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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605047422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605047423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“You will not be disappointed when reading Lessons in Love by Charlie Cochrane. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.”
~ Two Lips Reviews

“...well-written characters, intriguing mystery, and fully developed setting will entice those wanting a sweet and lovely story.”
~ Bookworld Reveiws

“...a well-written story, excellent three-dimensional characters and a lovely prose, this book certainly satisfied and I enjoyed reading it.”
~ Whipped Cream Reviews

“If you love period murder mysteries intertwined with a gay romance then you should enjoy Lessons In Love.”
~ Literary Nymphs Reviews
 

About the Author

To learn more about Charlie Cochrane, please visit her website www.charliecochrane.co.uk. You can send an email to Charlie at cochrane.charlie2@googlemail.com or join in the fun with other readers and writers of gay historical romance at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpeakItsName.


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Customer Reviews

Great job and can't wait to read the rest in the series.
G. Payne
The story is well crafted, the sex is understated, as it should be for that era, and the characters are rich.
Francesca
On the con side, the characters are a bit thin, the plot is a bit thin, the romance is a bit thin.
yiota

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By groomRN VINE VOICE on October 31, 2010
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This, and the others in the series, are quick and light reads. I enjoyed the series because I was able to get into the characters. They had some depth, and were very likeable. I enjoy gay romance novels very much, being a gay man myself, but I have pretty much given up reading those books written by women. Now, I know that's probably politically incorrect, but here's why I feel this way. Many, many books of this genre written by women are lopsided. One character is obviously male, while his partner is a thinly veiled female. Some authors even go on to describe the one person as feminine. One is strong and dominant, the other frail and dependent. The real world is not like that, and I know of no gay couples who fit that description, including my partner and myself. Now if that's what you like to read about, that's fine, it just isn't my taste. That's why I enjoyed this series, because the partners are equals. Neither is the "man" or "woman" in the relationship. It felt like a real relationship to me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnno on June 28, 2010
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The story and characters are very well developed, the mystery is intriging and the sex, while present, doesn't occur every 5 pages, like a formula from a writing class. I've read all 7 novels in this series. This is one of the best and also the first.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Theodore W. Hayes on January 14, 2011
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I have become a huge fan of Charlie Cochrane and her lead characters, Jonty and Orlando. I have read the entire series on KIndle and also have given the series as a gift. Right from the get-go I was swept up into the tale of the two professors who inadvertently, and somewhat reluctantly, become amateur sleuths and solve a crime of multiple murders on the campus of the college in Cambridge where they teach. The story is well-written, bautifully told, engrossing and filled with humor, even under the circumstances. I have already pre-ordered "Lessons in Trust," volume 7, in the paperback edition as well. Book number 8 will come out later this year and my excitement is already building.

If you want a great series of delightful reading you simply cannot go wrong with this one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By amf0001 VINE VOICE on April 15, 2011
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I was hoping for a Josh Lanyon style cozy mystery set in 1920's Cambridge (well, a girl can hope, can't she...) This is much less than that. The mystery was not interesting, the writing was not great and the characterization, which could have been the element to carry it all, was not strong enough. So it was pleasantly boring, and then just a bit silly. But I was cross, because I felt that it could have been so much better. So even though I read it from start to finish, I'm only giving it three stars because I won't reread it nor will I buy any more of this series.

3637 locations, but felt longer.. it really got a bit boring, despite all the murders!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emanuela PlasticDuck on October 25, 2010
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This is a cute and sweet story of a seduction with a crime to solve.

Orlando lives in a world by himself, he's only concerned about his teaching and he knows almost nothing of the world, as he was brought up in a family where passion was repressed. Then he meets Jonty, who is his opposite, and they become friends. Jonty longs for Orlando and slowly he overcomes Orlando's defenses and awakens the same longing in Orlando.

It's hard to put this book down because the way Jonty and Orlando come together, not only physically but also emotionally, is far more compelling than the crime solving itself. Their encounters are sweet and delicate and I really liked the way Jonty, who is more experienced than Orlando, respected his friend's boundaries and deepened their intimacy only when Orlando was ready and willing to.

Another thing I loved is the way Orlando is changed by his friendship with Jonty, even his teaching improves and he starts to develop some social skills. I liked his jealousy of Jonty. It's a bit difficult to understand how a person as repressed as Orlando can accept his romantic feelings toward a man so easily, but I bet Jonty is irresistible (he's a rugby player, yes!).

The mistery is not as strong, in my opinion, as the romance, but it was enjoyable. The setting is fantastic.

I'll definitely read the other books in the series, I can't let Orlando and Jonty go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francesca on October 2, 2011
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This is not a book with modern characters placed in the early 20th century. This is a book of early 20th century characters placed in the early 20th century. There's a big difference. The story is well crafted, the sex is understated, as it should be for that era, and the characters are rich. Held my interest to the end. Absolutely recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookfan on February 2, 2011
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This is a very well written m/m romance with an intriguing mystery included. The characters are multi-dimensional and much better developed than in many of the books of this genre. There is lots of subtle humor and I was moved by Orlando's responses to falling in love for the first time in his life. The love scenes are very non-explicit and tastefully done. So far there are 8 books in the series and the characters and relationship grows with each one.

Some of the popular m/m romance series these days have such serious continuity issues you wonder if the author has actually read the previous books. No such worries here. Ms. Cochrane knows her characters and their histories and themes are introduced in early books that are developed further later in the series. For quality of writing the only other series I've read in this genre that compares is the Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon.

This is a lovely start to a very enjoyable series.
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