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Peek Inside A Lesson in Temptation

Adam Harkness pulled himself out of poverty to become one of the world's most respected finance professors, but his personal life is non-existent. When he gets roped into a dance class, of all things, he doesn't expect it to change his life. Julie Stanton's hard work has paid off with her career, but finding the same happiness in the rest of her life is a challenge. When her former professor, the one she had a crush on in college, shows up at the same dance class, their tango becomes more than a dance; it becomes a lesson in how to love.

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Adam Harkness pulled himself out of poverty to become one of the world’s most respected Finance professors, but at the cost of his personal life. When a well-meaning friend gifts him with a dance course, Adam decides to attend one class out of courtesy, but no more than that. He has work to do, after all – or at least, that’s what he tells himself.

After being bullied in high school, Julie Stanton took refuge in her studies. But now that her hard work has paid off and Julie has found success in her job, it’s time to focus on finding the same happiness in the rest of her life.

When Adam walks into the same tango class that Julie signed up for, she recognizes him immediately as the professor whom she had a crush on in college. Both Adam and Julie have proven themselves to be excellent scholars. But when the attraction between them turns into something more, will they be able to open their hearts and learn a new lesson – how to love.

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By Claire July 07, 2014

4 - "So should I call you Professor Hotness now?" Stars!

Adam Harkness and Julie Stanton have history together, after being the TA in one of Julie’s finance classes in college and almost kissing her, Adam never expected to see her again.

Life for Adam is one long round of work, work, work, and as suc ...more

By Karla August 02, 2014

4 Stars! From the vertical tango to the horizontal tango, this was a fun, flirty, sexy novella.

I was charmed by Adam's quirkiness, and amused by his dogged determination to put his career goals before his own needs and pleasure, and not to enjoy life. Julie was the complete opposite and was hell-ben ...more

By MBR July 13, 2014

A Lesson in Temptation is my first Audra North and I have a feeling its not going to be my last. This woman can write the heck out of a novella, delivering an emotional and scorching read that is so very worth your time. It’s not the cover alone that is out of this world sexy when it comes to A Less ...more

By Ana December 29, 2014

The novella "A Lesson in Temptation", is the fourth story in the Stanton Family series. I read and enjoyed two of the previous stories found this one to be funniest.

Adam Harkness’s unshakable drive and insane work-ethic has landed him a coveted tenure-track position as Finance professor at Columbia. ...more

By Nicola July 03, 2014

Audra North has placed herself firmly on my autobuy list. This lady can write a novella. From the opening page A Lesson In Temptation grabbed and with every element I love to find in a full length novel, albeit condensed, and I had the most pleasurable lunch-hour.

Finance Professor Adam Harkness isn' ...more

By Emily August 09, 2015

**My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This was a very fast paced novella that spanned a period of 5-6 weeks and Tango classes.

A former student and her TA find themselves in a Tango class for two very separate reasons, however t ...more

By Becky July 16, 2014

I was about a quarter of the way into this one when I clicked over to Amazon (darn you, one click!) and bought the other three titles in the series. Fifteen minutes after finishing this one, I started on Healing Her Heart. No doubt the other two will follow soon (what? They're novellas. I can squeez ...more

By Dana September 08, 2014

Professor Adam Harkness (Hotness) is given the gift of tango lessons. Something which he deems a waste of time, time in which he could be working on either grading papers, or writing his own book so he can be published and get tenure at Columbia University. Julie Stanton walks into her first tango l ...more

By Katie_la_geek September 09, 2014

For this review and more visit my blog

To be honest I wasn’t expecting much from A Lesson in Temptation. Lately a lot of the short romances I have read have been disappointing so I was unfairly expecting this to be as well. Short romances are hard to get right because they essentially rely on one thi ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

I can always turn to author Audra North when I am looking for a quick, hot read. Her novellas never fail to disappoint and A Lesson in Temptation is a welcome addition to her series, The Stanton Family. Due to the restrictiveness of a short narrative, Ms. North is always able to sustain an entertain ...more

By Tali August 31, 2014

A free copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A Lesson in Temptation is the story of Adam Harkness, a busy and highly-stressed finance professor, who reluctantly attends a series of tango lessons after he is bought them as a gift. While attending the first lesso ...more

By Lola June 30, 2014

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Wow this author really knows how to write novella's! Usually novella's are a bit of struggle for me, while I love how they can add to a series, I often find novella's too short or rushed. Well Audra North her novella's are nothing like that.

As soon a ...more

By Angie December 14, 2014

A Lesson in Temptation is the best of the series, so I'm sad to see it end! Adam recently finished his doctorate, is now working as a professor, and writing a book. He has no time for fun, so the free dance lessons he received as a gift are quite the inconvenience. But the gifter is convinced that h ...more

By Sapphyria May 30, 2016

What happens when Adam Harkness, a college TA-turned-Professor, comes face-to-face with his former student, Julie Stanton? They dance!!

Adam was given the gift of ballroom dancing lessons from his boss. Not one to take time away from his career, he decides to show up for one class and then call it a ...more

By Maria Rose March 31, 2015

This is the story of Julie and Adam. They met when Adam was the teaching assistant for a finance course Julie was taking. Feelings between the two were buried until now, 3 years later and after Julie has graduated, when they encounter each other at a dance course. Can they finally open up to each ot ...more

By Lee July 21, 2014

What a fun, sexy little read for my introduction to Audra North. This engaging novella managed to span a number of weeks in the telling of Julie and Adam's budding romance and I thought the story was well paced and well balanced. The characters had a sizzling chemistry between them and I enjoyed the ...more

By Riki July 13, 2014

Audra North can write a novella! Woo, boy- this was a good one! I loved how both lead characters came from a place of hurt and overcame their circumstances through hard work and determination to make something better for themselves. Considering the constraints of writing a novella, these characters ...more

By Kassiah June 21, 2016

4 stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

I liked this one even more than Healing Her Heart. This is a super quick read, too, with characters you'll be rooting for. Adam has been all about his career. When he goes to take dance lessons, he runs into his old student, Julie. He thought she ...more

By Lori August 31, 2016

This review first appeared on my blog .

Would I recommend it?

Of course, I really enjoyed 'A Lesson In Temptation', I'd been in a reading rut for the past few weeks, and now I think I'm reading to get back in the habit of reading daily. If you're looking for a ...more

By Jina July 11, 2014

* I will try not to include spoilers.

A Lesson In Temptation by Audra North

Adam Harkness a focused workaholic was given a gift certificate for Tango lessons.When he walks into the classroom he sees Julie Stanton, a woman from his past. He was the TA in the class she was in, more than three years ago ...more

By Rhiannon July 18, 2014

While this novella is part of a series, it also works as a stand alone.

Adam is a workaholic that won't anything interfere with his plans, including Julie the woman that he's wanted for years. When the two are brought together during a tango class, the sparks and sexual tension start to fly.

A lesson ...more

By Janet July 23, 2014

This was a short read that really brought the heat. Sparks fly between the lead couple from the very first pages, and their relationship escalates quickly. Erotica in novella format sometimes suffers from a lack of balance between characters, story and sex - that was not the case here. This is numbe ...more

By Maria July 20, 2014

This story of Adam and Julie, I thoroughly enjoyed. Adam, has had no personal life because has been too busy because instead he has worked very hard in his life to be one of the most respected finance professor in the world.

I love the fact that he received a gift of tango lessons from a friend and d ...more

By Bette July 09, 2014

A fun sexy read that was completely entertaining and reminds us to enjoy life. Julie has learned from her past how important it is to step back and enjoy a bit of life. Adam believes the only way to get ahead and have the security he desperately craves is to stay focused with no distractions. He fin ...more

By Jessica July 17, 2014

That was FUN and it was HOTTER THAN HOT! lol
Well written. Quick read. Entertaining story with characters that are not lacking.
In my opinion, it's a rare thing when an author can take a short novella and make it overall good, and Audra North does just that. The story wasn't rushed and as mentioned be ...more

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Audra North

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Audra North

Audra North fell in love with romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance novels as she could. Even now, after having read over one thousand of them, Audra still can't resist the lure of a happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow. She lives near Boston with her husband, three young children, and a lot of books.

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