Erin Brewster is nervous enough on her first day of teaching at Hawthorn Hill. But the way Zach Shepherd looks at her with his dark and dreamy blue eyes really throws her off her game. He simply has to walk past her to send her heart racing. Although he's eighteen and a senior, he's still just a student—and very off limits. To let her eyes linger over his body, to fulfill her fantasies would be more than inappropriate. It would be career suicide.
Three years after his graduation from Hawthorn, Shep has returned as a member of the faculty—and he hasn't forgotten his favorite teacher, the prettiest woman he's ever seen. When they finally have a chance to get to know each other, they realize they share a common interest: kink. In fact, Shep has learned a lot about the subject during his time away and is ready to teach Erin a thing or two. He'll soon have her begging to be held after class.
As their relationship comes under scrutiny, the ties that bind Shep and Erin may begin to fray. But some bonds grow stronger under pressure.
I had a hard time getting into this story it starts out okay with teacher being hot for student and stuck in fantasy land while she teaches but we jump into the future when Shep returns to claim his dream woman - his highschool teacher.
There is a lot about Shep and Erin's budding relationship where you can feel the tension between them but it was hard for me to appreciate the good character Shep started out as and the not so nice one he became and Erin's more sensible character turned into a more childlike one.
I didn't understand where the personality flips came from. Or why it would be so extreme. The "BDSM" interest didn't fit in this story at all, I felt it would have been better to have been kept as a normal romantic relationship but I didn't get that vibe at all.
I didn't care for their love end of the relationship because it didn't feel honest. I would have believed it more if it had been a strictly sexual based one which is how it felt. Sex equals love is the misinterpretation that is made between Shep and and Erin and it didn't mesh with how I felt about either of them or the foundation they built their interactions on.
School Ties wasn't bad by any means but it just didn't feel honest and that sacrificed a lot in ratings for me.
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