The name on the screen was “Absinthe.”
I knew her as the sultry voice blowing up my phone for late night chats about Proust and Hemingway interspersed between the best phone sex I never knew I could have.
We’d never met.
Until the day she walked into my office, her cherry lips wrapped around a candy apple sucker and an all too familiar voice that said, “They said you wanted to see me, Principal Hawthorne?”
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in the small town Rosefield, Illinois, in and around Halston’s home and high school.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Ford Hawthorne and Halston Kessler. Principal Hawthorne is new in town but his professional reputation proceeds him. In all things business related he is above board and appropriate. Unfortunately, it’s what he does on his off hours that comes back to bite him in the ass. Ford decides to use a dating app and is pretty astounded when a woman called “Absinthe” takes his breath away. He not only can have stimulating and witty conversations with her, he also can have the most toe-curling erotic conversations that he has ever had with someone in his life. But he knows he can never meet her, not when he job is on the line and making a good first impression means everything to him. Regrettably, that thinking gets thrown out the window when “Absinthe” comes walking into his office, needing discipline from Principal Hawthorne. Can Ford resist the temptation that is Absinthe? Or will the worlds they have built themselves to weather all heartache, tear apart as they give into their forbidden lust?
Plot: This is a forbidden romance between Ford and Halston. It is actually a pretty quick read if you stick with it.
Writing: This novel is written in first person points of view of Ford and Halston. It is a standalone novel with a HEA.
Curb Appeal: Completely eye-catchingly sexy and definitely not what I would have expected for this type of story! The blurb gives just enough for the reader to know what this story is about but not the emotional journey these characters go on!
Ultimately: This novel turned out to be so much more than just your run of the mill student/teacher story! These characters had a very long and hard road a head of them and end the end got their well-deserved happy ending!!! All in all, if you are in the mood heroine who is unapologetic and badass as well as a hero who is always striving to do right by his girl then come check out Absinthe!!
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