Review: Learned Behaviors
Harlequin Carina Press
November 2020
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER:  Wayne Jordan  | RATING: A
REVIEW: LEARNED BEHAVIORS is the first book in Jayce Ellis’s Higher Education Series and introduces readers to two single dads who, when they first meet, don’t really like each other. LEARNED BEHAVIORS explores these two alpha males’ journey to love and it is this journey, with all its conflicts, that is totally delightful.

Single dad JaQuan Reynolds has recently dropped his daughter off at college and intends to embrace his freedom, but instead finds himself on a tight deadline and forced to work with the insufferable Matthew Donaldson.
Matthew, also a single dad, is not pleased about having to work with JaQuan. He is focused on his son’s upcoming wedding over Thanksgiving and he doesn’t need the stress that working with JaQuan brings. However, neither of them can deny the attraction between them. What develops is a story that sees JaQuaan and Matthew evaluating their future, learning to balance work with the responsibilities that comes with being fathers and dealing with the unexpected feelings of love. Both of the characters show a maturity which allows them to communicate easily, but that does not mean that their happily-ever-after also comes easily.

I was introduced to Ms. Ellis’s work when I read
JEREMIAH (which I loved) in 2019 and she has fast become one of my ‘must-read’ authors. While Ms. Ellis focuses on the issues which may confront a couple navigating the journey of love, she does not fail to up the heat between the protagonists. The love scenes are intense (and hot), but I never felt that they were just for the readers’ pleasure but were an importance part of the characters’ journey. Ms. Ellis also emphasizes the important of family and friendship, and the secondary characters play significant roles in the story.

LEARNED BEHAVIOURS is Ms. Ellis at her best, and fans, like me will be looking forward to the next book in the series, LEARNED REACTIONS, to be published in March 2021.

25th December 2020 |