Book Blitz Lessons in Love by Clarissa Carlyle

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Hey Addicts, so I am not normally much of a contemporary kinda girl, but Lessons in Love grabs me. Plus it's a New Adult book, rather than a YA book, so I think that helps too :) Enjoy the blitz, it's got a few extras than the normal. Including the fact that Lessons in Love is currently FREE! That's right :)

Lessons in Love (Lessons in Love #1)
Release Date: 02/24/14
New Adult
183 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Book 1 in the Lessons in Love New Adult Romance series

The Lessons in Love series follows the story of high school cheerleader Alex Heron. She's pretty, blonde and popular. Alex seems to have it all, but she's hiding a dark secret from her past that threatens to destroy her future. Only the handsome new math teacher, Mark Simmons, can see past Alex's façade to the real girl hiding inside. He wants to help Alex overcome her past, but will their developing feelings for each other get in the way?

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Books in the Lessons in Love series:
Lessons in Love –
Letters of Love –
Living with Love –

Excerpt #1
Almost a week had passed since Alex had gone from being the girl in Mark’s car to the invisible woman. She was tired of second-guessing his feelings about her and more tired of her own constant attraction towards him. She was obviously deluding herself to entertain any sort of fantasy involving him, yet she couldn’t help it. Each time she caught his scent or spotted him in the corridor, her heart raced in a way that no one else had ever been able to make it do.

The only way she could get through math class was to actually settle down and do some work, and as a result, her grades began to improve.

“You got an A?” Claire gasped as they sat in their Friday morning class.

“Mmm.” Alex nodded sheepishly.

“How did you manage that?” Claire asked, clearly amazed by the achievement.

Alex wanted to answer that all she had done was pay attention and apply herself, but knew that wouldn’t be in keeping with her head cheerleader status. “I bought the answers off some guy yesterday,” Alex whispered conspiratorially.

“Ooh,” Claire exhaled, nodding in approval. “Why didn’t you share?” She sounded hurt as she asked.

“I didn’t want us both to get caught cheating.” Alex offered an impromptu explanation, which seemed to appease Claire.

“Hope you don’t get caught,” she whispered across to her friend.

“Me too.” Alex smiled at her.

Mark was winding down his class, having distributed test papers and solved all of the equations on the board. As usual his gaze had never once drifted to the back right of the classroom where Alex sat. Suddenly she felt his eyes upon her before she heard him speak, her breath catching in her throat as he did so.

“Miss Heron, can I see you after class?” His tone was abrupt. It was not a request but a command.

“Oh God, looks like he caught you cheating!” Claire sent Alex an apologetic glance before hurriedly packing away her stuff, not wanting to be tarred with the same cheating brush.

Alex watched Claire and the rest of her classmates scurry away, her heart already in overdrive, pounding within her chest, reverberating all the way to her eardrums, blocking out all external sound.

What did Mark want with her? He’d ignored her all week long; why speak to her now? Alex nervously approached his desk. Mark went to speak but then spotted the open door, beyond which were students milling around in the corridor, unenthusiastically meandering towards their next class.

He got up and walked purposefully to the door, swiftly closed it, and then headed back to his desk. He sat on top of it, close to Alex as she hovered nervously nearby. She could smell him, and it was intoxicating. She struggled to keep her focus.

“I owe you an apology,” Mark blurted out, his stern demeanor instantly gone and the kind, open man from the cinema standing in his place.

“Huh?” Alex was caught off guard.

“I’ve been ignoring you all week. But you know that, right?” Mark looked deep into her eyes, and embarrassed, Alex looked away.

“I thought you were just being a tool,” she told him flippantly, forcing herself to wear her arrogant cheerleader armor.

Mark merely smiled fondly at her insult. “You’ve every right to be mad. I just can’t be seen to be too familiar with you in school. People will talk.”

Alex was silent, staring intently at her battered Converse sneakers; thankfully the distressed look was currently in style.

“Alex, I’d risk losing my job if anyone knew we were…friends.” He struggled on the last word, and Alex wondered why.

“What’s wrong with being friends?” Alex challenged.

“You know what,” Mark told her earnestly, and she felt her heart skip a beat as she dared to believe that perhaps he did actually see her as something more than just a friend. But if that was the word they needed to use to toe the delicate teacher-student line, then she was more than happy to do so.

“Are we still friends?” she asked cautiously.

Excerpt #2
She pushed open the door to the classroom and spotted Mr. Simmons sitting behind his desk, bent over some papers.
Alex cleared her throat, and he looked up at her.
“You wanted to see me?” she asked.
“Yes, I did. Thanks for coming.” Mr. Simmons flashed a smile that made Alex’s knees go weak. She steadied herself as he gestured towards the empty desks before him.
“Take a seat,” he instructed.
Alex obliged and settled herself in one of the desks in the front row.
“I wanted to talk to you about the test paper you did this morning,” Mr. Simmons said, producing the paper in question and handing it to Alex. In the top left-hand corner in neat red pen was the letter C accompanied by a plus symbol.
“Isn’t a C plus okay?” Alex asked.
“C plus is great,” Mr. Simmons admitted. “Most students in this class would be thrilled with a C plus.”
He looked over at Alex, studying her.
“I sense a but coming,” Alex admitted.
“But, you’re not most students. You almost got an A.”
“Almost an A?” Alex echoed.
“Your work is all accurate. In fact, you even wrote the correct answers to all the problems. Then you crossed them out and changed them a few numbers off.”
“I got the answers wrong, big deal.” Alex tried to feign indifference. She bit her lip and looked out of the window, envious of the students who were heading back to their nice houses and their complete families.
“The point I’m making is that I think you got the answers wrong deliberately,” Mr. Simmons suggested, his tone soft and nonconfrontational.
“So what? You think I’m doing the opposite of cheating? Like failing on purpose?” Alex said, trying to make the suggestion sound preposterous. “Why would anyone do that?” She said.
“You tell me,” Mr. Simmons asked, still keeping his same, gentle tone.
“I can’t tell you because that’s not what’s happening. I got my answers wrong; it happens. I’m not that good at math.”
“But I think you are. In fact, I think you’re very good at math.”
“I’m not.” Alex shook her head and, feeling uncomfortable beneath his scrutiny, folded her arms protectively across her chest.
“I think that you hide how smart you actually are and pretend to be some dumb blonde cheerleader just because you want to fit in.” Mr. Simmons stood and came to lean against his desk, shortening the distance between them.
“Are you insulting me?” Alex hugged herself tighter. “Because it sounded like you called me a dumb blonde.”
“I said you’re pretending to be a dumb blonde,” Mr. Simmons corrected her.
“Maybe I’m just dumb,” Alex protested, getting agitated.
“Or maybe you pretend to be because you want to fit in. But as someone older and hopefully wiser, let me tell you that fitting in isn’t as important as you think it is. There’s more to life than being popular.”

I’m beginning to realize that life can never be simple, no matter who you are or what you’re running from.

Everything and everyone here is new. It’s a chance for me to be my real self and embrace my past rather than hide it.

And now I’m officially a member of Kappa Pi, which means more parties and social events. And as much as I’d like to say I’m above it all and only here for my education, I’d be lying as I’m loving it. I get to enjoy myself with others without worrying that they’ll disown me if they knew the truth about my past.

Some current reviews: 
In full disclosure I have to say usually books like this where there is a romance between a teacher and a student usually turn me off. I found myself absolutely loving this story. The romance was done in such a respectful way that I have to applaud the author. I really enjoyed this book because it shows how easily your life can change from one extreme to another. How in a blink of an eye it can all change
I give this book 5/5 stars a truly great read.. I can not wait to read the next two books in this series  – 5 Stars from Book Happiness

I really like and enjoy reading this book, now I am so ready to find out what's gone happened next, can’t wait to read the second book. Author Clarissa Carlyle THANK YOU for introducing me to this amazing characters and these awesome books. – Sexy LM

One of the best Student/Teacher books I have read – PL Phillips

I absolutely loved this story!

… The description of this event brought tears to my eyes, and the true-to-life characterizations of the “mean girls” and the jocks had me wandering down the halls of my own high school once again. – Bea LaRocca

About the Author
I have been an avid reader and and writer since my earliest school days. Reading was my first and earliest passions, often seeking the safe sanctuary of my room or the library to read everything I could. My favorite has been romance. I penned some romantic poetry in high school and was winning school awards for my short stories when I was just 16. In college I would hibernate in the library for days at a time, consuming every short story and novel I could find. My diploma says Bachelors in English Lit. which I'm very proud of.

I probably drink too much coffee and eat too much junk food, but to compensate do like running when the weather is nice. I love shopping in the mall even if I never find what I'm looking for. I'm a hopeful romantic who prefers novels with a happy ending.

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Okay Addicts, what do we think? I think the whole series sounds pretty good. I may just have to pick them up! If this caught your eye be sure to go and get it while it's FREE.
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