Hard Lessons (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Hard Lessons
Author: Samuel King
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Genre(s): Gay mystery/suspense
Page Count: 70 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


When recently single Jake heads off to rural Somerset for a job interview as a reading teacher, he’s expecting his pupil to be a child, but it’s the handsome and charismatic property dealer Nathan Foley who needs his help. Their relationship quickly becomes sexual, and Jake worries he is rushing into another relationship too fast. And, as the heat between them intensifies, Jake begins to question Nathan’s motives.

Adding to the confusion is Nathan’s bitter older sister, Alice, who seems to have taken an instant dislike to Jake, as well as a strange man who Jake spots wandering around the grounds of the house.

What is Alice’s problem? Who is the handsome stranger? And are Nathan Foley’s feelings entirely genuine? Perhaps Jake is the one who is about to learn a hard lesson.

This was a very decent short story. It is not a long read but it does have the element of suspense and some mystery to it, along with a little sexy times. I was pleasantly surprised by the mystery part of this book. I will be honest and say that I figured out that portion of the book before it was revealed but I still enjoyed how everything played out.

Jake is need of something good in his life right now. Recently his now ex boyfriend Matt broke things off with him by letting Jake know that he met and fell in love with someone else. So when an in home, two month tutoring job comes available, Jake applies for the position. Jake is expecting to be tutoring a child but it turns out he will be tutoring a very successful man.

Nathan is in need of a tutor to help him to learn to read better. He can get by but after his last employee stole from Nathan, he decided it was time to rely on himself and not someone else’s help. So that is where a tutor comes in. When Jake interviews for the position, Nathan hires him on the spot.

What neither man expected was to be attracted to one another. But everything is not as it seems in Nathan’s household. There are secrets that he is not aware of, along with deception. There is a strange man that Jake has caught watching the house. And Alice, Nathan’s sister, really does not like Jake. What will happen when all the lies and deception comes to light? Will Jake be able to forgive Nathan for his part in all the deception?

This was a really good short story. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to more books by Samuel King in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.