Author: Olivia Dade
What I’m Talking About:
Teach Me is an absolutely lovely romance about two injured souls who find their way to happiness. The characters are rich and real, and I felt connected to both Rose and Martin right from the start. They are both kind and caring, but also strong; people I would want to be friends with in real life.
I like that right from the get go, Martin is attracted to Rose; he finds her almost hypnotic in the way she dresses and composes herself. And although she’s icy towards him, he recognizes there must be a reason behind it because he picks up on how warm she is to his daughter and the other students. He knows she cares. Similarly, Rose finds Martin nearly irresistible, but because he’s inadvertently responsible for the upheaval in her teaching schedule, she wants – needs – to not like him. Yet despite her efforts, Rose likes Martin and asks him out on a date. However, his own insecurities cause him to turn her down, leading to almost immediate regret that lingers for months as he decides he’s in it for the long-haul and will win Rose over. This gives the pair time to develop a deep and meaningful friendship.
The romance is slow burning but always progressing. What starts as careful attraction builds into genuine friendship, so when the pair finally takes the step beyond friends, I was eager along side them. They mesh together so perfectly, yet their respective past hurts make it difficult to fully commit in a way that suits both. I love how open, honest, and intuitive each is. They know without having it explained. They listen and genuinely hear. And most importantly, they learn and choose to grow.
This relationship works, and will last, because both characters are extremely intuitive and observant. They pick up on subtle clues and rarely jump to misinformed conclusions. They think and act, rather than always reacting. But most importantly, they are genuinely good people with large hearts, who learn to overcome past pain to love again. The journey isn’t smooth, and my heart broke along side both Rose and Martin when they struggled to get beyond existing barriers, making their eventual connection all the more satisfying.
My Rating: A, Loved It
About the Book:
Their lesson plans didn’t include love. But that’s about to change…
When Martin Krause arrives at Rose Owens’s high school, she’s determined to remain chilly with her new colleague. Unfriendly? Maybe. Understandable? Yes, since a loathsome administrator gave Rose’s beloved world history classes to Martin, knowing it would hurt her.
But keeping her distance from a man as warm and kind as Martin will prove challenging, even for a stubborn, guarded ice queen. Especially when she begins to see him for what he truly is: a man who’s never been taught his own value. Martin could use a good teacher–and luckily, Rose is the best.
Rose has her own lessons–about trust, about vulnerability, about her past–to learn. And over the course of a single school year, the two of them will find out just how hot it can get when an ice queen melts.
Release Date: May 30, 2019
Series: There’s Something About Marysburg #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (274 pages), e-book
Book Source: Author