Educating Ethan by Jennifer Lynn
Publisher: Breathless Press
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Poppy
When the much younger Ethan moves in to Ida's neighbourhood, an innocent flirtation quickly becomes passionate. But who is educating who in this cougar encounter?
Ida Deloraine intends to build herself a new life and a new catering career after a painful divorce. When the much younger Ethan Holt moves in across the street, an innocent flirtation quickly becomes serious when the two realize their age difference is no barrier to all-consuming passion. But Ethan is the exact opposite of what Ida is looking for in a sexual partner. In her eyes he is young and vibrant, with his life and his dreams still ahead of him, whereas hers are all in the past. Can Ethan, who is fighting his own demons in the form of a car accident, failed marriage, and forced career change, convince Ida to overcome the past and live for the moment? And just who is educating who in this cougar encounter?
Ida Deloraine just can't stop watching and fantasizing about her much younger new neighbor. But she knows nothing can ever come of her desire ... or can it?
Ethan Holt felt Ida's gaze on him from the moment he started moving boxes from the van. He didn't know who it was, but the heat was evident from the start. Finally, he takes matters in his own hands and makes a neighborly visit.
Though neither of them intended for the instant surge of desperate heat between then, it was there. Ida has scars, both physical and emotional, from her failed marriage. Ethan has baggage of his own. But they can't deny the need they have for each other.
Educating Ethan starts out with a flush of need from our older heroine who all but drools at Ethan's sexy, half-dressed body. She's a bit shamed by her feelings but it's really the first time she's been turned on like this since her divorce. She has no intention of acting on her feelings, but there's no harm in looking.
Ethan pushes Ida right out of her comfort zone from the start. He's forward and deliberate. He's also very sweet. And very, very sexy. I like a man who knows what he wants and goes after it. He's not aggressive, but he's persistent and wears Ida down quickly.
Still, even after they heat up the sheets, she doesn't think she can give him what she thinks he needs. She pulls away ... he moves closer. Ida never stands a chance!
Though the sex in this short story is vanilla, it's steamy and erotic. I just fell madly in love with Ethan and could eat him up with a spoon. He's both amazing and realistic, and just exactly what Ida needs. The author doesn't waste words, just tells it like it is. We know exactly what each character is thinking and feeling and while, I'm not sure Ida and Ethan will make it forever and always, I do think they'll have a strong relationship full of fun, conversation and adventurous sex for many years to come.
Educating Ethan was a good story and I'm very glad I chose to read it.