Loyal, reliable... predictable even, I’ve always done what's expected of me. Stay out of trouble, get my teaching degree and build a respectable career as a college professor. The job comes with a long list of rules and at the top of that list is no fraternizing with students. Following the rules seemed easy enough, until a dark, tortured boy sat outside my office waiting for me. His voice told me it was his grade he was worried about, but the deep onyx pools of his eyes told me more as they shook the solid ground I’d always stood on.
Am I willing to risk my career, my carefully built reputation, to help one so filled with pain I can taste it?
Rejected, abused, and abandoned my entire life, all I’ve ever wanted was to be accepted, loved even. I thought going to college on a scholarship would be my ticket out of hell, but nothing good ever comes without a price. As graduation nears I find myself drawn to the mysterious professor like a moth to a flame. Just one meeting with the man that has been starring in my dreams has my soul screaming for him to hold me, comfort me. A relationship isn't just frowned upon, it's forbidden, but the heart doesn't always know the difference.
Can I trust my mangled heart in his perfect life when my past repeats itself or will he destroy what is left of me?
*Author's note: This is an MM teacher-student romance with themes including abuse and kidnapping. This story ends with a HEA.*
Learning Curve is a fantastic romance by Andi Jaxon. I love the teacher/student dynamics, and all that this involves. The hesitation, the secrecy, etc. Knowing it's wrong, but being unable to deny themselves.
Alister and Benjamin are two men in completely opposite times in their lives. In addition to their age difference, Alister's a successful professor, while Benjamin is broke, both mentally and monetarily.
An emotional read, this story is both riveting and beautiful. It's a horrific tale of former abuse and struggling to make it on one's own. To say Ben's story is horrid is an understatement. "What have I ever done to deserve this?" Nothing Ben, absolutely nothing.
Learning Curve is a phenomenal comfort/hurt romance. Andi Jaxon excels in portraying such incredible characters, and taking them on this amazing journey.