Published by Celie Bay Publications Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Everyone deserves a second chance in life. After receiving yet another pink slip, teacher Jesse Martin is desperate for a way to make ends meet. When her principal offers her a Home Instructor position for the summer, she finds herself giving a second chance to an angry, reclusive, rock god living in the Hollywood Hills.
Danny Black should have it all. But an unbalanced ex-wife, a troubled daughter, and a threat to his livelihood have him ready to make some major changes. Never one to back down from a challenge, he'll take on this stubborn, beautiful teacher who seems immune to his ÔÇ£gimmeÔÇØ smile, and attempt to win her heart in the process. Can Jesse accept that this time, offering someone a second chance will change her life as well? Will she embrace the life Danny is offering her and discover that when it comes to lifeÔÇÖs lessons, sometimes love is the best teacher?
This novel is for readers 18+ due to the hijinks of some hairy and perverted neighbors, a no-nonsense personal assistant with a foul mouth, a fragile pre-teen going through some real drama, and plenty of good, good lovinÔÇÖ. Add these together and youÔÇÖve got all the makings of a crazy, real-life Rock nÔÇÖ Romance!
Three times I have received a copy of R.L. MerrillsÔÇÖ books and three times IÔÇÖve been over the moon in love with her leading male hero. In Teacher, Danny Black solidified the trifecta. If you read no further than this opening paragraph then know right now, this is another 5 star read with my recommendation. Once again R.L. Merrill delivers a story with a unique twist that incorporates the world of rock-n-roll music. In Haunted, we lived with the band while they worked through heavy emotional barriers. In The Rock Season, we were concert buddies bonded by love for a similar taste in music. And in Teacher, well…I think you get it.
From the synopsis you get the gist of the premise. For me, I think its a unique setup for bringing together Jesse Martin and Danny Black. I like to think they are fated so it would have happened at some point anyway. But in Teacher we get see people begin their connection with a working relationship where they are challenged by communications, an instant attraction, and two people facing changes to how they earn their livelihood.
The great Danny Black is a man not to be trifled with. That he is a bossy man is no surprise; he leads a rock band; is devoted to his daughter, and has a generous nature. His generosity naturally translates into a controlling nature and well, he just canÔÇÖt help himself. It’s through his devotion to his daughter that he decides to get that diploma he missed out on so he can set a good example.
Teacher is told through JesseÔÇÖs POV so I was quick to warm up to her. Jesse can be characterized by her sensible nature and the devotion she has for her family. One thing’s for certain, Jesse is blessedly a straight shooter so the angst that will come cannot be attributed to her communication skills. About those communication skills; she is funny, snarky and clever and more than once she had me laughing. Jesse has a strong moral compass and likes to be self sufficient. But that doesnÔÇÖt always work out for her, especially when Danny Black enters her world.
What follows, the connection between Danny and Jesse, is tested from the very start. Issues of what’s ethical in a teacher to student relationship are complicated by trust and poor judgment and hinder their development. It’s not enough that the two have their own hang-ups and fears about being together, but they also share their world with a myriad of wonderfully crazy, sweet, and sometimes devious secondary characters who all have opinions about their relationship. Most of them are good and positive influencers but all it takes is one bad apple…(pun intended)
It was only as the story was ending that I discovered its going to continue in two more books. I can’t wait to revisit their lives and the many characters that surround them. R.L. MerrillsÔÇÖ storylines and characters are some of the easiest to just ÔÇ£getÔÇØ and that is wholly attributed to her detailed and descriptive writing style. Once again she’s confirmed there are many great reasons as to why I am a fan and its always nice to be proven right.
~Review by Cyndi
(Original posted on TBE)