I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.
One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.
You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.
I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…
Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school?
Add to that the lack of male contact, and I was going insane. Like literally. I wasn’t used to this. A year ago I was normal. I had a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. There is nothing normal about me anymore, and nobody here lets me forget that.
My name is Wrenn, and I’m only here because my aunt took me in after what happened, but my aunt also happens to be the headmistress of this academy…Can you see my problem?
I’m hated for my lack of money, and I’m hated for who my Aunt is.
Then he arrived. Dalton Reed. My new history teacher.
Slowly, he helped me see that even in the worst situations, there is always hope.
* I received an e-ARC in exchange for my honest review
You can say that I'm a little obsessed with teacher/student romance. I love that little thrill of having to hide the relationship and having to put everything on the line to be with the person they love. Always You was a slow-building, sweet romance about two very alike individuals falling in love
After the year she's had, the last place Wrenn wants to be is at the all-girls boarding school surrounded by spoiled teenage girls. She's acts very mature and has a very clear plan of what she wants for her future. She doesn't act like the other girls do when she meets Dalton, even though she is attracted to him but thinks that there's no way he would feel the same for her AND he's also her teacher.
Dalton is fresh out of college and knows that it was not the best idea to teach at an all-girls school full of hormonal high school girls. I really liked him; he was sweet and caring and he cant hide the feelings that have started to grow for Wrenn. He has a life-changing decision to make that will either make or break any future he had hope to have with Wrenn.
I didn't feel that forbidden factor in this story, which is what I love about student/teacher romances. The age difference was not very big at all and even the time they had to wait to make their relationship public was not very long either. I did love the connection and interactions between Wrenn and Dalton. I loved that they started out as friends and then their relationship developed into something more. I really liked that the story was told from Wrenn's and Dalton's point of view. I loved the ending since it took me by surprise and felt realistic. There was no unnecessary angst that took away from the story, which I liked, but I stilll wanted some big drama-filled reveal.
Overall, this I liked this book. It was cute and sweet, and the ending surprised me. The student/teacher aspect was not as taboo, but I enjoyed it regardless.
"You can't choose who you fall in love with, all you can do is be damn thankful you've found someone who understands."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Okay so student/teacher relationships are the books I secretly love to read. I don't know why as I fret the whole way through about the big exposure! But I have to say Always You was a sweet romance, there wasn't a huge age difference and it was all about the timing.
Wrenn is having to repeat her senior year after a devastating family tragedy, she doesn't fit in at school and her aunt being the head teacher doesn't help. When the supply teacher turns out to be hot 23yr old Dalton Reid, school for Wrenn just got bearable.
Dalton is like a fish out of water, he underestimated what teaching hormonal teenagers would be like. He gets to know Wrenn outside of school when visiting her aunt and from there a relationship forms. But Dalton is dealing with his own troubles and a huge decision will have a massive impact on not only his future but the possibility of having one with Wrenn.
I will say the teacher/student element wasn't as taboo or as strong as I have read in other books, I didn't really mind that, it was more how Wrenn and Dalton met and if their circumstances were different it would have been a college campus instead of a high school one. I did get a bit antsy around 56% as I was scared of them being discovered and as I liked both characters, I didn't want their bubble to burst.
The issue that Dalton had to deal is a rare one in books and I thought it was really well done, I liked the inclusion of this, even though it doesn't go into great depths it was just enough to raise awareness and it added something unique to the story, I actually preferred this to the student/teacher element as I really felt for Dalton and Wrenn and the decisions they would have to make. I also liked that the author didn't take the easy way out at the end, the results felt more realistic and I really felt for both characters.
This was my first book by Missy Johnson, I liked the dual point of views as both characters had a story to tell. At the beginning of their relationship I felt the writing skimmed the surface, we were told a lot of their feelings rather than shown. For me I wanted to delve a little deeper and really get to know both Wrenn and Dalton. They were professing feelings quite quickly and I would have liked a more solid foundation to believe in what they were feeling. With that being said I think fans will love this story as it really is charming and sweet!
Always you is a sweet, easy read and perfect for this time of year. It's more than just a student/teacher romance and you should check it out for yourself today.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Always You was a gripping story that goes past the student teacher taboo romance. I am a huge fan of student teacher romance. I love the angst, the emotion, everything attached. However I was surprised at how this story was so much more than that. It worked its way into my heart as a story I will never forget.
Wrenn is not your typical high school student. She is repeating her senior year of high school at Tennerson Girls Academy due to a tragic accident where she lost her mom, dad, and brother. She is now living with her aunt, Layna who is the headmistress of that school. Wrenn is emotionally numb in that she no longer allows herself to feel anything as she continues to struggle with the reality that her entire family is gone. She meets Dalton Reid when he’s introduced as her new history teacher. He is fresh out of college at 23 years old. The girls at Tennerson go crazy over this hot and young teacher. When Wrenn and Dalton meet, sparks fly and Dalton discovers Wrenn is far beyond her 18 years.
The pace of this story was slower than others, however I felt that this allowed us to truly fall for Wrenn and Dalton as well as connect to their love story.. Wrenn and Dalton bond over similarities in horror movies. Soon enough their innocent banter turns into flirting…and something more.
Wrenn and Dalton’s love story was beautiful and captivating. As I said before this goes so much more beyond the typical student teacher romance. This is no surface love. What Wrenn and Dalton have is deep rooted, all consuming love. Without realizing it, they remind each other what it is to love and live again. That life is precious and tomorrow is not promised to anyone. This story has such a deep message that to reveal it would not be fair to future readers.
While most of us readers hope for a HEA, this is not the one I expected. While there is an ending it gutted me. I was beside myself as I didn’t’ realize how much I connected to Wrenn and Dalton. I cannot say if the ending was happy or sad, but I will say that you will FEEL it. The message in this story is powerful and so meaningful. I recommend this story to anyone that believes in true love. Love conquers all.
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