Title: Bad Teacher
Author: Clarissa Wild
Series: Unprofessional Bad Boys #1
Release Date: June 28, 2016
My name is Thomas and I’m always hard.
No really, that’s my last name. Thomas Hard, the pleasure is all mine … literally.
I can’t help it that my name suits me well.
You know what else suits me well? That girl sitting across the bar, with her lips right where I tell them to be. I want her, and when I want something, it’s gonna be mine.
One night. No names. No phone numbers. Just me, her, and pure pleasure.
Except, that one girl turns out to be the biggest mistake of my life.
Because I broke my cardinal rule …
Never bang a student.
*Author’s note: Don’t like reckless decisions & unbridled screwing? Don’t love girls that are obsessed with ice cream, rainbows, and unicorns? Don’t enjoy a bit of corny humor sprinkled on top? Then this book is not for you. And last but not least, if you hate cats with giant jewels … Don’t even bother.*
Bad Teacher is a fun, sexy, lighthearted student/teacher romance that will make you grin. Thomas and Hailey’s first encounter is absolutely scorching, quickly setting the tone for the level of naughty in this book. Despite their shared insistence on keeping things casual, Clarissa Wild hints at a deeper connection between Thomas and Hailey right from the start and then continues to explore it over the course of the story. I enjoyed the push and pull that this couple shared, their reluctance clashing with intense attraction and leading to plenty of filthy flirtations and sarcastic banter. Clarissa generates some serious steam as Thomas and Hailey are forced to maintain their distance in public, further escalating the building tension between them to explosive levels. If you like heated glances and incendiary inner monologues then Bad Teacher is the book for you.
“Listening to him, letting him take charge, it gives me a release I haven’t felt before.”
Being inside Thomas’ head was something else. He was cocky, confident, carnal, and in control, yet there was something unsure about him that had me intrigued. His internal battle when it came to Hailey was amusing to experience, the one who demands control so close to losing it completely. As yummy as this sexy, cool character was, I would have liked to dive deeper with him, specifically his personal history as it relates to his career and hesitancy towards starting something with Hailey. As for Hailey, she was feisty one. Despite her initial innocence she certainly knew how to hold her own with Thomas. I loved watching her push back at him, challenging his decisions and tempting him in dangerous ways. Her wild side often left me with a smirk on my face as I reveled in seeing the inexperienced woman bringing the self-professed player to his knees.
“For some reason, I want to get to know that girl I take home every now and then. That girl who hides her baggage behind vibrant clothes and bright red hair. It’s as if she screams ‘stay away from me,’ but it only makes me want to come closer.”
Bad Teacher isn’t groundbreaking in terms of plotline, but it’s certainly entertaining and delightfully filthy. This book is relatively uncomplicated, making it the perfect weekend read for anyone in need of a good laugh and a healthy dose of something sordid. Clarissa Wild avoids the ick factor by keeping these characters close in age (and legal) so even if you’re not a fan of seriously taboo stories you’ll still be able to really enjoy Bad Teacher. Bad Teacher is a step outside of Clarissa Wild’s normal realm of dark, intense romance and while I enjoyed the levity of this story, I did miss the intense emotional connection I usually get from her novels. If you’re looking for lust in all the wrong places then Bad Teacher may be just the book for you. Thomas and Hailey, along with the secondary characters, will make you laugh, smirk, roll your eyes, and leave you blushing and begging for more.
He laughs and wraps his hand around my waist, pulling me in for a soft kiss right underneath my ear. “Relax. I’m not asking you to do anything … except stay.”
I suck in a breath.
Did he just say that out loud or was I fantasizing?
He walks in front of me, grabbing my hand and guiding me toward his bedroom. I stumble behind him, feeling like a lost sheep as he takes me to his bed. I don’t refuse as he pulls me closer and sits down on his bed, pulling me onto his lap. All I can do is stare at his beautiful eyes as he pulls me down on the bed with him. My head rests on his chest and his hand on my back. Our naked bodies aligning, our breathing synchronized. The darkness and silence in the room take over, but it doesn’t make me feel alone or afraid.
I have the sound of his heartbeat filling me with warmth and his scent to keep me company, and at that moment, for just a few seconds, I don’t feel like we’re student and teacher anymore.
“What does this mean?” I ask, breaking the silence.
He turns his head toward me, his fingers still gently thrumming my skin. “You mean us lying in bed together?”
I smile and trail my fingers along his chest. “That too … I mean, you’ve never invited me to stay.”
“Never?” He ponders it over. “Hmmm … Well, there’s a first time for everything.”
“I know. I just wonder what it means. Like, what does this mean? Us, together.” I really don’t know how to word it without sounding like an obsessive girlfriend. Or without scaring him to the point of chasing me away.
His brows draw together, and his lips turn to thin lines. “Nothing. It’s just sex. And now, we’re going to sleep.” He turns on his side, away from me.
“Nothing,” I repeat, mulling it over a bit. After a while, I ask, “Is that what you want?”
He glances at me over his shoulder. “Maybe.”
“Maybe?” I give him a stupid face. “Is that all you’re gonna say?”
“You’re not easily satisfied, are you?” he says.
“No,” I say, shrugging and laughing it off.
“Well, that’s as much as you’re going to get from me for now.”
“For now …” I say. I like that word.
I like for now and maybe. They’re better than no and never.
“How many times are you going to repeat my words?” he muses.
I stare up at the ceiling. “As many times as needed to get the point across.”
Now, he turns to face the ceiling too. Totally not awkward or anything. “And what point is that?”
“The point that we’re in limbo and I don’t know what to think of it.”
“I like limbo,” he says, a smug smile on his face as he gazes at me.
“I don’t,” I say, folding my hands.
He sighs and closes his eyes. “Let’s just get some rest, okay?”
“I’m not tired.”
“Well, I am. It’s late, and we’ve done a lot of … physical exercise.”
I laugh at those words. He goes through so much trouble just to avoid the topic, it’s funny.
“I think I like you more than just for the sex,” I blurt out.
I didn’t mean to, it just slipped out of me because it’s been on the tip of my tongue for a while now.
Now, I feel embarrassed.
Why did I have to say that out loud?
And in such a stupid way?
When he doesn’t respond, I breathe a soft sigh of relief, glad he didn’t hear it.
Maybe he was already asleep.
“Good night, Hailey.”
So he did hear it.
He just doesn’t wanna reply.
My heart sinks to a new all-time low, and I suddenly feel cold to the bone. I turn away from him and tuck my head deep into the pillow, trying not to make a noise as I slam my face into it, wishing I’d never opened my mouth. I ruined a great evening. No, screw that, I ruined whatever good thing we had. I grab the covers and pull them up to my neck, hoping he’ll fall asleep soon so I can squirm out and get away before things get more awkward the next morning.
I didn’t take into account that he’d turn around, wrap his arms around my waist, and pull me closer to him. And I certainly didn’t expect him to nuzzle me, peck me on the back, and hug me tight. Like a real boyfriend would.
With only just a small detail missing.
He’s not my boyfriend … But we’ll get to that part later.
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Don’t miss the companion novel:
Bad Boss (Unprofessional Bad Boys #2)
Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, Stalker Duology, Twenty-One (21), Ultimate Sin, VIKTOR, and Bad Teacher. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.
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