4 starsAge GapContemporary RomanceEroticaForbidden RomanceStudent/teacher

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

Misconduct Book Cover Misconduct
Penelope Douglas
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
December 1st 2015

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fall Away series who never fails to deliver a “powerfully written contemporary love story…”*

Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…

Maria’s Review

“Damaged people were survivors, and they survived because they always put themselves first. Self-preservation demanded it.”

Easton has been through some traumatic events in her past but she is moving on with her life the best she can. Having picked a career in teaching, she develops a new exciting approach to teaching by using the social media to her advantage.

Easton is OCD to the point of being paranoid – she counts her steps, makes sure everything is in its place in her apartment and alphabetizes/color coordinates the contents of all her drawers and cabinets. It’s her way of coping.

Tyler has all the money he could possibly want but it is not enough for him. Now he wants power. He is single and a father to a teenage boy, who attends Easton’s history class. When Tyler arrives to a parent/teacher conference and sees Easton he realizes it is not the first time he has met her.

➦Throughout the book we see Tyler trying to succeed at running for Senate, running his company, building a relationship with his son and a love relationship with Easton. Tyler wants it all but there aren’t enough hours in the day to achieve that. Can he have it all?

“I wanted to make more than just money. I wanted to make a difference and be remembered.”

❤There is an age difference of over 10 years between the MCs and the fact that a relationship between teacher and parent is frowned upon. So I guess you can categorize this as a forbidden romance. They had to hide their love affair and it made it that much more exciting. The sexual tension was off the charts.

❤The book was pretty well paced, albeit a bit slow in the beginning with the info dump primarily from Tyler’s POV. I am glad I stuck around though, it was a very enjoyable read overall. I liked the heroine – she was feisty and spoke her mind, but not without faults, of course.

✘The fact that Tyler was super slow at making choices annoyed me to no end. He wanted to have it all and couldn’t… or should I say wouldn’t prioritize. He was a very frustrating character for me.

❤I recommend this book to anyone who likes forbidden erotic romances. (Dual POV)