Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: March 11th 2014
Genres: New Adult
To Whom it May Concern,
It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.
When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn't plan to stumble into Joe's bar and have Daniel's music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.
When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.
Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.
It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.
It was ours.
And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels.
Loving Mr. Daniels is a sweet student/teacher romance packed with emotion but a few issues prevent me from rating it higher. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the writing and will definitely plan to read this author’s future books but some things didn’t work for me.
One thing that I had trouble with was the plot holes around the secondary characters. Like Ashlyn with her mother and father. I feel like there was no clear cut explanation as to why he wasn’t in her and her twin sister Gabby’s life. There was mention of things her father did to her mother that split them up when they were kids, but there was never any true apology or explanation. Her dad just tried to be there for her the most when it mattered. That’s great but I would have liked that to been more wrapped up and focused on, especially because her dad’s absence played such a huge roll.
Also, Ashlyn’s relationship with her mother. I kind of felt like that was skimmed over when things were resolved. It’s not that I don’t believe that the power of forgiveness can heal things but had her mom and her actually had a conversation about how things went down between them I feel it would have shed more light on that situation.
But Ashlyn’s family weren’t the only secondary characters I took issue with. I also felt there were some plot holes with Jace, Hailey and Ryan (still not over his part in this story). They all played such a huge part in this story but I was left feeling underwhelmed with how each of their story lines transpired. Usually secondary characters don’t really show up on my radar when reading but all of these people had a profound effect on the two MCs. I think what it comes down is that there were TOO many secondary characters and issues that for them to have been wrapped up more clearly it would have needed to be expanded.
But I did love the main characters. Ashlyn was a raw character that handled the situations life threw at her with as much grace as a 19 year old can manage. And Mr. Daniels was a sweetheart. Their relationship was cute and I loved their bond over Shakespeare. My only issues with them was the ending. Again, I felt like it was rushed. I know you can only fit so much story without it dragging or being too long but the ending and how they got together felt glossed over. It was as if things just picked up where they left off. It would have been nice to have more of an insight into the people they became in each others absence.
With that being said, I still enjoyed this book. Ashlyn’s sister, Gabby, brought tears to my eyes a few times and I loved the overall message this story left with me. I think fans of Colleen Hoover’s Slammed or Cora Carmack’s Losing It will LOVE this, but if you’re looking for a student/teacher romance similar to Leah Reader’s Unteachable or Ella Frank’s Veiled Innocence you will be overwhelmed, as the forbidden aspect of this story wasn’t that dark or risque.