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BN Prose – Book Excerpt: Lessons in Love by Lara Daniels



It’s a glorious Sunday morning. The clock on the wall reads twenty minutes past eight, and as I lay against Jimi’s well-built body, I note to myself my third lesson in love.
It has no shame.

It has been three days of enlightenment. Jimi and I have done a lot in this bed, from sex, to talking to eating. And oh, the talking. I’ve talked my head off…talked everything I’ve never said before, not even to my dear sisters with whom I’m very close. And Jimi, bless his heart, has listened to me, not interrupting except to ask questions that’s geared towards him knowing more about me.

Yesterday, we went out on the date we missed out on Friday. We went shopping as I had no change of clothes with me. Then, we went to the Galleria and watched a movie – I can’t remember what we watched because we were busy making out, like teenagers at the back of the theatre; then, we went dining at a restaurant very close to Lekki beach. After that, we had a long walk down the shore, and then we headed for Femi Anikulapo’s concert at the shrine which I’ve never been. I learned that Jimi is a huge Fela fan, and that his love for the man has transferred to his Femi, his son.

After Femi’s concert, we’d come back to Jimi’s house to make love again. And the crazy thing is, in everything we’ve both done together, I’m not ashamed, not since Friday night when he took my virginity. I’m relaxed with him, and he’s the same with me…at least, he appears to be.

Jimi rouses beside me and his sleepy, brown eyes gazes into my alert ones.
“Good morning.” I smile at him.
He pulls me, quite aggressively into his arms, and gives me a mouth-smacking kiss. “Good morning sweetheart. Did you sleep well?”
I’m beaming wide; too wide. Jimi is so adorable in the morning. And I note he’s been calling me sweetheart- his endearment of choice since Friday night.
“Yes, I did. You?”
He nods. “Very well.”
I smile, but soon, my face falls.
“What’s wrong?”
“I have to go home today. Mummy and my sisters are coming back from camp today.”
He frowns. “You don’t have to go,” he says.
I stare at him openmouthed. Is he kidding? “Ehn! You want my mother to skin you alive.”
He laughs. “For you, I’ll take any skinning any day.”
I’m gasping again as my heart melts. His words, they affect me so.

“So why will Dr. Olu-Browne skin me alive? Her writings are rather progressive. I don’t think she’ll be that upset that you’re here with me. You’re a grown woman, Tara, not a child.”

I know he’s not that obtuse. I shake my head in mock pity for him and he laughs. Progressive Mummy or not, this is Nigeria, not Canada where he schooled. Girls here don’t live with men they’re not married to…well, maybe the type he’s used to dating. But we’ve already established that I’m not the type he’s used to dating. I may have an intellectual, sort-of-liberal mother, but I was raised in an old-fashioned sort of way, with traditional Yoruba values despite my ownership of a car and enough money to buy a house; and yes, my mother will probably skin me alive if she knows I’ve been locked up in a house with a man for three good days.
Oh, why is he smiling at me like that?

I slap away his hand that’s suddenly creeping up my body. “Stop Jimi.” But his hands have an agenda this morning. They roam even more aggressively on my body, and it’s so ticklish. “Stop Jimi,” I say, more desperately in between laughs.
He takes pity on me and stops. His humor is gone and in its place, a very serious light stays. “God! You’re so beautiful Tara. I’m a very lucky man.”
“Yes, you are,” I say, my pulse beating fast at his words. I scramble out of his bed before he gets any more ideas to keep me in it.

Lara Daniels is a Registered Nurse by day and an avid African romance-suspense author at nights. In 2009, she published her first novel, Love in Paradise and in 2010, she published the sequel Love at Dawn which made iTunes UK top 100 bestselling romance novels. Her latest books, Lessons in Love and The Officer’s Bride is currently in stores. Visit her at


  1. 5'5

    April 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

    omg! now im going to buy allll her books!

    • CFA

      April 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Same here! I just checked on amazon and they are available.

  2. Stella Kashmoney

    April 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Love this. Downloading it on Kindle right now.

  3. CynthiaA

    April 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

    oh la la I like. is it on kindle?

  4. Hilda

    April 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Stupid girl

    • Bleed blue

      April 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Lol…why though?

  5. Peachy_mo

    April 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Wow! this just pure evil! How can you stop there? The Hub Media, Laterna, Bookworm here I come! either of you best have this book in stock!

  6. timmy

    April 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    hmmm..stupid girl who will have her heart broken if she’s not careful and smart!

  7. candyjay

    April 30, 2013 at 11:01 am

    i want all her books!!!

  8. Onyi

    April 30, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I dnt tink its fair to jst be giving us luvly stories lyk dis n stopping n leaving us wanting more,dats y i dnt lyk watching seasonal stuvs cos i always want to knw how it ends or i’ll be restless.

  9. tinini

    April 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

    50 shades …

  10. BeeBee

    April 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    its really a nice read

  11. Ade

    April 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11- Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

    • Let it flow...

      April 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Preach preacher! But you do know that this is fiction right? Just checking; cos it seems you have your judging cap firmly on today.

    • Nomy

      May 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Fiction shapes society and is a figment of reality. Really we should be cautious of what we turn to permanent works of art, it can shape society, fictitious or real. That said, free Ade already. He can preach, some of us are listening and some of us agree.

    • beeess

      May 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm


      Someone’s imagination cannot even run now because of you spiri spriri people. And na una judge pass! mchewww. Abeg, have a seat jare.

  12. mariam

    April 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    i wanted to keep reading the novel. its been a while i read one like this. very nice and relative to our environment.

  13. alex

    April 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    omg! why do you hav t stop there. morepls

  14. Comfort

    April 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Oh la la!
    This kain love na wa oh…
    Me too I want.

  15. Nkem

    April 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    i forsee she ll get her heart broken …. bella u got me curious

  16. Abbiba Princewill

    April 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I do not intend to hate on the writer. Am sure she spent considerable time writing this novel and I applaud her effort but personally I find her writing rather inept.

  17. Nkese

    April 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    @ Abbiba You’re entitled to your opinion and I respect it.

    Well done, Lara. Please keep writing. Writers can achieve all they want to achieve with hard work and passion. All the best.

  18. tola

    April 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    i read and loved the book…beautiful

  19. salsera

    May 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    didnt like this excerpt

  20. Yves

    July 3, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I love this.


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