You know how when you read a book there’s this anticipation for drama, laughs, sadness and frustrating parts, unfulfilled sexual tension, a situation that just cannot be, but above all the greatest romance?
OMG this book. This book. It’s everything you want in a book.
Erin Brewster grew up vagabond with her father, traipsing all over the world and longing for a place of her own. A place just like Hawthorn Hill Academy – the place her grandfather taught years before. So when she finally lands a job there as a math teacher, she’s thrilled, nervous and will do everything she can to fit in.
Erin loves her boys, the kids in school, of course (the girl is in her 20s!!), and there’s one that peaks her curiosity more than the rest, Zach Shepherd. He’s serious, not from a well off family, yet very well liked by his peers. We’ll get back to Shep.
Trying to find her place, Erin is accepting advances from the English teacher at the school and finds herself knocked up, is forced to get married and basically living a ‘meh’ life with her new husband. All while longing for Zach, who’s looking at her like he wants to eat her up.
Up until now, things are mostly frustrating and what I felt most was pissed off. That’s good, right? It can only get better from here, right?
Zach, Shep, returns to the school as a math teacher right alongside Erin. He’s been through a LOT in the past 3 years, and everything he had learned in that time and has to offer, Erin craves. That’s something we know, though, not Shep. He’s mostly avoiding Erin, inadvertently hurting her, when all she wants is his closeness.
But you know how it is, right? Every excuse in the book to not give a chance, doing what’s best for the other, being miserable and making the other person miserable as well.
But when things finally happen, they’re incredible!
The first 50% of the story is a wonderful mix of drama, angst, toe curling UST and the most beautiful barely there flirtation. The next 50% is where the magic that happened in the first 50% evolves into the culmination of everything. Really. Everything.
I couldn’t put the book down, and that’s after not really expecting it to be half as good as it is. I mean, I knew it would be written very well, and the story good. I just didn’t expect it to blow my mind. So there…
The balance, the progression, the beautiful, beautiful words and the epic love story, because above everything else (the kink, the angst, the flirtations and whatnot) it is a love story between two young people who are so – freaking – adorable!
I want to read this book again for the first time. That’s how much I loved it.
Erin Brewster is nervous enough on her first day of teaching at Hawthorn Hill. But the way Zach Shepherd looks at her with his dark and dreamy blue eyes really throws her off her game. He simply has to walk past her to send her heart racing. Although he’s eighteen and a senior, he’s still just a student—and very off limits. To let her eyes linger over his body, to fulfill her fantasies would be more than inappropriate. It would be career suicide.
Three years after his graduation from Hawthorn, Shep has returned as a member of the faculty—and he hasn’t forgotten his favorite teacher, the prettiest woman he’s ever seen. When they finally have a chance to get to know each other, they realize they share a common interest: kink. In fact, Shep has learned a lot about the subject during his time away and is ready to teach Erin a thing or two. He’ll soon have her begging to be held after class.
As their relationship comes under scrutiny, the ties that bind Shep and Erin may begin to fray. But some bonds grow stronger under pressure…
Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.
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