Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.
But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.
Until he does.
Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.
Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book far surpassed any expectations I might have had going in. It is a stellar addition to the New Adult genre, turning a familiar romance trope (student-teacher romance) into something with much more heart that I would have thought possible. I think that is what stands out the most for me in this novel- the pure heart. Sure, the romance between Lizzie and Connor is super-freaking-sexy and I blushed a few times in reading about their torrid romance, but the cherry on top is the truly devastating stakes behind Lizzie’s every decision. She’s not just wading thorough the waters of her attraction; she’s fighting to keep custody of her younger brother and maintain her absolute sanity too. Add in having feelings for this man that she never would have imagined falling for and you’re in for a compelling read.
Dahlia Adler has taken both New Adult and the student-teacher romance and turned them on their head. This book has everything you could possibly ask for in a romance, including high stakes for every character and a truly sizzling romance.