Published on April 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The Education of Sebastian
Trapped in a loveless marriage, thirty year old Caroline Wilson moves to San Diego after her military husband earns a promotion. Feeling lost and alone Caroline strikes up a friendship with young local surfer Sebastian Hunter.
Sebastian has more than friendship on his mind when he runs into Caroline on the beach. But when sparks fly friendship turns into an illicit love that threatens them both.
The Education of Caroline
Now a successful journalist, Caroline heads out to report from the front lines of the war in Afghanistan. Love is the last thing on her mind when she crosses paths with Chief Sebastian Hunter.
Will this chance encounter reignite the erotic passion of their past?
The Education Series is definitely something special. It’s one of those series where you live and breathe the characters and everything they go through. It’s one of my absolute favorites!
The Education of Sebastian really took me by surprise the first time I read it. I haven’t read many books about older woman and a younger man but I feel like this book really did it right. Caroline is a 30 year-old military wife, trapped in a loveless marriage. She married at the young age of 19 to an older man, a Navy medical officer who quickly charmed her, but she has been unhappy ever since – completely losing herself in her unhealthy relationship.
He hated the way I dressed, the way I spoke, what I spoke about and the things that interested me to speak about.
When 17 year-old Sebastian comes into her life, he completely brightens her world with his kind, sweet heart. I could not have loved him more! He’s loving, open hearted, honest, and vulnerable. He just broke my heart over and over with how sweet, genuine and raw he was with his emotions.
What was it about that boy? He really got under my skin. It had been simple when he was a child, and I’d enjoyed his uncomplicated company. Things had certainly changed.
Things between Caroline and Sebastian move quickly and it’s not long before they are acting on their attraction for one another. I have to admit, I was surprised by how fast everything happens but as the story moves forward there was never any doubt that it was much more than lust. Their feelings completely consumed each other and it always felt incredibly genuine.
“Is it always like this?” he said, suddenly looking lost and vulnerable. I knew what he was asking me and I didn’t have an answer. I shook my head. “Not for me … not until now, until you.” What did I know of the kind of love that made it hard to breathe, where your body ached day and night for that connection with another, physically, mentally, spiritually? It was utterly new and terrifying and exhausting and wonderful.
I think the way the affair was handled was done really well. I never for one minute was even remotely mad at Caroline for having the affair or carrying on the way she did. I’m glad I never questioned if he would leave David and she didn’t really either, it was more of when and how to go about it. There were some cheesy moments because it’s a very sweet romance, but even with that it was mostly just endearing. I had a lot of anxiety while reading, just waiting and waiting for them to get caught, but it did make the experience that much more exciting and made me that much more invested in the story. And then THAT ENDING! Wow, talk about explosive! It really took my breath away and left me reeling. Then I read the blurb for The Education of Caroline and about passed out….
The Education of Caroline picks up 10 years, yes, TEN YEARS after the ending that separated Sebastian and Caroline in the previous book. When I read that in the blurb, there was no doubt that I had to continue immediately to see what happened and why these two were not together after all this time. Ten years ago, Caroline was living a life she didn’t want with a man she didn’t love. She was pretty lost and didn’t do anything for herself. When we see Caroline now, she is strong, independent, and has become an incredibly successful journalist who is taken very seriously in her profession. I couldn’t have been more proud, I just wanted to give her a high five and say, “You go girl!” But, of course one thing was missing. I love how Caroline and Sebastian are introduced to each other again in the book. Caroline hasn’t spoken to or seen Seb since the night all hell broke loose and their affair was made public. So, traveling to Geneva for a ‘hostile environment’ training program for journalists before making her way to the Middle East was the last place she thought she’d be seeing the love of her life again.
Sebastian: the reason my marriage had ended; the catalyst for my becoming a journalist. The man I’d loved more than any man, before or since. The man I hadn’t seen for ten long years. My beautiful boy, my lover, my friend. The man I thought I’d never see again.
Saying it’s rocky between them is an understatement. So much has happened and changed. Sebastian is very different from the young man Caroline used to know, he’s still brutally honest but a little less gentle and much more angry.
“I really want to hear this, Caro. I really want to hear how hard you tried to find me,” he jeered. “You knew my fucking father was forcing me to enlist because of you, but you didn’t even bother to make a few fucking phone calls. Three years I waited for you, Caro. Three fucking years, while you were off building your career and having a great life traveling all over the world. So yeah, I fucked some women who deserved it, because I’d already been fucked over once and I wasn’t going to let it happen again.”
There is a lot more up and down in this book and I think that’s just because their emotions are so intense. Not only is there that desperate love that has always been there, but now they have to deal with the repercussions of their choices over the last ten years. They have to get to know each other again and fight for what they had.
It never occurred to me that you… that you’d be waiting for me.” He leaned forward, his eyes intense and angry. “But I said I’d wait for you. I promised I’d wait. Hell, Caro, it was the last thing I got to say to you. And you… you said…” he bit his lip, hesitating. I’d promised to love him forever.
I thought they both acted immature at times in this, but in a way I could empathize with that because things were so strained, so much time had passed, so much had happened, and there was a lot of hurt. They were bound to piss eachother off and get into it. But underneath it all they are still the same people and are just meant to be together.
“I love you, Caro, so much.” I couldn’t believe he was saying these words to me. “I haven’t changed how I feel. I still love you—I’ve always loved you. It’s only ever been you.”
I loved this book, even more than the first. Even though it was heartbreaking at times, their struggles only brought them closer. Things progress really beautifully and there is great closure from the past book. My one complaint was that I wanted a bit more from the end. Don’t get me wrong, I was really happy with how things were, but because I love these characters so much I didn’t want to let them go yet, I wanted more. AND, that is EXACTLY what I got from the new bonus epilogues and chapters in this combined edition. I couldn’t be happier with the ending, it’s perfect for Sebastian and Caroline.
5 stars for The Education of Caroline and the series as a whole! ♥
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