★★★★ 5 Peachy Stars ★★★★
Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst’s New York Times bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, featuring a strong-minded prison tutor who discovers that her sexy bad-boy student is far more than he appears to be.
Haunted by nightmares of her father’s street murder fifteen years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who’s as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance.
As teacher and student, Kat and Carter are forced to leave their animosities at the door and learn that one should never judge a book by its cover. As Carter’s barriers begin to crumble, Kat realizes there’s much more to her angry student than she thought, leaving them to face a new, perilous obstacle: their undeniable attraction to one another.
When Carter is released and Kat continues to tutor him on the outside, the obstacles mount. Can they fight the odds to make their relationship work? Will Kat’s family and friends ever accept her being with someone of his background? And will Kat’s discovery of Carter’s role on the night her father died force them apart forever...or unite them?
Gahh! This is such a great book. It is beautifully written, heart gripping, and captivating. Although the book pushes 400 pages, readers can get through it fairly quickly because Jackson does a wonderful job weaving this story with ease and care. Readers will get dragged into the story but not confused at what is going on. I absolutely loved this one. It is the proverbial bad-boy meets good girl romance book that leaves readers satisfied.
Wes Carter is in prison. He got caught with coke and is now paying the consequences. Kat is a teacher. She teaches literature at the prison against her mother’s wishes because it is her “pound of flesh”. She loves her job even if it can be tiring and hard dealing with these men who are doing their time.
When Carter fist walks into her classroom Kat knows he is going to be trouble- although she has to admit to herself that he is not trouble to look at. But after some trouble with another inmate, Carter is kicked out of her class and in need of something to do so that he can get granted for early parole. Seeing that there is something good in Carter, Kat intends to help so she begins tutoring him on the side. Thankfully, with the help of Kat, Carter is granted early parole but must continue to meet with her as part of its term. So out of prison, what was once thought to be an unlikely relationship suddenly turns into something neither of them can walk away from.
Overall, this is a wonderful book about love, loss, and redemption. Sophia Jackson has worked some magic with this tale that will leave readers breathless and eager for more. This is a beautiful story that incorporates love, acceptance, and finding things in unexpected ways. Although this book does have its fair share of drama, readers can easily look past this and see the bigger picture. And best of all, we get the happy ending that we so crave in romance books.
I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading more by this author in the future! This is a Pretty Little Book Reviews HIGH recommendation in the romance category and one of the best romance books of 2015!