Wednesday. Mar. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250147073. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250147097. F
Imogene Abney is in her first year as a teacher's apprentice at the Vandenberg School for Boys. Twenty-two years old, introverted, and inexperienced with boys, Imogene encounters the popular, handsome student Adam Kipling, "Kip," out after hours with his friends. She is instantly drawn to his good looks, charm, and social status. She falls hard for Adam, coming over whenever he texts her, any fear of being caught the last thing on her mind. They quickly begin an illicit affair with consequences that are more than dangerous. Sullivan pens a steamy debut, in which infatuation crosses the line into obsession as Imogene falls deeper and more in love with Adam. While she knows that he is not in love with her, she can't help but fall into his trap, with the torrid sex and his sweet words stroking her ego. While this novel doesn't reinvent the wheel as far as the subject matter, Imogene's backstory adds a layer to the story that will have readers sympathizing with her as she works through her past.
VERDICT A good read for those who enjoy boarding school-based novels, including Jessica Anya Blau's The Trouble with Lexie, and Amy Poeppel's Small Admissions.
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