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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lessons From the Professor by Shyla Colt

Lessons From the Professor by Shyla Colt
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Human Behavior Professor, Sidney Rothman is no stranger to heartache at the hands of a younger woman. So when he meets the charming mocha-skinned beauty, he’s wary. Her sweet nature and natural tendency for submissive behavior overrule his fear, and Sidney decides to train her as a sub. Sutton takes to the lifestyle like a duck to water, but the one thing he didn’t bargain for was her ability to thaw the ice around his heart.

Sutton thrives on pressure. Handed a heavy load of responsibility from the time she was young, she’s fallen into the habit of pushing her feelings aside to get things done. After spending the past ten years focused on her career and family, she begins to notice how empty her condo feels and longs for something more. From the moment she meets Sidney, she’s instantly attracted to his intelligence and regal demeanor. When he introduces her to the BDSM lifestyle, her unexpected response surprises her. Good girls did not beg to be spanked. Or did they? Can she open up to Sidney and learn to live for herself before it’s too late?

Sutton is an ER nurse who has had nothing but responsibilities heaped on her shoulders from the time she was a young girl. She’s only had one serious relationship that ended when she found her fiancĂ© having sex with another nurse. She has all but given up on relationships, opting to bury herself in her work instead. Her friend and co-worker Leigh has been trying to get her to go out with her and her husband but Sutton always declines. One night she overheard some of the other nurses talking about how she never went out with them calling her ‘Miss Priss’.  Then Leigh came to her defense. Sutton decided then and there to make a few changes and told Leigh that she would go out with her.

Thus she meets Sidney, a Professor who works with Leigh’s husband, James. Sidney is eighteen years her senior with salt and pepper hair, English accent and what she described as a ‘swagger that pulled her towards him like a magnet’. Sutton hoped that Sidney felt the same pull that she did and when she found out that the feeling was mutual, she decided to date him. She knew that her friend Leigh and her husband James were into an alternative lifestyle and she was curious to try it as well when Sidney told her that he also lived the life. He explained the role of Dom and Submissive to her and she was more that ready to try this even though she was a virgin to it. 

Sutton took to this lifestyle like a bee to honey, she came alive and even with the distraction of her spoiled baby sister Carissa, her mother trying to get her and her ex Jackson back together, as well as Sidney’s issues with his ex Christine, these two were able to find their way to a pleasurable relationship. The story was very well written and the characters were people you could care about. You wanted to tell her mom to stop meddling, her sister to grow up and you just wanted to smack her ex, Jackson. Any book that can elicit that kind of feelings from the reader is a book worth reading twice.

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