Learning from Isaac (Tarnished Souls Book 1)
By: Dev Bentham
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? (End Blurb)
Review: The Tarnished Souls subtitle caught my attention when I was looking for a book to read. I often enjoy reading about people who have or are going through an internal struggle and Learning From Isaac fit that premise. Nathan is the typical, or not, teacher who always has hot guys in his class. He knows his sexuality would cause issues in the private school in which he teaches. He further knows that desiring a relationship or even a fling with a student would be the death knell for his career, so he keeps both his sexuality and his desires to himself. That is until he sees Isaac sitting near the back of his class. Something about this young man has sparked an interest. His perfect grades, his amazing body, his quiet, unassuming appearance is enticing to Nathan. Isaac is fodder for more than thought as Nathan moves through his daily life.
When a gift from a friend brings Nathan and Isaac together in the last place he could ever have imagined, Nathan falls into the hot water he swore he would always avoid. Watching Isaac and Nathan dance around the elephant in the room was so well written that I had to continue turning pages. Bentham did a great job developing tension and stress in both people. Her ability to pull me along was impressive. I wanted them to get together, yet I didn’t want Nathan’s career to suffer the consequences if they did. I was feeling for both of them.
I gave Learning From Isaac four stars since it kept my interest and had me wanting more for the characters. I gave it 3.5 flames of heat.
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