Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Lesson Learned
AUTHOR: Lillian Francis
PUBLISHER: Finally Love Press
LENGTH: 319 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 18, 2017
Drew Jackson is sick of constantly being on the move, running away from his mistakes, his desires, and a secret-filled past. He’s decided his new teaching job in Cardiff is his chance to finally settle down. Perhaps here he can have a home, and even friendships that won’t end in disaster. Like his growing rapport with history teacher Nathan Morgan.
Nathan has been careful to keep his sexuality a secret at work. He doesn’t want that kind of attention from the student body. There’s one body he would like attention from, though—the new science teacher, Drew. But it’s much too risky to let Drew know how he feels. He won’t gamble their fledgling friendship on an awkward confession of lust. And Drew’s probably straight anyway.
Their friendship is derailed when a student’s accusation forces a reluctant confession. Drew is tempted to run again until he comes face to face with the inescapable realisation that flight has ruined every relationship he’s ever had.
But maybe he’s finally found someone worth staying in one place for.
I quite enjoy this author’s stories. I always know they’re going to have a happy ending, that there won’t be a long of angst and that I will like the characters.
Lesson Learned is no exception. Drew is a thirty-something American who relocated to the UK after a horrible experience in his past in the US. He basically fled, and hasn’t been back. He has no interest in going back, and no interest in talking about, or even acknowledging, what happened. He is fresh out of a relationship that just didn’t work out with a woman, I believe in London, and has fled again. This time he is in Cardiff.
When Drew meets Nathan in a corridor in the school during classes, he instantly assumes the young man is a student, and suggests he might get along to class, only to discover that Nathan is another one of the teachers, who only looks younger than his mid-twenties actual age.
The two become friends, and there are pitfalls along the way. Nathan is gay, but not out at work. Drew is fresh out of a relationship with a woman. They grow to be good friends, but simple miscommunication can ruin even the best friendship.
I enjoyed Ms. Francis’ writing style as usual. I liked where the story went, and it was a pleasant afternoon read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a feel-good, friends to lovers type story.