Review: The Teacher’s Billionaire by Christina Tetreault

Posted October 6, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: The Teacher’s Billionaire by Christina Tetreault
The Teacher's Billionaire

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Series: The Sherbrookes of Newport #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 18, 2012
Pages: 216
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

I picked this one up as an Amazon freebie.  It was inexplicable, really, because I’m not generally drawn toward anything with ‘billionaire’ in the title or blurb.  I think I was having one of those nostalgic moments when I saw the title of the series.  I had a flashback to one of my favorite movie romances, Sabrina, and picked it up.  It was a gut move and turned out to be a good one as far as thinking Sabrina thoughts.  It bore a lot in common with it though it was by no means the same story.

Review

The Teacher’s Billionaire introduces The Sherbrooke family.  They come from old wealth and now are becoming a power in politics.  Into their midst a letter arrives and old wealth will meet a fresh and charming woman who is no threat, but they can’t believe anyone is not mad to get in good so Warren is cautioned about meeting his long lost daughter and his step-son Dylan is tasked with the delicate job of scouting out Callie Taylor and keeping an eye on her.  If he honestly thought her a threat, this would be nothing, but she is exactly who she is and sweet and attractive as well.  He’s falling for her and now has the guilt of knowing what she will think when she learns the truth.

Callie is shocked at her mother’s deception for all those years and struggles not to be angry and hurt at the decision that kept her a secret from her father and vice versa.  Now, he wants to meet her and get to know her.  Warren Sherbrooke is nothing like she expected and yet, exactly that.  His wealth and status are a chasm between their two worlds and she constantly feels it even as she spends time with Dylan and fights her attraction.  It can never be more than friendly, right?

This had a nice feel-good vibe to it and had a little drama, but stayed on the gentle side.  Callie was a sweet school teacher, loved her dog, Jane Austen, and trips to the beach.  My kind of gal.  Dylan was a real gentleman even though he didn’t think he was a relationship sort of guy.  He’d been burned in the past and didn’t want to get hurt or hurt Callie because of his issues.  But, their friendly encounters and ease with each other drew them together in spite of his past and the difference in their status up to this point.  Callie got stubborn about holding back from her family and Dylan using the family wealth as a way to hold back.  It got frustrating because it was a cut off her nose to spite her face thing since she knew her dad was genuine and so was Dylan even if he screwed up.  But, I get it.  Anyone who got a family like that sprung on them and the situation that was going on would feel inadequate and wary.  It had a modern fairytale unreality quality to it and that worked for me.

It read fast and was developed nicely though the end was abrupt in comparison.  It sorted out quick after all the build up with Dylan’s secret watch, her step-mom and sister not wanting her around, and all.  The end was left a bit open in some ways though it wasn’t exactly missing anything so much as seemed to be setting up a series.  Maybe some of that will be followed up on with the rest of the series.

Incidentally, I saw reviews about atrocious grammar and spelling.  I read an updated edition so it must have been cleaned up since then so no worries about that sort of thing.

So, while it wasn’t riveting, it was sweet and enjoyable, more than meeting my moderate expectations.  I would recommend it to those who lean toward sweeter romances and modern fairytale-style contemporary romances.  I will most likely continue with the series to get Callie’s half-siblings stories because the family was definitely an interesting group.

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Mt. TBR #70

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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You went way back on this one Super Sophia.(lol) Like you, I tend to stay away from the books with Billionaire/Millionaire in the title these days, but there was a time when I was younger that these were my faves. Glad you really enjoyed this one. Happy Sunday and Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
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Yes!!! It is great to reach back into the dark recesses of my Kindle to pull out the oldies now and then. Yeah, I got soured on the Bill/Mill ones, too, after reading a diet of them.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, too, Radiant Ro! 🙂

Carole Rae
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Sweet and enjoyable are nice sometimes. 🙂 But I wouldn’t expect sweet and nice with the summary and that cover.

Sophia Rose
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It was a good change-up to come across this one.
LOL, yeah, I was expecting lots of fireworks, too, and there were from a few side characters, but the main ones were calmer types. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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It’s always nice when a freebie turns out to be a good book.

Sophia Rose
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It sure is, Mary. I’ve deleted a ton of them unread b/c mood changed or I knew I would really never read them. This one gave me a hopeful vibe so I’m glad I tried it. Now, I won’t hesitate to read more of her books.

Angie Elle
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Honestly, I would not have picked this up simply from the billionaire in the blurb as well. But I love the comparison so Sabrina, and I’m also rediscovering a love for more gentle stories. But the politics could turn me off. I’ll have to check this one out.

Great review!

Sophia Rose
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We had similar thoughts, LOL. But no worries on the politics. The author wisely doesn’t get into that really and keeps the focus on the family dynamics and the senator’s ‘image’ mostly when it touches that.

Nadene
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I have been avoiding the billionaire trope as they tend to be cheesy and overdone. Glad you found this to be an enjoyable read.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I hear you on that one, Nadene. 🙂 This one was a pleasant surprise.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I am glad this one worked for you even if it isn’t your normal read. I am surprised how many billionaires show up in books. I don’t think I have met even one in real life in my 40+ years.

Sophia Rose
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I’m pretty sure I’ve never met one, either. LOL I’m also pretty sure that they’re a bit rarer than the amount who show up in fiction. 🙂

Jen T
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Great review, Sophia! I am so about the sweet romance – even if BILLIONAIRE is in the title. Glad you enjoyed. I’ll have to look it up.

Sophia Rose
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It was a nice change up from my usual that had me relaxing and enjoying it. It might still be freebie if you look it up on Amazon. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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It’s always a gamble taking a chance on a freebie, so I’m happy to hear this one worked out! Sabrina is one of my favorite movies, too! The remake with Harrison Ford. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, they aren’t always a good bet. I do love that this was developed and had good writing and a good romance story, of course.
Swoon, yes, Harrison as Linus!

vvb
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Really, she named her dog, Jane?

Sophia Rose
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Ha! You got me. I can see how I gave you that impression with that badly formed sentence. I think the dog was a common name like Harry or George or something. 🙂