The Principal’s Office [DeKnight #3] by Jasmine Haynes

Publication Date: February 7th, 2012
HEAT
Format: Paperback, 308 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
Rachel Delaney, a divorced mother with two boys, isn’t complaining. Her life is fine. Really. There is one thing that could make it better, though: a strong, warm male body to help her make it through the occasional lonely night. No strings, and no relationship, thanks. Just a little fun with a perfect stranger. And there’s no more perfect stranger than Rand.
He’s tall, blond, unattached, smokin’ hot, and looking for the same thing Rachel is: wild, abandoned sex with no limits, no last names, and no complications – until Rachel’s eldest son gets in trouble in class.
Only then does Rachel discover that her down-and-dirty, dangerously sexy mystery lover is also the new school principal. They’re not exactly the ideal role models for a troubled student acting out his own frustrations. With Rachel’s life turned upside down, Rand is the only one who can make it right – by taking their hot-bodied hookups in a warm new direction…

This is book number three of a series I’ve not heard of. I don’t know about you but I love reading random serial books that enables me to follow the story without ever having read the rest of the series. In all honesty, after reading this one, I’m dying to read the rest of the series and probably even more from this author. Her books are steamy, to say the least. But in The Principal’s Office’s case, I also found some substance in it.

This follows the story of Rachel, newly-divorced and looking for some much-needed stress outlet. Colour her happy when she meets a tall, handsome, sexy Viking in Rand. But she’s also not looking for a relationship; the woman just wants someone to show her a good time. Lucky for her, Rand is game to do her bidding. Everything was hunky-dory right up until the part when she gets called in the principal’s office of her eldest son. It turns out that the man who tutors her on the wicked sins of the flesh is the same person who seems to have it out for her son.

Oh boy. If you’re not ready to indulge in some unbridled, unadulterated erotica read, this book may not be for you. I, on the other hand, embraced Ms. Haynes wicked tales of consenting adults discovering the joys of forbidden lust.

I did mention some substance, didn’t I? Well, don’t fret. This book is not all about sex. The story also shows how Rand helped Rachel find her place in her sons’ lives and how to fight for the things she cares about. I love the give-and-take relationship between these two; it’s quite refreshing to read a romance where the man isn’t bulldozing his way into his woman’s life. The best thing about this book (besides the copious amounts of smexy times), is the much-needed lesson Rand taught Rachel’s son. It was a touching story about standing up to bullies and protecting those who can’t protect themselves. This was also a lesson that Rachel learned while standing up to her ex.

Though the book’s cover will deceive you into believing that this is just another Dom/sub play which involves the principal and the unsuspecting single mom, it was way more than that. And this is why I thoroughly enjoyed this book; the author simply didn’t write erotica, she wrote about self-discovery and  showing courage when it counts.

VERDICT: A hot and steamy read with valuable life lessons to boot. Jasmine Haynes gave dimensions to characters when some erotica authors would not. I believe this is the beginning of yet another addiction. 🙂