Series: Good Girls Don't #2
Publisher: Self Published on June 26, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.
Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.
Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.
But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.
I adored Jillian and Liam’s story in Catching Liam and was interested to see what Gennifer Albin came up with for Jessica’s story.
For me, Teaching Roman wasn’t as strongly written of a novel. It seemed rushed at times and it was a bit unrealistic at points. Jess was part of a pretty recent break up after she refused to marry her boyfriend–and literally days later is lusting after her old professor? The timeline of the novel just didn’t feel realistic for me. In addition to that, things moved at a pretty rapid pace but were predictable. It was easy for me to figure out what was going to happen next, which took away from how much I enjoyed the novel.
Jessica was a character that I could relate to in Catching Liam. In this novel it was like that at times, but at other moments in the novel it was like she was another person. She completely shed her good-girl personality at multiple points in the novel. The 180 in personality was startling at times and kind of messed with the flow of the novel. Instead of getting to know a character deeper in this novel I had to get to know a completely new character, it seemed.
Roman was a different kind of love interest. He didn’t really come off as a professor-type personality so it was kind of awkward to see him placed in that situation in the novel. He was, though, a caring character. He looked out for Jess and Cassie when they were vacationing. He was a character that remained firmly planted on my good side throughout the entirety of the novel.
The romance in this novel erred more on the side of insta-lust. The succumbed to the attraction a lot faster than I was hoping that they would. They had the chemistry, but then insta-lust evolved quickly into insta-love. All in the span of about a week. It was a bit too fast for me, especially since the week went by quickly due to the fast pacing. The romance for me didn’t really hit home like Jillian and Liam’s, but it was okay.
We see a bit more of Cassie in this novel. She was the reason that they went to Mexico. We see her suffering from heartbreak the entire novel and that got me excited for her novel.
Although Teaching Roman wasn’t as great of a read as the first Good Girls Don’t novel, it wasn’t a bad one by far. Besides the extremely fast pacing and Jessica’s personality change, it was a good and interesting novel.