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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Alex seems to have it all - Lessons in Love (Lessons in Love #1) by Clarissa Carlyle

I loved the story of something tragic holding back Alex from properly living her life, and while I sympathise with her, this is a big part of the story. Thankfully she has help to pull herself out of herself, and help with the path to a better future. 
Well written, and lovely story. - Goodreads


Book 1 in the Lessons in Love 

The Lessons in Love series follows the story of high school cheerleader Alex Heron. She's pretty, blonde and popular. Alex seems to have it all, but she's hiding a dark secret from her past that threatens to destroy her future. Only the handsome new math teacher, Mark Simmons, can see past Alex's façade to the real girl hiding inside. He wants to help Alex overcome her past, but will their developing feelings for each other get in the way?

In full disclosure I have to say usually books like this where there is a romance between a teacher and a student usually turn me off but I found myself absolutely loving this story. The romance was done in such a respectful way that I have to applaud the author. I really enjoyed this book because it shows how easily your life can change from one extreme to another. How in a blink of an eye it can all change. - Goodreads


Almost a week had passed since Alex had gone from being the girl in Mark’s car to the invisible woman. She was tired of second-guessing his feelings about her and more tired of her own constant attraction towards him. She was obviously deluding herself to entertain any sort of fantasy involving him, yet she couldn’t help it. Each time she caught his scent or spotted him in the corridor, her heart raced in a way that no one else had ever been able to make it do. 

The only way she could get through math class was to actually settle down and do some work, and as a result, her grades began to improve. 

“You got an A?” Claire gasped as they sat in their Friday morning class.

“Mmm.” Alex nodded sheepishly. 

“How did you manage that?” Claire asked, clearly amazed by the achievement. 

Alex wanted to answer that all she had done was pay attention and apply herself, but knew that wouldn’t be in keeping with her head cheerleader status. “I bought the answers off some guy yesterday,” Alex whispered conspiratorially. 

“Ooh,” Claire exhaled, nodding in approval. “Why didn’t you share?” She sounded hurt as she asked. 

“I didn’t want us both to get caught cheating.” Alex offered an impromptu explanation, which seemed to appease Claire. 

“Hope you don’t get caught,” she whispered across to her friend. 

“Me too.” Alex smiled at her. 

Mark was winding down his class, having distributed test papers and solved all of the equations on the board. As usual his gaze had never once drifted to the back right of the classroom where Alex sat. Suddenly she felt his eyes upon her before she heard him speak, her breath catching in her throat as he did so. 

“Miss Heron, can I see you after class?” His tone was abrupt. It was not a request but a command. 

“Oh God, looks like he caught you cheating!” Claire sent Alex an apologetic glance before hurriedly packing away her stuff, not wanting to be tarred with the same cheating brush. 

Alex watched Claire and the rest of her classmates scurry away, her heart already in overdrive, pounding within her chest, reverberating all the way to her eardrums, blocking out all external sound. 

What did Mark want with her? He’d ignored her all week long; why speak to her now? Alex nervously approached his desk. Mark went to speak but then spotted the open door, beyond which were students milling around in the corridor, unenthusiastically meandering towards their next class. 

He got up and walked purposefully to the door, swiftly closed it, and then headed back to his desk. He sat on top of it, close to Alex as she hovered nervously nearby. She could smell him, and it was intoxicating. She struggled to keep her focus. 

“I owe you an apology,” Mark blurted out, his stern demeanor instantly gone and the kind, open man from the cinema standing in his place. 

“Huh?” Alex was caught off guard. 

“I’ve been ignoring you all week. But you know that, right?” Mark looked deep into her eyes, and embarrassed, Alex looked away. 

“I thought you were just being a tool,” she told him flippantly, forcing herself to wear her arrogant cheerleader armor. 

Mark merely smiled fondly at her insult. “You’ve every right to be mad. I just can’t be seen to be too familiar with you in school. People will talk.” 

Alex was silent, staring intently at her battered Converse sneakers; thankfully the distressed look was currently in style. 

“Alex, I’d risk losing my job if anyone knew we were…friends.” He struggled on the last word, and Alex wondered why. 

“What’s wrong with being friends?” Alex challenged. 

“You know what,” Mark told her earnestly, and she felt her heart skip a beat as she dared to believe that perhaps he did actually see her as something more than just a friend. But if that was the word they needed to use to toe the delicate teacher-student line, then she was more than happy to do so. 

“Are we still friends?” she asked cautiously.

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About the author:
I have been an avid reader and and writer since my earliest school days. Reading was my first and earliest passions, often seeking the safe sanctuary of my room or the library to read everything I could. My favorite has been romance. I penned some romantic poetry in high school and was winning school awards for my short stories when I was just 16. In college I would hibernate in the library for days at a time, consuming every short story and novel I could find. My diploma says Bachelors in English Lit. which I'm very proud of. 

I probably drink too much coffee and eat too much junk food, but to compensate do like running when the weather is nice. I love shopping in the mall even if I never find what I'm looking for. I'm a hopeful romantic who prefers novels with a happy ending. 


Ricky said...

That Mark seems like a tricky fella! ;D

Linda Romer said...

Lessons in love sounds like a captivating read. Thank you

johnthuku0 said...

What an interesting excerpt. Thank you for hosting.

Unknown said...

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Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed reading the excerpt. I like how we already got to see how conflicting her life is. Having a relationship with a teacher would never be easy and I'm glad that the hardship and possible hurts that can come from that type of relationship aren't glossed over. Now is he worth it?

karin said...

loved he excerpt!the book sounds really interesting

Unknown said...

Interesting story :) sounds great!

Unknown said...

This sounds awesome. Cant wait to pick this book up :) thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

The excerpt is great, sounds like a really good book, I love all the covers of all the books they go well together, and all sound great, thank you for the giveaway as well.

Judy Thomas said...

This book sounds great, thank you.

amanda whitley said...

i think the plot sounds great and very intriguing

SavingsInSeconds said...

Since I'm a teacher, it would really freak me out to read a book like this.

Anonymous said...

cant wait to read this, thank you for the chance!

Unknown said...

sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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