Friday, March 17, 2017

Under The Peaches by Shana Vanterpool

Title: Under The Peaches
Series: Teaching Love #1
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Unwanted. A word eighteen-year-old Kaelyn Jefferies knows better than most. Given up at birth, she knows nothing of love. Now she navigates this world blind, worrying only about her present to survive. And sometimes when you’re the only guide you have, you don’t always do what’s best for yourself. After another confrontation with her bully, Kaelyn flees to her hiding spot to be alone and nurse her wounds. Instead, she finds Julian Ean, the gorgeous twenty-four-year-old calculus teacher the other girls whisper about, nursing a few of his own. Until that moment, Mr. Ean was simply a man she passed in the halls. Afterwards, he is impossible to ignore … to forget. Mr. Ean only wanted to help Kaelyn. Patch her up and show her she was worth so much more than she was giving herself. He didn’t mean to fall in love with a student. It’s wrong, he knows it, but he can’t help himself around her. Not when her pain feels like his. Kaelyn didn’t mean to fall in love with a teacher. It’s wrong, she knows it, but after Mr. Ean shows her what a real smile feels like, there’s no going back after that … Book one in the Teaching Love Series, comes a poignant coming-of-age novel showcasing the beauty of strength and the delicious lure of forbidden love by Shana Vanterpool.

Wow.  This book was one of the best book I’ve read this year.  Vanterpool never ceases to amaze me with her perfectly complex characters, situations and angst driven romances.  Under the Peaches is a story of strength and overcoming obstacles both physically and emotionally.  It’s a story of growth, forgiveness, and unconditional love.   Vanterpool pulls out every stop has she gives you her take on the student/teacher romance.  

Under the Peaches is so much more than the typical student/teacher trope.  Kaelyn and Julian are just two individuals who are meant for each other.  It’s apparent from their first meeting all the way to the very end.  Her strength and his love just set this novel apart from others within this same trope.  It’s not sex driven or taboo, yet all the passion and angst are still there and relevant in their story. Although this story focuses on their relationship there is also so much more depth to this novel. Kaelyn is a female protagonist we all wish to be.  Strong, resilient yet open to the opportunities love gives her. Her strength in this novel left me awestruck.   

Vanterpool continues to write exceptional books that make me come back for more time and time again.  I highly encourage that you get your hands on Under the Peaches and meet Kaelyn and Julian.  You can’t help but end up just like me, patiently waiting to see what happens to these two.

** This is Book One in a series.  However it does not end cliffy and can be read as a standalone.  

Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.

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