School Ties by Tamsin Parker: Erin Brewster teaches at an all-boys boarding school. A boarding school she has been going to since she was little. Another faculty member comes on to Erin and before they know they are pregnant. Only there is no love, just an inconvenience, at least according to the guy. When the head of the school hears about their problem, he orders them to get married or lose their jobs.
“It’s stupid, but I always thought there was some way for us to be together. Fantasies of getting her alone after I had my diploma in hand and telling her I love her.”
Zachary Shepherd, otherwise known as Shep, is not happy to hear that Erin is pregnant. He’s a senior at the school and has wanted her since he first saw her, but now that’s not an option. Finding out Erin is pregnant makes him miserable. Erin’s marriage isn’t starting off on the right foot and it only gets worse from there, but she gets through it.
Shep graduates and their lives go on, but now he’s back as a teacher. When Shep went to college, he learned a few things, specifically, some BDSM stuff. Suffice to say, Erin and Shep can’t stay away from each other and when they’re together, they are free to explore their desires.
I liked Shep as a character. He’s quiet, caring, and devoted to his brother. The BDSM part of him was a little weird. I felt like that part came out of nowhere and there wasn’t much background into his experience level. The BDSM parts are really light, but still pretty hot.
I couldn’t really get into this book and I tried…really hard, but it just didn’t happen. There is a lot of internal dialogue and Erin acts like a school girl for most the book. I expected more but didn’t get it. As usual, just because the book didn’t click for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be a good read for you.
Erin Brewster is nervous enough on her first day of teaching at Hawthorn Hill. But the way Zach Shepherd looks at her with his dark and dreamy blue eyes really throws her off her game. He simply has to walk past her to send her heart racing. Although he’s eighteen and a senior, he’s still just a student—and very off limits. To let her eyes linger over his body, to fulfill her fantasies would be more than inappropriate. It would be career suicide.
Three years after his graduation from Hawthorn, Shep has returned as a member of the faculty—and he hasn’t forgotten his favorite teacher, the prettiest woman he’s ever seen. When they finally have a chance to get to know each other, they realize they share a common interest: kink. In fact, Shep has learned a lot about the subject during his time away and is ready to teach Erin a thing or two. He’ll soon have her begging to be held after class.
As their relationship comes under scrutiny, the ties that bind Shep and Erin may begin to fray. But some bonds grow stronger under pressure..