Review: Luca's Lessons by Deana Birch & Amelia Foster

Print Length: 294 pages
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (June 4, 2019)

From An Italian Dom guides a Swiss banker through the world of BDSM and she threatens his most important rule.

Sparked by curiosity and drawn by need, Swiss banker Claire asks Italian businessman Luca to introduce her to the D/s lifestyle. He agrees, as long as she abides by his number one rule of not falling in love. The two then embark on a slow, complete and realistic path of liberating Claire’s true submissive nature.

But as their lessons progress, blurred lines morph into a child’s scribbled drawing when feelings creep into their playtime. And with new emotions bubbling under the surface, Luca questions Claire’s hard no. She calls “red” and walks away, leaving the Dom sure he’s lost the one sub who finally saw his true desire to be cared for. 

Now, certain she’s broken his only rule and torn by thoughts of betraying her dead husband, Claire must decide between exploring the love she’s found or locking away her heart with the ghosts of her past.

My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

The premise of this story had me intrigued. I was curious to see how the fact that Claire was a grieving widow would play into the relationship she had with Luca. In fact, there were a few glimpses into them as people before the story really kicks off, and I liked what I saw. I loved the fact that while Claire was an independent woman in her own right, she was still curious and drawn to what she saw in the club. 

Luca originally comes off as a very alpha character. Which makes sense considering that he is a hardened Dominant with years training submissives (to what end is never explored, but he never stays with one beyond their training). They exchanged some witty banter and I couldn't wait to see that dynamic as they began playing together.

Unfortunately, it was when the sex came into play that this novel lost most of its appeal. The best I can use to describe them would be disappointing? I didn't really see where they would be considered BDSM. I never bought that Luca was a true Dominant, much less that he had had any success in training anyone. Also, for the type of relationship that relies so heavily on trust and honesty, these two sure could work on their communication skills outside of the bedroom. 

All in all, I am sure there are people out there who will enjoy this novel. I may give this author another chance in the future.

DISCLAIMERI received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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