I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.
One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.
You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.
I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…
Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school?
Add to that the lack of male contact, and I was going insane. Like literally. I wasn’t used to this. A year ago I was normal. I had a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. There is nothing normal about me anymore, and nobody here lets me forget that.
My name is Wrenn, and I’m only here because my aunt took me in after what happened, but my aunt also happens to be the headmistress of this academy…Can you see my problem?
I’m hated for my lack of money, and I’m hated for who my Aunt is.
Then he arrived. Dalton Reed. My new history teacher.
Slowly, he helped me see that even in the worst situations, there is always hope.
I’m a fan of forbidden romance. Teacher/student romance specially! Bring it on! This made me really excited to dig into this read.
Wrenn is a senior at Tennerson Girls Academy. She is repeating her senior year after a horrible family tragedy. She’s not your normal Tennerson girl, her aunt is the head mistress and her guardian now, which is how she ended up there in the first place. Dalton is 23 and just scored his first real job at Tennerson for the last few weeks of the term. He feels if he can just make it through the hormone addled girls for a few weeks, this will be a real resume booster for him. What he doesn’t count on is meeting Wrenn. He feels connected to her. What neither of them knows is that they have a past association. But, Dalton has never been interested in long term relationships for, what he feels, is a very good reason. Neither can deny what is between them, nor do they want to. Can they explore this connection they have and keep it secret until Wrenn graduates? Will Dalton be able to share his big secret with her, and if he does, how will that impact their relationship? Will they get their happily ever after?
I wanted to like this book, I really did. The subject matter and the writing were both up my alley, but at the end of the day I just didn’t feel like the overall story delivered for me. I just didn’t feel a connection to either Wrenn or Dalton, and I really struggled to feel the connection they shared that made them want to risk everything. A story like this just needed more passion in order for me to really get into it. Plus, the plot seemed a bit predictable to me. Dalton’s big secret being the one thing I didn’t really see coming (and boy was that heartbreaking). I think for me, in a story like this, I need a bit more in order to really understand the character’s motivations, and something was just missing in that respect for me. Perhaps it was that Dalton didn’t feel like a very deep character. I think more of his past could have been delved into the flesh out his character more.
All that being said, I didn’t dislike this book. It was firmly in the middle for me. I finished it, and felt compelled to in the end in order to find out what happens. Also, as I said, the writing is not bad. The story flows and the dialogue is good. It was really just something intangible that was missing for me.
I think if you like student/teacher romances, there’s a big chance this book will be right up your alley. This is only a 3.5 star read for me, but I can easily see how it could be higher for someone else.
“It’s just my mom and I. Dad died when I was fifteen. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, though originally I wanted to go with elementary.”
“Why did you go with high school?” I asked curiously.
He shrugged. “Last minute decision,” he said with a smile.
I laughed. “Oh, I bet you’re regretting that now,” I teased.
“I have no idea what you mean.” He looked at me innocently, and then his face broke into a smile. “Okay, teaching teenage girls is pure hell.”
I giggled. “Come on, it can’t be that bad. A couple of hundred girls, all thinking you’re a god? That’s got to boost the ego.”
“A couple of hundred girls all under the age of eighteen,” he corrected dryly.
“I’m not,” I said lightly, surprised by what was coming out of my mouth.
“Yeah, well you’re the exception,” he said.
The exception. I liked being the exception. I met his gaze, his eyes burning into mine. My face began to heat. How could I not read into things when he was staring at me like that? I felt naked under his gaze.
Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).
When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.