Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Lesson Learned

Title: A Lesson Learned
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN: 978-0-85715-841-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Dane Jefferson’s crazy about Magnus Sofokleous and wants to get closer to the sexy professor, but unfortunately for him, as a graduate assistant, that makes him off limits. His chance comes when Magnus makes a grant application to do research at Barrett House, a small plantation in Louisiana, and due to the circumstances, Dane’s asked to accompany him. 

His strong attraction to Dane makes Magnus uncomfortable, and while it’s been difficult, he’s kept the younger man at arm’s length. Once they leave the campus and arrive at the plantation, he opens up, quickly becoming sexually involved with Dane. When his young lover refuses to accept any part of a dominant/submissive lifestyle that Magnus has used to protect himself, he must decide what he wants more…the man or the submission. 

A Lesson Learned is release number fourteen in Carol Lynne’s Campus Cravings series. It’s another well-written and plotted story; it filled with plenty of vivid details of the Barrett House plantation and grounds. I really enjoyed the history Ms. Lynne wove of what happened with Dane’s ancestor and there are plenty of interesting tidbits to keep the reader’s attention as Dane and Magnus scour the island for clues. There are a few secondary characters, seen mostly at the beginning and end of the story. The most prominent one being Dane’s Uncle Fallon, who I’d like to see more of sometime in the future.  

I really enjoyed Dane. He’s a happy, well-rounded, likable young man, determined to get what he wants and that’s Magnus. I can honestly say I don’t understand their pairing. Magnus has serious unresolved issues from his childhood, so he’s not easy to get along with or a nice guy and I can’t get what Dane sees in him. He’s not a warm and fuzzy kind of guy. When Magnus starts loosing up to Dane and becomes less clinical in his actions I liked him better. By the end, while I thought Magnus’ turnaround in attitude was a little fast, at least I could see him and Dane staying together. Watch for the next Campus Cravings release coming in April.

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