Title: Teach Me To Love
Author: Alannah Carbonneau
Series: Teach Me #2
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: 20th October, 2016
Cover: Kari Ayasha with Cover to Cover Designs
I am the lucky one…
because I have a lifetime to love you.
Raina Andrews is the expression of life. Living in color and breathing in passion, she has everything but love. Kaiden Weir is the childhood crush turned not-so-secret love of her life. He is everything she’s ever wanted and nothing she ever expected, but love can’t be gifted without trust.
When Kaiden returns from wandering in Europe, he is a different man. But breaking through the barriers Raina has built against his charms won’t be an easy feat. Her unwillingness to let him in only heightens his determination to become the man she’s always believed he could be.
Emotions fly high as spring drifts into summer and summer into fall. Seducing the heart has never been more fun or more easy, as Kaiden and Raina set the stage for a love that will last a lifetime.
In all lessons about love one thing is true: Loving another isn’t possible without first loving yourself – and love is the point of it all.
Love is life.
Kindle Friends Forever: Four Stars
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
Love, love, loved this read which is not only deliciously sweet, but also perfectly perfect for the genre it’s aimed at. Ms Carbonneau has shown me that her writing skills for this age group is another hidden forte of hers to be admired, respected and savoured. Beyond sensitive, even the most mature reader like myself will be affected by her storytelling expertise in this standalone. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending it since the concept involves a two-way interaction between protagonists who I easily related to. The premise of this love story isn’t new; however, the author has gone to great lengths to make it different.
Young love is often misinterpreted. Could it be a deep friendship? Could unforeseen circumstances cause an innumerable amount of problems, heartache and despair? When two young people feel so strongly for each other, how do they voice their feelings without crossing such a fragile line? All these questions were thrown at me. Consequently, I became totally engrossed while trying to find out the answers.
“You’re the only other person I know who likes to live in a rainbow. We’re a match made in dysfunction.”
Kaiden. Deary me! He’s the bee’s knees personified, highlighted and underlined. Regardless of whether I liked him to begin with was neither here nor there since he has his reasons for doing what he did. We’re talking about young adults here whose indecisiveness to do the right thing is often confusing and can cause misunderstandings. Actually, he was not at all what I expected. He realises early on that he could have gone about things differently. You’ll understand why his cocky charm frustrated me a tad, and why the path of doubt was cannily diffused by the author’s narrative skills. So she gave me no option but to believe in him, and ooh boy, did I pray he wouldn’t let me down! Or more important, Raina.
“The woman who takes your attention from the dating pool of hungry women aching to save your soul has got to be something epic.”
Raina was for me, a breath of fresh air, loves all things close to nature and her life’s expectations are quite simple. She wants him in it. I wasn’t surprised he’d hurt her feelings though. Wouldn’t yours be if your lifelong friend disappeared off the face of the earth? In her eyes, the person who’d been invading her dreams for an eternity treated her badly. Living in his shadow isn’t enough though. I asked myself whether she’d be able to trust him seeing he has the reputation as a lady’s man. He knows what he wants and means to earn her confidence. Raina’s sassiness and humour bowled me over. They both made me chuckle a time or two with their great banter. Of course, the bedroom scenes have to be mentioned. Wow, Kaiden should feel mighty proud of himself! Armed with the patience of a saint, he goes to extremes to make sure the gal in his life has no doubts about his intentions.
“You’ve always been my girl. Everybody knows that, beautiful.”
“Clearly I missed that memo.”
The story’s setting is breathtakingly beautiful and so well described that I felt like I was breathing mountain air. And Amara, Raina’s bestie and roommate, caught my attention straightaway. I loved how protective she is of Raina but she worried me with good reason. Clapping hands here as she’s going to get her story told! Kaiden’s best mate, Beckett, is a hoot and a half. Not only is he gorgeous and maybe a little over the top, but he’s also got some damn sound advice for Kaiden. The secondary character development is as always, impeccable, and this easy to read book’s editing spot on. Bravo to you, Ms Carbonneau!
A couple of my quotes:
“I’m not a peanut, Kaiden. I’m the nutcracker. If you hurt my friend, or disappear without calling again, it’ll be your nuts I crack.”
“Why don’t you ride with me?” “Or is your dick really so small that it needs the boost of your big ass truck?
Teach Me To Live #1: Synopsis, teasers and buy links: HERE
About the Author
I live in Alberta, Canada, where the weather is forever changing (without warning). I married the man of my dreams on August 15, 2015. He is my high school sweetheart and love of my life. There are no children in my life as of right now, but we do have a handful of rambunctious cats (five) and a testy, rescued Shepard/Husky, who take up a lot of my time.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve adored the written word. English was always my favorite class and that may be biased because I can’t count to save my life, so math was a horror! I remember the very first novel I ever read, Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler. It was the most interesting of the covers on my mom’s bookshelf (probably because it was pink) and I was way too young to be reading that novel. But I fell in love. From there, I read almost everything from V.C. Andrews.
My writing started out as poetry, which then evolved to songs, and later into novels. I was never one for the short stories as I found it too difficult to pack everything I imagined into something so small.
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