brett needed and treasured at the end. So yes, this pushed all the right buttons for me and I giggled myself silly, tickled pink from the read. 

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