Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Painting Class by Suzanne Clay


35000401Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Ainsley’s first gallery showing is way out of her comfort zone. After teaching high school art for over a decade, she can’t think of anywhere else she’d rather be than the classroom, and especially not in front of a crowd of strangers ogling her paintings.

Salvation comes in the form of an insightful young woman who coaxes Ainsley to open up about her inspiration, her drive, and her sexuality. Sparks fly before Ainsley realizes that the young woman is her former student, Noma, freshly graduated from college. As Ainsley fights to reconcile her memories of Noma with the woman she’s become, they fall into a playful game of dominance and submission that will change their relationship forever.


GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: lesbian


TROPES: teacher/student, age gap
TAGS: adult, short story, contemporary, erotica, romance, BDSM, interracial romance, queer romance, queer characters, POC love interest, Black love interest
WARNINGS: sexual content


Generally, I’m not overly fond of short stories because they tend to feel way too rushed to me, but I’m all about queer women, so I decided to give this a try. Happily, this enjoyable erotic short doesn’t fall into that trap. This is perhaps because the main character and love interest have a shared history, or because I knew there’s a couple sequels, but whatever the case, it was a nice, quick read.

I enjoyed the fact that there was some buildup before Ainsley and Noma had sex. They actually talked for a bit and reconnected before finally giving in and falling into bed together. Also, the flirtation was pretty fun to read!

Though I’m always a fan of age gap romances, I’m leery of student/teacher romances most of the time because they often blur lines and take place while the adult still holds all the power. However, I enjoyed that it was made obvious that Ainsley didn’t experience sexual attraction to Noma while she was her student.

All in all, a good short story and certainly worth checking out the second installment.



Suzanne is an asexual woman with a great love for writing erotica and enjoys spending her time confusing people with that fact. She believes there is a need for heightened diversity in erotic fiction and strives to write enough stories so that everyone can see themselves mirrored in a protagonist. She lives with her husband and cat, and, when not writing, Suzanne enjoys reading, playing video games poorly, and refusing to interact outdoors with other human beings.


NineStar Press
Barnes & Noble


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