Jul 24, 2014

{Blog Tour} Book Review: Teaching Roman - Gennifer Albin


Title: Teaching Roman (Good Girls Don't #2)
Author: Gennifer Albin
Release Date: June 26th 2014
Publisher: Self-published
Age Group: New Adult
Source: eARC for blog tour
Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.
Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.
Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.
But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.
Catching Liam was one of my favorite NA reads of 2013, and I was so happy when I learned that there would be more. Unlike Jillian, the protagonist of the first book, Jessica is the careful girl. She has her entire life mapped out, with her plans circling around her dream of becoming a doctor. But when Brett, her long-time "safe" boyfriend, kneels and asks her the question, her life gets derailed. She runs off to Mexico with Cassie who's also nursing a broken heart, but instead of a break full of sun, sand, and books, distraction comes in the form of Roman Markson, the communications professor who always gets her tongue-tied.

"Did you just spank me?" I asked as a strange mix of self-awareness and horniness took over.
Roman drew back, his eyes widening. "Sorry."
"Don't apologize." My fingers clutched his shoulder and jerked him back to me. "And do it again."
Say "hot teacher" and I'm there - so there - and if I were Jessica, I also wouldn't have been able to say no to a week of debauchery with Roman. The two consenting adults promise to carry on with their normal lives once their week is done, but as it draws to a close, they realize they want more. The pushing and pulling kept me reading even as it frustrated me; I didn't think it possible, but these two outdid Jillian and Liam in the hotness department.

"Mi bella," Roman leaned forward and trailed a finger along my jaw, "I cook better than I screw."
But when they get back to the US, Jessica and Roman not only have to deal with their conflicted feelings, but they also have to face the scrutiny of the people at their school. This part had me at the edge of my seat with worry and anxiety because I was already so invested in the couple. The happily ever after is to be expected, but I feel like the author still made me work for it, and I loved that.

After two books, the characters in this series are already like friends to me. The third book, Reaching Gavin, will focus on Cassie, the group's carefree psych major, and you can't imagine how excited I am to read more about everyone ♥ 

MY FAVORITE PART is the whole gang at Garrett's. I just love seeing - or, rather, reading about them together :3


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