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The Lessons

(Off-Limits #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,943 ratings  ·  330 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 344 pages
Published July 20th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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★★★★ ! The Lessons (stand-alone), book 1. 30-year old virgin hires sex surrogate to get rid of her pesky virginity, but didn’t expect a tatted PhD student, biker & soccer player!

“He did not need him to be an Adonis. A pre-screened disease-free surrogate with a penis would do the job well enough…”

Books in The Off-Limits series are stand-alones, but most enjoyed if read in order:
Book 1: The Lessons
Book 2: The Rules
Book 3: The Mistakes

The Lessons (book 1) opens up to 30 year old market
4.5 Learning some lesson stars!


The Lessons is an upbeat romantic comedy made complete with quick-witted dialogue and in-depth characterization. Elizabeth Brown brings a common dilemma to the table ("the curse of the 30 year old virigin") and explores it through unconventional means. If the plot alone hasn't captured your attention, be assured that the racy scenes between the two main characters will bring you to your knees and leave you begging for more.

Natalie is a planner. (You know the type!)
Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
*****4.5 SMOKING HOT STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author in Exchange for an Honest Review}

He was attractive, really ridiculously attractive--all golden skin and silky dark hair that just grazed his collar. Handsome in a way that just oozed masculinity and sex. I mean, not that I'd know.

This was one HOT READ & I LOVED IT!!!!!

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Natalie Reese is a young woman on a mission. Her mission is to lose her virginity. The thing is, she's THIRTY!!! How is a beautiful and intelligent
Stacey is Sassy
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The Lessons are in lies, deceit and misconduct.

I didn’t HATE The Lessons, but I definitely had some issues with it. This book is FULL of dishonesty. She walks into the sexual therapist’s office with a prepared lie of why she is still a virgin. The sexual surrogate meets the patient and deceitfully implies they are meeting for the first time. With a signed agreement and rules in place, by continuing to help the patient with her issues (even though he starts having feelings for her) the surrogate
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
*ACR Copy in exchange for an honest review*

★★★★ 3.5 Lesson (n.)A-period-of-learning-or-teaching stars ★★★★

Young Natalie Reese always knew exactly what she wanted from life.Goals,Dreams...She had readily mapped out her life for fate to follow.

Natalie Reese
Annual Life GoalPlans

21 ,Boyfriend #1,Lose Virginity
22, Graduate from college secure paying job
24, Break up with boyfriend #1, Enjoy 20-something life.
25, Promotion, Boyfriend #2
26, Engagment
27, Wedding
28, Promotion
29, Child #1

But Fate being
NiCoLeTa E.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, erotic-romance
***4 "A different way to lose your virginity" stars***

I honestly don't know from where to start...
I have to admit that the blurb intrigued me but in a way, it scared me as well!!!
I was afraid of what i will have to face... My mind was running with hundred miles an hour and i was thinking the worst!!! But nope, my hesistation was so wrong!!!

This book was a little bit weird, especially in the beginning but then it became such a lovely and cute story!!!
I laugh, i got sad, i was a little bit anxi
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

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

I decided to read The Lessons on a whim because the premise sounded really intriguing. At the age of thirty Natalie hasn't lost her virginity and she decides to take it into her own hands. Hiring a company with a sexual surrogate, the process takes her through her physical and emotional issues behind why she hasn't been intimate with anyone yet. By chance she met Ryan, her surrogate
Type: Standalone Book 1 of Forbidden series
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: Jul 20, 2015

❤ ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
❤ (F)BR with Mer and Liz.

Natalie Reese was a planner. She had The Plan which listed in order what she should achieve in her life including boyfriends, marriage and kids. (If you ask me, I’d say that alone will make some men scamper hahah!). But a (semi) traumatic event put The Plan to a screeching halt. At 30, she was still a
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
3.5 "Plans and To-Do Lists" Stars!
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I decided to read The Lessons after recieving the ARC of the second book of the series it belongs to (The Rules) and also because it was already on my TBR list (actually, I believe put it there after reading The Sex Surrogate by Jessica Gadziala! lol). I was a little bit worried because of the mixed reviews and well.. obviously I have to agree with some of my friends that this was a little bit disappointing.

The Lessons is the first stand-alone book in Elizabeth
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Natalie has just turned thirty and has decided to take control of her life, she is finally going to put herself first. On the top of that list is taking a job across the country, this is a huge step, but Natalie is ready to truly start living. Things are right on track with the exception of her still being a virgin. Now, I can’t relate to this myself, but I can relate to turning thirty and feeling like there are a ton of things you wanted to do or were supposed to do before you got here. So whil ...more
2.5 stars
The Plan. Natalie Reese Annual Life Goals Plan
21 Boyfriend #1, Lose Virginity
22. Graduate from college; Secure paying job
24. Break up with Boyfriend #1, Enjoy 20-something life
25. Promotion, Boyfriend #2
26. Engagement
27. Wedding
28. Promotion
29. Child #1

Just because you make a plan doesn't always mean that things will go according to that plan, I think we all know just how crazy life can be. For Natalie, she never though that she would be a thirty year old virgin, with little to no
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 - 4.5 ★'s

Natalie has some things in her life that have set her back, it wasn't her "plan" but she feels being a virgin is causing her problems. So, she decides to fix it and hire a sex surrogate just like anyone else would do, right?

Well, I do have to say that I like the premise. I always like the plot where it's that one girl that can change a guy forever...(a girl can dream, can't she?)

What I wasn't prepared for was Ryan, aka THE sex surrogate. I just loved getting his POV and getting in his
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Brown Fans, Romance
4 Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands Stars
* * * *

I must love being sleep deprived...I either am a glutton for feeling dead on my feet at work or just have no impulse control when it comes to reading....because how else can I understand my starting this book at 11PM...

Yes, I knew it had received strong reviews from people I respect... and yes, the subject matter was catchy... so I really shouldn't be so surprised I just couldn't stop reading when normal humans decide to sleep.

The story takes us
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
2 stars

Alright I must admit this book was pretty hot and the characters were both quite likeable. But several things bugged me.
1. The insta lust
2. The core clenching and dripping wet vagina (I blame Jeanne)
3. The "conflict"
4. The end (view spoiler)

Let me just remind you though: The sex was hot! Other than that it was a bit different just not for me.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I need a lesson from Mr Andrews quick

Natalie's plan isn't workin out at 30 she should b married have a house an baby but it hadn't worked out an 2 make it really shit she was still a virgin so the plan was really far behind but after moving 2 San Francisco life was lookin up after havin a shit few yrs losing her mum 2 cancer she really need plan b 2 work so she found someone who would solve her problems a sex surrog
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

5 "I want me a Ryan Andrews" stars
The book begins with Natalie Reese moving across the country to hire a sex surrogate to get rid of her virginity. Being a 30 year old who still had her virginity intact was definitely not part of her plan.
She hires a sex surrogate who not only helps her lose her virginity but ruined for any other man.
Ladies(and gentlemen?!) meet Ryan Andrews(her sex surrogate)

tatted, smart, charming and
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe

Yes, you’ve read it right. It’s what appealed to me in this book. I’m a look-at-the-cover-doesn’t-read-the-blurb-person. And there was the title. The Lessons. What will be taught? And comes the answer. Sexual surrogate. It’s something I’ve never heard of and with new knowledge and discovery, I’m like a moth drawn to a flame. Me reading The Lessons was inevitable.

Natalie Reese had her life planned to a T. But she was blindsided somehow, something she didn’t expected and all of her life goals were



I found myself grinning and swooning more times than I can count. The characters are endearing and quirky. The writing is hysterically comical and quick witted! And boy the romance is not bad at all. It has just the right balance of humor, wit, steam, hotness and belly tingling romance mixed with surprisingly emotional undertone. There are some serious issues that would have been sobering b

I just love finding new authors that I click with so perfectly. What the hell was I thinking, never reading an Elizabeth Brown book? I just can't tell you how many times this book made me laugh...not to mention the fact that it had a really unique plot (who wouldn't want that?) and some fantastic sexual chemistry. Now I really can't wait for Lambo and Ains' story in February!
Olga therebelreader
3.5 stars

This book is romantic, suspenseful, loving. I just didn't feel the spark, the chemistry between Ryan and Natalie. The author's writing really flows nicely, the story line is well done. Overall, a nice read.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
****ARC~ FOR AN HONEST REVIEW, Thank You Elizabeth****

5 Sex Surrogate Stars...THEY REALLY EXIST!

Just when you think you've heard it all! I had to look this up just to make sure, I never would have thought it was real! I mean come on. Low and behold it is! So here we have it... the story about...

I loved it! I'm giving a 5 star because it held my attention the entire time...I loved the hero and heroine... AND the fact it was an unusual "practice". This is about Natalie, a 30 year old virgin, thou
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I’m filing this one under “Must Just Be Me” because it seems to be getting good reviews but it just didn’t work for me. I had so many issues with this book I’m not even sure where to begin. I guess I’ll start with what I did like. Natalie and Ryan are really likeable characters and their chemistry is great. I loved the humor. And… that’s about it.

Strike 1: The premise of Natalie hiring a sex surrogate to help her lose her virginity was clever. Relocating across the country to do so? Yeah, that’
3.5 "Off the Plan" Stars

The Lessons followed Natalie, who at 30 years old, was trying to finally give up her V card. Deciding that she needed a totally new start so that she could get her life back on track (and by back on track meaning to the point she could start checking things off her life plan), she moves from New York to San Francisco for the express purpose of hiring a sex surrogate. But on one of her first days there, she meets a gorgeous stranger named Ryan at the library. With her new
Lyndy Ann ♫
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
The Lessons was and interesting read and had a different way going about how to loose your virginity.

Natalie is thirty and still a virgin. She moves from New York to San Fransisco so she can see a therapist and a sex surrogate (I did not know this even existed) so she can loose her v-card and move on with her PLAN and her new career.

Enter Ryan Andrews the hot tattooed biker that Natalie has already met at the library they had instant chemistry. They have a few sessions and the deed is done but w
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3 Easy Stars

The Lesson is an easy read. It’s not as steamy as I thought it would be, but that’s all relative right? I think smut reading has skewed my image of how steamy a read can be. I think this book has more tension than anything.

All of my book buddies were reading this book and I thought, why not?! It has a very simple storyline and a lickable cover.

Natalie is a virgin and she needs to give it up, but she wants to do it the clinical way. She hires a sex surrogate to do it. What’s a sex su
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars

Sex surrogacy, I had no idea this was a thing before I read this book. This provided an interesting spin on the traditional “virgin heroine” story, the journey Ms. Brown took us on was witty and heartfelt and left me wanting to run to San Francisco in search of Ryan Andrews! Natalie and Ryan were both well developed characters and I really enjoyed my time with them.

Natalie moves all the way across the country, from New York to San Francisco, to lose her virginity. That ended up being a

Loved this! I couldn't put this book down. Sweet, sexy and funny with a bit of angst and drama. So good! I can't wait to read more by this author!
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 "Good or bad?" Lessons Stars

"Good or bad?" This was definitely a great read. A sexual surrogate like Ryan Andrews, definitely makes this a great read. I have to send a big thanks to Noelle for the recommendation.

Natalie Reese is a planner. She had her entire life planned out.

BUT when boyfriend #1 breaks the news to her that he's gay, her plan goes out the window. Now she's thirty years old and still a virgin. I know, it's hard to believe. Even Natalie can't believe it. So what does she do? Sh
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Lessons by Elizabeth Brown
Release information: 7/20/2015
Series: Standalone

All of Natalie’s plans got derailed nearly a decade ago the boyfriends, the love, the marriage and the child... all she wanted to have accomplished by the age of thirty, all undone. Unable to start fresh in New York, Nat moves to San Francisco in the hopes of accomplishing her goals. First step, well get rid of that pesky V-card of course. Natalie was this character that was so unsure of herself, not because she lacked
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

Title: The Lessons
Series: (Off-Limits, #1)
Author: Elizabeth Brown
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4-Stars
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)
Review on Blog: *to come*


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