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Learning Curves

(Learning Curves #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Elena Mendez has always been career-first; with only two semesters of law school to go, her dream of working as a family lawyer for children is finally within reach. She can't afford distractions. She doesn't have time for love.

And she has no idea how much her life will change, the day she lends her notes to Cora McLaughlin.

A freelance writer and MBA student, Cora is jus
Kindle Edition, 93 pages
Published August 16th 2018 (first published July 28th 2018)
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Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

Learning Curves is only my second ever F/F read so I’m definitely not what I’d class a seasoned reader, but this year I did say I wanted to expand the reading horizon and this was a short and sweet addition.

description Y’all really are just adorable together.”

Centralising on lesbian, Elena from Puerto Rico and Cora, an asexual panromantic, Ceillie Simpkiss brings us a low-drama, cute story as these young women grow closer, realising that together they have something special.

description We’ll figure out t
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Rep: Fat Puerto Rican lesbian main character, asexual panromantic main character with ADHD, f/f romance 

ARC provided by author in exchange for a free and honest review

Learning Curves was a really sweet and quick novella. It follows to women meeting in grad school and forming a romance. They meet after one asks for notes in class. They quickly form a friendship afterward, and the book is pretty much fluff. 

I really enjoyed this novella. It was the right am
Claudie Arseneault
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
LEARNING CURVES is a super sweet, low-drama romance between a puerto rican lesbian and a panromantic asexual girl that is 100% liable to make you hungry. I kinda wish it was a little longer, or perhaps more introspective in its characterization, because I was barely starting to know these girls and root for them before it was over. I also wish the careers mentioned in the blurb came up as more than conversation bits--I think I was expecting them to be part of the obstacles to the relationship. B ...more
Hmm. Honestly, the last chapter saved this story for me - super cute and sweet, probably the best written part, and the main characters finally started to have distinct personality and voice. Also, this chapter had the strongest emotional tension and story arc - I think it could have made the basis for a fantastic short story.

A couple other positives for the novella as a whole: the depiction of anxiety felt very real, which is always something I appreciate seeing done well, and there were lots o
4.5 stars

pairing: Puerto Rican lesbian MC / white panromantic ace girl MC with ADHD

you might be surprised by my rating if you were following my updates, but I actually loved this! I did have a couple of issues but they were mostly unimportant/subjective things

also the ace rep was A+

(proper review to come)
Just the soft fluff I needed

Learning Curves follows Elena and Cora as they meet in a College class and gradually get to know one another. Their relationship has a sweet slow burn quality to it and there’s very low angst involved. I love how Cora’s asexuality isn’t an issue or a point of conflict, but is still something discussed and looked at because there are people who feel sex is a necessary part of a romantic relationship. I also really liked the scene where they talk about how disclosing so
Laura (bbliophile)
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this! It was incredibly cute, had amazing cooking scenes and I loved the romance so, so much.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

*4.5 stars*

When I saw that my friend Ceillie was publishing her first novella– a cis ace f/lesbian f novella with #ownvoices ace, ADHD, and anxiety rep– I immediately jumped at the chance to review it. And, friends, it was exactly the sweet f/f story my heart needed!

Learning Curves follows two main characters whose f
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I hope it becomes a trend for more authors to release short novellas with less drama and 100x more fluff. Learning Curves is a perfect read for those who are fans of Chelsea M. Cameron or Soft on Soft by Em Ali. 

A peer in Elena's class named Cora approaches her one day, asking her to trade notes since she has ADHD and it's difficult for her to concentrate in class. Elena offers to let Cora sit next to her in the class and they slowly develop a friendship filled with library visits and coffee dat
Nicole Field
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f
Oh this one is so sweet, and I don't know that I will find a character who reminds me so much of myself as Cora does.

It's a short story, the first release from Ceillie Simkiss, and outlines the early relationship between Elena, a lesbian Puerto Rican law student, and Cora, an openly queer, asexual business student with ADHD, both studying at the same university.

When Cora first comes up to Elena, it's to ask her for notes from a class in which Cora hyperfocused by accident on one of the other s
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ff, lgbtqiap, poc, cont-rom
This was so adorable ad handled anxiety and asexuality in relationships so WELL. I love it.
Louise ✨
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
buddy read with: Cande

cute romance between:

♥ Elena, a fat Puerto rican lesbian. She's a law student, loves her big family, knows how to cook. She has anxiety (#ownvoices)

♥ Cora, a white panromantic ace. She's an ADHD (#ownvoices), she always has a book with her, needs hug.

They're both cutie and the romance between them is THE BEST! A part of the plot is set during Christmas
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Representation: Fat MC who is Puerto Rican Amercian/Lesbian, MC who is ADHD/Panromantic asexual

Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss is one of the few novels I've found that hits the right time period for me that balances between young adult and adult, the coveted New Adult genre that I wish was better marketed at large. This book is one of excellent quality and represents NA books well.

The story of graduate students Elena and Cora, as short as Learning Curves is considering it is
Ann Elise Monte
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve been following Ceillie on Twitter for a while and was excited when I heard she was publishing a F/F book with a fat MC. Amazon was a headache, but I managed to preorder, which meant I got a nice surprise down the road when release day came.

See this review on Wordpress.

Details at a glance:

Pairings: F/F

Sexual content: None

Rep: Fat Puerto Rican lesbian MC with anxiety (not outwardly labelled), panromantic asexual LI with ADHD

Ownvoices: Yes – panromantic asexual, ADHD, anxiety, sapphic

Content w
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I received Learning Curves from the author, my friend, Ceillie Simkiss. Sometimes I like to read a soft and cute romance, so I definitely wanted to read this. I also had read a few earlier drafts of some of the scenes.

It’s #ownvoices.


Isn’t the cover gorgeous? I love the different blue tones on it.

It’s such an adorable and cute story. So adorable! So cute! I also love how it was slow-moving and how it shows their love for eac
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, lgbtqia
This was a sweet little novella about a fat Latinx girl and an ace girl with ADHD, who fall in love. It was a nice, low-stakes, relaxing read where I didn't have to worry about anything bad happening. If you're interested in something really calm and gentle, I feel it would totally work well.

Understandably, as it is a novella, this book is very short. I did feel this might have been to its detriment slightly as I would have loved everything to feel just a little bit more fleshed out. Things see
Kay Solo
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so cute! It was a warm and casual short read, but I loved the ace representation first and foremost, along with everything else. This spoke to me in a lot of ways. I waited for weeks for this to come out, and it did not disappoint.
Amy - bookish_heights
Panromantic asexual love interest with ADHD.
Fat, Puerto Rican lesbian main character with anxiety.
Own Voices.
Chasia Lloyd
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super adorable

This quick, light read is the perfect mood for anyone craving some f/f romance, especially one with ace rep. Plus look at that cover!!!!!
The ace rep is for sure ownvoices, and it’s possible the ADHD rep is too.
What a cute and fluffy little novella about two best friends falling in love. Featuring a fat Puerto Rican lesbian main character with anxiety and an asexual panromantic love interest with ADHD this story is perfect for readers who love slow burn f/f romances filled with endearing characters, plenty of sweet stolen moments, a tight-knit family and lots of delicious food. There is something so comforting and genuine about these types of stories that are filled with so much positive representation ...more
This is a very gentle, soft book of two 20-something girls in a relationship with each other. It's a bit like reading fluff fanfics, as each scene shows them being happy and domestic together in really cute ways.

There was one scene I absolutely loved. One girl's family has come into town, and her teenaged cousin is staying with her, but the cousin brings over her friends and boyfriend and throws a party in her living room that gets out of control. The girlfriend shows up and immediately handles
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really cute, really short fluffy panromantic asexual/lesbian story. It features ADHD, anxiety, fat, and Puerto Rican representation as well as black and Latinx side characters being Cora’s roommates. This story is mostly focused on Elena’s and Cora’s relationship to each other, but it does mention their family’s religions and how that plays a part in the fact that they both want to date girls. The author also brings up a reference of cockygate!

It was nice to read another story where on
Kirsten Simkiss
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Okay, so I’m 100% biased because this is my sister’s book and I’m super proud of her, so I’m giving it five stars no matter what. BUT. This book is actually a super cute, light little romance. It’s not my usual genre of reading, but it’s definitely enjoyable and sweet.

As someone who grew up along side her, I can definitely see a LOT of things borrowed from our own family, which is quite large and loud - albeit not Puerto Rican. And this creepy cat statues she mentioned? That’s me, right there.
✦ New Adult / college

✦ Curvy Latinx heroine

✦ Ace / panromantic love interest (she also has ADHD)

✦ No sex

✦ Just a really quick, easy read. Cute and straightforward and just what I needed after a DNF!
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Now, this is a good book - it just isn't a book *for me*, and I hope by writing this review you might discover whether it's the book for you, in roughly the same way that I once read a sad and bored review of a face wash that made me run out immediately and buy it.

This is a contemporary f/f novella, and it's very sweet and fluffy while not being unrealistic or toothrotting. Our MC is a curvy Puerto Rican* who's getting a law degree and initially doesn't feel like she has time for love. I was fo
Ryan Michael
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy via the author in exchange for an honest review. I was also part of the Learning Curves blog tour!

This book really had me interested from the first few pages. I just really liked how Elena described Cora and no lie, if Cora had been in my class, I think I’d consider her cute as well! I loved their initial interaction and even after, it was all just completely sweet. I mentioned that after reading this I had to go read some zombie slaying novel. So if you like the fluff a
Lilah Hill
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this story was pretty cute. It didn't knock my socks off, but it was very enjoyable and I can easily see myself reading it again in the future. I really liked the dynamic of the two characters, though sometimes an interaction or conversation felt a little forced to drive the story. They tell each other a few things about themselves that, by their own admission, they usually don't tell people until they've known them a long time, yet they discussed these things with each other pretty qu ...more
Agata Weronika
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The next time you feel like the world is just too much, put on your PJs, grab a warm blanket and read this novella. It’s fluffy and sweet, exactly what you need to cheer yourself up on a bad day.

“Learning Curves” is a gentle story of two college students slowly building a friendship and falling in love. Watching Elena and Cora bond over studying together at the library and cooking comfort food made my heart feel all kinds of lovely fuzzy feelz. Both girls are always honest with eachother and fro
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Ceillie Simkiss is an author from southern Virginia. She started writing fiction as an escape from her day job as a small town journalist, and has been at it ever since, with the support of her partner, her dog and her cats.

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