Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review:School Ties by Tamsen Parker

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Compass Series, the teacher becomes the student in a tale of forbidden romance in the hallowed halls of an elite, all-boys boarding school…
Erin Brewster is nervous enough on her first day of teaching at Hawthorn Hill. But the way Zach Shepherd looks at her with his dark and dreamy blue eyes really throws her off her game. He simply has to walk past her to send her heart racing. Although he’s eighteen and a senior, he’s still just a student—and very off limits. To let her eyes linger over his body, to fulfill her fantasies would be more than inappropriate. It would be career suicide.

Three years after his graduation from Hawthorn, Shep has returned as a member of the faculty—and he hasn’t forgotten his favorite teacher, the prettiest woman he’s ever seen. When they finally have a chance to get to know each other, they realize they share a common interest: kink. In fact, Shep has learned a lot about the subject during his time away and is ready to teach Erin a thing or two. He’ll soon have her begging to be held after class.

As their relationship comes under scrutiny, the ties that bind Shep and Erin may begin to fray. But some bonds grow stronger under pressure…

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What I thought about School Ties

I liked this (former) student - teacher story.  I'm always a bit concerned with stories like this because there are some lines that can get crossed, but Tamsen Parker does a nice job of keeping this tale from going into questionable territory.

I love when a romance starts out slowly and gradually builds and this story does that perfectly.  The little looks and moments in the beginning string together nicely to the point where I was dying to see Shep and Erin together.  Adding BDSM into this in a very believable way had me really enthralled in this story.  And even though the falling-for-each-other part was quite nice, I really liked when Shep and Erin can finally both be together.  I adored this part of the the book where they talked honestly about what they wanted sexually, and I especially liked Shep's approach to all of it.  

I did have some issues with the pacing of the story, though, and found myself skimming at times, which usually means things are moving too slow for me or there's too much internal narration that slows things down.  

So, overall, I really liked this student-teacher romance.  Shep is just about perfect and Erin is perfect for him.  This doesn't happen very often, but I really disliked Will and was so very happy when he was out of the story.

An enjoyable read. 

ARC provided for review.

About Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, USA Today bestselling erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

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