NAL / December 1, 2015 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital
Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…
Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.
Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…
Penelope Douglas is well known for her angst filled, melodramatic, and antagonistic driven YA/NA Fall Away series. In her first adult contemporary, she softens the emotional tone of her characters, giving them a more mature attitude on which to base their story. Choosing the ever popular older millionaire alpha and the younger seemingly innocent heroine, she twists this trope, creating two protagonists who are on equal footing in every aspect except age. Douglas lasers her focus on to her characters, using their strengths and weaknesses to help them find their way at their own pace, without resorting to contrived misunderstandings or over reaching conflicts.