Title: French Lessons
Length: 14,100 words
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: m/m contemporary romance
When Jesse is caught daydreaming in class, he faces being thrown out or proving his worth during a one-on-one lesson. Is his French up to the standard this master desires?
Jesse goes to French classes with a friend, but soon spends more time having erotic daydreams about the teacher than he does on learning the language.
He is caught not paying attention once too often. Corwin, the class tutor, gives Jesse an ultimatum–a one-on-one lesson to prove he’s worthy to continue or be thrown out of the class.
Jesse accepts the challenge, but is his French up to the mark?
Moreover, is that the only lesson Corwin wants to give him?
This erotic short was heavy on lustful longing. It tells of Jesse who signed up for an evening French class to support his friend and finds himself lusting after the French teacher. He’d like to make a move but knows it’s not ethical to start something with his teacher and so is holding out for the end of the course. One evening Jesse is caught day dreaming in class and Corwin is not happy. He instructs Jesse to meet him in his office for one to one tuition but Jesse ends up getting more than he bargained for.
The start of this story worked well for me. I found it amusing that Jesse is so lust-crazed over his teacher that he finds it hard to concentrate and the sexual tension is palpable. It also sets the scene for what comes later because it becomes clear that this will be a highly erotic encounter when it happens, and it is. In many ways both characters are living in the present as we don’t find out much about them other than they are attracted to each other, but that worked well within the context of the story, so I didn’t mind that the characterisation was a little flat.
The sex scenes were hot and heavy, but different. The first sex scene is mere erotica, two men getting it on with a BDSM touch. The second scene occurs after the men have had chance to get to know each other a little better and is more romantic, leaving us with the impression that the relationship will grow and develop.
Any niggles I had with the story centred on the ethical side of things. Whilst it was thrilling to see two men so caught up in desire that they throw caution to the wind, and also that Jesse is an adult, I was still a little concerned about them carrying on with each other whilst still in a teacher/student dynamic. This is even played on a little with the BDSM element. However, this wasn’t enough to spoil my enjoyment of the story too much and this was still and enjoyable erotic interlude with a touch of romance.