Release Blitz & Review Hard Lessons by Samuel King


Book Title: Hard

Author: Samuel

Publisher: Pride

Cover Artist: Leah Kay

Release Date: October 1,

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Erotic Romance

Trope/s: Romance between employer and employee, 

Themes: Intrigue – is he being used or is it really love?

Heat Rating:  4

Length: 18 000 words/82

It is a standalone

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When his new student
turns out to be a handsome property developer with a complicated past, teaching is the last
thing on Jake’s mind.

When recently single Jake heads off to rural Somerset for a
job interview as a reading teacher, he’s expecting his pupil to be a child, but it’s the
handsome and charismatic property dealer Nathan Foley who needs his help. Their
relationship quickly becomes sexual, and Jake worries he is rushing into another relationship
too fast. And, as the heat between them intensifies, Jake begins to question Nathan’s

Adding to the confusion is Nathan’s bitter older sister,
Alice, who seems to have taken an instant dislike to Jake, as well as a strange man who Jake
spots wandering around the grounds of the house.

What is Alice’s problem? Who is the handsome stranger?
And are Nathan Foley’s feelings entirely genuine? Perhaps Jake is the one who is about to
learn a hard lesson.

Sunlight was streaming through the huge window when
Jake opened his eyes. He could have closed the blinds so that the day wouldn’t have
infringed on his sleep, but he was glad he hadn’t. He glanced at his phone, which sat on a
small bedside table. It was only seven a.m. He thought about getting dressed and sneaking
out of the house alone. He wasn’t sure lunch with Nathan was such a great idea after the
knee-rubbing of the previous night, but his new boss had suggested it would be a good
chance to talk about how the lessons were going to pan out. Also, if Jake were honest with
himself, he liked the idea of spending time with Nathan.

There was no denying he was attracted, but getting
involved with Nathan would be a bad idea on so many levels. First of all, Jake was still
reeling from his break-up with Matt, and second, Nathan Foley was his boss and student for
the next two months. They needed to establish a professional relationship.

As if Nathan could hear his thoughts, there came a knock
on the door and the man’s husky voice calling.

“Jake, are you awake?”
Jake froze. Should he keep quiet, pretend to be sleeping or
invite Nathan into his bedroom?

The knock came again.
“Yes, come in,” called Jake, making sure the quilt was
pulled up to his neck.

Nathan opened the door. He was dressed in a white bath
robe that only came down to an inch above his knees. It gaped open at the top, revealing a
chest covered in dark hair.

“Morning,” he said. “I’ve made coffee and wondered if you
wanted some.” He was holding two mugs in his left hand, one finger looped through the

“Yeah, that would be great,” said Jake, shifting into a
sitting position. The quilt dropped down to his waist, revealing his smooth, toned torso. He
thought about pulling the quilt up to his neck again but decided it would make him look too

“If you’re up for it, I thought we could head over to this
beach I know,” said Nathan. “It’s really isolated and would be a great place to walk and chat
and build up an appetite for lunch.”

Nathan sat on the end of Jake’s bed, handing him one of
the mugs. Jake took it, feeling a flush spread from his face down to his chest.

How did Nathan go from the stony-faced interviewer of
just a few days ago to this affable man who brings me coffee in bed?

“That sounds like a plan,” said Jake, unable not to look at
Nathan’s exposed chest, one dark nipple clearly visible where the top of the robe hung

“Excellent,” said Nathan, standing. As he moved, his robe
momentarily shifted and Jake had to suppress a gasp at the brief glimpse he had of Nathan’s
cock. Even while flaccid, it was long and thick, hanging between

Nathan’s firm thighs. Jake hastily averted his gaze,
although Nathan’s dick had already disappeared behind the robe.

“See you in about an hour?” Nathan gave him a
questioning look.

“Sure,” said Jake, needing Nathan to leave so that he could
fantasize about that cock while he masturbated. There was no way he could get through an
entire day without responding to the sight of that amazing dick.

As the bedroom door clicked closed, Jake threw back the
quilt and grabbed hold of his already hard length, jerking it aggressively as he imagined
Nathan sitting on the end of his bed, robe fully open, revealing his entire manly body and
that suckable dick, gradually growing hard.

Jake came in several thick gushes, covering his stomach
and chest. He lay back, breathing heavily, still thinking of Nathan, now imagining his boss
leaning across the bed and kissing him on the lips. A familiar warm feeling spread through
his body and Jake realized he was developing more than simple feelings of lust for Nathan
Foley. This is going to be a confusing and potentially exciting two months.

About the Author 

Samuel King is London born
and bred, and spent his twenties and thirties hanging out on the London gay scene, mixing
with some true characters and even finding romance on a few occasions. Now more likely to
be found eating in a nice restaurant on a Saturday night than clubbing, he also enjoys
reading across many genres, and watching films—especially old horror films and romantic
comedies. He is also the author of Male Male erotic romance, Hard Lessons, available from
Pride Publishing from 1 October.


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3 Stars

Nothing about this read stood out for me. Except the break up, hookup with someone else within a week, then fall in love in another week. Since it’s contemporary and not fated mates, I found it unrealistic.

The editing and proofing were superb, however.

Of course, this is only my opinion, so please see for yourself!

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