Lessons in Love (Cambridge Fellows #1)
He didn’t think he had a heart. Until he lost it.
Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Book 1
St. Bride’s College, Cambridge, England, 1905.
Jonty Stewart is handsome and outgoing, with blood as blue as his eyes. When he takes up a teaching post at the college where he studied, his dynamic style acts as an agent for change within the archaic institution. He also has a catalytic...more
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It's difficult for me to write this review. Why? Because I so wanted to love this book. While I didn't hate it, I didn't love it either. My feelings are just meh.
For those of you who don't know, I'm a history teacher. So when I get my hands on a m/m historical, I'm positively giddy. Lessons in Love is set in the early 20th century England. The story follows two Cambridge professors, Jonty and Orlando, and their budding friendship. To me it sounded like the perfect set up ... a shy, c ...more
I liked the characters, I adore the era as a backdrop, I like the college theme and the gentle mystery/murder plot. And yet this feels only like 3.5*. I will be able to compare, because I bought the first three books of the series.
So why not a wholehearted 5*? So many people absolutely loved this historical and I was prepared to do so as well.
Well, truth be told, I did not really believe in the sexual peculiarities of these characters. Be it that 14 is too old for a boy to not even have star ...more
This is a cute and sweet story of a seduction with a crime to solve.
Orlando lives in a world by himself, he's only concerned about his teaching and he knows almost nothing of the world, as he was brought up in a family where passion was repressed. Then he meets Jonty, who is his opposite, and they become friends. Jonty longs for Orlando and slowly he overcomes Orlando's defenses and awakens the same longing in Orlando.
What struck me most in the story, besides the wonderful writing, is the exploration of the great divide between innocence and experience. I think this works so very well in a setting, too (end of Victorian era), where (though, hard for us to believe in this day and age) it might have been easy, for some, to live to almost the age of thirty without knowing (or missing) carnal pleasure. Especially if you'd lived a sheltered, rather repressed life. Add to that, an innocence about your sexu ...more
In this first story Jonty and Orlando both Fellows at Cambridge University, meet each other, find love and also find the person who is murdering students at St Bride's College.
This is a gentle mystery and romance story with great potential which I am looking forward to experiencing in the other books.
A lovely beginning.
I th ...more
When Jonty Stewart explodes into fellow lecturer Orlando Coppersmith's life, little did Orlando know that his life was about to drastically change. Orlando is a brilliant mathematics lecture who remains aloof from all those around him. Yet from the first moment of meeting Jonty, something began to change inside him, ...more
This is my kind of book. Historical, mystery and . . . well I have to admit it. I tend to LOVE the kind of books that are on the non-explicit list. I am a Total. Plot. Whore. LOVE long, plotty books. And when there's little to no sex in the book, then there there is really a need to focus on plot (or character development, which is a plot on its own).
Jonty and Orlando are two professors at a college in Edwardian England. Jonty is young, brash and more experienced. Orlando is more serious and ver ...more
Cambridge Fellows, Jonty and Orlando, come together as tentative partners and lovers to investigate the murder of a student whose killer has left a note indicating that his death is due to his sexual preferences. Both MC's have troubled backgrounds which they tentatively share with each other as the investigation continues and the body count stacks up. Their relationship is necessary chaste and of the time, but the love between the pair is obviously growing as they lear ...more
What impressed me most was the flawless execution - Charlie Cochrane shows much attention to style.
Very well done romance/murder mystery set at a college in Cambridge, England in 1906. I liked both MCs, Orlando and Jonty, they were well rounded and fleshed out characters, with interesting hints at their past, I hope we'll learn more about in the other books of the series. The story focuses more on the development of the relationship between Jonty and Orlando, but the mystery solving is still front and center in the minds of the MCs, so it's kept nicely within the story. I had my susp ...more
Luckily for me, it has been long enough that my brain seems to have misplaced a lot of my memo ...more
This book thakes place in Cambridge in the Edwardian era and it's about two teachers at a college, Orlando and Jonty.
I wanted to like this book, it has many things that I like:
- Real, true feelings between the MCs that wer ...more
In this first book a series of homophobic murders cast a real shado ...more
Her Cambridge Fellows series of Edwardian romantic ...more