Review: His Son’s Teacher by Kay Stockham

His Son's Teacher (Harlequin Superromance)Reviewer: EmmaRae

Series: Tulanes of Tennessee (#2)
Release Date: July 8th, 2008
Publisher: Harlequin
Page Count: 256
Source: Purchased at Harlequin for leisure
Blurb: They need help…fast.

Nick Tulane ordinarily won’t admit weakness–in himself or in those he loves. But when he learns his son is about to fail in school, the single father is desperate to find a tutor. And Jennifer Rose is perfect.

In fact, Jen might be too perfect. Nick’s starting to fall for the attractive teacher, and he can’t let that happen. Because opening up to Jen means sharing the secret that has always made him feel like an outsider in his own family. Still, with his son showing signs of following in his footsteps, Nick can’t keep the truth hidden. But once she knows, will Jen accept him…weakness and all?

Review: I absolutely adored this book. I didn’t know it was book two of a series, but when I finished at around 2am, by 2:15, I had gotten out of bed and purchased the rest of the series.

When the book opens we find single father Nick squirming in a kiddie-size chair in a parent-teacher conference. I was immediately drawn to father and son trying to see eye-to-eye, and couldn’t put the book down. He’s a successful, gorgeous hunk, but he’s estranged from his family and trying to raise a child on his own…not easy under the best circumstances.

You can’t imagine why this guy might feel defensive and insecure — and I’m not going to tell you, either. He’s attracted to Jen the minute he lays eyes on her in the bar, and he doesn’t understand why she doesn’t have more confidence in herself and her body. But Jen’s just been rocked by a nasty divorce, and she decides to take the summer to shape up. If losing weight will make her feel better, how could Nick refuse to get up close and personal with her as her personal trainer at his gym? And maybe Jen can figure out why his son is struggling in school, and he won’t have to watch his child follow in his rocky footsteps.

But then she starts getting to him, chipping at his walls and his carefully ordered life. He doesn’t want anyone to get to close, because she might not like what she finds. Jen’s more comfortable around her second graders, and doesn’t quite know what to do with Nick. She knows what she’d like to do, but she can’t imagine Nick being interested in her.

All the characters in this book are beautifully developed. The chemistry between Nick and Jen is obvious, but it’s not overly erotic so anyone will enjoy it. You will laugh and cry and be sad when the story ends. The book lives up to the SuperRomance brand, and we meet the characters in Kay’s other books as Nick and his family try to mend fences. I’d recommend reading Another Man’s Baby (Book 1) first, but this is my favorite.

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