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A Lesson in Passion (Lesson #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,319 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
Ginny is a 21st century girl, looking for love. After an accident, she finds herself living in the past, as a romance novel heroine. Occupying someone else's body, she lives the life a medieval maiden, saved from certain death by a powerful Scottish laird. Will they fall in love, allowing Ginny to return to her own time? Or will her modern sensibilities get her in too much ...more
Nook, 516 pages
Published July 5th 2010 by Connors, Jennifer (first published September 1st 2009)
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 Mummy Cat Claire
I am so effing pissed off. Could J. Connors have ended this book worse than I have ever seen? Freakin A...I am so frustrated right now.
I am happy to see that there are more books in a sudden series I knew nothing about. However, I want to know more about Ian. WTH?
Miss Ginny was thrown back in time and she didn't know how, why or how to get back to her time. This felt like another Outlander but holy cow, I was totally impressed with what Connors brought to the table.
I was laughing out loud with
Jul 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
OBVIOUSLY written by someone who either hates romance novels in general or who has no idea why they are popular.

The author spent the entire first half of the book making fun of anyone who would read one and the genre itself, picking out specific tropes to make fun of. The second half of the book was just a lesson in torture for anyone who didn't have the sense to stop reading around page 25.

* The heroine is a dumbass, plain and simple and moves to the head of the line for the title of Queen of
Monica **can't read fast enough**
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Victoria (daisyduck)
I like historical romances, some are excellent, some are truly awful. This one is rather good. I didn't expect much from the synopsis as I am not usually a fan of time-travelling heroines and the cover was pretty off-putting too. But, I am glad I took the plunge.

Ginny finds herself catapulted somehow from modern America into medieval Scotland faced with the kind of highland romantic heroes she had always made fun of. She seems to be in the body of an English Lady, someone mistrusted by the Scot
Wow! My vacation from my most fave romance genre, Historical/Highland Romances, was definitely worth the break. What a story to come back to. It was definitely a thirst quencher incorporating some of the most enticing characteristics. First, the heroine was a true 20th century career woman who got to live out a textbook written romance by magically being transported back into medieval Scotland.Of course, what's even more fantastical is that she finds herself inside another woman's body with many ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jennifer-connors
I didn't know what to expect with this book. I had been running errands and decided to stop in for a pedicure. I had my Droid with me so I decided to start reading. Rather than try to find the book I had been reading and going through the archived list, I opened this one up.

I have to say the beginning of the book had me wondering why I had purchased this one! (It must have been a free Amazon book!) It was not well written at all! But after the vacation, on their way back home the girls were hit
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is in need of editing and this will be my only complaint. The story got me from the beginning, the plot is original and the end unexpected. I really enjoyed both main characters, actually the hero is so funny that I laughed ouy loud several times. All in all, this is a great read and I can't wait to begin the next instalment in the series.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheap-kindle
I liked this one, it was a fresh take on the genre. But....I would agree with the 'Almost' crowd.

1. The heroine is a dumbass. She could at least TRY to play the part in her new life. The whole idea that she convinced a bunch of these macho Scottish guys to talk out their problems instead of battling it out is goofy. I was really annoyed with how that turned out. I know Alec fought with Bram, but the whole thing felt very cheesy.

2. I think there should have been a little bit of a freak out after
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was pretty good. At first I was very skeptical, it seemed as though it was probably just a rip-off of the Outlander series (which I love!) so it took me a while to get into it. By the end I really did like the characters, and the storyline was good (if a bit predictable).

Here are the basics of the story:
Ginny, our unlucky in love heroine, goes on what turns out to be the "worst vacation EVER" with her lesbian friend, and through unfortunate circumstances (gay/lesbian convention at the
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The monologues were painful, the story was interesting, but the ending was darn STUPID. STUPID. I'm sorry, I have to say it again: STUPID. As if the writer got tired or bored or suddenly thought of a better story to write about so she just said "Oh fuck it, I'm gonna just write in "And then there was nothing (seriously that's the exact last sentence) and publish this shit." Stupid.

Ok, I admit. I started reading for the 'romance' part (and I don't mean the sappy innocent young adult type hah), I
May 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
Is this book even for young adults? It has many inappropriate scenes that I am too embarrassed to mention. Why would one want to read about how attractive one is to another and describe how much they want to make out with each other. It's very disturbing.

Pretty much Ginny is like "men are depressing". Then she gets sucked into a story with some Scottish lord. They're instantly attracted to each other. But uh........................ they love to hide their attraction with tons of insults, or bea
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very pleased with this story. Ginny was funny and witty and took unexpected chances. I loved that she viewed the whole story as an adventure/mystery instead of constantly pining to get home. It reminds me of a lighter Outlander book - but with more romance than violence.

I just purchased the next book in the series ($0.99 ebook at Amazon y'all). I was captivated by the sample chapter and I want more, more, more.
A pleasant read with a frustrating end. Where did she go?

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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Ginny is a 21st century girl, looking for love. After an accident, she finds herself living in the past, as a romance novel heroine. Occupying someone else's body, she lives the life a medieval maiden, saved from certain death by a powerful Scottish laird. Will they fall in love, allowing Ginny to return to her own time? Or will her modern sensibilities get her in too much trouble?

A tropical vacation, food poisoning, a car crash, time travel, and abduction: what more could you ask for in your
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A LESSON IN PASSION by Jennifer Connors presents a fresh and interesting twist on the time travel genre. In her Lesson series, the main character is catapulted into various romance books, here medieval. I loved the believable characters and witty repartee, and I give it 4 stars.

In this first installment in Jennifer Connors' Lesson series, physician's assistant Ginny goes on vacation, and it turns into the worst vacation ever. She brought some trashy romance novels a friend insisted she take with
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ginny is a career focused woman who could use a boost in her love life. As she embarks on a vacation, a well meaning friend gives her a stack of romance novels to read. Ginny makes fun of the books, but after encountering the vacation from hell, she ends up reading them out of boredom. After a freak accident, Ginny finds herself smack dab in the middle of a romance novel, set in medieval Scotland. Her snarky inner dialogue about the hunky hero is funny, and Ginny decides to play along with the p ...more
Noelyn Marie
I liked the story well enough, but I haven't decided yet if I'm going to read the second one. I will say, the author did a decent job of making Ginny's reaction to going back in time somewhat reasonable. After being in a car crash, Ginny, our heroine, wakes up in medieval Scotland in the middle of a battle. At first she thinks it's a dream, one of those ones that you don't necessarily want to wake up from that's a product of reading too many romance novels, so she's kind of into it. After awhile ...more
Dava Stewart
Almost. That's all I could think when I finished this book. It almost got there...but not quite. Romance is not usually a genre I choose, but probably got this one because of the time travel element. I am fascinated by stories that involve time travel. In this one the main character retains her knowledge and memories while living in a different time period.

There were a few minor errors in things like syntax that were a bit jarring, but I think the thing that bothered me most was the unevenness
Katy Beth Mckee
This story started out confusing because you knew there was to be sometime of switch and I kept waiting for it happen when all the strange vacation stuff was happening and then it didn't happen. When it finally it did it came as a surprise. I loved the story line of Ginny and Ian a modern girl in her mind but a book character in her body.

Stop here if you don't want to read a spoiler ****** (view spoiler)
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am happy to know that there are more books in this series I knew nothing about. At first I was lost until I realized that something went awry. Once I found myself back on my horse and my sense in full array this book took me to recesses in my mind I don't know if I want to visit again. It was a great read. I had me a little emotional by the end and cracking up with laughter at some parts. I was totally impressed with what Connors brought to the table.

This book was refreshing. It was a great a
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ginny is young woman who is jaded on romance - she dubs her relationships 3-date wonders since none last longer than 3 dates. She works as a physician assistant who reads history, biography or serial killer novels. She and her best friend Lisa take a vacation every year, and before she leaves for this year's trip to the Caribbean, a co-worker gives her a bunch of romance novels to take along, telling her she might learn something! After their trip, when Ginny and Lisa are on their way home from ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review:

What I liked about A Lesson in Passion :

* I liked that the author didn't take herself too seriously. She made fun of typical romance situations (including the sex scenes) and made them funny.

* The heroine was a ball to the walls type girl. And I liked that.

* The sex scenes were hot. Need that in a romance

What I didn't like about A Lesson in Passion:

* I really didn't like that Ginny kept getting verbally/physically abused when she went back in time and that Ian didn't do an
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Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was like huh? What? Not trying to judge a book by its cover but I was like what’s going on with a Jamaica vacation with a Scotland cover... But then leaving the worst vacation ever for a single woman looking for a hook up and lands in a Gay/Lesbian Alliance convention, with tropical storms, and food poison and stuck reading romance novels something happens and wham the leading lady Ginny gets trapped in a historical romance novel with a Plaid kilted Scot!!

No this modern woman is stu
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the complete story line and think it is completely plausible. After getting hit by the other car, the bad vacation and drowning in the love stories that she read. No matter what happened she is now stuck there in the past. For now nothing can be donw about

Ginny is getting the hang and the clansmen are beginning to except her if she just kept her trap shut, of that I am not sure. She finalily realizes that she has falllen in love with Ian. The mega hunk hero. That is hotter than he
Hmmm, a story with no ending. What'll they think of next?
Actually, this book didn't even end; it just stopped.

Modern-day heroine goes on vacation with nothing to read but a bunch of romance novels that a friend has lent her. Upon returning home, she's involved in an auto accident and wakes up to find herself in medieval Scotland. (Can anyone say "Outlander"?)
She figures she's got to go with the flow and bring the romance story to fruition before she can get back home and into her own body.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a self-published book, A Lesson In Passion could do with the time and attention of a professional editor to tidy up some straggly sentences and the sorts of errors that are usually taken out by the time a book makes it to print.

With that in mind, however, this is a book that deserves the attention of professional editing. The story is quirky, and Our Heroine is easy to like. Connors has constructed an internally plausible story that allows the C21st reader to enjoy all the best bits of a rom
Karen (Kew)
Just like another reviewer as said, as soon as I'd finished reading this free book I went and bought the other two in the series!A Lesson in Forgiveness (Lesson Series) and A Lesson in Patience (Lesson Series). After an unsuccessful holiday where, due to illness, Ginny has spent almost the entire time reading racy romance novels, she and her friend are on their way home when they are hit by a truck. Presumably Ginny goes into a coma because the next thing she knows she is in a different body in ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-pn
I liked this book, but not knowing its trajectory I found the beginning not connected enough to warrant the amount of time given to it and the end abrupt. Now that I realize that this is set up like Quantum Leap it makes more sense.

I and the heroine did get invested with the characters so the ending was dissatisfying in that she has to leave everything she's found behind and start again. Now it seems like a fun motif, but in reality the task seems more like being widowed or abandoned to have to
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ok so this was silly but FUN!!!! Take 1 single hetrosexual woman and send her on vacation w/ her lesbian friend in Jamacia AND..... have them end up at a resort having a GAY/ Leslian holiday fiesta..... well that is one single gal sitting in the room with her romance novels. If things couldn't get worse.... she gets food poisioning. If you think things couldn't go down hill any further.... add a hurricane!

After thier adventure filled week- they arrive home and on the way end up in an accident. M
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