Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 18, 2012
Source: Free Book
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.
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.
Mt. TBR #70
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