ARC REVIEW: The Lessons by Elizabeth Brown (Off-Limits #1)

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The Lessons
Author: Elizabeth Brown
Genre: Romance, Erotica
Release Date: July 2oth, 2015
Published By:Elizabeth Brown
ISBN13: 9781310351648

★ SYNOPSIS ★

Things weren’t exactly going according to my Plan, so I did what most Americans do when confronted with a problem : I hired someone else to fix it.

Except ‘it’ was my virginity.

And that ‘someone else’ was a sex surrogate.

I should have known the answer wouldn’t be that simple.

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★ MY REVIEW ★

You know those books that you can read and still remember vividly months later? The Lessons by Elizabeth Brown was one of those books for me. I will freely admit, that I read it probably a good month and a half ago, and it is still fresh in my mind.

The first thing I want to note, is that the synopsis does not do this book justice what so ever. It’s short, but it doesn’t really give you the gist of the story. In fact, I skimmed right past it a few times on NetGalley without even bothering because of that. You really shouldn’t let it fool you though, and do give this book a chance! Noelle, a friend of mine on Goodreads, actually recommended The Lessons to me. She told me I had to read it, that she had loved it and that she’d reread it. Color me intrigued. Obviously there had to be more to it.

Well, considering I’m writing this review, you know I got the ARC. This book was fantastic. The plot line, the writing, and just the emotion that went into it are all a home run for me. I will definitely reread this in the future. I have to mention also that I truly liked these characters. Not one over the other, but both of them. Ryan and Natalie have an instant chemistry that takes place before they even technically “meet” in the book. They meet before they meet, having no clue who the other is, if that makes any sort of sense. 😉

What stood out the absolute most was this whole sex surrogate idea. My first initial thoughts were, “Oh jeeze.”. I kid you not, I had no interest in reading this book at first. However, once you get into it, you find out it is not in the least like you’d think it would be. That there are people out there with sexual problems and sex surrogates help them work through them. That is what you find in The Lessons.

It is definitely a romance though, with twists, turns and situations that I wasn’t even sure how the main characters would get past. If you read it, I can almost promise you that some of the same questions that popped into my head, will pop into yours initially. I don’t want to actually state them, because it would definitely spoil some things.

What I can tell you without giving away too much… it’s a full length novel and a standalone. It is written from dual point of view between the main characters and has an HEA. Also there is no cliffhanger. Thank goodness for that because I might have imploded with these two characters. I was rooting for them!

Overall, the book is a 4 star read for me, probably leaning more toward a 5 but the synopsis takes the star away for me. (That usually isn’t on the author either, so know that the writing and content IS 5 star material.) It may seem like a small thing, but that synopsis can get this book overlooked. If it were flushed out more, I’d have given it a full on 5 star rating.

MY RATING:

4 star

 NetGalley ARC post

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