Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Release Blitz and Giveaway: Under the Peaches by Shana Vanterpool

Title: Under The Peaches
Series: Teaching Love #1
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Unwanted. A word eighteen-year-old Kaelyn Jefferies knows better than most. Given up at birth, she knows nothing of love. Now she navigates this world blind, worrying only about her present to survive. And sometimes when you’re the only guide you have, you don’t always do what’s best for yourself. After another confrontation with her bully, Kaelyn flees to her hiding spot to be alone and nurse her wounds. Instead, she finds Julian Ean, the gorgeous twenty-four-year-old calculus teacher the other girls whisper about, nursing a few of his own. Until that moment, Mr. Ean was simply a man she passed in the halls. Afterwards, he is impossible to ignore … to forget. Mr. Ean only wanted to help Kaelyn. Patch her up and show her she was worth so much more than she was giving herself. He didn’t mean to fall in love with a student. It’s wrong, he knows it, but he can’t help himself around her. Not when her pain feels like his. Kaelyn didn’t mean to fall in love with a teacher. It’s wrong, she knows it, but after Mr. Ean shows her what a real smile feels like, there’s no going back after that … Book one in the Teaching Love Series, comes a poignant coming-of-age novel showcasing the beauty of strength and the delicious lure of forbidden love by Shana Vanterpool.

“A beautiful romance. I cried. I laughed. I swooned (a lot!). I added Mr. Ean to my book boyfriend list for sure (*wink*)!” - Reader Review
“This book is the BOMB!!!
YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!” - Bookish_Affair
“This Book, this book!! Is there anything Shana Vanterpool can't write??” - MillsyLovesBooks
“This book has easily been my favorite for this year. Shana has a way of bringing out the tears from me but also putting smiles and feeling happy for the characters.” -A Bibliophile's World

In my current state, between ignoring and hanging on every word, I admit that’s what he is to me too. A shield between the hurt and me. I know exactly what he means. When I am around him, I forget to hurt, and it isn’t fair because he’s hurting too. But I can’t help it. No one warned me about him either. “Julian.” “It’s like,” he whispers. “Like and attraction doesn’t mean love.” What did mean love?

Shana Vanterpool has become one of my favorite authors and I love reading her work. Her latest release, Under the Peaches, is my favorite to date. #ilovejulien 

Julien is a teacher that all of the girls are crushing on. Kaelyn is just trying to get through school and graduate. She is invisible by everyone except the bullies. Her life up to this point has been difficult and things are about to get worse before they get better. Julien wants to save her, but can he? Will they find something in each other that goes beyond the hallowed halls of the school? 

I warn you that there are a couple of places where you will need tissues. As with many of Shana's books, this one pulls at the emotional heartstrings and makes my anxiety soar - in a good way. One of the things that I loved about the book is the way the author tackled a tough subject. She didn't shy away from it, and if anything it is a punch to the gut. Sadly, it is something that has happened in our schools and out in public. I applaud her for writing this the way she did. 

The characters are well written and are perfectly imperfect. Mr. Ean/Julien is an alpha male that isn't your typical alpha male. He wants to protect what's his and is willing to fight the world for it, but he has his flaws too. It is in his flaws that he becomes everything Kaelyn needs and more. It's also what makes him a great book boyfriend. I loved this book and Julien is probably my favorite male character from this author. It is a must read. 5 stars and one click today!

I can't wait for the next book in this series!

I have to say every time I read another book by this author I can tell how much she is growing and perfecting her writing style, and her stories as a whole. I haven't quite been disappointed with anything she has written but each book you can see the passion grow, the writing grow.. and I am thankful to have been apart of her journey thus far. I would give this book a 4 stars and highly recommend to others. Student Teacher romances have become one of my favorites to read..maybe its because its like the forbidden fruit? Or there is so much mystery as to what will happen or anticipation of getting caught? I am not sure.. what I am sure of is this book had much more depth too it than just a simple romance. It will touch on some very sensitive subjects, but I felt this author portrayed the story so well that I got caught up in it that I felt what these characters were feeling... which of course is what we all want when we dive into the fantasy world right!?

Kaelyn hasn't had the easiest life, she hasn't known what love is.. she doesn't have family and she doesn't have friends.. but when she befriends a teacher Julian she won't know what hit her... 

Julian moved is life for a woman, the same woman he has now cut ties with... when he befriends a student Kaelyn what will happen when he becomes her protector...her friend.. her lover?

Will they be able to get past the obstacle of the teacher/student relationship being friendly to romantic?? Can Kaelyn moved past her grief and devastation of the crap life she was handed? 

Get to one clicking to see what happens in this whirlwind romance. 

Keep Kicking Butt Shana because I will always be there to read and review your amazing stories, and I can't wait to see you grow even more! I have a feeling this story is not done being told so I hope and pray for more to come soon! Thanks for another great ride and look forward to so much more in the future!

As far as student teacher romances go, this is probably one of the best ones I've read to date.

Honestly, it could have had more steam but would be a great New Adult title. Shana tethered right on the edge of that cusp with this one. 

Kaelyn has a rough life. She needs someone to save her, to prove that there is good in the world. Somehow she catches Julian's eye. He sees the woman under the surface and wants to rescue her. 

Lines get blurred and crossed. Will then survive the fall out?

One click to find out.
I love being able to read authors when they start out on their endeavor. It gives me a chance to watch them grow. And has Shana grown since her first book.

I absolutely could not put this book down, even though real life dictated that I do. This book thoroughly encapsulated every emotional gamut. I felt everything the main character did.

Kaelyn has been dealt a raw deal. She feels lost and alone and feeling like she is deserving of every bad thing that happens to her. No one has ever been around to help her or support her. But all of the changes when a teacher finally opens their eyes.

Mr Ean, Julian Ean, the young 24 year old math teacher wants to help Kaelyn. To make her realize she is more than what her circumstances were.

The problem, they didn't mean to get attached. They didn't mean to have true feelings for one another.

You really need to one click this book now.

Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.