Eighteen by J.A. Huss

27838211Eighteen is hard.
And so is Mateo Alesci.
He’s hard to read, hard to predict, hard in every way that counts. He wants things from me.
Dirty things, nasty things, forbidden things.
And I have to give in.
His attention is completely inappropriate, but I can’t say no. The way he looks at me… the way he watches me through my bedroom window… the way he drags me deeper and deeper into his completely forbidden fantasy world just… turns me on.
He knows it turns me on.
He holds all the power. He holds all the cards.
He holds my entire future in his hands.
And I have to give in.
Because Mr. Alesci is my teacher.
And I need everything he’s offering.

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My Review:
2.5 stars — Hmmmm….  Well, I’m not opposed to student/teacher taboo stories…but there was just something about this one that didn’t work for me.  And that something would be Mateo.  He creeped me out.  I guess I wasn’t expecting that level of dysfunction in the relationship, which is probably my own fault…I mean, it is a student/teacher relationship.  But I guess I’m a hearts and flowers kind of girl, and I just can’t get behind a relationship that is so….well, dysfunctional.  How do you fall in love with a guy who (to me) was basically a stalker?  Their entire first sexual encounter left me feeling wrong…so how do you come back from that?  I guess I just couldn’t empathize, b/c no amount of hot sex is worth the way Mateo initially treated her…it just felt like choice was taken away.  And yeah, I know there’s a lot of internal thoughts from Shannon about all of this, but I guess I just couldn’t vibe with her, so I only saw it from my perspective, not hers.  Again, probably more a me problem than a book problem.

Truthfully, the story kept me on my toes.  I knew a lot was going to go on, and not everything was at it seems, but in the end I had some designs on where I wanted the story to go, and that’s not where it went.  Which is not the authors fault, the story just did not meet my expectations.  I ended up falling more so for Sunday/Danny, and was hoping that she would realize the dysfunction in her relationship with Mateo and seek out something healthier.  I almost DNF’d the book, and maybe I should have since it just wasn’t a good match.  But there were a lot of the other things that were happening in Shannon’s life that were compelling to me (mainly her home life), and I wanted to see how that all worked out.  So there were good moments…enough of them to round up instead of down, but just not enough to save it for me.  *shrugs*