Thursday, May 20, 2010

Book Review: A Season of Eden


Media Type: Print Book (ARC)
Title: A Season of Eden
Author: J.M. Warwick
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Pages: Paperback; 244
Release Date: October 20, 2008
Source: Around the World Book Tours
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Content Screening: Mild Language; Adult Situations

HDB Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who love drama and are okay with taboo romances in their reading.

Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon 
He's my teacher. I shouldn't be alone with him. But I can't help that he's irresistible. I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us. "I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him. He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?" The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden." My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked. His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking. "Let me stay," I said. "Please." "You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

This is my first book by J.M. Warwick (AKA Jennifer Laurens) and I am completely smitten. If all her writing is this good, then consider me an avid fan!

A Season of Eden is such an aptly named book. We meet Eden, the gorgeous and popular girl in school. She has the hunk boyfriend, the loyal group of friends, and of course the admiration of all who gaze upon her. Eden is a girl who is used to getting exactly what she wants, and what she wants is the new choral teacher Mr. Christian.

When I found out that this book was based on a teacher/student relationship, I initially balked a bit. Yes I have read (and still do read) many a controversial piece of literature, but I wondered how J.M. was going to deal with this specifically. I'm not a big romance novel fan for the simple fact that I can't deal with trashy scenes. Can I please say...I had nothing to worry about.

The way this story is written is true perfection. Eden and James Christian have a tantalizingly electric relationship that keeps you on the edge of your seat so to speak. However their relationship never goes over the top. There are scenes in this book that will make your toes curl and your head spin. All without the aforementioned trash. Thank you J.M.!

Although the taboo between them is mentioned, it isn't what the story is focused on. Instead the reader is granted a look into how this new relationship causes Eden to grow as a person. By seeing herself through James' eyes, she realizes what a shallow and hurtful person she's been. James teaches Eden that we don't always get what we want. Not without work.

I can't say too much more without spoilers so I will end it here! If you love romance or novels about change, this is a book for you. This book is well worth the read.


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