As a freshman both in love and in college, sometimes there are painful lessons to be learned.
Excited to begin his first year of college, Brett Bridgeworth has just one problem: he sucks at math. Luckily there’s the sensual and mysterious math tutor, Jeremy Price, to help him out. It isn’t long before Jeremy is tutoring Brett in more than just pie charts, but it isn’t until they split up that Brett discovers Jeremy’s twisted, obsessive side.
Sam Hawthorne is two years ahead of Brett, and they share a strong mutual attraction. When Brett breaks it off with Jeremy and gets involved with Sam, disturbing things start happening. It soon becomes obvious that Jeremy isn’t willing to let Brett go without a fight.
Painful Lessons by S.C. Wynne is a new adult book focusing on Brett Bridgeworth’s freshman year at college. Brett’s an inexperienced, insecure eighteen year old gay man. This makes for a dangerous combination when Brett is exposed to the turbulent university social waters. Two men in particular, Jeremy and Sam attract Brett’s attention. Unfortunately, Jeremy’s intensity draws Brett in fast.
Painful Lessons started off rather slow, with what felt like heavy backstory. However, once Wynne introduced Jeremy and Sam, the stage was set for a suspenseful romance. Wynne did a fantastic job of demonstrating how easy it is to fall into the arms of a charming abuser. As a reader I wanted to scream at Brett to run far away from Jeremy. But of course, fictional characters don’t listen.
I loved the way Sam supported Brett through this ordeal. Their affection for each other radiated from the page. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates realism in their romance. S.C. Wynne’s story will run the gambit of your emotions.