Lessons in Sin by Pam Godwin ~ Deanna’s Review


Dark, taboo, forbidden…LESSONS IN SIN is here!


Lessons in Sin


Today on Okie Dreams, we have a release blitz and book review for Pam Godwin’s newest release, LESSONS IN SIN.

LESSONS IN SIN is a dark, taboo romance featuring a priest at a private all-girls Catholic high school and a legally-aged female student in his charge. There are many things in this book that could trigger readers, especially those who do not often read or have never read dark taboo romance with a slight edge of danger and no holds barred sex scenes. So, please be mindful of that if you choose to read this book, and I hope you do give it a try because it is truly fantastic. 

Now, I have read several dark and/or taboo romances over the years, so a lot of things in LESSONS IN SIN had less shock value for me personally. I knew going in that there would be a lot of taboo wrongness. I also knew there would be a lot in this book to make a reader uncomfortable. I was also aware that Pam Godwin is an author who doesn’t hold back from exploring the darker side of human nature, or the fetishes and kinks some would not be comfortable reading. But the way she handles those things in this book, and the way she writes her characters, is what truly makes this a must-read for anyone who loves a good dark, taboo romance.


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Lessons in Sin

POV: Dual, 1st person

Pairing: Tinsley Constantine/Father Magnus Falke

Genre: Erotic Romance, Taboo Romance

Tropes: Age Gap, Older/Younger, Power Dynamics, Forbidden Romance

I received an advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher. The receipt of this ARC did not influence my choice to review the book on this site. It also did not influence how I felt about the book or its characters, storyline, and overall feel. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. As such, they only deal with what is written on the pages of the book and how what is written and otherwise presented made me feel during and after my reading of the book.

In addition to receiving an ARC of this book, I also bought my own digital copy through Amazon.


Tinsley Constantine is an ungrateful brat who crosses the line far too much, at least in her mother’s eyes. Rude, rebellious, and in need of a firm hand, that’s all her cold-hearted mother sees–or really wants to see.

To her mother, Tinsley has a problem with her mouth, and with doing things with inappropriate boys. All of which goes against the plans her ruthless mother has for her. She wants Tinsley respectful and pure in preparation for an arranged marriage to someone more in line with their own lineage and social status. Which is why she enrolls Tinsley in a private all-girls Catholic high school in another state, headed by the dark, mysterious, and harsh, Father Magnus Falke. A man whose reputation–and successes–precedes him.

Father Magnus Falke…God, what do you say about this man? He’s as broken as he is charismatic. He’s as hard as he is protective. His edges have edges, and yet deep down, he’s a man who has experienced deep pain…and dished it out to others. He’s chosen priesthood to atone, but meeting Tinsley changes him irrevocably. What once was a refuge has now become a trapping, preventing him from living a real life, an authentic life. In essence, he’s lying to himself about who he is…and what he needs.


He drew out his seduction in the most excruciating and delicious way possible.

He made me desperate to surrender to his will.


This book is an addiction. Once you start reading, you won’t stop until you reach the end. Both Tinsley and Magnus are broken souls, though in far different ways, and they clash as much as they combine. Yet, together, they are pure fire, crossing lines, pushing boundaries, and craving everything they can do, everything they can experience. They sin, they confess, they forgive, and then they do it all over again.

It’s a constant addiction, and it’s hot as hell.

LESSONS IN SIN by Pam Godwin is a 5-star read. It is extremely well-written. Rife with authentic, engaging characters who are struggling against themselves, their beliefs, and their desires. And it is brimming with so much delicious UST and kinky, forbidden foreplay, I’m surprised my kindle didn’t catch fire. It was absolutely mesmerizing to read. Tinsley and Magnus were utterly perfect together, and their chemistry undeniable.

Dark, twisted, and deliciously taboo. Just the way I like them.



5 out of 5 stars STARS

Lessons in Sin


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Lessons in Sin


LESSONS IN SIN by Pam Godwin

Adult | Contemporary | Taboo | Dark | Romance

June 29, 2021 

There’s no absolution for the things I’ve done. But I found a way to control my impulses. I became a priest.

As Father Magnus Falke, I suppress my cravings. As the headteacher of a Catholic boarding school, I’m never tempted by a student.

Until Tinsley Constantine.

The bratty princess challenges my rules and awakens my dark nature. With each punishment I lash upon her, I want more. In my classroom, private rectory, and bent over my altar, I want all of her.

One touch risks everything I stand for. My faith. My redemption. And even my life.

As if that could stop me. I need her pain, and her heart, and she needs my lessons in sin.







“Pam Godwin has penned a sinfully beautiful masterpiece in Lessons in Sin. An absolute must-read for lovers of dark and dangerous romance!” – Trisha Wolfe, author of Born, Darkly

LESSONS IN SIN is problematic, inappropriate, and blasphemously delicious. Pam Godwin writes unapologetically and from a place of primal desire. Enter all sinners.” – CJ Roberts, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Captive in the Dark

“Forbidden desire sparked into a blazing inferno in Lessons in Sin. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – Aleatha Romig, New York Times bestselling author




New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author

Pam Godwin lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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