Kayley Loring’s books have such PERSONALITY; a completely distinctive writing style that just makes me smile. I always know I’m in for light, playful, sexy reads with her and that’s exactly what this is. A touch of the forbidden adds the only angst to this otherwise smile-inducing read; it’s the kind of light romance that you can devour in one sitting – and I did. The only problem? Well, now I have to wait until she releases her next book.
The story follows Alex, a single dad raising his son in L.A. Alex isn’t completely jaded by his failed marriage, but it’s taken him awhile to get back into a place where he’s ready for a relationship. Upon meeting the sweet yet sexy Emilia, Alex feels a spark that’s been missing for a long time. There’s instalust between them and the hint of something more, but Alex and Emilia are clearly not meant to be together – yet. Not only is Emilia just starting out fresh in a new city, but her vivacious new student is also Alex’s son. As the lust between them builds into something deeper, it gets more and more difficult to keep things platonic.
It’s a sexy, banter-filled slow burn with characters who are easy to like. I loved the texting and email exchanges, the tension, and the overall playfulness of the read. It’s SUPER low angst, with a teacher/student’s dad relationship that’s a catalyst for this relationship developing into more. And despite this being a slow burn, it’s one of the sexier reads from Loring. These two just have so much chemistry between them. There is one decision towards the end that had me scratching my head, but no major roadblocks to enjoying this light, sexy read. Can’t wait to see what the author writes next, because I’ll definitely be reading it! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this light romance.
TO: Alex Vega
FROM: Emilia Stiles
Dear Mr. Vega,
I felt it necessary to follow up on today’s meeting, since we weren’t able to speak candidly in front of your son.
I was shocked to discover that you are Ryder’s dad. Given that your ex-wife will be out of the country for a while and you are currently his primary caregiver, I’m sure you understand why we need to establish boundaries and etiquette. I think it would be best if we just pretend that we met in person for the first time today.
Your son is a very bright (flirtatious and talkative) student and since his education is a top priority for both of us, I hope I can count on you to respectfully refrain from grinning at me, using that sexy tone of voice, and undressing me with your annoyingly beautiful brown eyes if we should happen to interact with each other again in the future.
Thanks so much,
TO: Emilia Stiles
FROM: Alex Vega
SUBJECT: Re: Well, hello again…
Dear Miss Stiles,
Great to hear from you. My son’s education is indeed a top priority. As such, I respectfully agree to refrain from doing all of the aforementioned things.
However, I can’t promise to stop thinking about that kiss at the bar this summer. I’ve been thinking about it for the past month. It’s interesting how humorless and uptight you are about my son’s totally awesome personality, given that I have personally witnessed just how flirtatious and talkative you yourself can be when mildly intoxicated.
You’re so welcome,
P.S. I volunteered to be a chaperone for your next field trip. See you then.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.
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