Leo Binhammer is used to having the all female students at prep school Carmine-Casey wrapped around his little finger. So when his territory is threatened by a new teacher, Ted Hughes (no, not THAT Ted Hughes!) Binhammer immediately begins to wonder what this will mean for him and his beloved students. When Binhammer realizes the connection between Hughes and his wife, Sarah, he decides that it’s best to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. Binhammer chooses not to tell Sarah about who Hughes is and soon he finds himself almost liking Hughes (while still being jealous of him). Meanwhile, there is a war brewing among two students, Dixie Doyle and Liz Warren. Dixie is a sexually charged Lolita just waiting for a chance to pounce while Liz views the entire school with more than a little scorn. Soon Dixie and Liz are vying for the attention of the few adult men in the school and what comes next is a mixture of loyalties, attraction and a lot of competition. In this tangled web there is more to the Carmine-Casey school than meets the eye.
I was asked to review this book by TLC Book Tours and I was super excited to receive the book. From what I’d read it sounded really good and unlike any of the books I’d been reading lately. At first I found the book a little hard to get into simply because I had to get used to author Joshua Gaylord’s writing style. But the minute things heated up in the book I found that I was ready to get to the meat of the book. Every character in the book, I found, was very real but I had a hard time liking any of them. Each character does things that are just ridiculous and with the girls acting far more womanly than they are and then men acting far more childish than they are I couldn’t really like any of them. I will say that one I got used to the writing style I really liked it. And all in all it was a good story. However, I generally judge books on whether or not they make me feel something and whether or not they stick with me when I’m done with them. This book didn’t really make me feel anything and when I was done I was just… done. I didn’t miss any of the characters afterward. It was a good read but not the best I’ve ever read either.
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