Friday, July 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin

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Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.

Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.

Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.

But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.



Teaching Roman was not your typical student/teacher romance.  It was filled with longing for a love that consumes you, makes you want to be with that person, think about that person and love them with all of your heart and soul even if you shouldn't, even when it goes against all of your carefully laid plans.  I would rate this book 3.5 stars and recommend that others take the rollercoaster ride with Jess and Roman.

After a horrible break-up, Jess's best friend Cassie convinces her to take a trip during their winter break to Mexico to let loose and have some fun.  Jess, who is a list maker and a serious planner, doesn't want to go, but she knows that her friend needs to get away after finding her boyfriend in bed with another girl so she agrees.  When they run into their former communications professor at the airport, the sparks begin to fly and the flirting becomes blatant.  Jess had a serious crush on Roman while she was in his class, but never even considered it a possibility because he was her instructor.  She wonders if he really is flirting with her at the airport or if she is creating a situation in her head that doesn't even exist.  Not one of her carefully laid lists or plans will save her from falling for the hot instructor while on vacation.  After proposing a one week fling that no one will ever find out about, she falls head over heels for the sweet, smart, caring man that Roman is; evening knowing that this is forbidden by university standards.  As their week of fun in the sun and hot crazy sex comes to an end, Roman tries on more then one occasion to tell Jess how he feels about her but she never allows him to knowing that they can never have a future together.

"Whoever said it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all was either a masochist or had a heart of steel."

Once back at the University, Jess throws herself into her lists and her plans for the future, trying to squash her feelings Roman.  She finds herself thinking about him more than she should and going out of her way to make sure she doesn't run into him.  Until one day when she can't take it anymore and she shows up outside his office.  The reader thinks, finally they are going to be together despite the obstacles that are in their way, but after some hot sex in his office, she runs away again, knowing that they can't be together even though they both want the other in their lives.  It seems that when they can't stay apart for another minute that things get all the more complicated.

The reader wonders if they will ever finally be together? Or will Jess's ex-boyfriend get in their way.  This Sassy Diva won't spoil the end for you, so you need to read the book to find out the fate of Roman and Jess!





 





I like coffee. A lot. Writing gives me time to go get a cup without my kids. I like books as much as I like coffee, but it is easier to read with children hanging on you than drink coffee due to the threat of third degree burns. That's why coffee gets top billing in my intro: its unattainability.
I hold a Masters in English with a specialization in 18th century women's studies. While this is a highly marketable area of expertise, I stay home with my kids, which means my 3 year-old son uses correct grammar and doesn't burn down the house.
I have a ridiculously supportive husband who dreams of being included on a book jacket: "The author lives in Kansas with her husband, two children, and a Tuesday cat." 


   



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