Book Review “The Lessons” by Elizabeth Brown

The Lessons

Off-Limits Book #1

by Elizabeth Brown



Published Jul 20, 2015
Stand-Alone |Series | 314 pages | Erotica – Romantic – Humorous – Romance
by Elizabeth Brown



(adapted from goodreads)

Question: What happens when a thirty-year-old virgin hires a sex surrogate to take care of her “little problem”?

Answer: Lots of laughs and tons of heat. You’ll be left wanting a Dr. Ryan Andrews of your own.

Warning: This story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It’s intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.
Sexual Surrogate (Definition): A sexual surrogate, sometimes called a surrogate partner, is a member of a sex therapy team consisting of client(s), supervising therapist, and surrogate. Some couples attend sexual surrogacy sessions together, while some people (either single or in a couple) attend them alone. The surrogate engages in education and often intimate physical contact and/or sexual activity with clients to achieve a therapeutic goal. – Wikipedia
Dual POV with no cliffhanger.
Stand-alone book 1 in The Off-Limits series.

#my Review

I was provided with an ARC copy by the author for exchange of my honest review.

“The most unexpected, smart, hilarious, fascinated story I’ve read so far”

Okay, I thought I knew much but it’s again been proved that I definitely don’t! Tell me… Who hires a sexual surrogate these days? Or… Did you really all knew there was a profession like this that people really asked their help? Well, our heroen here, is fully informed about this and she’s definitely ready to use it. Oh ,well!! The most unexpected situations took place in the story, not to mention the unexpected theme itself again, unfolding unbelievable details about how these things work, combined with the most hilarious dialogs I always enjoy to read.

“New city. New job. Fresh start.” – Natalie

Natalie Reese lost her whole twenty-decade, accomplishing only her personal goals. That means finishing Collage and finding a job to earn her livings. However, time passed by with Natalie helping her ill mother for three years before she finally lose the battle with cancer. Although she lost so many those years, Natalie didn’t lose her special cherry during that time. A detail that became a huge problem now that she was thirty. However, the real reasons she missed this special moment of her were totally understandable and acceptable. So, here we are now, looking at her planning how she would finally become like all the other women in her age, an non-virgin woman. Oh, boy!! Her plan was scratched to detail! She even moved from New York to San Francisco to have a fresh start! The girl was in serious mission.

“Lonely virgin dies from heart attack in hired f*ck office, details at eleven” – Natalie

Moving out was definitely an advantage for Natalie! Her whole demeanor and luck changed after that. She found a well paid job, started to finally have friends to spend time with; her only friend still lived in New York; and wrote down a plan of how to find a guy. However, her issue made her feel insecure and unattractive. Even if she was a confident woman concerning where her work was involve, she wasn’t so much near men who where interested in her. She was shy, tight-lipped and inexperienced. That’s why she decided to use a sexual surrogate in advance and help her solve her secret problem. Yeap, a sexual surrogate my friends!!! But, here, there’s a little problem again. What you suppose to do when the surrogate you supposed to use to help with your.. hmm… problem is actually the man you want to go out with? The…OMG… Mr Sex God Ryan!!! Not to mention imagine to have a relationship with. And this is what I call an unexpected story!

“I knew it was wrong. But I did it anyway.” – Ryan

Ryan’s Andrews life is somewhere between trying to finish his PhD in psychology and been a surrogate to earn his living. Losing his parents in a very young age, he also supports his little sister with her life as well. Meeting Natalie outside “the office” for the first time and really being interested in her was a first for him. He never was interested to have an actual relationship with a woman, just occasionally to quench his needs. Unfortunately, fate brought Natalie into his “office” as a patient and, well, things became complicated. You know, rules about the patient and the…hmm…sexual-surrogate? Never create feelings with each other? Yes, that’s about it!!! Ethics and carnal needs weren’t in the same page on their contract so breaking the rules meant everything would be crush down into pieces eventually, despite the steamy passion between them. However, I have a secret but my lips are closed!

“How do you know when a guy is into you? I mean, outside of the posting on the internet?” “Gifts” Renee said without hesitation. “Hard on” Justine replied right after…

Sharp, sexy banters, a filthy-mouthed Natalie and a dominant Ryan are few of what is going to find a reader inside this, unexpected…again, also hilarious yet forbidden story. I found the storyline intelligent and, honestly, unique because I wasn’t familiar of the subject. It was extremely well narrated, almost precise to detail as far as the sexual-surrogacy, not to mention how beautifully the heroes where created. I loved Natalie’s temperament and way of expressing her thoughts, she has such a freedom of speech. She does have an indescribable way to expound everything she has in mind, a trait common with Ryan’s nature, having, beyond belief, memorable dialog moments with him. I laughed with my heart!! The storyline felt so easygoing and light, like a friend you hadn’t seen for some time, talked to you about her sex life, with every single dirty detail. Looks like the perfect book to spent your evening with. However, what made the story so exciting and interesting won’t be spoiled by me. Again, the details are what’s important for the story to be uniquely told. Hope I intrigued your imagination and made you grab the book yourselves and find out what’s happened.

Until next time, enjoy your free time reading great books with unforgettable stories.


Detailed rating:

Book rates: 5 stars
  • Plot: 5 stars
  • Characters: 5 stars
  • Writing: 5 stars
  • Pacing: 5 stars
  • Cover: 5 stars

 Next Book of the Series


The Rules: An older-brother’s-best-friend romance. Book II in the Off-Limits series.
When you’re a guy, the rules are simple. Live by the Bro Code:
Rule #1: Always have his back.
Rule #2: Don’t ever leave him stranded.
Rule #3: And never, ever, touch his sister.
Aw hell, two out of three ain’t bad.

Ainsley Andrews has tried everything to get over her issues with intimacy. EVERYTHING. But nothing seems to work. Now, twenty-four years old, it seems the only man that can get her motor running is her brother’s best friend. A strictly off-limits guy that stole her breath when she was just sixteen.
Please be advised that the following story deals with themes of abuse and mental health which may be difficult for some readers.
Also: The following story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It is intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.

Author’s note: This book can be read as a standalone but you’ll miss a few inside jokes- read The Lessons first if you can.


It started as a promise.
A momentary lapse in sanity had me agreeing to two months of celibacy.
Then Mark Bishop showed up. My new boss was cocky, arrogant, and unfortunately, sexy as hell.
My first mistake?
Thinking I’d last two months.

A Sexy Romantic Comedy. Book III in the Off-Limits Series – Winnie and Mark’s story. Dual POV. Can be read as a standalone.

Warning: This story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It’s intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.

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