Published on December 17th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.
One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.
You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.
I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…
Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school?
Add to that the lack of male contact, and I was going insane. Like literally. I wasn’t used to this. A year ago I was normal. I had a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. There is nothing normal about me anymore, and nobody here lets me forget that.
My name is Wrenn, and I’m only here because my aunt took me in after what happened, but my aunt also happens to be the headmistress of this academy…Can you see my problem?
I’m hated for my lack of money, and I’m hated for who my Aunt is.
Then he arrived. Dalton Reed. My new history teacher.
Slowly, he helped me see that even in the worst situations, there is always hope.
Always You had my attention as soon as I heard “student teacher romance.” While it might not have been what I was expecting, it was a short, cute read.
After a horrific accident claimed the lives of her parents and brother, Wrenn is sent away to live with her aunt who is head mistress at an all girls academy. The girls are rich and bitchy and Wrenn couldn’t be more miserable.
Prep school was like my worst nightmare come true. When the thought ‘I wish I died along with the rest of my family’ crossed your mind on a daily basis, it’s pretty obvious your not in a great place emotionally.
When handsome, young teacher, Dalton Reed is hired it causes quite a stir among the girls of Tennerson Academy. Within minutes girls are betting on who will get with him first. It’s all pretty comical, girls dropping pencils just to bend over in front of him, sexual innuendos flying left and right during class, the whole nine. While all this is going on Wrenn and her best friend, Kassia (a fellow outcast) are just watching the crazy unfold.
It doesn’t take long for Dalton to feel like he may be in a bit over his head and when he is invited to the weekly dinner at the headmistress’ house, him and Wrenn strike up an unlikely friendship. They bond over their mutual love for horror movies and it’s all really cute and seemingly innocent. Until it’s not…
“I’ve never felt so close to anyone before. I don’t know what it is with you, but I feel connected to you. Like I was meant to meet you.”
With a foundation of trust and friendship, feelings quickly form and it doesn’t take long before lines become blurred and eventually crossed.
“I can’t tell you how this is going to turn out, Wrenn. All I can do is promise that I will do my best to make this work, if that’s what you decide you want.”
“I think I’m already past making that decision.”
I was surprised how low angst this story was, especially it being a student teacher romance. I think a lot of that it attributed to this particular situation not feeling very taboo. Wrenn is 18, weeks away from graduation, and Dalton is 23, barely out of college. Nothing about them together felt very forbidden, which I missed a little bit. I wanted that nervous, excited feeling. There is definitely more going on in the story that has a huge impact on their relationship -something Dalton has kept secret and causes some definite conflict.
If I was being honest with myself, my career was the least of my worries when it came to Wrenn.
Overall, I liked Always You. The relationship between Wrenn and Dalton was sweet and there are plenty of tender moments as well as some steamy ones. Although it didn’t blow me away and I wasn’t as invested in the characters as I like to be, it was a cute romance. I thought the ending was really fitting and I was happy with how it turned out.
“You can’t live life waiting for things to go wrong, because then you’re not really living.”
“It’s just my mom and I. Dad died when I was fifteen. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, though originally I wanted to go with elementary.”
“Why did you go with high school?” I asked curiously.
He shrugged. “Last minute decision,” he said with a smile.
I laughed. “Oh, I bet you’re regretting that now,” I teased.
“I have no idea what you mean.” He looked at me innocently, and then his face broke into a smile. “Okay, teaching teenage girls is pure hell.”
I giggled. “Come on, it can’t be that bad. A couple of hundred girls, all thinking you’re a god? That’s got to boost the ego.”
“A couple of hundred girls all under the age of eighteen,” he corrected dryly.
“I’m not,” I said lightly, surprised by what was coming out of my mouth.
“Yeah, well you’re the exception,” he said.
The exception. I liked being the exception. I met his gaze, his eyes burning into mine. My face began to heat. How could I not read into things when he was staring at me like that? I felt naked under his gaze.