The Gentleman Mentor (Lessons of the Dom Series, Book #1) by Kendall Ryan
BXTCHES Gotta Warn: Well, first I’m not sure how I missed this book, it came out back in May and I just now ran across it, I must be dropping the ball somewhere. But, let me tell you this about The Gentleman Mentor: this is a book that somewhat centers itself around the BDSM lifestyle. Whether or not this author gets the lifestyle down accurately, I don’t know, it’s not a lifestyle that I practice, but funny enough, I don’t really care, it is well written and sexy as hell. So, my suggestion. . . just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fuck out of this book.
The Gentleman Mentor will be told through the POV’s of both Hale and Brielle.
Brielle is a single woman in her late 20’s, who has been pining after her best guy friend (Kirby) for 5 long years. She has only had 2 serious relationships, but lots and lots of failed first dates. She comes across an ad for The Gentleman Mentor on a dating site. An ad that promises to teach a woman not only seduction techniques, but guarantees to teach a woman how to achieve climax with and without a partner, basically he’s going to teach a woman how to be irresistible and extremely fuckable.
Enter Hale, actually, Cameron Hale. He is a senior associate in a law firm, who has kind of been dealt a crappy hand in life. His parents were killed in an accident when he was just a teenager, leaving him and his sister in the care of a family friend and as he entered his adulthood, he got kneed in the balls with another crappy hand. Because of that incident, he entered the Dom lifestyle and The Gentleman Mentor was born.
So, emails get exchanged and agreements get made. Before Brielle realizes, it’s time to meet up with The Gentleman Mentor. Once they meet one another, it’s agreed that they will meet for 6 lessons and by the end of their sessions, Kirby will be falling head over heels for Brielle. However, without telling her, Hale believes that if Kirby hasn’t yet noticed her, no amount of lessons are going to change that. “He’s just not that into you” and all that. Regardless, Hale is super stoked with the idea of getting Brielle ready.
Obviously, feelings change and the stakes grow a bit different as Hale and Brielle move further and further into their lessons. But as with any well written story, there are some secrets that will need to be let out of the bag before any relationships can actually move forward.
The supporting cast here is very minimal, but does well at making a presence. The most prominent character, for me, is Reece. He is the owner of the BDSM club that Hale is a member of, as well as a long time friend. His story is next in the series, so it makes sense that his foundation has been laid.
Get ready, The Gentleman Mentor is not only going to melt your panties right off, but it’s going to go straight for your lady bits as well. I must say, I would’ve been very disappointed if the sex here was mediocre, I mean the whole plot of the book, is sex driven. I don’t necessarily rate a book based solely on the sex, but if the sex is poorly written, then I’m not going to get the tingles and all around I won’t be too terrible happy. But, you BXTCHES need not worry, Kendall Ryan has got one hell of a sexual imagination here, so much so, you may be taking notes yourself and pulling some plays out of The Gentleman Mentor’s handbook.
All in all, this is a really captivating story, even knowing that love would be found in the end. I can even say that you’ll probably figure out what the secret is before it’s actually revealed in the book, but for me, that made it even more enthralling. What I loved most about The Gentleman Mentor was while it was very sexual and somewhat taboo, it features a character (Brielle) who thinks she knows what she wants out of life, but Hale pushes her past what is comfortable and because of this she really figures out her true self. I love a leading male who can talk dirty with the best of them and Kendall Ryan does a fabulous job of writing from the male perspective and accomplishing this. I think a true test to a great book is how difficult it becomes to put down. The Gentleman Mentor was definitely a page turner and very hard to take a break from, it will grab you from page one and not let go until you’ve turned the final page.
Well, I will be diving into book #2 (Sinfully Mine) very soon and I can’t wait, because I already know that the story is going to revolve around Reece (as mentioned above) and Hale’s little sister and this is one BXTCH who loves the best friend/sister stories. Stay tuned.