~Review by ~Judith~
Broken English (Broken Lives #1)by Marita A. Hansen
5 + Stars……Amazing!!
“I glanced back at the teacher,thinking she was hot as fuck.”
This book took me completely by surprise.It grabbed hold of me and would not let go.I read it in just over 24hours,I couldn’t put it down.
From the blurb, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a sexy Teacher/Student book but it’s so much more than that.For a start it’s a role reversal to similar books,Clara is the teacher and Dante is the student.
Clara….teacher….married, early twenties
Clara is happily married,in her early twenties.For the past few years, she’s been working as a Teaching Assistant in England but has returned to New Zealand and has taken a job as an English teacher at a High School in a rough area.Her husband is following on in a few weeks.
Dante is 15 and to say he’s had a troubled past is an understatement.A lot of books feature a character with a troubled past,sometimes they work,sometimes they don’t….this is definitely the exception.
Dante’s character was real.The Author’s portrayal of his past and how it has shaped his young life was so believable.
The boy is gorgeous,highly sexual and looks and behaves a lot older than he is.
He oozes sex and just about every girl wants a piece of him.He puts on an arrogant front but deep down wants someone to see past his devastating good looks.
So what happens when the Student and Teacher meet??
Sparks definitely fly but this isn’t a hot for teacher book,there’s a lot more depth to it.
Clara tries so hard to resist her attraction to Dante,she knows her feelings are all kind of wrong.
“He lowered his head to mine,looking like he was going to kiss me.I could feel his breath on my lips,a tickle across my flesh,so close I could almost taste him.”
I’m not giving any indication of what does or doesn’t happen between them.I really had no idea which direction the story would go.
The writing is brilliant and apart from the two main characters there are some great secondary ones…not always likable but very well developed.
And the high school setting was very well done.
This book blew me away and it’s down to Jan’s review (still couldn’t work out how to post a link to her review…but check it out )
ARC of Broken English was kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.