Review: LEARNING CURVES by Elyse Mady

111936231From NetGalley:

Leanne Galloway has no time for dating; her focus is on launching her academic career. Dragged along to her childhood frenemy Gillian’s bachelorette party at a male strip club, she just wants to get through the evening-but she can’t help interfering when Gillian sends a note to a sexy dancer proposing a hot hookup.

Brandon Myles is working backstage at the Foxe’s Den to fund his post-graduate studies in dance, but he’s forced onstage when the headliner fails to show up. He feels a surprisingly strong connection with a quiet woman watching from a table full of tipsy bridesmaids, and he’s delighted when she appears backstage after his set.

After a scorching spontaneous encounter, Leanne and Brandon agree to go their separate ways. But they’re both grad students on a small campus, and avoiding each other and denying their attraction won’t work for long, especially when a jealous rival appears, determined to ruin both their academic careers.

I was a little nervous to read this book. I had read a previous book of the authors and didn’t care for it at all. However, the premise of  LEARNING CURVES appealed to me and I try to never judge an authors entire book-list on my feelings for one book. I was very glad that I didn’t let those feelings stop me from reading this book. LEARNING CURVES is so much more than an erotic romance. Yes, it is very hot. The encounters between Leanne and Brandon are electrifying, but they are also so much more. There is a lot of emotion in this book. The relationship between Leanne and Brandon is about learning to be yourself and also about overcoming the past. Brandon had a terrible childhood and didn’t have a good example of a loving relationship, so he has decided that he wouldn’t ever have that kind of relationship as an adult. He learns through Leanne that he is worthy of love. Leanne has lived in her mother’s shadow and the shadow of her mother’s goddaughter. Although she is described as attractive, she isn’t outgoing or “fun”. She is studious and works hard to achieve those goals. Brandon teaches her about that other side of herself. This was one of those books that if the could hadn’t ended up together (don’t worry there is a HEA) it still would have been a great story about what we can learn about ourselves through love and relationships.

the book girl gives LEARNING CURVES a 5/5

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