Marc reviews the audiobook version of ‘Lessons in Love’ (Cambridge Fellows Mysteries #1) by Charlie Cochrane. This book was published by Samhain Publishing on August 14th, 2009 and is 202 pages long. The audiobook version was published by the author on January 18th, 2016, narrated by Phil Mayes and is 5 hrs and 39 mins long.
RGR received a free review copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this Book: I love audiobooks and mysteries and have wanted to check out the author’s writing since meeting her at the UK Meet. When I had the chance to review an audio review copy, I had to take it. A perfect fit for our new-to-me author week 🙂
He didn’t think he had a heart. Until he lost it.
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 effect on Orlando Coppersmith.
Orlando is a brilliant, introverted mathematician with very little experience of life outside the university walls. He strikes up an alliance with Jonty and soon finds himself heart-deep in feelings he’s never experienced. Before long their friendship blossoms into more than either man had hoped.
Then a student is murdered within St. Bride’s. Then another…and another. All the victims have one thing in common: a penchant for men. Asked by the police to serve as their eyes and ears within the college, Jonty and Orlando risk exposing a love affair that could make them the killer’s next target.
A well-produced and well-narrated audiobook with an intriguing mystery and a sweet, historical romance between tea-drinking Cambridge Fellows.
Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith are very likable main characters. It was easy to feel their growing affection and love for each other as they tried to solve the terrible murders of gay victims. I loved how very different the MCs are, but how well they fit together. As is so often the case, opposites attract. They also discover more about themselves and who they really are – in the face of true love and true evil.
I loved how their connection begins in a wonderful friendship. Orlando grew up repressed. He is smart, but very introverted. He has no chance against Jonty’s charm, though. He breaks through all barriers and they become friends. And then more 😉 The book is never very explicit, but the love and attraction can be felt very strongly, which is hot in itself! They just have a lot of chemistry together.
I thought the Edwardian time period was a wonderful fit for the characters, the location and the story. It was a great setting for the book and I enjoyed it a lot, even though I rarely read historicals. It just felt authentic and created a great atmosphere.
Before I discovered the gay romance genre, I read mysteries and thrillers almost exclusively. I still love mysteries and having gay characters as MCs just makes me happier. The first case in this series was very interesting and came to a satisfying conclusion and I’m eager to read the rest of this series.
Mysteries and British charm just seem to fit together perfectly. It was a light-hearted and engaging read! I had a great time with this story and can strongly recommend it!
My Rating: 8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars.
As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, sometimes historical (sometimes hysterical) and usually with a mystery thrown into the mix. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, and International Thriller Writers Inc.
If you want a taste of her style, try the free reads: you can find them all here.