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Back to School: Learning From Isaac by Bev Bentham

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It’s hard to break out of a rut. For years, Nathan submerged himself into his job at St. Genevieve’s. He enjoys teaching, hates faculty meetings, loves his science and has committed himself to the cycle of college life. Along the way, he’s become resigned to being a gay man in a straight culture, a Jew among Catholics, and single in a world of couples. Then the brilliant Isaac Wolf appears in his classroom. Isaac’s a few years older than his fellow students, gorgeous, self-composed and Jewish.

Isaac has his own secrets, which Nathan finds out at the racy new club downtown where the boys who dance out front can be bought in the back room. Nathan thinks he’s about to get a lap dance, but behind the beaded curtain the man on his knees turns out to be Isaac. Nathan’s mind isn’t the only thing Isaac blows. Afterward, Nathan can’t stop thinking about that night. The question is whether Nathan can let himself fall in love with a student, much less someone with Isaac’s checkered past. Is it too late for a student to teach his professor the true nature of love and respect?

There a many issues covered in this story, we have a professor/student issue which also includes an age difference, we have a man prostituting himself to pay for college, we have the aftermath of said prostitution of being both recognized and assumption of being a paying client. With all of this controversy going on I think the author did a great job of telling this story.

We get the story from Nate’s point of view. Nate has become complacent in his life. He teaches a specialized year long class at a small college. His last relationship ended with his partner being unfaithful and giving him the clap. As a professor he knows the implications of getting involved with a student, yet his mind goes there quite often. On top of that he believes the age difference will make a true relationship impossible.

Isaac risked everything by declaring his love for another man only to be deserted by his parents and discovering his lover is married to a woman with kids. He is enrolled in an expensive private college and is practical about not graduating with a massive debt. He gets into dancing and other things at a strip club to pay down his debt.

Throughout this story it really seems like Isaac is the more mature of the 2. Isaac has a much better handle on controlling his impulses. With Nate we get the usual what ifs?

The sexual interaction between the 2 were hot. As well as all of the protection put in place waiting for a clean slate diagnoses for Isaac. When all barriers are dropped it ramps up even more.

An easy, enjoyable read for a day off

4 of 5 stars




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