Author: SC Wynne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/01/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
As a freshman both in love and in college, sometimes there are painful lessons to be learned.
Excited to begin his first year of college, Brett Bridgeworth has just one problem: he sucks at math. Luckily there’s the sensual and mysterious math tutor, Jeremy Price, to help him out. It isn’t long before Jeremy is tutoring Brett in more than just pie charts, but it isn’t until they split up that Brett discovers Jeremy’s twisted, obsessive side.
Sam Hawthorne is two years ahead of Brett, and they share a strong mutual attraction. When Brett breaks it off with Jeremy and gets involved with Sam, disturbing things start happening. It soon becomes obvious that Jeremy isn’t willing to let Brett go without a fight.
I have read almost all of SC Wynne’s backlist. They are an auto-buy for me since I always enjoy their stories. I know I will get a story with a solid plot and multi-faceted characters you can’t help but like. However, their work has never gone that extra mile and blown me away. Until now.
Painful Lessons by SC Wynne is one of those stories that stays with me long after I close the book (or file as the case may be). It takes on a sensitive topic — stalking and emotional abuse — with sensitivity and class. You know from the beginning where the story is going, but the journey will keep you turning page after page.
You know that Jeremy is bad news. You know that Brett and Sam are the real deal. However, you have to sit by and watch Brett make mistake after mistake. We know where everything is heading, but sadly he doesn’t. It is painful. However, you know that he has Sam in his corner if he will just open his eyes. Once that finally happens, the story takes a turn but isn’t over. Just because Sam and Brett finally find each other, Jeremy isn’t gone.
This is not a story, however, where you are yelling at a too stupid to live main character to make better choices. Since the story is in the first person, you understand why Brett makes the choices he does when he does it. He acknowledges things went wrong and owns his bad decisions. You can’t help but have respect for Brett.
I love it when my loyalty to an author pays off with a gem like Painful Lessons.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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