Friday, May 31, 2019

Melinda's Review: Teach Me

Teach Me by Olivia Dade
Publisher:  Hussies and Harpies Press (May 30, 2019)
Series: There's Something About Marysburg, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Their lesson plans didn't include love. But that's about to change...

When Martin Krause arrives at Rose Owens's high school, she's determined to remain chilly with her new colleague. Unfriendly? Maybe. Understandable? Yes, since a loathsome administrator gave Rose's beloved world history classes to Martin, knowing it would hurt her.

But keeping her distance from a man as warm and kind as Martin will prove challenging, even for a stubborn, guarded ice queen. Especially when she begins to see him for what he truly is: a man who's never been taught his own value. Martin could use a good teacher--and luckily, Rose is the best.

Rose has her own lessons--about trust, about vulnerability, about her past--to learn. And over the course of a single school year, the two of them will find out just how hot it can get when an ice queen melts

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Melinda's Review:

This book is everything I needed in a romance right now. Older than the average young 20-somethings in the books that I see mostly, and I really appreciated seeing both MCs in their 40s. They meet somewhat disastrously when Martin comes to take over Rose’s classroom for the year and Rose is clearly *not happy*, with good reason as it will have a large impact on her students and her entire program for potentially years to come. However, because Martin is not an asshole, he does not want this either and the over-all storyline of the two coming together to try to keep this from happening is pretty delightfully done.

Rose is a divorced high school history teacher; she had a really rough divorce and because of that has quite a barrier she keeps around herself at all times. I couldn’t love her any more, she is confident as hell, curvy, and knows exactly who she is. Rose fights for her students every step of the way and would do anything for them, including putting herself in the line of fire for them. Her wardrobe is impeccable, which only makes sense as that’s her external shield.

While Rose is my favorite thing about this book Martin is seriously a close second because he is amazing. He’s also a divorced 40-something high school teacher. He moved to the area to be closer to his daughter, Bea. I adore him because he’s just quietly perfection. Martin clearly dealt with a lot in his marriage – there is some reference to very light verbal abuse, which Martin makes light of so that Bea doesn’t take it out on her mother. Martin is a clear feminist, which is…just wow, so great to see so clearly in romance.

The secondary characters are simply fabulous – Martin’s daughter Bea is great comedic relief but she’s fully fleshed out and is thoughtful as well. Annette and Alfred are fierce and holy shit I need them in my life and in my corner at all times. Rose coming to terms with them being there for her and being her family was one of the times that made me more than a little weepy in this book.

Their attraction was a bit of slow burn, and this just seems right for an adult, in the workplace romance. I enjoyed so much watching Martin just appreciating everything about Rose. And he does – he loves the way she looks, loves the way she interacts with her students, with his daughter, with the world. And that is such a beautiful thing to see – a man just loving a confident AF woman. This is a quiet romance, one where things are discussed and talked through and I honestly just loved every single thing about it.


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Source: eARC (author)

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Thanks for the review, Melinda! 


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