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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 isHe 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.This book has been previously published and has been revised and expanded from its original release....

Title : Lessons in Love
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Lessons in Love Reviews

  • Vivian
    2019-01-24 13:13

    Utterly charming pre-Great War romance set at Cambridge University. Not hard to believe in Orlando's innocence having grown up in a cloistered environment and Jonty's optimistic realism having experience the world radically different. They are sweet and what was once chaste grows into something more. The mystery is engaging and quite relevant to their burgeoning illicit romance. Gave me a craving for mugs of tea and Hot Cross buns, which I can't find anywhere--aargh!Definitely continuing this series. Favorite quote:"It costs too much to love, Orlando, and there comes a limit to how much I’m prepared to spend.”

  • Mark Probst
    2019-02-20 10:14

    Charlie Cochrane’s Lessons in Love is a lovely Edwardian mixture of romance and murder mystery. Set in 1906 at Cambridge University, two fellows (a term we Americans are unfamiliar with, but refers to a former student of the University who is now on staff, generally in a teaching position) meet and slowly fall in love. Jonathan (Jonty) is a high-spirited, jocular English teacher who sets his sights on warming up the reticent, brooding mathematician, Orlando. No sooner does Jonty break the ice, than a murder occurs at the college. As the murdered boy is one of Orlando’s students, he and Jonty get involved and aid the police in the investigation.Most of the story’s charm lies in the romance, which is allowed to take its sweet time to come to fruition. Both men are acutely aware of the dangers and in Orlando’s case he needs the “lessons in love” that Jonty tenderly provides to assuage his guilt over what he doesn’t understand.Cochrane does a good job weaving the romance and mystery together in a way that felt comfortable and the nail-biting conclusion to the mystery had me hooked clear through to the climax. The writing style is so beautifully simple and straightforward that it is effortless to read. I should also mention that I was pleasantly surprised to find that the sex in the book is romanticized and not explicit – Linden Bay, shame on you for lying about the heat rating!I heartily recommend this breezy historical romance and look forward to spending more time with the adorable Cambridge Fellows in the next installment: Lessons in Desire.

  • Steelwhisper
    2019-02-08 18:05

    3.5*I liked the characters, I adore the era as a backdrop, I like the college theme and the gentle mystery/murder plot. And yet this feels only like 3.5*. I will be able to compare, because I bought the first three books of the series.So why not a wholehearted 5*? So many people absolutely loved this historical and I was prepared to do so as well.Well, truth be told, I did not really believe in the sexual peculiarities of these characters. Be it that 14 is too old for a boy to not even have started masturbating, be it that some of the prickishness came over as distinctly girly rather than femme gay, be it that some affectations made me think of a Miss Marple instead of a set of young Cambridge fellows, the end result is that I couldn't believe in the facts as laid out. And this made me feel distanced. I was repeatedly scratching my head, or giggling and stating "just like a girl!". And no, I'm not talking about anything like the much touted "chicks with dicks" either. At times both male characters felt like women, as if taken entirely out of context. Not as if a hetero romance trope was used, no, as if quite simply the other gender was being described. It wasn't even obnoxious, it was simply--strange.That said, I devoured the book, it was a quick read, the mystery was somewhat foreseeable, but there were a few quite chilling scenes too. It's not as if it hadn't had it's quite good sides as well. And it left me with the wish to read more. So I will get to see how these two will evolve.

  • Emanuela ~plastic duck~
    2019-02-18 14:15

    01/18/13: Revised rating after a couple of years of reading m/m: from 4 to 3.This is a cute and sweet story of a seduction with a crime to solve.Orlando lives in a world by himself, he's only concerned about his teaching and he knows almost nothing of the world, as he was brought up in a family where passion was repressed. Then he meets Jonty, who is his opposite, and they become friends. Jonty longs for Orlando and slowly he overcomes Orlando's defenses and awakens the same longing in Orlando.It's hard to put this book down because the way Jonty and Orlando come together, not only physically but also emotionally, is far more compelling than the crime solving itself. Their encounters are sweet and delicate and I really liked the way Jonty, who is more experienced than Orlando, respected his friend's boundaries and deepened their intimacy only when Orlando was ready and willing to.Another thing I loved is the way Orlando is changed by his friendship with Jonty, even his teaching improves and he starts to develop some social skills. I liked his jealousy of Jonty. It's a bit difficult to understand how a person as repressed as Orlando can accept his romantic feelings toward a man so easily, but I bet Jonty is irresistible (he's a rugby player, yes!).The mistery is not as strong, in my opinion, as the romance, but it was enjoyable. The setting is fantastic.I'll definitely read the other books in the series, I can't let Orlando and Jonty go.

  • Georgie
    2019-02-18 12:19

    3.5 stars Pleasant, gentle story.  The mystery itself is not the point (fortunately, as it's a bit weak), but the characters, the evocation of the time, the slightly mannered diction all carry the book through in charming style.  I'm enjoying the rest of the series too.

  • Elizabetta
    2019-02-20 13:17

    3.5 starsWhat struck me most in the story, besides the wonderful writing, is the exploration of the great divide between innocence and experience. I think this works so very well in a setting, too (end of Victorian era), where (though, hard for us to believe in this day and age) it might have been easy, for some, to live to almost the age of thirty without knowing (or missing) carnal pleasure. Especially if you'd lived a sheltered, rather repressed life. Add to that, an innocence about your sexual orientation and the ways of society in general— no internet, no television or radio to keep you informed.Orlando Coppersmith (love!) and Jonty Stewart, two private school instructors, are the innocent and the experienced, here. Unfortunately, some of Jonty’s experience comes from abuse at an early age. But this doesn’t dampen his sunny, sweet, positive disposition and outlook on life. And when Jonty meets the introverted and shy Orlando… well, let’s just say lots of good things rub off of one to the other. I really like this couple, how they slowly break through innocence to joy. And how the culture of the rather insulated British boarding school they teach at allows this blossoming.But, of course, with the good comes the bad, and Murder rears its nasty head in the bucolic setting. The mystery, itself, is rather tepid; its strength lies in, once again, exploring that divide between innocence lost and the effects of it.I’ll certainly be returning to see how the very sedate but meltingly-in-love Orlando and Jonty are getting on in their next adventure of discovery.

  • Bev
    2019-02-24 15:16

    Jonty and Orlando would get the most frightful shock if they tried to walk around the Cambridge of today. Yes, all the streets are still there, but everywhere is choked with traffic and students on bikes. Nice little historical whodunit [and no, I didn't have a clue] from Charlie Cochrane, and my book rec came from Deacon Reid of Fish Stick Fridays fame, and if it's good enough for him, it's certainly good enough for me. :-)

  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
    2019-01-28 11:24

    DNF @ 32% - Too much telling and not enough showing for both the romance and the mystery. Reads more like a detailed outline.

  • Nikki
    2019-01-24 14:13

    Lessons in Love had very enthusiastic ratings from one or two of my friends, and then a rather ambivalent one from another. I decided to try it, anyway, and found myself decidedly toward the ambivalent end of the spectrum. Though other people say it's amazingly historically accurate and it conjures up a real sense of place and time, I wouldn't say it does. The characters didn't quite ring true, either: the first chapter races past their slow opening up to each other, and the part where Orlando repeatedly thinks about 'my friend Jonty' and ends up writing his name over and over again accidentally, or whatever it was -- I went a while between reading that first chapter and reading the rest -- struck me as ridiculously teenage for a buttoned-up, strait-laced Cambridge Fellow, particularly as I don't find it particularly convincing behaviour even for the most stereotypical of teenagers.It just failed to have enough weight with me, in general. The tenderness between the two, and the intimate scenes, were perhaps the strong point of it, but at other times that didn't stick either -- for example, the big revelations about Jonty and Orlando's pasts. I didn't feel that they'd been well hinted at -- though perhaps the fragmentary way I read the book contributed to that -- so that they were a surprise, but also not in an emotionally impactful way. Just, 'Huh, didn't see that coming.'After the first two chapters, I did get into it enough that I didn't want to fling the book from me, but neither was it a substantial and satisfying read, I'm afraid.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-02-10 12:10

    I enjoyed this first book in what looks like will be a great series. In this first story Jonty and Orlando both Fellows at Cambridge University, meet each other, find love and also find the person who is murdering students at St Bride's College.This is a gentle mystery and romance story with great potential which I am looking forward to experiencing in the other books. A lovely beginning.

  • MLE
    2019-01-29 17:04

    Sweet period story without being too sweet, or cloying. The mystery was well developed, and the chracters were relatable. I look forward to reading more of these.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-02-22 15:27

    Jonathan Stewart, Jonty for the intimate friends, and Orlando Coppersmith are both young professors in one of the Cambridge's college at the beginning of the twenty century. They are at opposite in work and behavior, Stewart a literature professor and Coppersmith a mathematics, Stewart open and friendly, both with students than colleagues, Coppersmith aloof and always lost in his mind. They also had very different family, Coppersmith now orphan and with two very cold and distant parents, Stewart still surrounded by a loving family.But they are both rather young and so they click together. Jonty has no problem to admit that he has also a personal interest in Orlando, being him not new to feel a maybe not appropriate moving for another man. Instead Orlando is more hesitant, but not since he judges inappropriate that feelings, but since he never before has felt something similar for a man or a woman. Orlando was taught to avoid any personal emotion, to suppress any physical urges, so soon and so strong in his youth that he never allowed himself to disobey that teachings.When Jonty tentatively tries to introduce Orlando to such physical contacts, Orlando believes that kissing and cuddling is the greatest extent of what two men can do together, not having any knowledge of what happens in bed between man and woman let alone between two men. But Jonty, even if in love with Orlando, can't be satisfied with simple being a little more than a dear friend for Orlando, and gently pushes for something more.Just when Orlando is letting go a bit, a string of murders targets the students, and all the victims are men who were known to prefer the company of men. To Orlando's inhibitions is now added also the fear of what it could happen to Jonty if someone should know of their "particular" friendship.The story is a good mix of romance and plot; the relationship between Orlando and Jonty has the lion share on the plot, leaving the investigation on the killing in second line, never interfering with the development of Orlando and Jonty's exploration of love. Even if the relationship reaches and deepens to a sex level, it's never in graphic details, always maintaining a sweet romance grade.The setting is the same of the previous tale by Charlie Cochrane, the Old University buildings of Cambridge, with its all male atmosphere where women are only seen as intruders.

  • M
    2019-02-19 13:26

    I don't know why I read this book. Don't get me wrong, I quite enjoyed it. But I'm just wondering what possessed me to read a book called Lessons in Love, not to mention one with so ghastly a cover. Thankfully the rest of the series has better covers. Anyway, like I said, I did enjoy this book, though it got a bit sappy here and there. It took me a while to get into, but around 40% I just sort of got absorbed by it. It captures the Victorian-collegiate atmosphere fairly well and I got to like the characters. Quite keen for the next one.

  • Chris
    2019-02-18 12:30

    Very good historical m/m romance and mystery set at a small Cambridge college in the early 20th century. The newest English fellow at the college starts to get under the skin of a repressed mathematics fellow... and then they find themselves working together to help the police try to figure out who is murdering students.

  • Julie Bozza
    2019-02-04 18:29

    A really charming and well-told tale of murder and new love in a quintessentially English academic setting. A nice quiet read that had me turning the pages to not only find out 'who done it' but also whether Jonty and Orlando would find the right balance between them to make a romance work. Well done, Charlie!

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-01-28 12:20

    Price drop to $0.99 at ARe and Samhain!! 12/21/14!

  • Line
    2019-02-24 13:07

    I'm gonna leave this one for now. I think I need to be in the mood for historicals, because of the language and the subtle 'differences' compared to contemporary romances.It's just not grabbing my attention right now.

  • SueM
    2019-02-21 14:28

    This novel is a sweet, gentle M/M Romance, set in Cambridge in the early years of the 20th century, amidst a murder-mystery that brings to mind both Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple.When Jonty Stewart explodes into fellow lecturer Orlando Coppersmith's life, little did Orlando know that his life was about to drastically change. Orlando is a brilliant mathematics lecture who remains aloof from all those around him. Yet from the first moment of meeting Jonty, something began to change inside him, and he slowly becomes aware of the life outside his narrow world of mathematics. New emotions flicker into being too, first friendship, then the awareness of attraction, and finally into love. However, Orlando's slow blossoming is not the only story in this novel, as a student's death is soon realized to be murder, and Jonty and Orlando are inexorably drawn into the investigation. As the investigation starts to unravel the background of the victim, they soon understand that they too may be at risk, as the murderer has targeted a gay man, and from here the romance and mystery develop in tandem.The main characters within the novel are sweet, gentle and caring, though both camouflage their vulnerable hearts - Orlando with aloofness, and Jonty with humour. Both characters are consistent throughout, while the plot remains at a steady pace. This is not an erotic romance and the sex scenes are left mostly to the readers imagination. The mystery is not complex, and I admit, I knew who the murderer was very early in the story. Despite the somewhat predictable path the murder-mystery takes, it is the relationship between the two men that kept my attention, particularly as each element discovered in the investigation finds echoes in either Jonty or Orlando.I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical romances with a dash of who-dunnit. It is both sweet and charming, with a plot that is easily followed.

  • ttg
    2019-02-11 14:22

    This is a nicely written historical murder mystery, set at St. Bride’s College in England in 1905, so right smack dab in the Edwardian period. A lot of reviews refer to it as “gentle” and that is a good term, especially for the quiet romance which is between exuberant and experienced Jonty and innocent and closed-up Orlando, but I would more aptly use the term of “slow” and “leisurely”. It is a very slow, leisurely read, and one that is remarkably low on tension, even as more murders pop up.I think it’s partly due to the writing style, and props to Cochrane. It feels like this book was honestly written in 1905. It mirrors an older style so successfully, it’s pretty amazing. But it also felt very slow, and I had to realllly push through to finish.I normally love historical mystery romances, especially the m/m variety, but I think the style of this series is too gentle for me. It reminded me of a less exciting Masterpiece Mystery, and actually, this series probably could work great for that show (and I would probably watch it, just to see the lush sets, the costumes, and the subtle touches as Orlando and Jonty try to express their feelings, even as they hide their illegal affair from others.)If you love historicals, this may be up your alley, although know it is a very leisurely, quiet, and mild trip back in time.

  • Holly
    2019-02-18 12:30

    This is my kind of book. Historical, mystery and . . . well I have to admit it. I tend to LOVE the kind of books that are on the non-explicit list. I am a Total. Plot. Whore. LOVE long, plotty books. And when there's little to no sex in the book, then there there is really a need to focus on plot (or character development, which is a plot on its own).Jonty and Orlando are two professors at a college in Edwardian England. Jonty is young, brash and more experienced. Orlando is more serious and very innocent (almost cloistered) in many ways. Sweet and never been kissed. So the development of their relationship is really very lovely, a slow build as Orlando gradually learns the joys of love and of the human body. And to really live. AND then there is a murder mystery to boot! I tend to be really bad at guessing who-dun-it so I won't comment too much on this aspect, but I enjoyed it a lot. I'm so excited. There are like eight other books in this series after this one. And I plan to read them *all*.

  • Tami (synchro from BL)
    2019-02-20 12:07

    It was an ok read. Not very exciting, funny or especially entertaining. The MCs remained pale imo.Two things why only 3 stars: the crime story was weak. I noticed this with some other m/m books as well - it's like the authors throw in some storyline about a crime and its solving so that it is not only a m/m romance. Most of the crime stories are not worth reading (exception: Josh Lanyon - his crime stories are very much worth reading imo).Secondly the whole theme about Orlando being untouched until he meets Jonty. Orlando is 27 - and if I got that nebulous description right he has his first orgasm ever with Jonty. At the age of 27. That is very strange and not at all romantic. And unhealthy. Obviously I don't believe in cold showers as much as Orlando and his parents do :-)Why still 3 stars? It was a nice read - the MCs were mostly likable, especially shy Orlando. And the authour took her time to introduce them properly before they became friends and ultimately lovers.

  • Josephine Myles
    2019-02-14 12:32

    There’s so much to love about the pairing of Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith – where to begin? Charlie has succeeded in creating two utterly lovable and compatible heroes, but who nevertheless have plenty of opportunity to rub each other up the wrong way as their personalities are so very different. It’s delightful to watch the sheltered, studious Orlando being prised from his protective shell by the outgoing, cheery Jonty.In this first book a series of homophobic murders cast a real shadow over Jonty and Orlando’s blossoming relationship, but I love the fact that Charlie doesn’t make the angst unbearable. There is much humour and joy between these pages too. I particularly appreciated the fact that although Orlando and Jonty are fully aware of the dangers their relationship put them in, they feel no guilt about falling for another man.

  • Kati
    2019-02-17 10:22

    I was smitten with the language. The book is set in the early 1900s and it really felt like reading a book from that time. Sure, I'm no linguist so I can't tell if what the author used was even remotely accurate, but it really felt that way. And not just the language but the characters' behavior, their attitude towards sex, it didn't feel like a modern romance force-planted in a historical setting like most historical romances do. This felt... genuine. Like reading a romance written by an author from those times only, you know, gay. I'll definitely check out the next book in the series because I want to know more about Jonty and Orlando.

  • Elizabeth H.
    2019-01-24 13:27

    I think the author left a few opportunities on the floor, elements of the story that could have been enhanced to make it even better. For instance, I was really looking forward to seeing how Orlando and Jonty become friends, the true basis of their relationship, but this section of the novel was rushed, and much of it was even "told" instead of "shown." Despite this type of problem, the main characters are so entrancing, and their environment is so interesting, that I found the entire story fascinating. A hearty five stars just because I truly liked it so much.

  • K
    2019-02-21 10:32

    Historical British MysteryCambridge Fellows, Jonty and Orlando, come together as tentative partners and lovers to investigate the murder of a student whose killer has left a note indicating that his death is due to his sexual preferences. Both MC's have troubled backgrounds which they tentatively share with each other as the investigation continues and the body count stacks up. Their relationship is necessary chaste and of the time, but the love between the pair is obviously growing as they learn about each other and themselves. Definitely going to be picking up the rest of this series

  • Lee Rowan
    2019-02-09 15:29

    This is the book I would get for someone who was either a mystery fan or gay-friendly but nervous about explicit gay sex. Charlie's two protagonists are wonderful young men who hit the ground running in this book and develop beautifully throughout the series. And I could not guess whodunnit, which is always a plus!

  • Andreea Daia
    2019-02-19 11:22

    A very pleasant surprise - well developed plot (even if at times a bit predictable), and strong characters. I was expecting the "mystery" to be in the background, but it is an important part of this short novel. My only complaint was that at times it felt a bit slow.What impressed me most was the flawless execution - Charlie Cochrane shows much attention to style.

  • Sally
    2019-02-01 10:19

    I liked this book, I really did but I hated how the scenes kept jumping from one place to another, that was quite annoying so I'm not quite sure I'll finish the series if the rest of the books are the same way.

  • Martha H.
    2019-02-14 18:17

    It was a well-formed mystery and the characters are rounded and entertaining. I hesitated because the book is set in 1906, and so I didn't know if it would have very much of a historical feel to it, but it did, and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

  • Kassa
    2019-02-18 16:10

    It’s a rare delight to have a fully developed mystery blend with a mostly satisfying romantic entanglement within a historical setting – and all accomplished within a short 160 pages. The mystery of the murdered students was well done with just enough hints to keep the final resolution from being either overly simplistic or too clever. The book’s progression depended equally upon the characters and their slow growing romance as with the resolution to the ongoing murders. The cast were all well written, although almost too many as they moved quickly in and out of scenes and often easily confused with one another.Jonty is a complex character that changes several times throughout the course of the book. From his initial disdain for the socially inept Orlando to their invaluable friendship and deepening passion for one another, Jonty seems to develop even more so than the slow awakening Coopersmith. He is clearly from a well loved family with exuberance and outward affection with a touch of charm and gregarious nature. He befriends the introverted Orlando and sees there is more depth to him beyond appearances and slowly falls in love with the other man, albeit mostly chastely and carefully. They spend quite a bit of time together as Jonty slowly draws the other man out of his shell with irreverent teasing and gentle passion creating a comfortable and likeable relationship benefiting both men.Orlando is a repressed virgin and has no experience with either passion or love of another person, either male or female. He responds to the first person to take a genuine interest in him, who happens to be male, but his feelings are borne of a stronger, deeper connection to perhaps the sole other person he allows himself to connect with. He slowly emerges from his protective, introverted shell with Jonty’s teasing and support to develop his own interests beyond the college and math. His slow acceptance of physical passion to instigator is delightful to read and adds his own brand of charm to his personae. Orlando reacts almost too well to Jonty’s back and forth behavior in the later half and accepts the other man’s company whenever and however he can get it, lending a slight unequal air to the otherwise alluring partnership. Both characters are complicated and three dimensional with genuine emotion in regards to their relationship and possible social ramifications. Although the story is not too long, the slow pace of the romance dragged in several areas as did the mystery in the second half of the book. Jonty’s character went from an irrepressible imp to dour and often contradictory. He would turn hot and cold towards his new lover, ignoring him for days and then deigning to make time for Orlando if he felt like it. This seemed to be a marked contradiction from his earlier almost relentless, but patient pursuit and although considering the confusion and mystery surrounding them, perhaps understandable. Yet the author never elucidates the reasoning for this see-sawing of emotion and action. This left me wondering at the unequal footing of the relationship in that Orlando feels much more deeply for Jonty than the reverse. Within the historical setting, the prose was lovely and although it shies from being explicit by a lot it has a slightly humorous quality that keeps the writing from spiraling into purple madness. For example:---He’d always kept his investigations strictly north of the Equator but tonight he was going to risk the ceremony of crossing the line, in search of the rare undiscovered delights of Orlando’s southern hemisphere.--Taken by itself, this might be outrageous and prudish, but set in the charm of the historical setting, the writing creates another lovely element to the two characters which is fitting and appropriate. The author manages quite well to create an alluring background and two characters in which explicit erotica would have been jarring and out of place, instead her ease with prose and delightful bashfulness blends incredibly well. This story will not be for everyone with it’s languid pace and mostly chaste romance of the heart, but the well-written characters, intriguing mystery, and fully developed setting will entice those wanting a sweet and lovely story.