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Monday, October 31, 2011

Learning Curves by Elyse Mady

Learning Curves by Elyse Mady
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (176 pgs)
Other: M/F, voyeurism
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Leanne Galloway has no time for dating; her focus is on launching her academic career. Dragged along to her childhood frenemy Gillian's bachelorette party at a male strip club, she just wants to get through the evening—but she can't help interfering when Gillian sends a note to a sexy dancer proposing a hot hookup.

Brandon Myles is working backstage at the Foxe's Den to fund his post-graduate studies in dance, but he's forced onstage when the headliner fails to show up. He feels a surprisingly strong connection with a quiet woman watching from a table full of tipsy bridesmaids, and he's delighted when she appears backstage after his set.

After a scorching spontaneous encounter, Leanne and Brandon agree to go their separate ways. But they're both grad students on a small campus, and avoiding each other and denying their attraction won't work for long, especially when a jealous rival appears, determined to ruin both their academic careers.

I’m in love. It’s as simple as that. What’s his name? Brandon. I just can’t stop thinking about him, he’s absolutely gorgeous. Not only does he have a great physique but he’s caring, sweet, tender, confident but not stuck up and thoughtful. Sigh. He’s almost perfect. He has a few flaws, of course. He’s scared of relationships and thinks his heart is made of stone. His other flaw? He’s in love with someone else, the main character of Learning Curves, Leanne.

Learning Curves was an amazing read. I swept through the 176 pages in a morning. I fell in love with Brandon from the start but I was drawn into Leanne’s world. I felt so identified with her. She’s a 20th century girl who is so engrossed in fighting for a career and a good job that she doesn’t have time for anything else. The best thing about Leanne was that she was extremely human. Real. She had doubts, fears, anxieties like the next person, but she also had a sense of humor, friends, and a life without Brandon.

The only bad thing I can say about Learning Curves was that I spotted a few editing mistakes, like small words that were out of place, but that was all. The characters are engaging, the plot is realistic, the descriptions are mesmerizing, the chemistry and sex between Leanne and Brandon was incredibly hot… it’s all fantastic.

Personally, I’ll be looking for more books by Ms. Mady.

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