Title: Under The Peaches
Series: Teaching Love #1
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Book one in the Teaching Love Series, comes a poignant coming-of-age novel showcasing the beauty of strength and the delicious lure of forbidden love by Shana Vanterpool.
“A beautiful romance. I cried. I laughed. I swooned (a lot!). I added Mr. Ean to my book boyfriend list for sure (*wink*)!” - Reader Review
“This book is the BOMB!!! YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!” - Bookish_Affair
“This Book, this book!! Is there anything Shana Vanterpool can't write??” - MillsyLovesBooks
“This book has easily been my favorite for this year. Shana has a way of bringing out the tears from me but also putting smiles and feeling happy for the characters.” -A Bibliophile's World
Under the Peaches is a story about the choices we make, the reality of abuse and that sometimes conventional relationship norms can be broken in the face of something more meaningful. Julian and Kaelyn have a bond that defies what is expected and flourishes because what they have is more important than what others think. This book was hard to read in parts but was well worth the journey.
Kaelyn is suffering from a traumatic childhood and current reality when she meets her teacher. Julian is also struggling and seeing Kaelyn hurting doesn't sit well with him. As they create a friendship, it borders on going past what society deems as okay. But as their relationship evolves, their own lives and their current situation become more tenuous to the point that neither will come out the same as before.
Student/Teacher romances are admittedly touch and go for me. Having been a teacher this kind of taboo can be difficult for me to read and connect to at time but Ms. Vanterpool made me sympathize with these characters to the point that I wanted so much more for them than they were getting. I did at times get a bit frustrated with both Kaelyn and Julian, the choices they made and their reactions to some of the events that happened, but at the end, their story was built so that I could't fault them and only wanted the best for them.
Reviewed by Paige
★★☆ 3.5 "Taught" Stars ☆★★
Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.