If you’re a part of Romancelandia, you’ve probably heard people raving about TEACH ME by Olivia Dade. It’s not only because Olivia means a lot to many of us in the romance community. (She often cheers her peers on, talks honestly about her experiences in publishing, and makes dirty jokes that provoked the name of her newsletter, The Hussy Herald.) It’s because TEACH ME is the kind of book that makes you believe in the goodness of the world.
Which we all need now, right?
It could be that I’m just speaking for myself, but based on the reactions to this book, I don’t think I am. Apparently, the romance community needed a story about two teachers falling in love. Or maybe it isn’t their occupation. Maybe it’s the fact that our heroine, Rose, is an ice queen who’s cultivated her iciness to protect herself. It’s as likely because our hero, Martin, is a genuinely good person who’s slowly but surely coming to accept who he is as a man. It’s definitely because they respect and care about one another, and their students, and the people they consider family.
Who am I kidding? It’s because of all of this. TEACH ME is glorious because of every single one of these factors.
Rose and Martin meet when Martin begins to teach at Rose’s school. It’s not the easiest of meetings. Martin takes over some of Rose’s classes, which was strategic on the part of a terrible school administrator and has difficult consequences for the school and Rose. Though I’m not American and thus, some of the specifics of this went over my head, I understood the gist of it. More importantly, I understood Rose and Martin’s reactions to this. Witnessing them grow as individuals and in their relationship was beautiful. As a reader, I was caught by the emotion. As an author, I was amazed at the talent.
If you haven’t realised it by now, TEACH ME by Olivia Dade is a romance novel you don’t want to miss.
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