Title: Like You
Series: Redwood High #2
Author: Rachel Leigh
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2020
I’ve got everything going for me—the grades, the scholarship, the goals. I’ve had it all planned out for years. Then she came along. On the outside she has it all together—on the inside she’s damaged goods. She needs me. I just have to decide if she’s worth everything I’m about to lose.
I came to this town to escape the claws of my past. A simple life in a small town—I just want to live under the radar and blend in. I was doing just that until Knox caught my eye. They say when you know, you know—that we can’t help who we fall in love with. The rules are pretty simple, so why am I breaking them all? I’m a teacher, and he’s my student—this can’t end well. More than just rules are going to be broken. I just hope his heart can be mended when it’s all said and done.
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Reviewed by Ladyballs
There is a whole lot jammed into this book for sure. Not sure where to begin first. This is a teacher/student romance and the teacher is not really a teacher. She is a woman on the run from her sex-trafficking, drug selling, abusive soon to be ex-husband. It’s a lot and she is only 23. She ends up getting a job and a place to live from an ally of hers. But it’s only two hours away from the ex which to me…made no sense. If you’re trying to hide, you change your name. You haul ass to another country from this madman. This was one of the many reasons this story was not believable for me.
Knox is an 18 year old stud. He is super smart, hot and all the rage. Of course, he falls for the hot teacher and as if she didn’t have enough to worry about, she gets wrapped up with him. Knox’s mom is the principal at his school. His 17 year old best friend Axel is super rich and runs an underground fight club.
The ex husband turns up like they always do. Knox and Axel get caught in the middle of all of the drama. I had to repeatedly remind my self that these two were only 17 and 18 years old. This story had so many moving parts. Each one more unbelievable than the next that I found myself skimming a whole lot of this book. It definitely wasn’t real life for high school kids. But if you love the angst, action and crazy times…you will LOVE this book. For me, I just couldn’t get into the complicated storyline going on.
My heart is banging on the walls of my chest, as I stand here with my breasts and my ass hanging out of my silk nightgown. Knox watches me like he’s waiting for me to make a move and grab the blanket that lies at my feet. I look down at it, but I’m frozen in place.
I force myself not to look up. Not to look over at the perfectly sculpted body that stands just a few feet away from—more so, the bulge that’s growing in his boxers. I keep my head down, struggling to speak. “I…I’m sorry, I thought the house would be empty. If I had known you were staying here…”
“Don’t apologize,” he interrupts me. Walking over to my side, he bends over, reaching for the blanket. I can feel the burn of his eyes singe down my body, as he reaches for it, starting with my breasts and ending at my toes. He comes back up, and if my heavy breathing weren’t a big enough sign of my pent-up sexual deprivation, my trembling legs are.
With one hand, he swings the blanket over my shoulders and the scent of whiskey and sweet cinnamon rolls off of him. I can tell he’s had enough liquor to intoxicate us both, as he stumbles to the side. I place a helping hand on him to catch his fall, as he slowly lowers down to a sitting position on the all-white sofa. “Are you alright?”
“I’m golden. Feeling pretty damn good right about now.” His bloodshot eyes fight to stay open.
“You don’t look so good. Let me get you some water.” I attempt to walk away, but his hand on my wrist has me frozen once again. I look down at his fingers wrapped around me and feel enamored by his touch.
He’s a kid, Claire. Stop this.
I’m not sure why Knox has this effect on me. It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before. It’s so wrong, but everything about being near him feels so right. He’s like a drug that I want to inhale, just to see how it makes me feel. It could destroy me—or, it can free me from myself.
He uses his grip on me to pull himself up. “Knox,” I mutter into the empty space between us.
He takes a step closer and leans in, his chest pressed against mine, as he whispers in my ear, “Don’t go.”
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ABOUT RACHEL LEIGH
Rachel Leigh resides in West Michigan and has three beautiful children with her husband of eleven years.
Rachel overuses emojis and lol. Coffee is her guilty pleasure, paired with a nice alpha hero romance novel. Writing is her passion. Her goal is to brighten at least one person’s day with the worlds she creates between the pages of her books.
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