Lessons in Forever by Julie Raust

Lessons in ForeverLessons in Forever by Julie Raust
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Copy received in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Basics
Genre: – Erotic Contemporary
Series: – Not Currently
Writing – Third Person Dual POV – some minor editing issues, wrong words used or missing words etc.
Main Characters: Rachel – 39, Widow, slightly overweight but works it. Has recently moved to start a new life away from family and prying eyes. Thinks she wants a “sex” only relationship.
Mitch – 36, has been burned in the past by a girlfriend and is not looking for a relationship. Willing to offer himself up for the cause and “teach” Rachel what she wants to know
Love triangle? No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author? – Yes

I think, while reading this book, it is important to remember it is marketed I think, as an erotic contemporary romance, and not a contemporary romance. It makes a difference – well to me anyway. Certain things, if in a book that was meant to be a plain Contemporary romance, I could not accept – mark it is an erotic contemporary, I have a tendency to be a bit more relaxed about certain issues and be able to read it within the confines of the label the book has been given.

Anyway, to get down to it.

Widow Rachel Halson decides to move closer to her best friend and brother in law – and to live a little on the wild side.

Unfortunately, her first adventure into the wild side, sees her at the wrong type of party and almost arrested.

Enter Detective Mitch Lang.

After a misunderstanding where he thinks she is a prostitute (and this is where I had to remind myself in particular, it is marketed as “erotic” because the whole frisking scene and their first sexual encounter skirted a line, and had me raising an eyebrow thinking “hmmm”) Mitch convinces Rachel that he is the perfect man to be able to give her no stings attached sex lessons!

However, Mitch gets caught in a trap of his own making, and ends up wanting more then no strings attached sex – but is unsure of how to make it happen. Rachel meanwhile is attempting to protect her heart and not fall in love.

I really liked them together, Mitch was so overprotective and they just sizzled together on the page.

Add in a dirty cop, some dirty talk, hot sex and some misunderstandings, you have a fun, sexy read.

A few issues, as I say, some of Mitch’s behaviour, especially in the beginning skirted a fine line, and certainly was abusing his position of power! But he made up for it, by falling hard and fast and being a jealous alpha ass (which I like in a book man!! )

Rachel, I really liked her in the beginning, I thought she was funny (on her blind date imagining stabbing her date with a chopstick) and brave, willing to move and start over her life and try new things – but toward the end, for me she fell a bit flat, and turned a bit too weepy and doormat like! She should have made Mitch grovel a lot more for not believing in her. (even though Mitch made a good job of apologising himself anyway, she still should have made him work more for it imo)

Also, there were a few editing issue I noticed in the beginning, the wrong word or a missed word, but certainly by about 30% in I was enjoying it and drawn into the story, so if there were any more I did not notice them

An enjoyable 3.5 (rounded up to 4 ) stars.

Amazon Uk Link: Lessons In Forever

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