Review: School Ties by Tamsen Parker

Author: Tamsen Parker
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Intermix
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 231
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 3 Stars
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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...

Elizabeth's Thoughts
This is my first read by Tamsen Parker. I can easily tell she’s a gifted writer. I enjoyed the story but I didn’t like the heroine. Erin was weak and let people walk all over her. Her character worked with the storyline but I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to shake Erin to wake her up. She had a good childhood, education and got her dream job, but couldn’t seem to stand up for herself as much as I thought she should. This made it very difficult to relate to or respect her.

Shep was strong and very sexy. How he loved Erin all those years he was away at college and then applied for a job back at the same school she works at was SO romantic! Shep kept me engaged and had me deeply invested in the story. I just I wished the heroine had more backbone.

I want to thank the publisher for generously gifting me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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