November 25, 2015

Review - Eighteen by JA Huss

Eighteen (18) Based on a True Story
J.A. Huss
Publication date: November 18th 2015
Genres: New Adult Taboo Romance
Eighteen is hard.
And so is Mateo Alesci.
He’s hard to read, hard to predict, hard in every way that counts. He wants things from me.
Dirty things, nasty things, forbidden things.
And I have to give in.
His attention is completely inappropriate, but I can’t say no. The way he looks at me… the way he watches me through my bedroom window… the way he drags me deeper and deeper into his completely forbidden fantasy world just… turns me on.
He knows it turns me on.
He holds all the power. He holds all the cards.
He holds my entire future in his hands.
And I have to give in.
Because Mr. Alesci is my teacher.
And I need everything he’s offering.

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“You came,” he says, after a few moments of rest. His eyes open and he looks straight at me. “You came in my mouth.”
I just stare back. Unable to talk. Unable to comprehend what he’s saying. “You’re a liar.”
He smiles. “But I’m a good one, right?”
“You believed me. And you know why you believed me, Shannon?”
“That never happened?”
He scoffs. “Please, how drunk would you have to be for me to suck you off and never wake you up? Do you know why you believed me?”
“You’re a psycho,” I say, floored.
“Because you want to believe me.”
I shake my head slowly. “I don’t believe you. You’re a very good liar, Mateo. And that’s not something to be proud of.”
“Right. So why are you so sure Danny Alexander is the nice one, and not me?”
“Because look at you,” I scoff. “You’re such a fucking freak.”
“I’m sitting here in a chair, masturbating as I tell you a fantasy, Shannon. It’s hot.” And then he laughs. “You know it is.”
“It’s weird,” I say. “I’m speechless with you most of the time because you’re blowing my fucking mind. You make no sense to me. You don’t follow the rules.”
“Whose rules? Your rules?”
“School rules, for one. You’re my fucking teacher!”
“Technically, no. I’m a subcontractor. But ethically, yes.”
“It’s the ethics that count, don’t you think?”
“So walk out. Report me to Bowman. Call the police. Do whatever the fuck you want.”
My thoughts are racing around in my head. “Maybe I will.”
“At least you’d be invested. At least you’d stop just sitting here, begging me to get you out of this.”
“Beg you!” Holy shit. “To get me out of what?” I just want to punch him in the fucking face right now.
“OK,” I huff. “I’m done here.” I push my chair back to stand, but his words stop me.
“You want to skate through school, you said, take tests and call it learning. You want the prize without the work that goes into it. You want things you don’t deserve.”
“You don’t know what I deserve,” I say quietly. “You have no idea what I deserve.”
“I know,” he says, nodding. “But I do know what you don’t deserve. And you can deny it all you want, it won’t change the fact that you didn’t earn it. I’m asking you to earn it.”
“Earn what, Mateo? You make no sense.”
“It.” he replies. And then he lifts his hands up towards the ceiling.
“What’s any of this,” I say, lifting my hands up in the same way, “have to do with sex?”
He just smiles. “Nothing at all. It’s got nothing at all to do with sex. I just like you and I want to fuck you, and tease you, and play you. Not like that,” he says, seeing the anger inside me building. “Not like a victim, Shannon. Like an instrument.”
He reaches over for a roll of paper towels sitting on the table next to him, rips one off, and cleans up the mess on his stomach. He throws it into the trash, stands up, and puts himself back together.
“If you want to walk away,” he says, grabbing his book from the table, “go ahead. Report me to Bowman, tell the police, do whatever the fuck you want. But I’m trying to tell you, I’m invested. So go date Danny Alexander if you want. You can quit this class and drop out of school. You can fuck everything up. You’re a grown woman, you can make whatever choice you feel is best. But when you look back in ten years and wonder where it all went wrong, don’t blame me, Shannon. Because I gave a fuck and you walked out.”
And then he walks out. He’s got that stupid book in his hand and he just walks out and leaves me there.

Author Bio:
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.
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My 5 Star Review

JA Huss is one of my absolute favorite authors, so when she announced she was doing a student/teacher book I about went crazy! Here’s why, because I absolutely love forbidden books and student/teacher is about as good as it gets. I went into this book with extremely high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed. It is everything forbidden love should be.
“You’re an unmissable girl. You’re a fucking explosion in a bottle waiting to happen. People talk to you because they can’t help but see you.”

We first meet Shannon and today is her eighteenth birthday. What should be a day of epic celebration is just another day that proves her life as an adult won’t be easy. Her sister, her only remaining family, just died and she left behind a widow and young baby. Shannon’s only option is to stay with her sister’s husband, a man she barely knows or gets along with. Then she learns that due to her new school’s requirements she has to take additional classes the last semester of her senior year.

That is how she meets Mateo. She is forced to take night classes and Mateo is her math teacher. Let me tell you, Mateo comes on strong, very strong and it isn’t long until they are hooking up. I loved how conflicted Shannon was though, it just made the story more real. She knows it’s wrong, but she feels when she is with him and she desperately wants to belong. I loved, absolutely loved Shannon’s inner thoughts. It just made her so believable as a character. 

Mateo throughout the story remains a mystery and despite being a sexy, dirty talker which is right up my alley, I was torn. Sure their relationship is hot as hell and addictive, but is it good long term. Of course, it took like five minutes for me to not even care. I loved how Mateo took care of Shannon. I felt like he was always looking out for her in little ways. 
"Are you my problem, Mateo? Or my answer” “Which do you want me to be?” “Both” 

I also loved how Eighteen had the mystery and surprise we are used to without it being over the top. I felt like the plot played out perfectly and in the end I was in love. 

In my non-expert opinion, I believe forbidden should love should have lots of sneaking around and fear of getting caught. It should include hot, steamy sex that leaves you distracted. Mostly, the couple should have a connection that justifies the risk of losing it all just to be together. Eighteen had all of the above and more. This story made me feel for the characters, it made me hot as hell, it had me completely engaged. Finding out one of your favorite authors is writing your favorite type of story is like Christmas coming early, thanks Julie!

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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