by Penelope Douglas (Goodreads Author)
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fall Away series who never fails to deliver a “powerfully written contemporary love story…”*
Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…
Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.
Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…
(*STANDALONE, NO CLIFFHANGER*)
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of NAL | Penguin Group
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
My Misconduct Review . . .
I wasn't sure what to expect upon reading this book. I went in without knowing anything. Without reading any feedback or reviews. And after reading, I will say it was amazing. I loved it from beginning to end.
Easton Bradbury has a past and a bit of a chip on her shoulder. But that chip is to protect herself. One night at Mardi Gras she meets an intriguing older man, actually not that old since Tyler is younger than me, but older compared to Easton. This man sparks something within herself but she knows she can't have that so she walks away.
After walking away she focuses on her new career of teaching. With this new passion she tries to combine old teaching ways with modern times of social media. With change always comes conflict. Some of that conflict comes from a father of one of her students, a father who also happens to be the mystery man as well as a new and up and comer potential US senator.
Tyler Marek, stole my heart from the very beginning. Easton is also attracted to him, but the fact that she's his son's teacher makes this new possibility a no go. The beauty about Tyler is the pure honesty of him. The fact that he knows where he has screwed up, then he owns up to it and then goes to change things. Especially where it comes to his son. He's also trying to balance everything else within his life, like his business as well as the upcoming campaign.
Tyler's also intrigued by Easton, especially since she does the complete opposite to every other female he knows. The fact that she portrays a certain dislike or indifference to him irks him the most, but he can't stop being attracted to her
"I like you a lot, and I don't know why, because you're fucking miserable to me half the time," he mused. "You rarely smile. You never laugh, but you love to argue, and for some reason I want you around. I want you to know things about me, and I like telling you shit. Why do I feel like I'm in the wrong here?"
Tyler and Easton both have a lot to learn. And together they bring out the best in each other, but being together is very risky and a lot of things can be destroyed with this relationship. Each character was developed so amazingly, that you were able to completely relate and understand each of them.
For Easton her past helps define her, but it's also her chains. Once she can get free of that she will be able to excel forward. At 23, it's not considered completely young but in comparison to Tyler it is young with their 12 year age difference. Normally insecure woman drive me batty and near the end Easton was on the verge of me starting to dislike her, but then I was able to step back and realize that for sure she will be insecure as they are worlds apart and she's a girl in a man's world. I felt Penelope was able to capture these emotions spot in within the context of their relationship.
For Tyler, his conflict is real and he tries to find the balance but his ego and want for power get in the way. He has to find what truly means the most to him to be able to have everything that he wants.
There were so many elements to this book. Their pasts. Their present. Their passions. Their wants and desires. Their need for each other. Their struggles. Coping mechanisms. Christian. The students. Her teaching style. The campaign. A mystery that you are trying to figure out, which we can't completely till we have the whole picture. As well as a beautiful love story filled with heart and passion.
Did I love this book? Hell yeah! Do I recommend it? Yes! Favorite Part? Tough choice, but I think it has to go to Tyler. He makes and completes the book. There is just something about him that you can't help but fall in love with him. Tyler and Easton as a couple? Amazing. Even though there might be an age difference between them, it just works for them. They are the complete balance to one another.
4. 5 Tyler Loving Thumbs up!