Review: Teach Me a Lesson by Jasmine Haynes

teach me a lessonReviewed by Shelly

I’ve said this before, but I really have to start reading for the undertones in these blurbs. I’m not sure what I expected but what I got was just ‘meh’ with a side of what the hell! Charlotte Moore is a sex therapist by night and a high school guidance counselor by day. I’m not sure, but I don’t think my high school guidance counselor was a sex therapist, but then again – he could have been; interesting thought, though. Lance Hutton is the principal at the high school where Charlotte works during the day. Together these two embark on a spanking and bondage journey and fall in love along the way.

I’ve read my share, more than my share to be truthful, of BDSM stories and this story was not that. There’s ample mentioning of Lance being a dominant and Charlotte being submissive that had me shaking my head and trying to figure out how those titles were assigned when neither character know what the heck they were talking about. They should have just stuck with this being their ‘kink.’ That would have made a lot more sense to me. Lance is a high school principal who’s about ten years older than Charlotte and has less of an idea about what it takes to be a dominant than I do of finding gold in my backyard. He’s basically fumbling his way throughout and following all of Charlotte’s direction.

I found neither Lance nor Charlotte to be characters I either liked or disliked – they were just blasé. It probably had something to do with how their relationship started out. Charlotte walked into Lance’s office one day and he spanked her – she had an orgasm and thus the beginning of their relationship. I just knew that they couldn’t continue to just have spanking sessions. It didn’t, they moved up to bondage and sex without even the slight bit of romance – not even a happy meal at McDonald’s® here folks. And let me not get started on the ‘I love you’.

Then there’s this whole thing about a safe word that Lance and Charlotte decided on – ‘no’ and when Charlotte used it Lance just kept on keeping on. How is that even remotely BDSM, when most things I’ve read about that lifestyle suggest that all things should be/are safe and consensual; a safe word is the guide for which both D/s verbalize their hard limit(s).

Personality wise, I thought Charlotte was selfish with Lance. She was basically using him as an outlet for her personal kink. I thought Lance was an idiot for even agreeing with Charlotte using him the way she did. There were moments when I liked the story line; all of them were outside of the sex scenes; all of them including Charlotte or Lance’s interaction with the secondary characters. The non-sex scenes between Charlotte and Lance read forced – I never did feel that chemistry between them – sex yes, chemistry not so much. I didn’t even particularly care for Charlotte’s relationship with her best friend, Lola. I’m pretty sure that her story was told prior to this.

In the end if you’re a fan of spanking and pseudo BDSM scenes, this might by your cuppa tea.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: C

*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley

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Teach Me a Lesson
by Jasmine Haynes
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Berkley

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