The Lessons (Forbidden, #1) by Elizabeth Brown
on July 20th 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Erotica, Romance
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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.
The Lessons is a standalone forbidden-love romance told from dual POV with no cliffhanger.
Warning: This story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It is intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.
Stand-alone book 1 in The Forbidden series.
I’m filing this one under “Must Just Be Me” because it seems to be getting good reviews but it just didn’t work for me. I had so many issues with this book I’m not even sure where to begin. I guess I’ll start with what I did like. Natalie and Ryan are really likeable characters and their chemistry is great. I loved the humor. And… that’s about it.
Strike 1: The premise of Natalie hiring a sex surrogate to help her lose her virginity is clever. Relocating across the country to do so? Yeah, that’s just absurd. I decided to overlook that though, and try to enjoy the story.
Strike 2: (Manufactured) conflicts arise and just when it looks like they might provide some interest or value in furthering the plot, they are miraculously resolved a couple chapters later. It smacked of lazy storytelling and eventually I just stopped caring.
Strike 3: Probably my biggest complaint of all. This book is in serious need of an editor’s revision. I’m not an English teacher by any means so I try not to be the grammar police. However, there are just way too many errors for me to overlook. We’re talking changing tenses mid-sentence, punctuation errors, missing words, duplicate words, and your basic incorrect grammar. They’re small mistakes, but soooo many that they were distracting. I draw the line when errors interfere with the story. Three strikes and you’re out.
An update: I do believe the author is making her editor aware of the mistakes so hopefully an error-free edition will be released in the future. Sadly, even without the editing issues I still wouldn’t recommend this book.
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