Sunday, October 12, 2014


Publisher:               Totally Bound                  
Published:               September 12, 2014
ISBN:                     978 1 78430 234 4
Genre:                   M/M
Book Format:          E-book
Obtained via:          Publisher
Reviewed by:          Helena Stone,

Rating:                   3

Jesse only agreed to go to French classes to help a friend. One look at his teacher gives him a second reason to keep on showing up week after week though. Not that Jesse is learning a lot of French. He is lost in erotic daydreams about Corwin, the teacher, from the moment he starts preparing for the class until well after the lesson has finished.

When Jesse is caught not paying attention to the lesson once too often, Corwin gives him an ultimatum. Jesse will be given one chance to prove he is genuinely interested in being part of the class. During a one-on-one lesson, Corwin will assess Jesse’s progress and determine his fate based on the results.

Jesse’s accepts the challenge and shows up for the after-hours meeting. But will his French be good enough? And is a quick assessment of Jesse’s linguistical abilities all Corwin has in mind or will Jesse be learning other lessons as well?

This is a short and hot read.

Combined with the blurb I could basically leave my review there; it says it all. I will however expand on that thought a little bit.

I knew this was a short story before I started the book so I can’t say I was disappointed there wasn’t more to it. I had however hoped to get to know the characters a little bit better. And the author created the perfect opportunity to flesh them out a bit when she created a dinner scene. It is a shame that, in my opinion, she didn’t make better use of that setting to give the reader a clearer picture of what made these two, very sexy men, tick.

As it is we have Jesse, who doesn’t seem to have anything on his mind beyond the hotness of his French tutor and the sexual fantasies resulting from that attraction. And, since the story is told from Jesse’s point of view, we have even less insight into what might be going on in Corwin’s head.

What we do get are two very hot encounters between two equally hot men in what looks like the beginning of a steamy BDSM-based relationship. Corwin supplied just the right balance between domineering and tender while Jesse was charming as he discovers how much he enjoys submitting to his teacher’s commands and taking his punishment in the form of a solid spanking.

With this being a short story we do not get a happy ever after. However the story did end in a tone which suggested these two men have every opportunity to create a happy and steamy future for the two of them.

French Lessons is an easy to read, smoothly written short. The story pulls you in and allows you to lose yourself in a sexual fantasy. If you’re in the mood for a hot story you can read in one sitting; if you’re are looking for two hot men giving you steamy encounter to lose yourself in, French Lessons may well be the story for you.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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