Being Taught

Title: Being Taught
Author: Ethan Stone
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Short story (daydream)
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Summary Review: Becoming a man was never more pleasurable.


“I’m a virgin. I think I want that to change tonight. I want someone to fuck me, but I also want to be shown what to do. I want to be taught. I might get nervous, and I need someone who won’t get angry if I say stop. … No names. No feelings. When it’s over, we say goodbye and never see each other again. We both get something out of the deal.”


Chett was on a mission for his 18th birthday when he went to The Pumping Station, a gay bar. He wanted to leave his virginity behind. Then he saw him and knew he was his man.

He was thirty-five and definitely not a virgin. I was skinny, with white, pale skin and no man-made changes to my body. He was muscular with dark, tanned skin. Both of his arms were full of tattoos. More ink was on his pecs and back. Both nipples were pierced, as was his right ear as well as his tongue.

He told the man what he wanted and it didn’t take long to seal the deal. Half an hour after they met in the bar his date arrived at his room in Motel Six and it was all systems go … except he didn’t know what to do. No problem, because the man took care of him and he now accepted that he was gay. When it came time for him to return the favour and give his benefactor oral sex he was terrified he would do something wrong, but his fears were soon allayed as his new teacher taught him well, including how to be careful with the teeth. 🙂 I’ll never think of oral sex again without remembering what he said — it was too, too funny.

I really like this story and the characterizations. While it was very short and I don’t want the review to be longer than the story, I must say that Ethan Stone did a credible job with the ending which is something I always complain about with this short format. Chett’s innocence came through loud and clear and Richard, his partner, was caring and made sure that the experience was something he would remember positively. The sex wasn’t rushed and Richard was patient and gentle at the right time and made sure to compliment Chett even when he didn’t get everything right. This was such a sensitive transition into adulthood, but it was also hot as the author didn’t forget what eighteen year olds want and need.

In case you’re wondering, there is a HEA, and that also was done well. Great job! Definitely recommended.



  • Being Taught is one of the hottest stories I’ve read in ages. I absolutely loved it. In the middle of it, I wasn’t sure how Ethan was going to “rescue” the HEA, but I was very pleased.

    Wave – Now you see why I so badly wanted to review In the Flesh? I’m definitely a fan. *g*

    • Buda

      I figured that out as soon as I read this a week ago. That was such a mean thing to do to me. I’m watching the “Coming Soon” at DSP to see when his newest book will be released BEFORE you scam it again. 🙂

      • Pfft. I can’t help if I caught you napping. 🙂 Ethan said in the comments to In the Flesh that his next work is about werewolves. I think I’ll let you have that one first. Because, hopefully, the one after that will be a new Cristian Flesh adventure–and that one’s all mine! *g* (C’mon, Ethan, work with me here!)

        • Damn Buda
          We have a rule here that if it’s a series the same reviewer gets it so If it’s a new Cristian Flesh it’s yours, but if it’s not may the first person to hit the buzzer win. I should warn you – I’m pretty good with my hands. 🙂

  • Jen
    This story demonstrates what a skilled writer can do with a plot that has been worked over many times. It’s all in the approach, the characterization and the dialogue. As you said, the emotional intensity helped this very sweet story.

    Chett and Richard were both hot and I can’t wait for Ethan’s next story. I suppose I’ll have to arm wrestle Buda for it because he checks out the “Coming Soon” before I do. 🙂

  • I also really liked this one Wave. It may have been short, but it packed in a truck load of emotional intensity wrapped in a sweet story. Loved the character of Chett who was brave enough to take a chance which paid off.

    Great review :).

    • Tam
      I thought of you as I was reading this story. It’s really short – a snack 🙂 – but it packs a punch. Let me know how you like it. Now I have to go review some long stories. Damn 🙁

    • Hey Ethan
      After that wonderful review and big blowout Buda gave you for In the Flesh I know this review doesn’t compare, but seeing as how this was your first published work I think it was very well done.

      I’m anxiously waiting for your next book which I hope is on the way. 🙂

  • Wave – This Just goes to illustrate again that a short story can be credibly done, with believable characters and plot. Your review really makes me want to read this. Great job.

    • TJ
      This story was very short but the author made the most of the word allowance to pack it with a lot of action, giving it impact, without making it seem rushed. I hope you get it — for $1.49 it’s more than worth it. 🙂

  • Great review, I too loved this short story, hot hot hot, and the oral sex scene gets you to thinking LOL, that’s all I am gonna say about it, don’t wanna spoil it for others 🙂

    • Hi rureadinganotherone

      Yes it was really hot and I wish that all virgins, male and female, choose as well when the time comes to step across the threshhold.

      Oral sex …. with a bite …. or not. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. I can’t wait for the next book by Ethan Stone.


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