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Feb 09

Teach Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant Review

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4.5 Smooches!

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Synopsis

Life is short, and sometimes you have to take chances…

Catherine Davenport is successful in her career, but doesn’t have the same skill when it comes to her love life. After a painful divorce, she’s finding the new world of dating both intimidating and frustrating.

Tired of striking out, she takes the extreme measure of enlisting the help of an instructor in a private club who offers sessions on how to improve her dating strategy as well as her overall sexual confidence.

‘Calvin’, the masked man with the piercing blue eyes and husky voice not only challenges her to step out of her comfort zone, but encourages her to unlock her repressed adventurous side with various lessons.

She feels like she’s making progress until her worlds collide and the identity of the man privy to her most intimate details is shockingly revealed as someone she knows.

Can Catherine put her insecurities aside to take a chance on love where she least expected it? Or will her past interfere with her ability to plan a future with the one man who truly knows the real her.

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fourth book of the “Something Series”
Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

 

REVIEW

I’ve enjoyed each installment of Aubrey Bondurant’s Something series so far, and I’d been very much looking forward to Catherine’s story. Bondurant’s writing style and her brand of smutty chick-lit books are always entertaining, sexy, great reads. I’m asked on occasion to name an author who I thought more people should be reading, and unsurprisingly, Aubrey Bondurant is one of those authors the comes to my mind. She’s a very talented author, and I haven’t yet read one of her novels that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. I’m going to be very careful in this review, though, as the hero’s identity is a bit of a spoiler, and I don’t want to give it away.

“Time to do this before I chickened out.”

Catherine is in her mid-thirties and a very successful editor of the top fashion magazine, Cosmo Life. She’s a recognized fashion icon and authority. While she has her professional life in check, her personal life is another story. On the heels of a divorce that she didn’t see coming, she’s floundering in her efforts to rejoin the dating scene. Part of the problem is that she misreads—or just plain misses—the signals and subtle signs that men send her and when she tries, she often misreads them. She has not mastered the subtle art of flirty bantering, and her attempts come off more awkward than seductive. She needs help.

“Maybe there was hope for me yet.”

Enter the masked man, Calvin, and some private lessons at Club Travesty, a high-end, exclusive and discreet sex club. Catherine may have donned a wig and took on the name Kat to mask her easily recognizable identity, but she fully embraced Calvin’s lessons, advice and assignments. So, despite her nearly overwhelming nervousness, Catherine is immersing herself in this experience that is so totally outside of her comfort zone, and she’s feeling more confident than she ever has. Or at least she was until she got the shock of her life at party when she hears a voice she immediately recognizes and turns to look into a pair of all-too-familiar eyes on a face that she knows…

“…keep taking chances. Sometimes the things that make you happy are found when you least expect it.”

As it turns out, Catherine knows the real man behind her masked sex club relationship tutor, Calvin. He runs in the same circles as she does, both professionally and socially. Once that gap is bridged, though, they start seeing each other privately. One of her big concerns was their age difference, he’s several years younger, but he approached their relationship with tremendous maturity and he was so patient and encouraging, it was truly inevitable that she would be swept off her feet by this man. He has his own issues, though, and surprisingly in the end it was his issues that got in the way of a relationship.

“All roads, no matter how rough, lead me here to you.”

Teach Me Something was another well written, well developed, humorous and sexy story about this group of friends that I’ve come to adore. I love this series so much, it’s one I never hesitate to highly recommend.  Aubrey Bondurant’s Teach Me Something gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~ Danielle Palumbo

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