TWO 4 Star Reviews for Learning Curves (Sex University #2) by Louisa Bacio #FF #Erotic @LouisaBacio

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Title: Learning Curves (Sex University #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Louisa Bacio (Riverdale Avenue Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 11, 2016 – 172 pgs

Synopsis

In this second novel in the Sex University series, Louisa Bacio, chosen as the 2015 best lesbian author of the year by Author Classifieds.com, has set her tale of sexual exploration in the all-girls wing of her fictional adult education campus.

Raised by an over-controlling and manipulative father, Savannah “Van” Morgan flees the East Coast for the West, seeking sanctuary with her Aunt Lucy, headmistress of San Francisco Sex University. Rather than staying at the main campus, Van enrolls in SFSU’s more nurturing “sister” school.

After visiting the main campus of SFSU, Margaret “Maggie” O’Neil hangs up her police badge in search of new experiences, hoping to awaken her own dormant sexuality.

With subjects such as an “Art Sex-education” class with an Italian professor who’s happy to schedule private tutoring after-hours, the school invites all sorts of sexual exploration. In the end, Van and Maggie fight to overcome the Learning Curves necessary to surmount the pressures of society and save each other.

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fourstars

I want to go to this school! Or maybe the main campus. Or maybe both! I hadn’t read the first book in this series, so I read this as a standalone. And it can be read like that. But although the story itself is mostly about Savannah and Margaret, Van and Maggie, a lot of the characters, even Maggie, were in the first book. There are allusions to happenings in the first book that definitely make me want to go back and read it too (the whole Ms Lucy and Clarissa story, plus Reed and Amanda, who don’t really make an appearance in this second book but enough is said that you know their story is going to be good as well!). Also, the teaser at the end makes me really want to read the next book in the series, so get to writing Ms. Bacio. But back to this book.

I like the idea of this smaller campus for only women. It makes me wish there was such a place way back when I was learningabout myself. Van and Maggie meet the first day of class and there’s an instant attraction between them. Both are firmly trying to change things in their own lives, and this leads them to be more open to each other than I think they might have been if they’d met more conventionally. The problem with that is they’re existing in almost a type of limbo, because both realize this school isn’t exactly the real world. And it’s when the real world intrudes into their relationship that they’re actually tested. It seems like they get through these test rather well; first with Van’s father, and then with Maggie’s coworkers. It’s the third test that messes things up, and we’re left wondering if they’ll ever even see each other again, much less find their way back to a relationship with each other.

There were two things that I didn’t care for in this story. I don’t like when my characters get together so fast. It seems that by getting together so quickly, the relationship feels shallow and almost unformed, because they don’t really know each other yet. And in this story that translated into a sense of uncertainty if they were going to remain together, because you had the feeling that neither had been tested before, that they didn’t know their own boundaries at all, much less the boundaries of the other person. It’s hard to believe in a relationship like that, although at the same time, I wanted them together, because they were sweet and hot together. The other thing was that Maggie’s reaction the news her brother’s phone call brought (unnamed here because you have to have some surprises, but it’s that third and final test from above) seemed almost out of character for her. I’d not seen that sort of behavior from her before (maybe in the first book?) but I certainly didn’t expect it.

All in all, a good book, enjoyable and entertaining. If you like erotica with a bit of kink, I’d recommend it. I’ll certainly be looking for book one and book three, as well as any others after that.

Amy P.

fourstars

Savannah enrols in the all-girl academy of the Sex University, an institution run by her Aunt Lucy. She has fled her domineering father and wants to find out who she is. Maggie, a cop and a virgin, enrols in order to find out about her sexuality and to try and lose that virginity. The two ladies hit it off and take full advantage of the lessons designed to relax them and school them in toys, art and sex .
I enjoyed the book. It had interesting characters and a good storyline. It was well written and not just a series of romps. There was tension and heartbreak as well as some really good steamy scenes. Savannah and Maggie were very compatible and their after hours activities were very inventive and hot. The threat lurking in the background was Savannah’s father and awful homophobia from him and from colleagues and friends on the outside.
I might just go back and read some more of Louisa Bacio’s books as this was a lovely diversion.

Kitty Kat

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