Book Review: Learning Curves by Cathryn Fox

NetGalley sent me an email encouraging me to “wish” for some select titles. I hadn’t wished for any up to that point, but this one seemed interesting, so I went for it. And I got approved! Wish granted!

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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

One-Sentence Synopsis
A sexy bet turns into a hot weekend and an unforgettable experience. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodreads page.

Watching From the Sidelines
Lauren is attracted to Linc, but he never talks to her. In fact, he spends most of his time talking and flirting with beautiful, outgoing women. He has a reputation for being a ladies man, a fact which irritates Lauren since she figures she’s the one lady he doesn’t want.

Bet Me
Linc has had a thing for Lauren for a year, and though she’s cool towards him, he can’t help feel a bit obsessed with her. At a work function hockey game, he finds out she’s actually a fan of the opposing team and makes a bet with her: winner gets the loser for a weekend to do whatever they want with them. Which would be great, except that Lauren’s ex convinced her she was bad in bed, and now she’s worried about what Linc will think of her when it proves to be true. Because Linc makes no secret about the fact that “doing whatever they want” doesn’t mean drawing unicorns and playing checkers.

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Hidden Feelings
This was a short read, so the plot was straightforward and moved fast. Which means, to an extent, there was insta-love. However, I thought it was plausible within the context of the story. Linc and Lauren had been lusting after each other for a long time, but she didn’t think she was good enough for him and he got a major cold vibe from her. I’m not sure what the catalyst was for Linc to finally make his move, but I’m a fan of “secret lust that turns out to be mutual” trope.

All Rolled Into One
Short or not, all the elements of a fun romance where there: cute banter, convenient miscommunication, and the sad feels of the characters when the weekend comes an end. There’s even the misunderstanding moment where one character suddenly believes the other lied/had an ulterior motive/will never give them a chance. So pretty much all of my catnip.

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The Romance Factor
There’s something satisfying about a ladies’ man being brought to his knees by a woman who doesn’t think she could ever be his type. Linc even admits that Lauren isn’t the type he’s gone for in the past, but his feelings for her are stronger than they’ve ever been for anyone else. 5/5

The Steam Factor
Basically, the book is sex. I mean, there’s romance there too, but it’s really a lot of sex. Good sex. Well written sex. And sex positivity in that Lauren has been mentally beat down by her ex and Linc is all about helping her find her pleasure and building her confidence back up. 5/5

Final Thoughts
Sometimes in short works, there’s not enough story to satisfy me, but this one did. It wrapped all of my favorite elements into a quick read that kept me hooked. I will definitely be looking for more by this author.

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