Learning from Isaac by Dev Benton, 2nd edition

13572601Title: Learning From Isaac, 2nd edition
Series: Tarnished Souls, #1
Author: Dev Bentham
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (117 Pages)
Publisher: Love is a Light (April 14, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: It’s hard to break out of a rut. For years, Nathan submerged himself into his job at St. Genevieve’s. He enjoys teaching, hates faculty meetings, loves his science, and has committed himself to the cycle of college life. Along the way, he’s become resigned to being a gay man in a straight culture, a Jew among Catholics, and single in a world of couples. Then the brilliant Isaac Wolf appears in his classroom. Isaac’s a few years older than his fellow students, gorgeous, self-composed, and Jewish.

Isaac has his own secrets, which Nathan finds out at the racy new club downtown where the boys who dance out front can be bought in the back room. Nathan thinks he’s about to get a lap dance, but behind the beaded curtain, the man on his knees turns out to be Isaac. Nathan’s mind isn’t the only thing Isaac blows. Afterward, Nathan can’t stop thinking about that night. The question is whether Nathan can let himself fall in love with a student. Much less, someone with Isaac’s checkered past.

Is it too late for a student to teach his professor the true nature of love and respect?

ISBN: 978-0-9832033-5-3

Product Link: http://www.devbentham.com/learning-from-isaac/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This story was a bit different for me. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it but had trouble staying with it. It was really well written, but seemed to be not much friction to it. I want a bit more to it. Everything was tasteful and sweet, may be a little too much. It was missing something important to me, that would have made it perfect. I have to admit that it did catch my attention when I started reading it, but lacked something that would make it pop.

Nathan has been a teacher for quite some time, but his life was missing something important. He was attracted to one of his students and for a while, that was a hit. However until Isaac graduated, there was no way he would ever make a move. His life is a juggle it seems. He is a Jewish man working at a Catholic college, but is a very calm man.

It isn’t till Isaac comes into his life, that he learns to live.
Isaac has the hots for his teacher, which is usually par to many students. Although he has a secret that might be the end of their budding relationship. He was a prostitute and would always be reminded of it. Even if Nathan didn’t mean to, he did at some points in the relationship. Things needed to change a bit if they were to keep on moving forward.

Nathan realizes later on that he was a coward, thinking that Isaac could be taken from him. He had no faith in his lover and needed to see the error of his ways. He might be older, but he could still learn what was important. He knew that it had been the only way for Isaac to pay his school fees. In most life times, someone who has sold their body isn’t nearly understood and accepted as well as Isaac had been.

Oh, he had his customers coming on to him, but it seemed that the whole time it happened was when they were out. Nathan had a bit of trouble with it, but even his family didn’t have issues that their son’s lover was a prostitute. It is to clean, neat and tidy for me, may be too much of it.

It was a cute little story, but everything was too safe. I mean in prostitution it is a dirty way of life, yet the way it is written just comes off way to easy and safe. I want more passion put into the story, more excitement into it. I want a story that is going to make me feel what they are going to be feeling. It missed the heart, I mean you can tell the love between them, but it came off as if it was just a job.

It is well written in a style that just flows off the pages, but I didn’t feel the authors heart was put into it. I actually liked the story and could see myself reading it once more, but I would not be pushed to read it. It doesn’t call to me as many others would. I would recommend reading it though.

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