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Friday, 3 March 2017

RELEASE TOUR, REVIEW, EXCERPT, & #GIVEAWAY - Under the Peaches (Teaching Love Series #1) 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.

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4 out of 5 (very good)

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This was such a tragic story. It was utterly heartbreaking. The devastation that the lead female character goes through is something no one should ever have to go through at such a young age. The flip side to the story is so sweet, so charming, so loving. The male lead character is smitten by the female lead and is desperate to hold on to her, no matter the costs.

I always enjoy when the title of the story clicks and falls into place. This title clicked and fell into place but I can’t say it was a joyous moment.  Had it been written in other circumstances it certainly could have been sticky sweet just like the juice of a peach. However, it was tragic to say the least.

Kaelyn Jefferies experiences more tragedy and upheaval by nearly everyone she encounters than anyone should have to experience, let alone by her 18th birthday. She wants to be loved so badly but she experiences pain, hatred, rejection, and bullying instead. She is targeted at school while no one says anything otherwise.  The judicial system even ignores her pleas for help. She is in a pool full of sharks with a slow bleeding cut, until Julian Ean reaches his hand down and helps her up.

Details and descriptions were right on par. They give you everything you need to know as you read to paint a picture of the events easy to keep you up to speed.
This story doesn’t lack several steamy bedroom scenes, which will keep you blushing the further you read. They are written in a classy, sexy way but the steam meter is sure going off!

Although this story is quite sad, and it broke my heart to read the things Kaelyn has to endure, it was a beautifully written story.  It’s one that will stick with you for a little bit once you read the last word but it was a pretty good read.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

“A beautiful romance. I cried. I laughed. I swooned (a lot!). I added Mr. Ean to my book boyfriend list for sure (*wink*)!” - Reader Review
“This book is the BOMB!!!
YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!” - Bookish_Affair
“This Book, this book!! Is there anything Shana Vanterpool can't write??” - MillsyLovesBooks
“This book has easily been my favorite for this year. Shana has a way of bringing out the tears from me but also putting smiles and feeling happy for the characters.” -A Bibliophile's World

In my current state, between ignoring and hanging on every word, I admit that’s what he is to me too. A shield between the hurt and me. I know exactly what he means. When I am around him, I forget to hurt, and it isn’t fair because he’s hurting too. But I can’t help it. No one warned me about him either.
“It’s like,” he whispers. “Like and attraction doesn’t mean love.”
What did mean love?

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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