Learning to Samba

Johnny Miles
Learning to Samba
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
August 2011
ISBN
9781611185645
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Medical Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

SUMMARY
After traveling through Europe trying to recover from a loss, reclusive romance novelist Brian Oliver returns to his childhood home in order to find himself and re-establish a severed relationship with his sister. What he unexpectedly discovers, however, is that even an old dog like him can still learn new tricks. Especially if the one teaching is Joćo da Silva, a 25-year-old Brazilian hot-ass with a major thing for Daddies.

Brian soon realizes that with forgiveness and acceptance comes great emotional freedom if he and Joćo can rekindle the deep and burning lust for life he'd once had. Do love, sex, and passion have an expiration date, or can Brian Learn to Samba?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Sep 17, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
78 people found the following review helpful
This is another age gap story where the younger man bravely takes the lead and the older one has a rather kinky side to him. The age difference in this one was more than noticeable but the guys didn't let that stop them and they still had their happy ending.

Brian comes home after seven years of absence where he traveled through Europe, trying to make peace with the loss of his partner, Joshua. When he familiarizes himself again with the streets of New York and finally comes to the house where he grew up, his sister is not the first person he sees.

Joao is a student trying to finish medical school. He's originally from Brazil and has all the seductive moves and lines you come to expect when someone speaks with an accent. He rents a room with Kay, Brian's sister, and is more than loved by all members of the family.

The two click instantly, love at first sight, touch and that first drop of sweat. But ghosts of the past are there to haunt them both and sometimes you need just a bit of trust and faith to find happiness.

I have to admit the title was rather deceiving for me, as the book has nothing to do with dancing except one halfhearted try at it. Still, I was kind of interested in what would happen with the story that I didn't miss the dance all that much. What bothered me, and usually does in similar books, is how the ex became a bad guy at the sight of the new lover. In fact, some sentences were conflicting with other thoughts and it pretty much made me dislike Brian.

Another thing that stuck out for me was the over emotional state of both guys. I do get that some situations are very special and touching, but that doesn't really mean every sex scene has to include tears. When it comes to Joao's relationship with his father, a few more details would have certainly helped. Maybe I have issues with believing in something if it's not shown and in this book I couldn't get rid of the impression how Joao blew the whole thing out of proportion. But like I said, it was just a feeling and a few more details would have helped.

I did second guess my decision about rating this with four stars. A few things bothered me and I thought they could have been better, but when not focusing on particular things that made me frown, LEARNING TO SAMBA is a very good story about letting go of the past and focusing on the future. Joao is very competent when it comes to his jumping in the role of a dominant man, and Brian so easily adapted I truly enjoyed their sexual endeavors and wanted more.

In a way they gave each other strength and encouragement where such was needed and I thought they were a great couple. Try the book and see what you think.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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