Alice Evans doesn't like her life. She teaches math to rebellious and obnoxious teenagers, who derive a great sense of pleasure out of making her life a living hell. She hardly has any friends in her new city, and her family doesn't live close by either. One Friday afternoon, just after school, everything seems to go wrong. She had a tough week at work, feels very stressed, and the pouring rain outside is even worse than an April shower. This by itself wouldn't be so terrible, if she didn't also have to buy groceries, and if she hadn't forgotten to bring her umbrella...
She purchases her groceries and takes them outside in a cardboard box to store them in her car, but as she suspected, it doesn't take the rain long to soak her to the bone. In her haste to get back to the car, she trips in a hole on the parking lot. Alice drops the box in her fall, strewing all of her groceries around the parking lot. Because of her fall, she also breaks the heel of her shoe, and tears her skirt. Overall, she feels extremely miserable.
However, when she least expects it, a young man steps in and offers to assist her. He isn't just any man, since Alice recognizes him as John Richards, one of her better students. He offers to help her out and even drives her home, after which he helps her with her groceries. Since Alice's ankle hurts a lot, John offers to help her out the next day as well. He's one of the kindest people she knows, and she accepts his help, agreeing to meet him again the next day.
Alice now faces a new dilemma. She realizes that John is her student, and she recognizes the type of a slippery slope she's on if she accepts his friendship. If by some chance that friendship turns into something more, then she will face the very likely chance of violating one or even multiple laws. John might be eighteen years old, but the state they live in forbids an affair between a teacher and her student, no matter what their age is.
Alice must now face the difficult decision of choosing between two evils; conform to what is right, or do what feels right, despite the possible consequences. Will John be able to win her heart, or will Alice's conscience and the law, keep them from being together?
Fiction >> Romance >> Contemporary
Fiction >> Romance >> Erotic
Published: Dec. 01, 2012
Words: 103,216 (approximate)
Language: American English
romance, love, drama, adult, teacher, sex, contemporary, student, mf, explicit erotica, 18+
It seems like not a week goes by without a story appearing in the newspapers about a female teacher getting caught with her male student. In the newspapers we only read about what happened with the teacher after she got caught, however, what I'm interested in is the story behind the article. What caused all those teachers to take these risks, despite knowing the consequences? Was it a spur of the moment kind of thing, or was it something that slowly evolved over time?
Forbidden Love is about one of these teachers and how the relationship with one of her students evolves from something platonic to something much deeper.
The primary readers of this novel are those who are looking for a coming of age story, as well as those who enjoy reading an erotic story which is more than just sex. There is a slow build up in this story, and next to romance there is also a fair amount of drama in this tale. It's not the light-hearted fling that some people may expect, but it's definitely worth the read.
Originally I wrote this story in about a week, but I completely revised it one-and-a-half year later, during which the story doubled in size and received a much better build up. My writing skills had improved a lot between the original version and the revision, and I wanted to rewrite this story to put all my new skills in practice. All-in-all the rewrite took me more than two months before I was finally satisfied with the novel.
The original title was a lot longer, and I decided to drop most of it and simply stick to 'Forbidden Love' since the novel is about the taboo love between a teacher and her student. Next to going against the principles of society, there are also laws and professional ethics against these kind of affairs, and I thought that the shorter title reflected this better.
Miss Mae, my artist, had a great impact in the cover design. About half of the book the couple is out camping, and I figured it'd make sense to feature an idyllic camping scene on the background. She wisely talked me out of that, however, and we selected a school building for the background instead. Even though the school isn't mentioned all that much in the story, it made a lot more sense to go with a school building than a nature scene for the cover.
The hardest part of writing the novel was definitely the end, without wanting to give away any spoilers, I had a lot of discussions with my editors about whether or not the novel should end the way it did. It actually caused me several sleepless nights, and I did a lot of rewriting in those final chapters. Still, I'm satisfied with the way it ended since it reflected well with the story I wanted to tell. The original version was more of a drama than a romance novel, and the original ending left the reader hanging with how the story really ended. That among other things has a much better conclusion in the revised story, and gives the reader closure.
I did a lot of research for this novel, especially to the teacher/ student couples that got caught, how their affair ended, in how many cases they stayed together, the punishments the teachers received, what kind of effect these punishments had on their lives, the different kind of state laws involved, etc. I think it's fair to say that I've never done as much research about a story before as I did for this one.
Every story that you write teaches you more about the world as well. What this story taught me the most is to never judge a book by its cover, so to speak. In the comment sections that I read on digital newspapers I found that people are very easy to cast their judgment without knowing the full story. Sometimes it's an outright witch hunt, while the teacher is not always the one to fully blame.
It's my hope that the story makes people think twice before casting their judgment on a situation, and view the case from multiple points of view so they come to a less biased conclusion. Judging by the reactions I received on my novel so far it definitely made people think, and that was exactly what I was hoping for.
I hope you'll have a wonderful time reading this story.
Review by: hrhsophia on Dec. 02, 2012 :
A very sweet story with a very realistic premise.
(review of free book)
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