Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Teacher's Wounded Heart by A.J. Jarrett

The Teacher
Title:The Teacher’s Wounded Heart
Author:AJ Jarrett
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/M (oral and anal sex)
Word Count:40,629
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Drew Hamilton is happy living a quiet life. Becoming a teacher was all he ever wanted and up until a few months ago that was enough to keep him content, that was before Cal Saunders moved in next door and changed everything. Drew feels like his life is spinning out of control, but falling for the tattooed god isn’t in his plans.
Cal knows the well dressed and mild mannered teacher is slumming it to be with a man who makes his living as a tattoo artist. Where he’s rough around the edges, Drew is smooth and sweet, everything Cal’s ever wanted. No matter how much Drew pushes him away, Cal won’t turn his back on what’s happening between them.
Drew knows he needs to let go of his past and move forward but fear keeps him paralyzed to do anything about it. He needs to figure it out soon before the only man he’s ever truly loved walks away.

AJ Jarrett’s story The Teacher’s Wounded Heart told of a man fighting to overcome the pain of first love.  Drew struggled throughout this book to move beyond the selfish and hurtful way of kids.  Instead of growing from the humiliation, Drew decided to build a wall around his heart.  He allowed only his best friend close until Cal.  His attraction to Cal forced him outside of his comfort zone but only part way.  His indecisiveness made me want to smack Drew upside the head several times throughout this story.  However, while I struggled with Drew, I adored Cal. I thoughtMs. Jarrett pointed out wonderfully how deceiving appearances can be.  Cal had a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor packaged in the body of a tattooed bad boy.  I loved that this smoking hot bad boy was unsure of how to approach the buttoned down teacher who lived next door.  I loved that he was insecure in ways you would not have expected.  But what was truly great, at least to me, were his friends.  Ms. Jarrett showed what type of man Cal was by the company he kept.  She showed that in spite of our outer packaging we feel pain, love and joy the same.  I enjoyed this story and the positive message Ms. Jarrett presented without being preachy.  While this was the first time I read her words it will not be the last.

                                        Four Twinkling Stars

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