Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Lessons in Love

Lessons in Love

4.6 8
by Clarissa Carlyle

See All Formats & Editions

Book 1 in the Lessons in Love New Adult Romance series.

The Lessons in Love series follows the story of high school cheerleader Alex Heron. She's pretty, blonde and popular. Alex seems to have it all, but she's hiding a dark secret from her past that threatens to destroy her future. Only the handsome new math teacher, Mark Simmons, can see past Alex's


Book 1 in the Lessons in Love New Adult Romance series.

The Lessons in Love series follows the story of high school cheerleader Alex Heron. She's pretty, blonde and popular. Alex seems to have it all, but she's hiding a dark secret from her past that threatens to destroy her future. Only the handsome new math teacher, Mark Simmons, can see past Alex's façade to the real girl hiding inside. He wants to help Alex overcome her past, but will their developing feelings for each other get in the way?

Product Details

CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

Related Subjects

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Lessons in Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite Lessons in Love by Clarissa Carlyle is the story of a young/first love. Alex Heron, age eighteen, is still in her final year at High School. Her facade of not being interested in her studies, and her attachment to her image of being Captain of the senior cheerleaders, hides her true nature and the secret traumatic life changing experiences of her past. At fourteen, Alex witnessed something sad and horrific and her family (her mother and younger brother) lost their nice life style and Alex her private education. Woodsdale School students tend to have low aspirations and Alex just wants to fit in. Then the new math teacher, 25-year-old, Mark Simmons arrives on the scene and a slow and largely respectful, although inappropriate, relationship develops between the two. Alex confides the truth about herself and her past to Mark and, with his encouragement, begins to become her real self again, aiming for scholarship at Princeton. Clarissa Carlyle's story is written in an uncomplicated style. The plot moves along at a good pace as the story explores what could happen when a young teacher and eighteen-year-old pupil fall in love with each other. They know this is a violation of trust and boundaries - but, of course, feelings are feelings, and they know to hold back until Alex finishes school. I liked the character of Alex. Her need to fit in and hide her true self was both sad but understandable. I was slightly disappointed that dropping her facade didn't result in one or two like-minded new friends at school for her as this would have been an interesting discovery for Alex. A gentle and positive story about facing and coming to terms with trauma and finding a love that enables healing and eventually moving forward in a healthy way.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Lessons in Love is a contemporary young adult romance/coming of age novel written by Clarissa Carlyle. Alex Heron is the captain of the Woodsdale High School Cheerleaders. It was a hard-won position challenged by Sophie Walker, who is not at all satisfied with her role as the vice-captain. The breezy and self-assured blond cheerleader captain, Alex Heron, whose polish and poise during cheerleading is only exceeded by her studied disinterest in getting good grades, is really a defensive persona created by Alexandra Heron. When she was fourteen years old, life was very different. She was a gifted young mathematician and violinist, attending an elite private school and the apple of her father’s eye until that awful day when he was shot in a convenience store as she watched on in horrified silence. At that moment, and in the aftermath where it was discovered that the family was heavily burdened with debt, Alexandra and her family’s lives changed forever. The large house with its lovely grounds was sold off as were most of their possessions, and the three of them moved into a trailer in the bad part of town. No one could know about her secret or realize her lost dreams for going on to college after high school, until a new mathematics teacher came into her classroom. Clarissa Carlyle’s young adult novel, Lessons in Love, is a perceptive and compassionate tale about how a young woman’s drive and academic goals get subverted in the wake of tragedy. Peer pressure and bullying figure largely in this story as Alex is compelled to remake herself and hide from even her closest friends the truth about her living conditions. I enjoy young adult novels, particularly coming of age stories, and was very impressed with Lessons in Love. Carlyle’s characters are well-defined and realistically complicated, especially Alex, her brother and her mother, and the writing style is smooth, fluid and assured. This is a sweet romance and, while listed as a contemporary romance, is suitable for both new and young adults. Lessons in Love has a feel-good and compelling plot that could easily be made into a movie. It’s most highly recommended.
slz52 More than 1 year ago
Really very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mean, its completely normal for a girl to be head over heels for her teacher, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. * This book is currently free on all major platforms at this time.  This is the second book by author Clarissa Carlyle that I have read and while it is completely different from the first book they are both good books.  I could relate to the characters a bit more in this story and felt more for them as I was reading.  The author did a great job with the storyline and with making the reader feel like they were right there with the characters throughout the book. Alex is your typical high school cheerleader, well cheerleader captain really, or is she? Alex is hiding a lot of secrets from her friends, teachers, family and maybe even from herself.  She has had a complete turn around in her life when something happens to her father and now she is trying to find herself again.  She has friends, but no one that knows or understands the true Alex...until a new math teacher comes to the school. Mr. Simmons is cute, smart and can see right through Alex and her half truths.... The storyline is a good one, the plot flows and the end leaves the reader wanting more.  The reason that I gave this book a 4 star review instead of a 5 star is because I felt as if the author could have made some of the dialogue more realistic, the idea of getting into Princeton at the last minute with terrible grades was a bit much and the fact that the reader only gets to see bits and pieces of the "real" Alex (who is much more enjoyable and likable) make me want more of that part of the story....not the fluff...and then the letter from Mr. Simmons makes the reader want to yell, scream and hit something in frustration... This is a good book and I will be checking out the next one to see what happens once Alex starts college and is on her own with people that she can start fresh with. I recommend that you add this to your TBR list - you will enjoy it and you will think about after you have finished reading it - so add it today and see what you think.  ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. ***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bealarocks More than 1 year ago
I WANT TO READ THE SEQUELS NOW!!! I absolutely loved this story! Even when I was annoyed with Alex for lying all the time, I could understand and sympathize with her reasons. Not many people could have experienced a trauma of the magnitude that Alex had and come out of it with their psyches intact. The description of this event brought tears to my eyes, and the true-to-life characterizations of the “mean girls” and the jocks had me wandering down the halls of my own high school once again. I was a brainy nerd though, so I could certainly empathize with Alex’s burning desire to be popular. I could also empathize with her crush on a hot teacher and the fact that he was just as attracted to her would have been a dream come true for someone like me. Still, they do the right thing and wait. Now Alex is off to college, and we, the readers, are left to wonder what will become of this star-crossed couple? I personally and rooting for Mark!