Where You Are by J.H. Trumble
Kensington | Kindle Edition
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
This book wasn’t even in my radar until I read Brandi of Blkosiner’s blog’s review. And while the author used a tried and tested trope (a forbidden teacher/student romance), this is the first one that feature a couple of male characters (for me, anyway).
They have a lot of obstacles in front of them as it is. Aside from the teacher/student thing, there’s also the age thing. There wasn’t any shortage of conflict in this book. The constant sneaking around, the lies, and the covering for each other made for a nerve-wracking read.
While that’s enough to send a reader’s head on a tailspin, the well-timed progression of the characters’ relationship should more than make up for it. The tension between them was a pressurized chamber of impossible wanting and illicit longing. That’s not to say that the author tackled the physical relationship in a crass and coarse manner: it was all class, thrillingly sweet and surprisingly tender.
This book was a surprise and a gem to read. It was far from one-dimensional as it also dealt with Robert’s difficult home life. Every day he’s had to contend with his father’s looming death due to cancer, his aunts’ constant meddling and home invasion, and his mom’s decreasing ability to care one way or the other. On top of that, he’s got a boyfriend who sees him as ‘accessories’ or a decoration to complete his outfit. Needing a person who could offer him solace from the turmoil of his life, he turned to Drew, his math teacher whom he has been attracted to since day one. From friendship, they fall in love. Drew, on the other hand knows what’s at stake if he entertained the thought of having an actual relationship with Robert but the closer they got, the lesser he’s able to resist.
With Drew, he opens the possibility of losing his teaching license and as well a jail sentence. But the most worrying of all is the possibility that he could lose his daughter. Like I said, this book did not lack for conflict and the thing is none of them felt like they were thinly manufactured. The author cleverly developed her characters and story so it becomes a tightly well-plotted novel.
J. H. Trumble’s Where You Are is a cut above all the other books of the same theme. If you’re expecting more of the same, you’ll be pleasantly disappointed. Trumble tackled the delicacy of their relationship tactfully. Over all, she’s earned herself a fan in me. This book offers a realistic romance that everyone would enjoy reading. Give this book a chance if you’re looking to read something different from that romance kick you’ve been on lately.