Nicole Morgan, the new second grade teacher at Pineview Elementary school, has it all together in the classroom; it’s her personal life that she can’t find peace with. Unable to let go of the guilt that she is harboring from her past, she punishes herself by running from all potential relationships.
Her patience is put to the test when Dailan O’Maley the obnoxious but very sexy uncle of one of her students enters her life. She slowly cracks away at Dailan’s crude, crass exterior when they are forced to work together for the sake of his nephew. The two of them learn a lesson in love that neither had planned as they discover that the guilt they are hiding deep inside isn’t the only thing they have in common. Unbeknownst to her, he holds more than just the key to her heart.
***MINOR SPOILER ALERT***
Where the hell do I even begin?! Probably the beginning since that would make the most sense right? Okay….3…2…1…GO
Nicole Morgan has spent the last eight years of her life feeling like an outcast in the eyes of her own family, because of a mistake from her past. Her dad, (a man I basically hated until the end of the book) is so disappointed in her that he wants absolutely nothing to do with her and at one point during the book, actually disowns Nicole. Her mom, who I absolutely despise until the end of the book (definitely place your kindle/nook/e-reader down on a nice, soft, surface whenever you read a scene where the mom is concerned) is an evil bitch. Well, no not really, she’s just a really neglectful mother when it comes to Nicole. It gets extremely frustrating to read about how little her own parents care about her. Her older sister is no better. The Golden Child with a normal, untroubled past, soaks up the attention her parents give her and her two children. The only one in her family who actually gives a shit about what happens in Nicole’s life is her little bother Justin Morgan. AKA Pooh. He however, is a Marine, and is stationed no where near Nicole. So, aside from her best friend Donna, Nicole is alone.
When Nicole accepts a job teaching the second grade at Pineview Elementary, her biggest worry is lesson plans, bulletin boards, and a troublesome seven year old in her class named Ryan. Little does she know however that this little boy is her key to happiness, forgiveness, and guiltlessness. As the emails come flooding in from concerned parents about Ryan’s misbehaviour in class, Nicole does what any teacher would, and sets up a parent-teacher conference with Ryan’s legal guardian/uncle to discuss what must be done about Ryan’s antics in class and his bad grades. What she doesn’t expect is the crass, and down right rude response from Mr. Dailan O’Maley.
Deciding to work together for Ryan’s benefit, Nicole and Dailan not only help Ryan to become a star student and a member of the “inappropriate behaviour” police, but they also begin to crack away at the walls they’ve both built up around themselves. Nicole’s past has destroyed every relationship she’s ever attempted having, including the relationship she has with her family. As hard as she tries to distance herself from Dailan, the more time she spends with him and Ryan, the more she thinks that she deserves to be happy, and she wants nothing more than to be happy with Dailan.
She falls in love with Ryan, and it doesn’t take much longer for her fall for Dailan as well.
Reading this book was a huge emotional roller coaster for me. Nicole is constantly leading us on about this horrible thing that happened in her past and I think for me that’s what had me turning the pages. I needed to know what happened that made her feel the need to punish herself by distancing herself from any sort of happily ever after. When her secret finally comes to light, its totally and completely unexpected. I was in complete shock! I think that’s what I loved the most about the way this book was written. The author gives absolutely no indication of what secrets lie in Nicole’s past. She unleashes it all at the end, and had she dropped clues here or there about what had happened to Nicole, I would have totally been able to piece it all together. To watch Nicole, Dailan, and Ryan develop through the book would have been enough for me. To watch the way that Dailan helps Nicole realize that she does indeed deserve to happy, would have been enough for me. But to sit there and read the ending of this book the way that it was written, was the icing on the freaking cake! You have no idea how hard it is for me to sit here and write about this gigantic plot twist and not just spill the beans! GAHHH!!
This book has everything a good book should. Love, lust, romance, humor, a little bit of heartbreak, and of course a happily ever after for all parties in the book.
The waitress came over to take our order and I couldn’t help but notice Dailan checking her out when she walked away. “You know that’s just wrong,” I commented.
“What?” he asked, clearly aware to what I was referring.
“The way you look at women like they’re sex objects.”
He rolled his eyes at me. “You know,I like that girl that I met at the bar that night better than the uptight school teacher.”
“Good, ‘cause that girl that you met in the bar doesn’t exist,” I said.
“Oh I betcha if that girl had a few drinks she would come back out,” he said with a smirk.
I looked over, forgetting that Ryan was even there. He was coloring the picture on the back of his placemat, not paying any mind to the bantering going on between me and his uncle. I picked up a crayon and began coloring with him in an effort not to make any more conversation with his uncle. I finally looked up when I could feel him staring at me.
“What?” I asked in annoyance.
He was laughing and trying to play innocent. I had to admit that he looked absolutely adorable at that particular moment with his cute boyish grin.
“Why are you staring at me?” I asked.
“Because I think you’re hot,” he said as he chewed on his straw and his smile became even wider. Ryan started to giggle, never taking his eyes from his coloring.
I pursed my lips and shook my head. “What, are you twelve?” His only response was the arrogant smirk that I had become so acquainted with over the past few months. “You know what – why did I even agree to come out with you tonight? Oh wait—that’s right, I didn’t agree, you just took it upon yourself to barge into my classroom and demand that I go,” I said, not finding any humor in his immature behavior.
“Do you always take demands like that from a man, darlin’? If so, I think I need to get you in the bedroom,” he said as he rubbed the scruff on his cheek.
I couldn’t take his obnoxious behavior anymore. I shook my head and shot him a dirty look before giving him a swift kick in the knee.
“Ouch, that wasn’t very nice,” he said as he rubbed his knee under the table.
“Keep it up and I’ll aim just a little higher.”
“Then that would be your loss.”
“Oh, I’m sure it wouldn’t be,” I snapped.
Ryan seemed unfazed by it all as he continued to color. I realized now exactly where Ryan got his colorful vocabulary – from the immature, arrogant male chauvinist sitting across from me. Did I mention incredibly sexy as well?
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard.
My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I was born and have lived in New Jersey my whole life. I’m a mom of twin teenage boys, a teenage stepson, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon! I am married to a wonderful guy – but we’ll keep that between us, I don’t want him getting a big head!
“An Unplanned Life” the sequel/prequel to “An Unplanned Lesson” will be releasing on 11/7/13 and I already have a vested interest in the characters of my next novel “A Cry For Hope” releasing some time in 2014…..stay tuned for details!