Lessons of the Past
by Chloe Maxx
Release Date: Nov 9, 2015
They say karma is a bitch.
And I'd agree--I had lived it.
I had an affair with a married man...who also happened to be my professor. I couldn't stop it, couldn't control it. The only problem was that, I, of course, wanted more, and he couldn't give it to me.
Life moved on, I thought I'd moved on, but karma came back and destroyed it all.
My husband fell in love with his secretary, and I was left trying to figure out if love was even real.
I wanted to believe it was. I was almost positive I never stopped loving the one man I couldn't have. But...what if I could have him? What if he wasn't as off-limits as I had thought?
Our food came and we continued talking. I had just taken a bite of enchilada covered in sour cream when I saw them through the arched window. My breathing stopped, my gut felt like it had been punched.
Javier was sitting at a table with his wife and daughter. His family. I couldn’t look away. I watched him talking to his daughter, watched them laugh. Watched as Amy placed her hand on his upper arm in a way that said they were intimate, not estranged.
He leaned across the table and said something else to Caroline and they both laughed again. The real kicker came when he grabbed Amy’s hand. It was as if I was watching a train wreck.
Had he been playing me?
★✩★✩★ 5 – Deliciously Taboo & Hott as Hell – Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
I should have guarded my heart better, never acted on my feelings for him, but I had. I hadn't thought, just felt, and it left me shattered.
That's why karma was such a bitch.
You fuck someone's husband and someone will eventually fuck yours. Or at least that was my case.
Karma is a bitch – a lesson Alexandria (Alex) has learned the hard way when her husband falls in love with his secretary. She figures she had it coming – after all, when she was in college, she had an affair with a married man. A married man who also happened to be one of her professors. The chemistry between them could not be contained, couldn't be fought – though neither of them tried to terribly hard to. They risked everything to be together – his career, her education, his marriage – and in the end all the sneaking around was for nothing when she inevitably fell in love and wanted more than he was willing to give her, more than he could give her. But life goes on. Time moves forward and so do we. But did she really? Even after she loses her husband to another, she is forced to realize she never really let go of the first man she let into her heart. But what if he isn't quite as unavailable as she thought? Does it even matter when she questions weather or not love exists at all?
Javier had been my focus since the day I walked into his class and nothing had broken that-not his betrayal, not meeting Caleb six months later, not dating Caleb, or even our short engagement and marriage. Absolutely nothing had shoved Javier out of my thoughts.
And that was pathetic.
I knew it was wrong for me to let him own my soul, but I couldn't seem to control it.
Where has this author been all my life? This is exactly the kind of Erotic Romance I could devour all day long and never tire of it. Amazing characters, tons of drama and angst, sprinkled with laughs and loaded with smokin hot sex – all dipped in a delicious layer of taboo and forbidden love. What's not to love?! Don't let the fact that Javier is married keep you away – all is not as it seems. I don't want to say why, this book really should be experienced as it comes – just don't let that be the reason why you shy away. I know some readers have issues with cheating and I get it, but please don't let that aspect scare you off. Javier was the kind of guy you don't want to miss out on. A devoted father who would do absolutely ANYTHING for his daughter, smart, funny, sexy, dirty, possessive and jealous – which in and of itself is funny, all things considered. My heart hurt for his situation but I still wanted to smack the shit outta him a time or two for being a dick. Alex broke my damn heart. You could really feel how much she was struggling with their relationship – always having to sneak around, being a dirty little secret while having to watch the man she is falling in love with spend time with his family. The whole situation, no matter the circumstances, was definitely hardest on HER – and for what? So he could crush her heart anyway? Our journey through their past and into their present was filled with heartbreak and tears along with the abundance of crazy hott sex, but it is also steeped in love – which makes you just wish that much harder that they could find some happiness. The POV jumps back and forth between Alex and Javier – which I LOVED. It's always easier (for me, at least) to connect on a deeper level with both leads when we get a chance to be in each of their heads. As an added bonus, we get some pretty freakin awesome secondary characters as well – I want Alex's sister to get her own story! That girl was a friggin riot!! I could go on all day about how much I loved this book and this author, but what it boils down to it – GET THIS BOOK NOW!! From start to finish Chloe Maxx had my full attention and I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.
Javier has caused me so much pain. I had told myself I hated him, wanted to hate him so bad, but the truth was, I was still in love with him. He had stolen every single inch of my heart five years ago and he still owned it.
Chloe Maxx was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. She now resides in a small town not far from where she grew up with her husband and two boys. She loves being outdoors, the salty smell of the ocean, relaxing ocean waves, caffeine, and reading any book that has a little romance.
Lessons of the Past is Chloe’s debut erotic romance.