Book Reviews

Painful Lessons by S.C. Wynne

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 25-March-2020

Book Blurb

College is a time of personal exploration, and freshman Brett Bridgeworth is more than ready to jump in with both feet. He’s young, rich, and ready for anything. His future is bright, except for one problem: he sucks at math. Luckily there’s the sensual and mysterious math tutor, Jeremy Price, only too willing to help. 

Before long Jeremy is tutoring Brett in more than just pie charts, but Jeremy’s carnal appetites are a little too intense for Brett. Jeremy has always been a lot to handle, but it isn’t until they split up that Brett discovers Jeremy’s twisted and obsessive side.

Sam Hawthorne is two years ahead of Brett, and he’s always had a little thing for the younger man. When Brett breaks if off with Jeremy for good, Sam takes a chance and confesses his feelings to Brett. Brett had no idea Sam was interested in him, and has also always had feelings for Sam. Brett and Sam fall in love, and Brett is only too happy to forget all about his bizarre relationship with Jeremy.

Unfortunately, Jeremy has no intention of forgetting about Brett.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, January 2016.

Book Review

As the title suggests, ‘Painful Lessons’ is a novel of self-discovery and learning the hard way how important it is to recognize our own value. It’s about one young man’s experience of going away to college for the first time, sampling the freedom of being out from under parental supervision, and waking up to the responsibility that comes along with it. Most of all, it’s about making mistakes, as well as realizing the difference between a relationship that is harmful and destructive, and one that helps strengthen and nourish him as a person.

Brett Bridgeworth can’t wait to start college so that he can escape an emotionally detached father and spread his wings. He isn’t looking to complicate his life by falling in love, but some casual sex is definitely on the agenda. Brett believes he has found the ideal candidate in his math tutor Jeremy Price—charming, sexy, utterly hypnotic—and the two embark on a passionate affair. Yet, even while being lured under Jeremy’s spell, Brett soon discovers his lover’s cool façade conceals something darker, something violent and possessive that seems beyond his control.

Adding to Brett’s confusion is his friendship with Sam Hawthorne, a student two years ahead of him. Sam is fun-loving and easygoing, a marked contrast to Jeremy, and Brett can’t deny the attraction simmering between them. When Jeremy finally pushes him too far, it doesn’t take Brett long to understand how much he cares about Sam, and the genuine feelings Sam has for him in return. The trouble is, Jeremy’s jealousy and need for dominance are unable to withstand him losing out to another man, and he has no intention of letting Brett go so easily.

S.C. Wynne doesn’t shy away from tackling difficult subjects in this novel, but explores the damage that can result from an unhealthy relationship, and what happens when possessiveness becomes obsession. Brett is forced to do a considerable amount of growing up during the course of the story, and his character develops a great deal. In fact, following his journey as he matures from a naïve freshman with big ideals and low self-esteem, into a confident young man who knows himself worthy of being loved, was the aspect I enjoyed most about this book.  





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 200 pages/65000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-March-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
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