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…
Worldbuilding: This story mainly takes place at Hawthorn Hill boarding school for boys.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Erin Brewster and Zach Sheperd. Erin has always dreamed about coming back to the Hill to teach and live. But she never could have known that she would catch a student’s eye. Or that three years after his graduation he would come back to claim what he couldn’t before. Unfortunately, a lot has happened in the three years they were apart and things are different now. Can Erin give Zach a chance he deserves? Or will outside forces keep them apart before they can even get together? Zach has had a crush on his teacher Ms. Brewster ever since he laid eyes on her, the first day of his senior year. But he knows that fraternization with a teacher would not only ruin her career but put a stain on his bright future. After graduating college, he comes back to Hawthorn Hill ready to give the thing between them a chance. But anything started is a lot easier said than done and the fear of rejection holds him back. Can he buck up and put his feelings on the line? Or will he take a step back and interfere with her life?
Plot: This is a slight forbidden romance between Erin and Zach. It evolves into more a BDSM novel than a teacher student romance.
Writing: This novel is told in first person points of view of Erin and Zach and it is also a standalone. The timeline flows in a slightly weird way; it ends up jumping into the future from time to time causing you not to know when things are happening.
Curb Appeal: I really liked this cover! It relates to the story and gives a visual of the hero. The blurb gives a good amount of information on the story but doesn’t ruin the story by giving out huge plot points.
Ultimately: This was a great standalone novel! I loved how it combined BDSM and forbidden romance into one story! Zach was so sweet, I loved how he was always there for Erin. I think that these characters completely complimented one another which made for an enjoyable read! All in all, if you are in the mood for a hero who just wants to keep his woman happy and a heroine who fights for what she wants then come check out School Ties!!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.
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