Thursday, October 24, 2013

Book Review - Teach Me Love by S. Moose

3 stars
Abigail you have my heart and no one else matters

I don’t even know where to begin with Teach Me Love. Let me just say this, I have converse with the author a few times and she is the most adorable person. This is my honest opinion of the book. As much as I wanted to love Teach Me Love, it just did not work out for me.

Abigail is a single mother, to six year old Lucus. She’s a teacher and has a roommate, named Heather. Jacob is a rich successful business man, his sececraty is Heather. One more thing Abigail and Jacob have in common is Jacob’s ex and Abigail’s ex-best friend, Katherine.

First off, I was intrigued by the blurb, because as everyone knows, I love a single-mother and rich Hero story line. When I started the read I was hit with steam at ten percent and I was really taken aback, but then I realized, oh okay this must be that type of read, so I put myself in that frame of mind. I think that was my downfall.

Teach Me Love, has all the elements you could look for in a steamy read, but it didn’t quiet hit the mark. I was really frustrated that it was about 30% before the main characters interacted and when they did, it was fairly minimal. I was frustrated because the steamy scenes at the ten percent mark showed Jacob’s character at being an arse, so I was looking forward to some nice banter between Abigail and Jacob. I did not get that. I didn’t even get some nice sexual frustration I usually crave for in a book.

It took me awhile before I realized Katherine is dead, this is no spoiler or secret. I think this should have been explained to me in simple black and white terms within the first few pages (unless I missed it). Also, and this is a personal thing with me, I do not like creepy dead ghost characters. To have Katherine pop in and out of the book to have conversations with Abigail and Jacob freaked me out a bit.

Lucas is six-years old, but he kind of acts like three or four. I do not have children, but I have three nephews, and they do not act like him. I am referencing to the part when the relationship between Lucas and Jacob shift and to me it was unbelievable. I couldn’t imagine a six-year-old reacting that way he did, unless he was younger.

At times, I felt like there was a list of things that would make an exciting read and it was being checked off. Like, crazy ex-girlfriend, check. Crazy baby-daddy, check. Proclamations of love, check. The writing was a bit unpolished and a bit typical. I can’t pin-point why, I think it’s because I have read so many books, I have been desensitized by many things and I just need to be wowed, you know?

I admire you Abigail

Why’s that?

You raised Lucas on your own and built this great life for your family
Here are my suggestions; there should have not been crazy alpha steam at the ten percent mark. It set me up for a specific type of read and when I didn’t get steam until 65% in, I was fairly disappointed. The main characters should never meet past the 30% point, unless it’s necessary, those cases are very rare. I do not like dead ghost characters. It’s creepy and the whole getting approval from your ex is kind of cheesy. If there is a child in the book, really build the relationship. Make me believe there is this great bond. Do not throw in external characters, like crazy ex’s for tension.

Overall, Teach Me Love had great bones, but it just needed to be edited more. I feel like there’s great potential, but it just didn’t fit. I needed a bit more character development and believable chemistry, if I had that, I think it would have been a great read.

Do not write this author off entirely, I see great things for her, and I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

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