ARC Review: Schooled by Lorelei James

Posted December 2, 2014 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Schooled by Lorelei James
by Lorelei James

4 Stars


Released: 2 December 2014
Series: Mastered #2.5
Published by InterMix
Format: eARC


“Only an author as talented as Lorelei James can capture the emotion and sensuality that the characters are going through at each moment.  SCHOOLED excelled in that aspect for me and it made the book endearing to my heart.” ~ Under the Covers

Just when you think you’ve read the whole story about a couple, there’s more left to be revealed!   In SCHOOLED Lorelei James takes us to the core of who Ronin is.  While on their honeymoon, Ronin and Amery travel to Japan for some fun and sexy times, as well as some training for Ronin with his Master.  And this book is very much Ronin’s story.

SCHOOLED is deep and sensual, more so than sexual.  What an incredible job by Lorelei James at giving the perfect insight into martial arts and how it goes beyond the physical.  She incorporates the facts so well within the story that I was in awe of her execution.  Not only in that aspect, but also the beauty of Kinbaku.  There was one particular rope scene involving a cherry tree that was just blissful perfection.  I shows an understanding of the topics she’s writing about, and a good amount of research.

Only an author as talented as Lorelei James can capture the emotion and sensuality that the characters are going through at each moment.  SCHOOLED excelled in that aspect for me and it made the book endearing to my heart.  While I wasn’t necessarily as anxious to read a novella about Ronin and Amery because, quite frankly, I’m biting my nails waiting for Shiori’s book, this was just what I was missing in their story.  It gives Ronin even more depth and it sets up Amery as a worthy companion for the rest of his life.  At the beginning I was surprised that some (most?) of the sex scenes fade to black, but I see why it would’ve taken away from the story had they been there taking up space.  If you’ve fallen in love with these two characters, you will be very pleased with this ending for them.

Of course, the teaser at the end for UNRAVELED left me even more anxious to read it!   Come on March, hurry up and get here already!

*ARC provided by publisher

boundBook 1 unwoundBook 2 schooledBook 2.5 unraveledBook 3

Bound: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads Our Review
Unwound: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads Our Review
Schooled: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Unraveled: Amazon Barnes & Noble | GoodReads


About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances.

Lorelei's books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer's choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family...and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.


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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I enjoyed the first 2 books in this series and I’m looking forward to reading this.


Thanks for the review Francesca

Jennifer @ The Book Nympho
Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

I love this series. I’ve been debating if I want to read or listen to this one. I did the others on audio and LOVED the narration but since this is a short one and I already have it from Netgalley I might just read it.