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Friday, April 26, 2019

Enticing Journey Book Promotions Presents: Learning Curve by Andi Jaxon; #BlogTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Review

Title: Learning Curve
Author: Andi Jaxon
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2019
Rating:  4 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.
#LearningCurveBookTour #LearningCurveAndiJaxon #BenandAlister #StudentTeacherRomance #manlove

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Enticing Journey Book Promotions and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Alister Bennet

Loyal, reliable... predictable even, I’ve always done what's expected of me. Stay out of trouble, get my teaching degree and build a respectable career as a college professor. The job comes with a long list of rules and at the top of that list is no fraternizing with students. Following the rules seemed easy enough, until a dark, tortured boy sat outside my office waiting for me. His voice told me it was his grade he was worried about, but the deep onyx pools of his eyes told me more as they shook the solid ground I’d always stood on. 

Am I willing to risk my career, my carefully built reputation, to help one so filled with pain I can taste it?

Benjamin Wallace

Rejected, abused, and abandoned my entire life, all I’ve ever wanted was to be accepted, loved even. I thought going to college on a scholarship would be my ticket out of hell, but nothing good ever comes without a price. As graduation nears I find myself drawn to the mysterious professor like a moth to a flame. Just one meeting with the man that has been staring in my dreams has my soul screaming for him to hold me, comfort me. A relationship isn't just frowned upon, it's forbidden, but the heart doesn't always know the difference. 

Can I trust my mangled heart in his perfect life when my past repeats itself or will he destroy what is left of me? 

*Author's note: This is an MM teacher-student romance with themes including abuse and kidnapping. This story ends with a HEA.*

Alister Bennet is one of those people that shape young lives. Some of our chuckle moments come in the form of his brother Alex. Benjamin “Ben” Wallace is one that just needs a little help. He has a great friend in Kristen – you can tell right away the love she has for him.

Besides the obvious we get an idea of how polar opposite these two men are. It’s hard not to feel sorry for what Ben’s going through. I work at a university and we’re trying to change the stigma that some students feel is associated with asking for help. Our author has created a story that seems so realistic that you can almost feel the real emotions coming off the page. Alister shows how some things never change. He feels he has to hide who he is. It’s hard not to feel something when you see how Ben feels about himself. I could picture him being one of our students walking around campus.

Even though Ben is a little leery about people around him he knows that in order to accomplish what he has worked so hard for he has to speak up. I found myself more interested in Ben and what he’s going through. I also liked his interactions with Kristen. His part in this story spoke loudly to me and overtook anything else. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the story but the author did such a great job in creating his character that I wanted to meet him. I did ok in math so I’m not sure that I’d want to sit in Alister’s class. Any relationship between these two took a backseat for quite a while. It didn’t kick in for me until I knew the ending was coming and the feeling that Ben was going to be fine.

Laundry Librarian - “Have you ever been touched by a story so deeply, the feelings it draws out of you linger for weeks, months or even years after finishing it? Learning Curve was that kind of book for me.”
The Little Bookworm - “I love a great forbidden romance and Learning Curve is definitely now on the top of that list for me.”
A Book Lover’s Emporium Book Blog - “Forbidden? Teacher/student? M/M? Oh HELL YEAH! This book has all my favourite things!”

From Dyslexic kid with a love of Algebra to a published author, no one is more surprised to find me here, than I am. I love to write about tortured pasts and hot sex, a happily ever after that has to be worked for. My stories tend to be a little dark but with some comic relief, typically in the form of sarcasm.


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