Human Behavior Professor, Sidney Rothman is no stranger to heartache at the hands of a younger woman. So when he meets the charming mocha-skinned beauty, he’s wary. Her sweet nature and natural tendency for submissive behavior overrule his fear, and Sidney decides to train her as a sub. Sutton takes to the lifestyle like a duck to water, but the one thing he didn’t bargain for was her ability to thaw the ice around his heart.
Sutton thrives on pressure. Handed a heavy load of responsibility from the time she was young, she’s fallen into the habit of pushing her feelings aside to get things done. After spending the past ten years focused on her career and family, she begins to notice how empty her condo feels and longs for something more. From the moment she meets Sidney, she’s instantly attracted to his intelligence and regal demeanor. When he introduces her to the BDSM lifestyle, her unexpected response surprises her. Good girls did not beg to be spanked. Or did they? Can she open up to Sidney and learn to live for herself before it’s too late?
Review: Lessons from the Professor was my first Shyla Colt book and I must say she has gained a new fan. Sutton overhears some of her co-workers discussing her in unflattering terms and realizes she really does need to spice up her life a little bit. She’s achieved most of the goals she has set out for herself, it’s time to cut loose and have a little fun.
I greatly enjoyed watching Sutton grow from a mousy, let everyone walk all over me type of person to an independent, strong, woman who stood up for herself and insisted she be treated with the respect she deserved. Sidney on the other hand is a much older gentleman who has more life experience and he really does an excellent job bringing Sutton out of her shell. Sutton however also helps him heal as well since he was hurt by a woman in his past. That was one trait of Sidney that bothered me initially. He was very insistent that Sutton share her past and secrets but refused to reciprocate. The relationship seemed very one-sided at that point.
Being erotica, I expected the story to be very steamy. While it was exciting, it wasn’t as hot and steamy as I had hoped. Despite that, I do feel that taking it slow was the right thing to do with the two characters although knowing what I know about men (even older ones) it seemed a bit too slow to be realistic.
While the story does incorporate BDSM into it, compared to other books I have read with those themes, the author does an excellent job of bringing it into the story tastefully and it does not feel overwhelming. In fact, it seemed a bit on the light side. I’m still not sure I understand the whole “contract” aspect that always seems to be included in these types of stories. It just seems wrong to have to sign a contract to have sex. The author did downplay that portion so my discomfort was minor.
One question I had and I’m still looking for the answer too is that I felt maybe Leigh and James have their own story out there somewhere. Initially I haven’t been able to find anything but I hope they do as I would love to read their story.