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A Song Begins by Mary Burchell

A devastatingly arrogant and attractive conductor falls in love with his student in the first instalment in Mary Burchell's opera-themed Warrender series ...
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Except My Love by Mary Burchell

This is a lovely and well-written book, but it is not a lovely romance. Rich businessman Oliver Leyne marries his secretary Erica in a "marriage of convenience" since he's decided she'll do as a companion to ease his loneliness ...
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Kingfisher Morning by Charlotte Lamb

Somewhere in the mountains of Peru is an illiterate llama herder who has never heard of Charlotte Lamb, let alone read "Kingfisher Morning", yet who has guessed THE TWIST more quickly than its heroine does ...
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Take Me with You by Mary Burchell

Glorious. Absolutely glorious, vintage romance with a spirited and smart teenage heroine and a wonderful, slightly older (~10 years) hero). Orphan Leoni meets rich businessman Lucas, who happens to be a man she once met as a child at the orphanage gate ...
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Out of Control by Charlotte Lamb

Bob Tanner is my absolute favourite fictional journalist ever. Bob's target is Liza Thurston, a former model who now runs a modelling agency, and has such a perma-frosted foo-foo after some dreary heartbreak in her teens that she hasn't had sex for eight years ...
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Disturbing Stranger by Charlotte Lamb

Disturbing Stranger by Charlotte Lamb

Absolute five-star vintage trainwreck of a romance novel, that's full on crazy! It does not get more WTF than this. This is seriously strong stuff and not recommended for those that like a sweet romance. Gorgeous, insane, lethally alpha arrogant hero (36) becomes instantly obsessed with a teenage girl (19), and blackmails her into marriage: "I don't want your stupid sentimental little heart, my dear, I want your body. As ...
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Storm in a Rain Barrel by Anne Mather

For me this was a vintage winner: a guardian-ward romance with a massive age gap (17/37). There's a devastatingly sexy, older hero who's 100% in the mould of Mills & Boon/Harlequin heroes, right down to the "deeply etched" lines and the "sensual curve" of his mouth. And some bonus low-growing sideburns, but hey, this is the 1970s. Our orphaned heroine is straight out of convent school at 17 years old, ...
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Handful of Stardust by Yvonne Whittal

Take your feminism out and put it into a box. Firmly shut the lid, and put it on a high shelf. Keep it there until you've finished reading this novel, or you won't get through it. Although really, that's probably not the biggest problem with this book. It's not even: the pathetic heroine mooning after a man who doesn't attempt to contact her for months and whose kisses she finds ...
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First Love, Last Love by Carole Mortimer

This is an absolute corker of a vintage Romance, with 17-year-old Lauri inspiring insta-lust in her 34-year-old boss, Alex Blair ...
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An Elusive Desire by Anne Mather

I can’t really say I enjoyed this book. I dislike “second chance” romances as a rule anyway, and by the end I still couldn't make much sense of the plot ...
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Dark Mosaic by Anne Mather

Loved this one! The amnesia plot was fun, and though a few more “illicit” kisses wouldn’t have hurt, the fact that they eventually consummated was both sweet and HOT! ...
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Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding

I don’t know what came first, the book or the film. The film was excellent. The book is not ...
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Fear of Love by Carole Mortimer

Ridiculously melodramatic, super sexy, totally implausible relationship - this is the stuff that classic romance is made of! ...
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The Japanese Screen by Anne Mather

This is absolutely fashion-tastic. It gets five stars for the detailed descriptions of ghastly, ghastly, 1970s "style" alone ...
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The Reluctant Fiancee by Jacqueline Baird

This was pretty damn hot, there was plenty of sexual tension between the leads, and the seduction scenes were dramatic ...
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Beware the Beast by Anne Mather

Beware the Beast by Anne Mather

So let's be honest: there's only one reason we all read a book like this. It's for the Big Wedding Night/consummation scene. Because it's a forced, arranged marriage by domineering older man Alex, and the heroine, Toni, is a typically timid virgin. We all want to know what happens. That's why we skim over the dubious and spurious waffle as to how putting up your daughter's hand in marriage as ...
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Dark Obsession by Valerie Marsh

Dark Obsession by Valerie Marsh

So this is a wild ride, with a really dated setting that makes it quite a period piece (it felt more 70s than 80s if anything). Fran, a not-very-successful model, gets swept off her feet and married to her childhood crush, Grant, about a week after they meet at a party - having not spoken for nine years. We're soon in Rebecca territory. The problem, though, is that Rebecca/Julia - ...
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By Love Bewitched by Violet Winspear

By Love Bewitched by Violet Winspear

Oh god this was awful. To illustrate why, let me quote a few excerpts: her spectacles half-way down her nose as usual she nervously pushed her spectacles into place her eyes blazed at him behind the rims of her spectacles owlish in her spectacles with the big round frames "it's a wonder he hasn't arranged for her to have contact lenses" her blue myopic eyes All that was just in ...
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Take What You Want by Anne Mather

Take What You Want by Anne Mather

This is less of a romance, more of a soap opera. It's like an episode of Emmerdale Farm penned by the writers of The Bold and the Beautiful. Sophie, 17, has just finished school and the world is basically her oyster. She's done so well that she can apparently go to Oxford. However, her only desire is to get married to her stepbrother Robert, 29, whom she has hero worshipped ...
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Melting Fire by Anne Mather

Melting Fire by Anne Mather

Melting Fire is hot. There is a very edgy, forced-seduction first-time scene that may be too much for some readers. Olivia, 19, has just left finishing school in Paris, where she picked up a famous French popstar boyfriend, Jules Merignac. However, her stepbrother Richard, 37, who has acted as her guardian since she was four-years-old, has other plans. The nanny/housekeeper, Isabella "Bella" Ponsonby, is a bit of a pain. She ...
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Spirit of Atlantis by Anne Mather

Spirit of Atlantis by Anne Mather

Julie is the worst kind of romance heroine. She's passive, constantly angry and uptight, and endlessly "no-means-yes". She has no real drive or interest in anything. No career plans. She has ended up engaged to creepy older man Adam, her late father's business partner. She's so pathetic she just can't stop herself cheating on him - even going off with the hero right in front of Adam at a party ...
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Teach Me by R A Nelson

Teach Me is a very exciting read: a forbidden student-teacher relationship with action-packed drama, told in flashback. It depicts a very intense relationship that develops between a student, Carolina, and her teacher, Mr Mann. At one point it all goes wrong and she has no idea why. This drives her to near insanity and almost deadly dangerous behaviour. Those who want a conventional romance probably won't enjoy the way the ...
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To Bed a Beauty by Nicole Jordan

Lovely sexy Regency romance, spirited characters and interesting subplot ...
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A Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens

An enjoyable read for fans of student teacher novels, but the hero is a bit "soft" and the heroine rather a brat. Eden, the heroine, is 18 but really acts like a 15 year old. She's spoilt, immature yet precocious. Her love interest, 22-year-old music teacher James, is a nice man but something of a sop. I give this book five stars because I think the situation is actually quite ...
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Beyond the Stars by Barbara Cartland

Beyond the Stars by Barbara Cartland

I found it... absolutely impossible... to... read this book... because... the heroine Lupita would not... manage... one coherent piece... of... dialogue. I know... that Barbara Cartland's heroines... are frequently breathy... to the point of... sheer incoherence... but this... is... torture... Seriously... I am not... kidding... it is... unbearable.... Absolutely... one... to... skip ...
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Burn by Jayelle Morgan

Burn is a super-sexy, riveting read: a must-read for fans of HOT romance and sexy paranormal love. It's the first in a series about Elemental Warriors who use humans to cause natural disasters. Levi, one of these warriors who's struggling to control his fire power, falls for a human woman named Brooke. Even though any liaison between them is forbidden, he just can't resist her... Jayelle Morgan's prose is also ...
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A Matter of Feeling (L’esprit de famille #1) by Janine Boissard

A family coming-of-age story which contains a super intense age-gap romance between 17-year-old Pauline and her best friend's 40-year-old uncle Pierre. I loved this when I read it some years ago, it's the first of a series of six. The last few disappointed slightly as the youngest sister, Cecile, lost her rebellious edge as she grew up. However as the "Poison Pot" she was very entertaining in the earlier books ...
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When Summer Ends by Isabelle Rae

When Summer Ends is a very sweet teacher-student romance. It starts off as a typical summer romance, then is thrown into exciting and forbidden territory when the handsome Will turns out to be Chloe's high school teacher. The book is long enough to really hit its stride in the middle section, where Will has stopped seeing Chloe but they're both still desperate about one another. There are a lot of ...
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Harum Scarum - The Story of a Wild Girl by Esme Stuart

Harum Scarum – The Story of a Wild Girl by Esme Stuart

Harum Scarum is a glorious classic girl's romance featuring Australian orphan Antonia "Toney" Whitburn who comes to stay with her disapproving and resentful Aunt Dove and kindly-but-henpecked uncle. Toney is good hearted and absolutely irrepressible and wins every battle with her aunt. She also effectively rescues the aunt's poor downtrodden companion, Miss Crump. You can see an eventual romance coming a mile off, though that doesn't all really happen until ...
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Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson

Love Lessons was a very compelling read - but not for the central teacher-pupil relationship. What was fascinating was the bizarre nature of the family: downtrodden mother, eccentric father, two girls segregated and sheltered from the world and other children to some considerable extent. The mother's transformation from a subservient, unquestioning wife (who seemed like she had borderline learning difficulties) into an assertive and more capable woman was something I ...
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Moon Witch by Anne Mather

Moon Witch by Anne Mather

Moon Witch is a lovely vintage Mills & Boon romance, written and set in the 1970s. So of course you get all the usual "jet set" glamour from that era, a young virginal but spirited heroine, and an older rakish man of the world who of course falls in love with her and is - we assumed - redeemed by his passion. Seventeen-year-old Sara Robins discovers that she's the ward ...
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Innocents by Cathy Coote

This is a mesmerising and unusual novel. Told entirely from the female character's perspective, it tells the tale of a disturbed young woman who seduces her teacher and enters an obsessive relationship with him. Literally nothing else happens in this book apart from their relationship, which is part of the strength of the writing. There are no side plots. Other characters are scant and barely mentioned and rapidly forgotten. Despite ...
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Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn

Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn

Glorious, vintage romance in an atmospheric setting of Paris towards the end of the Great War. Sir Nicholas has been injured in action: he has lost an eye and a leg. Still a very handsome and virile man, he has nonetheless become disillusioned with life. Persuaded to write a book, he hires an apparently dowdy secretary, "Miss Sharp", who insists on wearing yellow-lensed horn-rimmed glasses to hide her eyes. * ...
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Broken Ever After by Natalie Graham

Broken Ever After is really two books in one, the genre considerably shifts gear in the second half. I won't mention to what as it gives the plot away considerably (it's not zombies or vampires though!) The first section, which was a student/teacher-romance was my favourite as I enjoy that genre. The book had a good sense of the taboo and the risky. I would have liked Olivia to not ...
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The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn

The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn

What an absolutely divine read! Searingly intense, passionate melodrama with a wonderfully happy ending. Since there's no proper synopsis of The Man and the Moment on Goodreads, I'll provide a brief one here: Michael, a devastatingly good-looking and rugged aristocrat, is trying to avoid marrying his mistress, a married woman who's about to become a widow (ie free). He jokes with a friend that he should marry anyone so he ...
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I Know My Love by Sara Seale

I Know My Love by Sara Seale

I Know My Love would be a sweet enough story, were it not ruined by an inexplicably weak doormat of a hero. The basic plot is that Jo has always nursed a bit of a teenage crush for older man and family friend Gervase. So when she's finally 18 and he shows up with fiancée Sandra, she has to hide her heartbreak. There are other Sara Seale themes here: Jo ...
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That Young Person by Sara Seale

That Young Person by Sara Seale

That Young Person is one of the loveliest of Sara Seale's romance novels, with a slow but believable build-up. Bride, 18, is young but very consistent and self-possessed, and a lovely girl. Simon, 36, is a decent and intelligent man, and it's clear how he's gradually falling for her. The basic plot is that Irish girl Bride has come over to England as Simon's nephew's fiancée, to win over the ...
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Always You by Missy Johnson

Always You is a feelgood romance where everyone is super nice and super cool and super attractive (and super rich) and no matter how many tragedies come along, the sun just keeps on shining. Even a darker-than-dark plot twist at the end doesn't offset the saccharine. Fans of lighthearted student-teacher romances that don't really breach any taboos (she's 18 and would be in college but for an accident, and he's ...
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Rivals by Jilly Cooper

Still a glorious romp of a read, Jilly Cooper's Rivals features one of the best age-gap romances ever: 37-year-old Rupert Campbell-Black and 18-year-old Taggie O'Hara. As with all Jilly Cooper's "bonkbusters" there are multiple plotlines going on and we get involved in the lives of many different characters. And the main plotline - the TV franchise battle - is a wonderful story in itself. Of course all the various affairs ...
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Return to Santa Flores by Iris Johansen

I give this book 5-stars for sheer absurdity. If you can suspend your disbelief and want to be taken on a completely implausible (and thankfully brief) ride of a bit of 1980s sex and glamour, then by all means give Return to Flores a go. Let's just look at some of the book's issues: 1. It's set in 1984. Were it set in 1964, the Jurassic depictions of women and ...
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Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Sweet and endearing historic story, a good one for fans of Anne of Green Gables and similar. Mother Carey's Chickens is the book that the musical Summer Magic (1963) starring Hayley Mills was based on. (There's also a 1938 version starring Anne Shirley). I love Summer Magic, so checked out the book which you can find free on Gutenberg. I was surprised to find out how faithful the film is ...
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Good by S Walden

This student-teacher romance was an absolutely wonderful read: very realistic, very sexy and very moving in parts. It also has a proper sense of the forbidden that really gives a thrilling sense to Cadence's and Mark's relationship. Yes, there's a darker edge here, but life isn't a Disney movie and people are flawed and needy and tempted. (Cite: The Bible). It's great to see a contemporary author brave enough to ...
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Arabella by Georgette Heyer

A glorious Regency Romance. "Arabella" is pure fun from start to end, with a wonderfully sexy and attractive hero. It's the most enjoyable Georgette Heyer I've read (so far). The way their relationship develops as Mr Beaumaris gradually falls for Arabella is nicely plausible. There are enough scenes over a sufficient length of time for it to be believable. She's an interesting mix of innocence and astuteness in how to ...
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Stormy Petrel by Sara Seale

Stormy Petrel by Sara Seale

Stormy Petrel was written in 1941 and is not in any way a typical Mills & Boon/Harlequin romance. The ending is not what you would expect. The plot: Toni is 15 when Dr Lister Shaw (30s) "rescues" her from a London slum. She stays with him and his partner, the older Dr Bussey Benton, before going to live with Lister's widowed sister Mary. We're not told exactly how old these ...
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How It’s Done by Christine Kole MacLean

A very well written and often moving read, "How It's Done" has quite a few parallels to "Good" by S Walden. While not strictly a student-teacher romance (since Michael is not Grace's teacher/professor) there are the same themes of a girl in the last year of high school, a hyper religious father, an older male with a lot more life experience and sophistication. I'm not sure all of it was ...
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Turn to the West by Sara Seale

Turn to the West by Sara Seale

This could have been a much happier, sweeter story than it was. Instead, it's a rather cold, half-hearted romance, with a sad "twist" at the end that absolutely could have been avoided. Gina, 20, is a "model" - not the kind of glamorous model you might think of from the blurb, but a shop assistant in a department store, who also has to wear/model the clothes sold by the store ...
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To Catch a Unicorn by Sara Seale

To Catch a Unicorn by Sara Seale

Just what is going on with the cover of this book? I mean seriously, WTF is this? The hero looks nothing like that photo, for what it's worth. He has a disfiguring scar, for one thing, and there's no mention of glasses nor of him looking like the doppelganger of Engelbert Humperdinck. If you can get past that cover, and I wouldn't blame you if you couldn't, you've got a ...
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Wintersbride by Sara Seale

Wintersbride by Sara Seale

Sara Seale does Rebecca and it's glorious. It starts off a little bit These Old Shades with surgeon Adam Chantry, 38, rescuing a "young boy" from a fairground. The boy is, of course, 19-year-old destitute waif Miranda, who was raised in France (and thus has the same exotic speaking patterns of Vicky and her siblings in These Delights). Adam, a widower with a young daughter, proposes a mariage de convenance ...
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The Honey is Bitter by Violet Winspear

The Honey is Bitter by Violet Winspear

Glorious, vintage romance packed with melodrama, glamour and sexual tension. Violet Winspear's "The Honey is Bitter" is a classic of its time: from an era of virginal, teenage heroines and rakish, worldly older men. Written in 1967 and published by Mills & Boon you're clearly not going to get explicit sex, but there's enough tension and "hunger" and "surrender" that it's pretty clear what's going on when the drapes are ...
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The Young Amanda by Sara Seale

The Young Amanda by Sara Seale

Amanda, 17, is an heiress, and Grant, 30s, is her trustee. This is actually one of the more credible relationships in a Sara Seale novel. It's a very slow build. The other woman is Becky, Amanda's lazy and spongeing cousin (along with her mother and brother). Amanda's one weak point is that she feels they should have got the inheritance, merely because they "expected" it, even though she was the ...
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Temptation by Charlotte Lamb

Temptation by Charlotte Lamb

This is an absolutely incredible romance, possibly the best Mills & Boon/Harlequin I have ever read. It is a wonderfully sweet, absolutely forbidden love at first sight, between Linden (17) and Joss (39). Joss White crashes his car near the remote Yorkshire home of  Linden and her eccentric artist father. He stays with them for a few days, during which time he falls hopelessly in love with Linden. On the ...
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Everything Beautiful in the World by Lisa Levchuk

This is a strange and lovely and bittersweet book. Edna is seventeen, her mother is in hospital with cancer, and she finds herself becoming involved with her married art teacher. She's a pretty troubled girl, she can't bring herself to visit her mother in hospital, and there's an unknown mystery about her brother who died as a child. The central student-teacher relationship is well written. It starts with Edna's clear ...
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The Unknown Mr Brown by Sara Seale

The Unknown Mr Brown by Sara Seale

So I guessed who Mr Brown was on page 2. Was I supposed to? Was it supposed to remain a mystery? "Mr Brown" is the mysterious benefactor of orphan Victoria (then 14, but 18 when the book starts). It's a similar theme to Daddy Long Legs. Victoria finishes school, paid for by Mr Brown, and gets a job working for a widow called Kate, whose dark, arrogant barrister cousin Robert ...
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Cloud Castle by Sara Seale

A young girl lies about her age to get a job as secretary in a guest house somewhere in Ireland, and falls in love with the owner and proprietor. Judy is 20, Raff is 35, and the other woman is the glamorous Marcia. Cloud Castle isn't the most satisfying of Seale's novels. There are several problems. Raff is continually, thoroughly blind and resistant to be told about the way Marcia and ...
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A Forbbiden Finale by Georgette Gray

After reading A Forbidden Finale you'll be tempted to join a dance class and get your own hot, lean, muscled instructor like Mr Langley... My gaze flickered to his lips for just a moment. We were so close when we danced that I could have pressed my mouth to his in an instant. I wanted to, desperately. Dancing with Ethan was like nothing else. His hands holding my frame fingers ...
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Inferno by Kathryn Kelly

Inferno gets 5-stars for the level of heat. It's a very steamy read and a good choice for those that like taboo/age gap relationships. It's also a book with which you just need to sit back and enjoy the ride. The actual plot is beyond implausible. It may help if you realise from the get-go that Georgiana is the daughter of incredibly rich and famous parents herself, so her world ...
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Green Lightning by Anne Mather

Green Lightning by Anne Mather

Green Lightning by Anne Mather is OUTRAGEOUS. There is simply no other way to describe it. she's 17, he's 35 he's has been her guardian since she was a small child they're not blood related, but he is described as her "uncle" for 99% of the book at one point he spanks her bare behind with a hairbrush (to punish her for kissing him) he looks in on her while ...
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Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J Bick

A wonderfully written and moving book. It's not one where you really get to enjoy the forbidden relationship between student and teacher and it's certainly not a sexy book at all. It's more about two people in need, with messed up lives, finding comfort and a kindred spirit in one another. I wasn't particularly convinced about the attraction between them but the emotional link is definitely there ...
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The English Tutor by Sara Seale

The English Tutor by Sara Seale

The English Tutor is an interesting example of a "vintage" student-teacher romance. Irish tearaway Clancy is seventeen and her English (nationality) tutor, Mark Cromwell, is thirty-seven. Though "romance" is perhaps stretching it because - given the era and the imprint - there's minimal romantic tension and zero sexual tension. In many ways it's much more of a Coming of Age story. The relationship progresses very slowly, and doesn't move across ...
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Eighteen: 18 by J A Huss

5 stars for the sizzling action and the pacing, those looking for a red-hot read will certainly find something to enjoy here. As a student-teacher it only just squeezes into the genre: he's teaching her outside school, so there are no real "classroom" scenes as such and none of the usual conventions (sneaking around, strict parents, fear of getting caught, trying to resist temptation, etc). There's also zero build up ...
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The Gentle Prisoner by Sara Seale

The Gentle Prisoner is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which the characters themselves are well aware of and constantly refer to. Selfish wastrel father Lucius effectively "sells" his teenage daughter off to a man more than twice her age, who lives in a huge house, collects things, and is a bitter recluse due to a scar from an industrial accent. The problem, and also the most forceful presence ...
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Red Hair by Elinor Glyn

Red Hair by Elinor Glyn

Red Hair, aka The Vicissitudes of Evangeline (1905) is a beautifully written, sparkling book. However, the plot is the equivalent of Elizabeth Bennet marrying Mr Bingley instead of Mr Darcy. If you can stomach that, you'll enjoy this book. Or at least the first half of it. It seems clear to me that Elinor Glyn changed her mind about the hero about half way through. Initially all the attraction and ...
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The Dangerous Delight by Violet Winspear

The Dangerous Delight by Violet Winspear

This is classic Mills & Boon and classic Violet Winspear. The heroine, Faye, is an English girl living in Portugal. She stumbles across a fairytale castle, and lo! it's owned by her schoolfriend's devastatingly sexy uncle, and her schoolfriend is holed up there as a recluse because she had a riding accident which left her with a scar on her cheek. So Faye stays to try and restore her friend's ...
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Force of Gravity by Kelly Stevenson

The Force of Gravity is the classic student-teacher romance: new hot teacher lust at first sight trying to fight the attraction giving in sneaking around nearly getting caught graduating/going public If you like student-teacher romance, all the elements are here. I would agree with other reviewers that the heroine Kaley seems a little immature to attract Mr Slate. That said I found her character pretty convincingly written for a rather ...
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Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank

Wow - this is one of the hottest books I've read, ever. The sex scenes are absolutely superb and the erotic power dynamic between 18-year-old Addison and her 32-year-old teacher Grayson McKendrick is red hot. This is a true student-teacher forbidden romance: the initial head-over-heels attraction, the attempts to resist it, the giving in, the sneaking around, the guilt, the exhilaration. It's super sexy when Grayson gets jealous of Addison's ...
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The Silver Sty by Sara Seale

The Silver Sty by Sara Seale

I don't understand why this book is titled The Silver Sty. Where/what is the sty? According to the dictionary, a "sty" is a pen or enclosure for swine, or a messy, dirty or debauched place. Unless I skimmed over some reference, I don't get the relevance here. Anyway, onto our protagonists. Sarah Silver is seventeen and beautiful (or becoming so) and rather idle and spoilt, getting into parties and clothes, ...
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My Heart's Desire by Sara Seale

My Heart’s Desire by Sara Seale

Gael is one of the most appealing and also credible of Sara Seale's heroines. She's only eighteen but a genuine "old soul". There's the usual unpalatable Seale guff to present her as even younger than that - the endless references to her child like form, and her being a "thin little girl". But she knows her own mind, she's brilliant with horses, and she's an amazing gambler. The problem in ...
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The Haunted by Cassie Alexander

This is an amazing, extremely hot read. Easily a five-star rating, 1. Beautifully written. It has the universal, timeless quality of many classic ghost stories. 2. Great plot. The main story is as strong and as interesting as the erotic aspects. Many erotic novels are sex scenes strung together with a thin storyline. This is a proper book. It's even scary at times! 3. So much sex - and so ...
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Taming the Beast by Emily Maguire

This is a very well-written and intense book, that will disturb and likely disappoint readers looking for a happy romance. Those looking for a challenging and engrossing read, with interesting and complex characters, will find much to absorb them. Sarah is only 14 when she embarks on a sado-masochistic sexual relationship with her 38-year-old English teacher Daniel Carr. (Bear in mind that the book is set in Australia, where the ...
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Dear Professor by Sara Seale

Why must Sara Seale insist on making so many of her heroines plain? And in the case of poor Sarah, constantly harping on about her plainness through the mouth of every character including the hero. Honestly, one starts to wonder if she is somehow deformed. Even in the final few pages of romantic denouement, there's this backhander from hero Adam Soames: "For me you will always have charm, no matter ...
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The Lordly One by Sara Seale

The Lordly One by Sara Seale

This is the most moving of the Sara Seale novels I  have read so far. There's a bereavement in it, and it is very poignantly and movingly described. The heroine is 18-year-old Morgan, who really suffers and struggles in this book. The hero is 36-year-old Carey Lord, who's actually really nice - if insufferably stupid about his cousin's widow, the Evil Sally. Women rarely come as patently, obviously duplicitous as ...
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The Career of Katherine Bush by Elinor Glyn

The Career of Katherine Bush by Elinor Glyn

The Career of Katherine Bush is a staggeringly lovely and enjoyable story. Elinor Glyn creates a heroine who becomes more likeable as the book goes on. Her main ambition is simply to "be a lady" - and one has to remember that in the era the book was written, there was a near-impassable divide between the life paths open to "a lady" versus a woman of lower status. That said ...
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The Wood of Suicides by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

The Wood of Suicides features the pursuit and seduction of a middle-aged high school English teacher by a 17-year-old student with father issues. Those that like a more literary read with plenty of poetry, slower moving relationships and psychological character studies will enjoy it. Though a lot of sex happens it is not erotic, and it is not described in explicit terms. One issue that some may struggle with is ...
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The Time of the Hunter’s Moon by Victoria Holt

The Time of the Hunter's Moon was the first Victoria Holt novel I ever read, and it remains my favourite. The heroine, Cordelia Grant, is an educated and spirited young woman who actually has a career (in an era when many women didn't) and the hero is her intellectual match. He starts off rather arrogant and dastardly but does reform by the end and remains charismatic and attractive throughout. Even ...
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The Reluctant Orphan by Sara Seale

What I love about Sara Seale is the unashamed absurdity of her plots. Here, we have a man in his mid-thirties, who due to an injury, bitterness and heartbreak (if he has a heart - it's never apparent) decides to go to an orphanage and pick out a girl to marry. He then chooses the least attractive and willing girl offered to him. I don't know how often this happened ...
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Beautiful Torment by Paige Laurens

A very sexy, highly charged student-teacher erotic romance, great for fans of the genre. On the scale from romance -> erotica, Beautiful Torment would be well towards the erotica end. There's so much sex that there isn't a lot of room for plot, beyond the sheer physical attraction of the protagonists. Even before Luci and Mr Harrington consummate, there's endless erotic imaginings and even voyeurism. The author, Paige Laurens, deserves ...
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Forbidden Fire by Charlotte Lamb

Forbidden Fire by Charlotte Lamb

An absolute corker of a vintage Mills & Boon. Virginal schoolgirl bride, endless smouldering sexual tension and an angry older alpha man-of-the-world struggling to control himself. Plus a wonderfully silly plot where after nearly ravishing her every few pages he marries her, and then tries to remain celibate because "she's not ready for marriage". You can imagine how long that resolve lasts! There are a lot of similarities to Return ...
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Folly to Be Wise  by Sara Seale

Folly to Be Wise by Sara Seale

Tessa, 18, pretends she is secretly engaged to the long-absent son of the manor house, to get rid of a creepy suitor. Then the long-absent son, Max, 34, shows up, somehow learns about the lie, and "claims" her as his fiancée. Once again, as with The Third Uncle, Sara Seale plays this one really close to the bone. Tess may be 18, which in fairness is legal and was considered ...
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Distraction by A E Murphy

This is one of the best forbidden student teacher romances yet. It has all the usual elements of trying (and of course failing) to resist the attraction, sneaking around, getting caught, and so forth. The sexual tension is amazing. That's really the standout here: how it builds and builds and they haven't even kissed until well into the second half of the book. The sex scenes are not overly explicit, ...
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Bab: A Sub-Deb by Mary Roberts Rinehart

We've all been Bab. At least to some degree, anyway. Stuck on that frustrating threshold of youth|adulthood, where we absolutely totally completely know how mature we are and ready for the adult world. And when we can't help but lament that no one understands us, nor how deep and soulful we are. Except we're not. We're still kids, as is poor Bab. Bab, who is clearly far prettier than she ...
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Mount! by Jilly Cooper

Marvellous "bonkbuster" from Jilly Cooper who is happily back on form, now she has returned to the world of horses. If you were disappointed by some of non-horse novels since Polo, you'll be delighted once again with Mount!. Rupert is back - and thanks to some apparent age massaging (the dates don't seem to be canon any more, so just try to overlook this - Young Eddie's age is a ...
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The Third Uncle by Sara Seale

Not only does 19-year-old Gilly go to stay with a 30-something "uncle" she has never met, she also decides to masquerade as a 14-year-old gymslip-wearing schoolgirl. Written in 1964, you can imagine how this one progresses. The hero, Oliver "Uncle Noll" Blunt, is a schoolmaster at a minor public school in England. The heroine, Gilly Flower, is the daughter of a late business tycoon whose capricious (and legally implausible) will ...
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The Dark Stranger by Sara Seale

This is the second Sara Seale novel I've read (after The English Tutor). I was expecting much of the same again, and I got it. Seale is from the "vintage" Mills & Boon/Harlequin era, when heroines were frequently in their late teens and the heroes were usually much older, and everything is incredibly innocent. The problem is that because the heroines - in this case Clementina "Tina" Linden - are ...
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That Hagen Girl by Edith Roberts

That Hagen Girl is a curious read. I managed to source a copy (they are rare and it was expensive) because I had seen the movie a couple of times and it bewildered me. That Hagen Girl (1947) stars Shirley Temple and Ronald Reagan, along with a supporting cast of other well-known stars. But it’s uncomfortable and odd viewing. In the film, Tom Bates, the male lead, is suspected by ...
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His Lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls

His Lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls

Absolutely wonderful book that deserves a higher average rating. I've read it four or five times now and can never put it down and always find myself weeping. We have a heroine, Verity, who is given pretty much the most miserable background ever. Despite this and her young years she is spirited and brave and capable of immense love and generosity. Then we have the most glorious, heroic, dark and ...
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Love's Charade by Jane Feather

Love’s Charade by Jane Feather

Hugely enjoyable historic romance with a rich plot, exciting adventure and a sexy age-gap marriage. Love's Charade by Jane Feather is a must-read for historic romance fans. As well as enjoying the love story, I learnt a lot about the French Revolution and enjoyed the detail of the setting. Seventeen-year-old Danielle de St Varennes is rescued from the streets by 36-year-old Justin, Earl of Linton. There's rather a lot of ...
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Reckless Angel by Jane Feather

Reckless Angel by Jane Feather

A wonderful, well-researched historic romance with an age-gap frisson. Reckless Angel deserves a far better blurb than the vague, generically florid one here. It's a surprisingly interesting and moving book set in a very eventful historical era (English Civil War/Roundheads vs Cavaliers). Fifteen-year-old Henrietta "Harry" Drummond is rescued by 29- year-old widower Sir Daniel Drummond. He ends up marrying her partly to save her from her abusive father and being ...
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Protecting Her by Georgette Gray

Protecting Her by Georgette Gray

Georgette Gray's latest student-teacher romance is a real page turner: there's not only the illicit intrigue between Violet and Mr Brennan to enjoy, but also a plot with heaps of twists and turns and danger. The build up to their forbidden romance is realistic and steady - he's holding back for obvious reasons - so when he finally gives way the results are pretty explosive. The emotional dimension is also ...
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Resistance by Cordelia Scott

Resistance by Cordelia Scott

This is a wonderful student-teacher novel. Jasmine and Sebastian have huge chemistry. 25-year-old Sebastian hires 18-year-old Jasmine to be his "fake girlfriend" to make his terminally ill father happy. Jasmine is so desperate for the money, as she wants to study music at college, that she lies about her age to get the job. Despite being only a business arrangement, their relationship soon gets steamy... and then high school starts, ...
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Her Teacher's Temptation by Alexandra Vos

Her Teacher’s Temptation by Alexandra Vos

I first read Her Teacher's Temptation on Wattpad (where it was titled "Light of the Morning") and loved it. It's a classic student- teacher romance with lots of sexual tension, supressed feelings and twists and turns. Set in the UK it's gritty and realistic in parts, with a lot of drama in Maddie's home life. This gives it a rich plot: there's a lot going on. But above all, the ...
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The Not Gate by Tammy Bench

The Not Gate by Tammy Bench

This is an AMAZINGLY hot student-teacher affair book! It's very sexy, very romantic and very realistic. 16-year-old Alice (17 by the time they get it on) falls in love and lust at first sight with her 31-year-old English teacher Tom Chambers. He tries to resist for ages, but when he finally yields... hold on to the edge of your seat! The sex is wonderfully written even though even more would ...
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Larkspur: A Necromancer's Romance by V M Jaskiernia

Larkspur: A Necromancer’s Romance by V M Jaskiernia

A strange and beautiful story of love and very dark magic. There is something dreamlike about it, as though the whole story could be a nightmare of death and life, sleep and wake. There were moments when Elizabeth and Pierre recalled Madeline and Porphyro in Keats' The Eve of St Agnes. There is a bitter chill in Larkspur, but it is also painted with jewel-like colours, secrecy and passion. The ...
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