Review: Hard to Handle by R.C. Boldt

Posted February 29, 2016 by Emily in Book Review, New Releases / 0 Comments

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Review: Hard to Handle by R.C. BoldtHard To Handle by R.C. Boldt
Series: Teach Me, #2
Published by RC Boldt Publishing on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 336
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Heat Index:three-half-flames

RC Boldt's Teach Me series gives us a closer look at just how thin the line is between love and hate…

Fifth grade social studies teacher, Laney Kavanaugh, is no stranger to being left behind – her father taught her that at a young age. That's why she always has her eyes wide open when it comes to men. She's determined she will never again be the one left behind. She doesn't let sex blur what they're really doing; it's always just sex.

Until Zach.

Zachariah Mayson, fifth grade writing and English teacher, has been the bane of Laney's existence from the moment they met at their shared elementary school. She can't stand him. He gets under her skin like no other and is always utterly obnoxious in his attempts–and successes–in getting a rise out of her.

Until the wedding.

The night of their friends' wedding, Laney gives in to a moment of melancholy, knowing she'll never be able to let her guard down enough to let a guy close, let alone someday get married. She and Zach end up having the hottest night she'd ever experienced, showing her another side of him, a softer, sweeter one he'd hidden from her until now. Because now, he hoped she was finally ready to "see" him.

But when you've always guarded yourself against falling in love, can you let go of the past in order to embrace the future?

Rating:One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Also in this series: Laws of Attraction
Also by this author: Laws of Attraction

The much maligned city of Jacksonville, Florida has at least one huge plus on its side: incredibly sexy teachers — at least in the world of R. C. Boldt’s entertaining Teach Me series.

Laney Kavanaugh and Zach Mayson are fifth grade teachers in the same school who hate each other.  Zach actually has more than a little crush on the prickly social studies teacher. He was in awe of her from the moment they met and a case of foot in mouth disease soon had them down each other’s throats, and not in the good way 😜 For Zach and Laney, there proves to be a fine line between love and hate, if only they dare to cross it.

As the years go by (Years! C’mon, Zach! *sheesh*) and they find themselves in the same close knit circle of friends, Zach believes Laney is finally ready to see him as the sensitive, kind man he truly is, rather than just an annoying frenemy. Think of Zach as someone akin to that boy in elementary school who pulls a girl’s hair because he likes her and any attention is good attention. A tender encounter at a wedding that leads to a night of passion is just the opportunity Zach’s been hoping for — or is it?

Laney has a crippling fear of romantic commitment and has sworn to remain free of any serious emotional entanglements. So what if that tension between her and Zach Mayson is feeling more sexual than adversarial? Or once she gives into their undeniable desire she finds herself feeling happy, safe and cherished? It’s just sex, right? Right? Poor delusional Laney keeps those walls around her heart too high for too long, refusing to take a risk at love. At times Laney is harsh, almost cruel, in her intention to keep things between her and Zach from becoming anything permanent. But this is a romance novel, so don’t count Zach out yet!

There’s a fun group of secondary characters surrounding Laney and Zach, such as fellow teachers and Laney’s older brother Foster, the ex-Navy SEAL, and his buddies. As this is the second novel in the Teach Me series, one couple is already established, but with such a large group of good-looking singletons, there’s plenty of fodder for future novels. Indeed, the next coupling is strongly hinted at. Sometimes the ‘gang’ and their humor felt a little forced, leaning more toward caricature than fully realized personalities. Laney and Zach are written as well-rounded, fully realized characters and their relationship is given ample time to grow and develop.

Laney and her resistance to love might be Hard to Handle, but Zach is more than up for the challenge (no pun intended, at least I don’t think it was intentional). This novel is a satisfying read, great for curling up with on a quiet night (kinda like Zach 😊).

About Author R.C. Boldt

R.C. BoldtRC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the coast of North Carolina but dreams of relocating to a tropical island. When she’s not writing, she can be found daydreaming of relocating to a tropical island, at the beach, going running with her family (and contemplating *gently* tossing her daughter out of the jogging stroller to reduce weight resistance), singing karaoke, harassing her husband or relaxing with a good book. And, let’s be honest. Most of those activities listed probably include wine or a good microbrew. Except for the running. In that case, the drinks come afterward. 🙂


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