Title: TEACHING WILLOW: Session Two by Paige James
Age group: Adult
Genre: Erotic Romance
Cover designer: Paige James
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Tour organized by: WordSmith Publicity
Infatuated. That’s how it began. Desperate. That’s when it escalated. Addicted. That’s what I’ve become. Just when I think that I’ve discovered the one thing I wouldn’t do for Ebon, the one extreme to which I would not go, I find myself exceeding it. Looking back with regret, looking forward with dread, and living the now like it’s all I’ve got. Because it is. It’s pure bliss. It’s unimaginable hell. It’s all I know, all I want to know. A runaway train that I can’t stop, one that I don’t really want to. But disaster is coming. It will turn sweet into bitter, deception into devastation. Perfection into wreckage. Ruin. That’s what’s coming. Ruin.
If you have yet to read Teaching Willow: Session 1 yet then you missed out on a cluster fuck waiting to happen involving a girl, Her teacher and her twin sister. TW1 introduced us to Willow Masters, naive and repressed college student totally infatuated with her professor Ebon Daniels. We discovered her twin sister Sage was dating Ebon for a time and also learned the desperate lengths Willow will go to in order to have the one thing she desires above all else. The one thing she fears she cannot have.
She's spun herself a nice little cozy web built on lies and deception and is reaping the fruits of said treachery. I think Bono said it best in the U2 song "Pride" when the chorus chimes in with "What more in the name of love?" Willow is a very interesting character. Meeting her in the last book my impression of her was that of a shy and somewhat innocent young woman. She's starting to blossom into a full blown vixen the more time she spends with Ebon and I equally love and hate it. love it because she's opening up and discovering new things about herself and hate it because she's completely comfortable on the cliff she's dangling precariously from. We get a deeper sense of who she is in this story and she's got some Koo-Koo bird tendencies just waiting to bust out. Hints about a past event with an older man promise to bring juicy enlightenment in the next installments.
My feelings for Ebon Daniels are just as confusing to me as mine for Willow. Some moments I want to console him for the deceit he has no idea he's involved in and then others I want to gouge his eyes out with a goddamn grapefruit spoon. His conflicted emotions about the two sisters while hot in the bedroom does nothing for my emotional stability as a female. He's hot and cold like the song and I feel bipolar in my up and downs with him. Ebon has a little bit of a hidden past that seems to be stalking him lately also. Several mystery phone calls prompt him to grab "Sage" and leave town for an extended vacay. He's still sexy as hell despite my wavering support of his moral ethics involving using someone else when you can't have what you want.
The saga continues and the drama is only just unfolding as everything threatens to crash around Willow and her elaborate string of lies. The conflict surrounding the characters bothers me and isn't really my favorite kind of twisted drama. I still don't fully know how I feel about these serials because the characters and the plot drive me insane. Their decisions and actions grate on my nerves so badly that I want to throw my kindle across the room almost with every chapter.
Teaching Willow is definitely a unique story with extremely flawed characters and situations. The writing is highly engaging taking me into the mindset of each person and their actions which is why I seriously think I get so heated about everything. The people in these stories are very human and do things I personally wouldn't do because I like to stay on the more peaceful side of the drama line. I'm afraid of what's next because the ending was left in such a way that can only spell disaster for our "Charlotte's Web" heroine. If you've read the first one then expect to see more drama and surprises as we head into the middle ground with these characters and teeter off the edge of this precipice together. If there is one thing Jame's is good at, it's making you salivate for more.
"When you do as I ask, I can smell the heat coming off you. It's sweet, like melted sugar. Your body is ready for me, ready for my touch." ARC 69%
When he finally lowers his lips to mine, the kiss is different. It's soft and tender, reverent and pure. It feels like the tears that are spilling down my cheeks. It feels warm yet cool, bitter yet sweet. It feels like the beginning, but also the end. ARC 82%
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