Series: , Book 2
Published by Self-Published on 26 June 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, New Adult, People & Places, People of Color
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Also by this author: Catching Liam
Place(s) Traveled To: Olympic Falls, Washington // Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
First Line(s): If your girlfriend doesn’t melt into you or burst into a waterfall of tears when your propose, its a bad sign.
Teaching Roman is the long awaited second book in Gennifer Albin’s new adult series Good Girls Don’t and follows Jessica Stone who we first met as Jillian’s roommate in Catching Liam. I liked Jessica when I first ‘met’ her and so was looking forward to reading her story and even thought the wait for it was long, Teaching Roman was worth it. I really liked Jessica’s story and how this one progressed. I enjoyed her friendship with Cassie though I would have liked to have seen more of it as it seemed like Jessica forgot about Cassie once she and Roman started to hook up. I also felt that the synopsis was a little bit misleading as both Jessica and Roman were all flirty-flirty from the time they first see each other in the airport until things get more serious. In fact, the conflict of the story seemed a bit forced and for me bogged down the story a bit.
Then there was that whole bit with that douche bag, Brett, who I would have gladly throttled if, you know, he was a real character. I really don’t remember much about Brett from Catching Liam but he didn’t seem like the jackoff that he turned out to be and Jessica was way better off without him in her life. I really liked how she was with Roman and vice versa and Teaching Roman gave me lots of those heart-achy feels that I love. I only wish that this one was longer so there there could have been more time developing each of the characters and also allowed for more interactions with the secondary characters. As I said already Cassie was very underutilized and Jillian and Liam weren’t featured much either. Which in a way is fine as this makes Teaching Roman just a little more easy to read as a standalone instead of being a dependent book in a series but I just wanted more. (Readers….we’re never satisfied!!)
What stops this one from being rated higher is that there were several continuity errors that just ripped me out of the story, like one moment Roman was described as wearing linen pants and then just a few paragraphs later, in the same scene, he was in jeans. For a finished book I expect a more polished story and this one could have done with another round of editing or two. The ending also felt a bit rushed and there were parts of the story that just seemed forced. I am never a fan of conflict just for the sake of conflict and that is part of what seemed to happen here.
But despite the things that annoyed me I did enjoy Teaching Roman. I found it to be a fast paced story and when I was reading it I was mostly sucked into it, with the exceptions of those few times when I was yanked back to reality. I enjoy these characters and I hope that Albin decides to write more in this world as I would liked to see Cassie get a story and would love to see the characters of Teaching Roman and Catching Liam again. Overall this was a fun read that is perfect for when you are sitting on the beach or by the pool. Its mostly lightweight so you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the story that is being told. Its not a perfectly written story but sometimes you can enjoy the read even with the flaws. Teaching Roman is one that I would recommend to all who like contemporary romance or for those looking to give the genre a shot. There isn’t a lot of angst or any broken characters…its a simple story with heart.
Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.
Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn’t plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she’s been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.
Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.
But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.