Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Painful Lessons
Author: S.C. Wynne
Heroes: Brett Bridgeworth/Sam Hawthorne
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 1, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: As a freshman both in love and in college, sometimes there are painful lessons to be learned.
Excited to begin his first year of college, Brett Bridgeworth has just one problem: he sucks at math. Luckily there’s the sensual and mysterious math tutor, Jeremy Price, to help him out. It isn’t long before Jeremy is tutoring Brett in more than just pie charts, but it isn’t until they split up that Brett discovers Jeremy’s twisted, obsessive side.
Sam Hawthorne is two years ahead of Brett, and they share a strong mutual attraction. When Brett breaks it off with Jeremy and gets involved with Sam, disturbing things start happening. It soon becomes obvious that Jeremy isn’t willing to let Brett go without a fight.
Review: At first, Brett and Jeremy have a straight-forward if somewhat odd relationship that develops from Brett and Jeremy being tutor and student. When Brett finds out Jeremy is sleeping with other guys, he dumps him and begins to explore the attraction he shares with Sam.
Jeremy doesn’t take this well – at all! – and begins to act VERY creepy and scary until things come to a head and Brett has to involve the police.
Meanwhile, Sam and Brett cautiously begin their own relationship, now that Jeremy is out of the picture.
I just didn’t ever get into this story. I didn’t like Brett – thought he was a horny kid who thought with his dick more than his head, and I didn’t see the relationship with Sam working out longer than college.
I didn’t like seeing the on-page sex with all Brett’s partners before Sam and I never really connected with him well.
This had some fine writing and the stalker part of the story was definitely creepy/scary, but the romance was definitely lacking for me.
I’d call this more romantic fiction than a romance and recommend it to people in the mood for that.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*