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BLOG TOUR: Learning to Love: Final Exam by K.C. Wells

I became a huge fan of KC Wells’ writing after reading An Unlocked Heart. The Collars and Cuffs Series quickly became a favorite so it was a natural progression to read more. KC Wells’ books always pack an emotional punch and even a bit of suspense or drama. Today we are happy to host KC Wells on our blog for her newest release, Final Exam. It is part of the Learning to Love series and she has graciously answered a few questions I’ve been burning to ask her!

Welcome to 3 Chicks After Dark, KC!

How were you drawn into writing BDSM books?

Being honest? I read a few that were really, REALLY good. Then came the day when I read one that made me think, ‘I can write better than this!’ So I sat down to plan out a novel. Then I met a submissive author who helped me to get inside the head of a submissive. His input was that valuable, I dedicated An Unlocked Heart to him!

Do you prefer to write BDSM novels? I’m a HUGE fan of your Collars and Cuffs series and noticed that BDSM slips into the Learning to Love series as well. 

LOL. BDSM slips in a few places. There’s an Island Tale just waiting for me to write it all about a guy who’s gone blind – and who happens to be a Dom. Then there’s Will’s leather shackles in Making it Personal, Jay and Dean in Switching it Up

It’s not that I prefer to write BDSM novels – it’s just that some of my characters lean that way. ;)  I write mainly in two sub-genres – BDSM and Contemporary – and if a character wants to go down a certain path, well, I’m gonna follow.

If you could pick one favorite couple out of all of your books, who would it be and why? 

Ohhhh. I HATE it when someone asks this, ‘cause it’s so freakin’ hard to choose! But I’m gonna say Michael & Sean, with Alex & Leo a close second. Michael & Sean are my first babies, and Sean, well, what can I say? Love that boy.

Along that same line of thinking, do you have a favorite scene (explicit, vanilla, emotional…any scene any book) that just resonated with you and felt the most meaningful or profound?

I loved the shaving scene in Trusting Thomas. It still brings tears to my eyes when I read it. A close second is the scene at the end of the book where Thomas and Peter finally make love. There was a lot of emotion in that scene.

Can you share what your fans can expect from you in the near future?

Having just met with my publisher, yes, I can share a few things. Right now I’m writing Collars & Cuffs#6, Make me Soar, which is Dorian’s story. And that young man is in a mess…

After that, I have two projects: a stand alone novel about a young man who fixates on a hunky barman, and then asks said barman to be his first…. And then I have to choose whether I write the next Island Tale, Submitting to The Darkness, or my first thriller, Fatal Designs. Right now it’s anyone’s guess which one will pull out in front!

We have so much to look forward to in the near future from you, how exciting!! Thank you so much for answering my questions and having 3 Chicks After Dark on your blog tour!

Thank you for having me!

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Learning to Love: Final Exam by K.C. Wells

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Released: 25 August 2014

Synopsis:

One house, three couples, and one year left until their final exams….

Evan and Daniel want to take their D/s relationship to the next level. When Daniel suggests conducting a little research at a BDSM club, Evan is more than up for it. Trouble is, one of their housemates isn’t happy about this.

Finances tighten for new couple Josh and Chris. Wanting to ease some of the pressure on Chris, Josh starts as an agency nurse. But tackling a heavy workload at medical school and working late-shifts leaves little time for the couple. Something’s gotta give.

In Spain, Sean was diagnosed as suffering from migraines. But after the medications have no effect and he starts suffering from other complaints, he decides to get a second opinion without telling Michael. When Michael finds out, Sean’s usually laid-back husband’s reaction shocks everyone. But Michael needs to get his head sorted fast, because Sean needs his strength.

As their school career comes to a close and the one person who holds them all together starts to fall apart, the final exam is a true test of friendship.

Available for purchase from:
Dreamspinner • ARe • Amazon

Excerpt:

SEAN WAS getting really fed up with his housemates.

Ever since he and Michael had got back from Spain, the four men had turned into mother hens. Sean was constantly aware of them watching him. At least, it felt like they were. When he’d brought it up, Michael had said he was imagining things, but then again, Michael was guilty of the same thing in Sean’s book. He knew Michael was keeping a close eye on him. Sean hadn’t said a word. These days, he didn’t trust himself to do so without biting Michael’s head off, and that was the last thing he wanted to do.

Okay, so I’ve had a few migraines. Why the scrutiny all the time?

He loved his housemates to bits, but recently he’d found himself snapping at them on occasion, and that just wasn’t like him. He could see the same thought in Michael’s eyes and that hurt. He hated it when Michael worried, especially if he was the cause.

He wanted to scream at them all.

Look, I’m fine! It’s just a few fucking HEADACHES, that’s all!

He wouldn’t, of course, tempting though the idea was. And besides, there was that tiny voice in his head that wouldn’t go away.

What if it’s more than just headaches? What if there’s something else wrong?

At first he’d pushed the thought aside. He’d been to the doctors in Spain, hadn’t he? The doc had been perfectly happy with his diagnosis of migraines only now the headaches were occurring more regularly, which was worrisome. The fact that his bloody pills were useless wasn’t helping either.

Then DO something. Get another opinion.

Now that made sense.

Sean picked up his phone and scrolled through his contacts to the clinic where he and Michael got tested every few months.

The sooner he got this sorted, the happier he’d be. And maybe then his housemates would stop mothering him.

He listened for a moment. Michael was downstairs in the kitchen with Chris, Evan, and Daniel. Josh was at the hospital. If Michael knew he was making an appointment, he’d only worry even more.

So that meant only one course of action—Sean wasn’t going to tell him. He’d go see another doctor, see if there were any tests they could run, and maybe get some medication that actually worked. He glanced at the notice board where his and Michael’s timetables were pinned. Being on the same course had its drawbacks, especially if he wanted to book an appointment when Michael wouldn’t be around. The only time available was when Michael saw his personal tutor. At least the clinic was on campus, but he might have to book it a week or two in advance to be sure of getting the slot he wanted.

And if he were completely honest, Sean was starting to get concerned. He rarely got sick, he ate healthily—Michael made sure of that—he didn’t smoke, and his alcohol intake amounted to a couple of glasses of wine per week. So putting up with headaches was pissing him off.

Make the call, Sean. While Michael’s not in earshot.

Sighing, he pressed Connect.

Our thoughts:

Final Exam. Book four in the Learning to Love series. When the prior three books are titled with the couples names and this one was not, it was hard not to suspect this is it for the men on Derby Street. On KC Wells’s blog she mentioned that although the series is complete, their will most likely be a few novellas! Something to look forward to and give us hope!

Evan and Daniel. My have they grown up as a couple. They’ve really settled into their roles as a married couple and their final year at University. Daniel seems to be over the emotional state he was in from his years of abuse. His relationship with his mother and brother, Miles seems to be thriving. Evan’s family is still supportive and his brother is coming into his own. It was great to see that Daniel and Evan seemed to take on the role as the go to couple to share thoughts, feelings and worries with. They also took on another aspect in their relationship. They decided that Dominate and submissive roles left them more grounded. Evan was left feeling more at peace, powerful and in control after submitting to Daniel, who is just a natural dominate person. They are not into receiving pain or inflicting pain.  The little visit to Collars and Cuffs was a definite highlight for me! I’m a huge fan of theat series and I felt that it was a fun cameo but also a great wealth of knowledge for Evan and Daniel. A place they could see BDSM in action, ask questions without judgement or sanction. Maybe one of those novellas will be Evan and Daniel having some dominate and submissive fun. Maybe at home being extremely intimate or at Collars and Cuffs!

Josh and Chris. These two guys struggled the most. Makes sense that they would because they’ve been together the least amount of time and are still nurturing their new relationship. Josh is over committing himself, burning the candle at both ends. He is working nursing shifts, a full-time med student, taking care of his dad and making time for friends and Chris. That’s a lot to juggle. Being the oldest member of the house, I get the feeling Josh thinks he needs to be strong and invincible. He also tends to be the most judgemental. He’s hard on every guy in the house at some point in the book. It is only a matter of time before he was bound to lose his grip and need to be set straight. Of course when that happen, everyone rallies around him, but most of all, Chris. Chris has really come a long way. He’s more self-assured. He still doesn’t have his families backing but his grandmother is still there for him. He’s almost done with his probation period but most of all he is the rock that Josh needs. He really is the only one that can bring Josh down, grounding him.

Now for Sean and Michael. I left them for last because their story is an emotional one. They face something totally devastating as a couple and manage to make it out with the other side with such grace and strength. We knew something was wrong with Sean in book three. The migraines were increasing and his demeanor had changed. Gone was the happy, giddy, sex on legs guy that we knew from the first two books. Sean is more subdued, tired all the time and quick to temper. After seeking help twice, he still has a diagnosis or migraines. One day all that changes as they are in the kitchen and life for Sean and Michael will be forever changed. Michael is a total rock! He is the strength and love that Sean needs through it all. He takes on so much and is so graceful as he manuevers through the hell that they are enduring. Sean is scared and broken but at the same time he is also strong. The words he tells Michael in the hospital brought me to tears. Their crisis is so real and really hits home emotionally. Their strength, love and devotion was pure perfection.

As this book obviously embraced the growth of these couples, we see a big difference on the pages. They aren’t engaging in sex at every turn. The angst is manageable and they are not  being excessive in their displays of affection. The pet names were almost non-existent. the focus was more on the turmoil and struggles and nothing was overshadowing the journey they were all on. It really was a perfect ending for Sean, Michael, Daniel, Evan, Josh and Chris.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Meet the author:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing.
Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

To see more of K.C.’s titles, click here: Dreamspinner Press

Connect with the author:

K.C. can be reached via email (k.c.wells@btinternet.com), on Facebook or through comments at the K.C.Wells website
(www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.

Tour Dates/Stops:
8/25: Reviews and Ramblings
8/26: Wake Up Your Wild Side
8/27: Prism Book Alliance
8/28: Hearts on Fire
8/29: Parker Williams
9/1: Jade Crystal
9/2: Angel Martinez
9/3: Amanda C. Stone
9/4: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
9/5: Love Bytes
9/8: Regular Guys, Hot Romance
9/9: MM Good Book Reviews
9/10: LeAnn’s Book Reviews
9/11: Cate Ashwood
9/11 Dawn’s Readiing Nook
9/12: Velvet Panic
9/15: My Fiction Nook
9/16: 3 Chicks After Dark
9/17: Fallen Angel Reviews
9/18: SA McAuley
9/19: Iyana Jenna

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One thought on “BLOG TOUR: Learning to Love: Final Exam by K.C. Wells”

  1. I have not got a favourite character or characters from the series, as I have not read them yet, but would love to :) So I am really grateful for a chance to win an e copy of the series.

    I enjoyed reading this interview as I learned a bit more about the author and her writing and your review confirmed how much I would like to read them all, an emotional roller coaster of angst & happiness, thank you :)

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