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Unlike so many other self-published authors, Telford has real chops. (And someone actually took the trouble to proofread - spelling, grammar, it's all very clean, although the constant translation of the most basic French gets old fast, and reads as padding after awhile.) The issue is that Telford is working off Victorian-era, straight-porn templates. These include many of the most basic tropes: naughty student/schoolteacher; girl's "virginity" being "taken" (an especially weird conceit in any kind of lesbian scenario, even fantasy); initiation of young/eager females into sexuality, etc. The problem imo is that such templates only get you so far when writing for an (ostensibly) lesbian readership: past a certain point they just do not translate.
The other problem is that Telford is great on the slow-build; I find her payoff scenes less successful. So even if you are willing to go down these paths, the books don't quite deliver. The more extended, explicit scenes seem less sure-footed. The writing is more formulaic. (No idea why so many writers of lesbian erotica seem preoccupied with the Feeldoe, as if there's no other way to present shagging, when in fact it's a fairly specialized toy.) In any event, the actual sex scenes in this book as well as Telford's other erotica all suffer from the same ailment: they feel perfunctory and if not rushed, at least on the hasty side. If we're going there... shouldn't the writing commit a bit more? Instead there's a lot more telling and less showing. Bit ironic when you're talking about porn.
Still, it's always a relief to find an author who's willing to put genuine effort into this kind of writing, and it's clear Telford does. I look forward to more of her work and am happy to pay money to support her writing. It is not a slight to the genre to say I'd enjoy seeing her try her hand at a "real" lesbian novel as well, though at the moment that doesn't seem like the direction the author's headed.
SPOILER ALERT: Teacher-student lesbian sex in a small, open-for-all-to-see dormitory while other students are downstairs and able to enter at any time? And again in that teacher's private quarters in that same, small building, while her less "liberal" female colleague repeatedly warns her against careless adventures with that eager student?
There is nothing extraordinary about the (relatively rare) instance of a female teacher becoming sexually involved with a beautiful and seductive teenage student. It sometimes happens.
Society assumes that the younger female is irreparably damaged, although erotic literature is full of male youngsters being pleasurably "educated" by assignations with older women, and without the horrors of... Oh, well.
But I have never read of a true case in which the teacher threw all caution to the winds, as in this novel. In real life, illicit teacher-student assignations are usually consummated far away from the school--in the teacher's off-campus house or apartment, or occasionally in her automobile.
When we begin to see more explicit interaction, it's still a tease. The teacher wants Rylie but puts her off, until at the end both females have convulsive climaxes. There are only women in this story, and the author is a woman (not a man pretending to be a woman). The narrative is totally believable. Boarding school lesbians are quite common so we are not asked to accept a fantasy. Love, jealosy, and fear are here, not just groping and orgasms. I enjoyed it, reading only a chapter at a time.