An Italian Dom guides a Swiss banker through the world of BDSM and she threatens his most important rule.
Sparked by curiosity and drawn by need, Swiss banker Claire asks Italian businessman Luca to introduce her to the D/s lifestyle. He agrees, as long as she abides by his number one rule of not falling in love. The two then embark on a slow, complete and realistic path of liberating Claire’s true submissive nature.
But as their lessons progress, blurred lines morph into a child’s scribbled drawing when feelings creep into their playtime. And with new emotions bubbling under the surface, Luca questions Claire’s hard no. She calls “red” and walks away, leaving the Dom sure he’s lost the one sub who finally saw his true desire to be cared for.
Now, certain she’s broken his only rule and torn by thoughts of betraying her dead husband, Claire must decide between exploring the love she’s found or locking away her heart with the ghosts of her past.
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About the Author
Deana Birch was named after her father’s first love, who just so happened not to be her mother. Born and raised in the Midwest, she made stops in Los Angeles and New York before settling in Europe, where she lives with her own blue-eyed Happily Ever After. Her days are spent teaching yoga, playing tennis, ruining her children’s French homework, cleaning up dog vomit, writing her next book or reading someone else’s.
Books, coffee, and chocolate make up both the heart and body mass that is better known as Amelia Foster. She has been a lifelong lover of the written word, both as a reader and an author, and completed her first manuscript at the ripe old age of five, complete with illustrations. Sadly, her art was a medium that never improved over time, although thankfully her writing has.
From sweet to salacious, the only requirement Amelia has in books she reads – and definitely in the ones she crafts – is an excessively satisfying happily ever after… and then a little bit more.
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Copyright © Deana Birch&Amelia Foster 2019. All Rights Reserved, Totally Entwined Group Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.
A silver foil wrapper tumbled down the stone walkway along the Limmat River, and Luca stepped to the side, his arms crossed. A giggling young couple with too many piercings for his personal preference hurried by, unaware of the menacing, forgotten paper. In his dark suit, crisp white shirt and matching silk navy tie, he waited.
The improperly disposed-of litter flopped one more time, trapped itself at the edge of the stone wall and, away from the light breeze, rested. Satisfied by his small conquest—surely it was his will that had brought its journey to an end—Luca smirked. He walked over, picked it up and secured its fate in a wire bin. A pestering thought of germs poked at his side, but he brushed his hands together at a job well done and continued on his path to the private bank.
While the inconvenience had been a distraction, it had been welcomed. Early and eager were two qualities he admired, but not in himself. He reached for the door of the gray, historic building at exactly seven minutes past his scheduled appointment. Perfetto.
After a brief check through security, including a confirmation of his identity, he climbed the two flights of stairs to the private bank of Steinmetz and Favre.
The heavy wooden doors of the suite opened to sleek metal-and-cream marble that created a stark contrast to the building’s dated exterior. But the interior did not surprise Luca. He’d already seen the clean, powerful reception in the magazine article about the youngest woman entrepreneur in the history of private banking.
And it was no mistake he’d sought out Claire Favre. Young, driven and on-the-rise was exactly the kind of mind he wanted handling his soon-to-be-acquired secret business. The piece about her and her partner in the weekly publication inserted into the Sunday paper had done more than pique his interest. Fortunately, Luca’s reputation and family history had provided enough of a motivation that he’d obtained an appointment without too much delay.
He gave his name to the young, just-above-cheap-suited man behind the massive desk and took a seat in the black leather club chair. Magazines in four different languages were fanned on the iron table next to him. He aligned the one on top to sync with the others and the rhythmed echo of high heels ricocheting off the hallowed walls made him look up.
The picture had done her no justice. Claire Favre’s sharp hip bones pointed behind the fabric of her tight black skirt and they swayed in a hypnotizing motion as she drew nearer. The formfitting blazer matched the skirt, and a pink silk blouse formed a deep V below. Different from the photo, where her blonde locks had been loose and casual as she’d smiled, her hair was now pulled back into a low, tight bun and her lips remained firmly locked together.
Luca stood, happy his height put him at an advantage, and buttoned his jacket at the waist. The momentary shock of her in-person beauty sank into his gut. It had no business in his throat or chest.
“Herr Bernardi.” She extended her small, manicured hand but barely smiled.
“English, please.” Luca ignored the slight jump in his heart rate as they touched.
“As you wish.” Her light shrug remained formal.
Surely a coincidence.
He narrowed his eyes.
Ms. Favre’s smile grew tighter and she spun around. “My office is just down the hall.”
Luca followed the banker and stared at the back of her exposed neck. He would not check out her ass, not in a professional setting where the woman deserved respect. He would not.
He did. He most certainly did. And damn it all to hell and back if his palm didn’t twitch with desire.
When the penance of being a gentleman and walking behind a woman to whom he owed respect—not ogling—had finished, he squared his shoulders at the threshold of her office and renewed his purpose—business.
Ms. Favre ushered him to a cubed leather chair opposite her desk and he reached for the button of his jacket while she floated to the other side of the impressive oak plank.
A quick glance of her surroundings revealed nothing—no framed photos of her and the late husband the article had referred to or children it had not hinted at. Truly nothing. This woman was clean, uncomplicated and professional—everything Luca desired in a banker…and perhaps other things.
“Please,” she said and motioned to the seat behind him. With a quick brush on the back of her skirt—is hand jealousy a thing?—she gracefully sat. “Tell me what brings you here, Mr. Bernardi.”
Where to begin? The long and challenging path of fully respecting and refining one’s own needs? The obvious motivation of a man-made success? Best to start with the not-so-shocking. One never knows.
In the warmest, most casual tone he could muster he said, “I am in negotiations to buy a business. A private club, actually. And I was hoping to keep said investment separate from my others.”
Her blue-gray gaze pierced him and she drew her light, thin eyebrows together. “You have a business you’d like to hide, and you want to use my bank to do so?”
“No.” Convincing her was going to take some massaging, especially since the bulk of his wealth would not be coming along for the ride. “I have a business I’d like to keep to myself, but I’d like you to handle investing and growing the worth of the account.”
Claire crossed her fingers on the desk and circled a thumb slowly into the opposite palm.
“Is it an illegal business?” she asked.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had the pleasure of reading this book as a beta reader, as both the authors are dear friends. However, as I’ve mentioned before, don’t let that fact sway you into believing this review is anything but accurate and true. I’ve been fortunate enough to surround myself with writers of an unbelievable caliber. Together, we’ve all grown and built one another up into what I truly believe is an unstoppable force. Luca’s Lessons, by Deana Birch and Amelia Foster, is just one example of the awesome power of a strong writing group. Reading the polished, finished product of this story was such a jaw-dropping and heartwarming experience. I had the good fortune of witnessing the entire life and this project, from its start as a niggling seed of an idea to the exciting moment where Ms. Birch and Ms. Foster had to decide between a horde of competing presses all clamoring for the rights to publish this gem. Right from the get-go, when Luca and Claire were nothing more than a set of inspiration pictures and a swirling of ideas in these two lovely ladies heads, I fell hard for their story. It’s a genuine dive into the world of BDSM that proves love really does trump all. But beyond the characters, whom I loved and adored, I’d be remiss to not mention the rich, gorgeous contemporary world these two brilliant writers created. As an American who has never ventured abroad—but who has always wished to—this intricate view into Switzerland’s wonderful landscape was awe-inspiring and delightful. And the sneak-peek into a members-only BDSM club was just as enjoyable. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves love and appreciates the true beauty of BDSM. Because, yes, there are stories out there that bastardize that world and give the members of that community an unfair and inaccurate portrayal. This aims at undoing some of the harm those stories might have caused and will leave you flushed and inexplicably happy.
5 Stars Review by Elizabeth Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Absolutely. Amazing. I have been a huge fan of Deana Birch for a long while now and having the added bonus of reading a new to me author, Amelia Foster, right along with her was awesome. Luca’s Lessons is different from what I have read by her in the past but I was blown away with how much I loved it. Luca’s Lessons is very different from other books about the BDSM lifestyle. It is not focused on the sex or the scenes as much as it is their relationship with one another. While their sexy times are hot as heck they do not make this book. It is their actions, chemistry, values, their past and so much more. They each have baggage to overcome in order to fully explore their relationship and These authors have such an amazing way of bringing all of it together. Luca’s Lessons was so much better and different from what I thought it was going to be. I am glad I put aside my book boundaries, so to speak, and dove right in. I really did not want this gem to end and I look forward to the wordy creation these two come out with next.
Kink? Check. BDSM? Check? Steamy scenes? Double checked. I already knew what I was getting myself into when picking up this book. Straight up erotica with a plot. Shocking? I know. From page one, I loved Claire and Luca relationship and how they were able to move from being professional to having a Dom and sub relationship. Sometimes when reading BDSM erotica, the author could force the relationship and the unnatural state of it makes it an unenjoyable read or play it out slowly, fully developing the characters and plot, and that my friends is how the authors were able to immerse me into this read. The writing style was wonderful, there were some depth to the characters that made them balance each other and lastly the sex scenes were quite enjoyable. "Luca's Lessons" was overall an enjoyable read and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for erotica with an actual plot.
I kind of knew what to expect and this was an enjoyable read. Would be a great holiday read. The journey between the Claire and Luca is interesting and the 'behind the mask' narration was something I found very enjoyable. It was good to see the narration from both Luca and Claire and it gives the book an extra dimension I wasn't expecting. Would very much like to read more from the authors
This is romance with BDSM. The two main characters are so right for each other and yet they have so much personal baggage and fears that they have to work through. This is a lovely romance that is wonderfully told by these two authors. This is a book that drew me in to the pages as the story unfolded in such an amazing way. If you enjoy some kink with your love stories then please grab this book, kick your shoes off and get comfy as you shall be in for a real treat! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I read a lot of romance it’s my thing. And I have a type. Even if I’m reading a ‘dark’ romance I’m not keen on the ‘alpha-hole’ lead and that is something you see a lot in books that are labeled as BDSM books. The ‘Dom’ has to show his control by being a borderline abusive jerk. I could rattle off a few books, but I’m not gonna because this isn’t about being negative. It’s to highlight how Luca’s Lesson is different in that regard. From the moment he steps onto the page, his dominance and control is there, but not by force. It’s in how he carries himself, how he interacts with Claire, always keeping the upper hand even in their professional business setting which sets them on the journey. If you’re looking for a book full of steamy sex and kink, this isn’t it. And that’s not an insult. This story goes deeper. Claire is discovering a new side to herself and healing from the death of her husband in the process. This is an emotional journey as she grapples with conflicting emotions of having growing feelings for Luca and feeling like she’s being unfaithful to her husband’s memory. Luca is respectful of this and while he is the Dom the D/s relationship is about respect and trust, something these two ladies showcase at every turn. But Claire isn’t the only one undergoing a change. He had three rules he gave Claire when they started her training. One of them, no falling in love. But rules smules. LOL This is a romance and there will be all the love. Which is something that scares the crap out of our Dom. It’s kinda cute when you think about it. Luca’s Lessons is about more than BDSM and sex. It’s about healing, growing, and finding love unexpectedly. It’s what is all about. And, if that wasn’t enough, these ladies added in a little bit of mystery and intrigue. This book made me smile, and swoon, and cuss LOL, and fall in love. If you haven’t guessed, I recommend Luca’s Lessons.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is a well developed BDSM erotic novel. While there are lots of steamy scenes, the story is also well developed and I absolutely fell in love with the characters. Claire is a recently widowed, powerful banker. She had a rather rough childhood which, along with the death of her husband, have left emotional scars. Luca is a sexy, Italian business man as well as a respected Dom at his club. He was only supposed to train her to be a sub and introduce her to the lifestyle. Neither imagined it could become so much more. Great read overall.
BDSM plot with a bit of surprise events. Submissive Claire is a Swiss Banker with a past that keeps her from embarking on any romantic relationships. She is business only. Luca is an Italian business man who also has past ghosts to deal with but offers Claire his DOM experience. Enjoyed their dynamics and the narrative along with the characters were well developed. "A copy of this book was provided by Totally Bound Publishing via NetGalley with no requirments for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Luca’s Lessons is a sexy tale of exploration and growth. Luca is a superb training Dom by has no room for love in his life. Claire is a widow and a high powered Swiss banker. When Claire asks Luca to train her his only hard limit is love. But as they train they find themselves growing closer. Can Claire breach his hard limit and can Luca teach her that it is okay to love again? This is a well paced sexy BDSM romance that didn’t push any hard limits for me.