Genre: Coming of Age
I was never supposed to see him again.
One night of passion with a complete stranger.
My last tryst before senior year.
But I was lost the moment his tempting lips were on my skin.
His intense touch on my body.
It should have ended there.
But he’s not a stranger.
He’s my history teacher.
And wanting him is against the rules.
After catching her boyfriend cheating at a party, eighteen year old Gwendolyn “Lynn” Adams finds comfort in the company of a guy she meets on the beach where they share a look at the stars, a dip in the ocean, and a fling on the sand.
“He is an Adonis among men, like all the myths and tales he likes to weave.”
Turns out, he’s also her new prep school history teacher. And Carson Blake is kind of alluring till some unappealing OW drama gets inserted. Ugg! This is the ultimate mood killer in a romance, and honestly it served no purpose here other than to diminish what Lynn and Carson had going and to infuse unnecessary angst into a story that was soon to indulge in it to the hilt.
Told via their dual first person POV, I think the initial bones to the story have a lot of promise. I never read the previous novella version so I can’t compare the two, but I can’t help but feel as if this reads more like a working draft of a fleshed out version than a polished final product. To be sure, the plot relies way too much on angst and melodrama and not enough on romance. It falls prey to the typical ‘we can’t be together’ pitfalls that drag down some taboo romances while at the same time relies on avoidable misunderstandings that could be remedied with some basic communication. Add in a ton of family angst and some OM drama too and the whole thing just became too much. The story became too sensational and the writing suffered as a result. More time spent on developing certain scenes between Lynn and Carson as well as revising their early awkward or stilted dialogue would have been time better spent than lining up a slew of tumultuous obstacles.
I do give the story points for stressing the importance of seeking professional help. So often these type of angsty coming-of-age new adult reads never even give it a mention. But it plays an important and needed role here to the benefit of the characters.
Bottom line, neither Lynn nor Carson wowed me. Lynn’s a bit immature, though perhaps not unrealistic for her age. Carson had potential to be a more endearing romantic hero, but I couldn’t get past the OW drama to fall in love with him, even after Carson pulls his head out of his ass and sets it on his neck straight. Essentially, if you enjoy a lot of angst and melodrama, this might be the one for you. But if you are looking for a cute and sexy, swoonworthy forbidden romance, keep browsing. There’s nothing special or smoking hot about this teacher-student love affair.
Ava Harrison is a New Yorker, born and bred. When she’s not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.