Review: Mr. Naughty List by Leta Blake (Home for the Holidays #2)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design.
“Let me love you for as long as I can, or as long as you want me to.”
“That sounds a lot like a declaration,” Aaron said breathlessly.
“I guess it is, in its way. A declaration to love you until I go, or until you want me to stop.”
“I've never been loved before,” Aaron said. “I've been fucked a lot. But never loved.”
When Leta Blake kicked off her Home for the Holidays series last November with the amazing Mr. Frosty Pants, I had no idea the wait for the second book would be a whole year! Well, the best things happen to those who wait, with the best thing being Mr. Naughty List. This was a teacher-student romance with a twist! I'm sure having a mad crush on a teacher is something many of us know all too well (and heck, I've been on both ends, but when I was the teacher, my adorable student was five years old and stated that in twenty years, he'd marry me--too cute!). Now, if you've read the first book, then you'd have some clue on who this new book is about based on me mentioning the whole crushing on a teacher thing. For those of you who are new to the series, fret no more! You can read Mr. Naughty List as a standalone, but I'd be remiss if I didn't recommend you read Mr. Frosty Pants, too.
When Randall James "RJ" Blitz was in his senior year of high school, Aaron Danvers was starting his first year as an English teacher. While Aaron only remembers RJ as being the emo student who wasn't living up to his potential back then, RJ had far more...enticing memories, but then, that's what happens when you have a major crush on your teacher and you spend more time fantasizing about all the naughty things you'll do to him rather on focusing on schoolwork. Five years later and their paths unexpectedly cross. Aaron is still teaching, although the joy he gets out of it is tempered with the fact that his principal is none other than his overbearing and homophobic mother. He notes, however, that RJ has changed a lot. He's now a sexy touring guitarist slash occasional singer who knows how to work the stage. The attraction is no longer one-sided, and at twenty-four, RJ is more than ready to act on it, but while Aaron may be four years older than him, but he's still in the closet. This is only during the holidays anyway because RJ is leaving and Aaron can't be out. They need to keep it simple; so why does it feel complicated?
With the weather getting oh-so-chilly over here, it seems all I needed to help warm me up was this book! I already know that Leta Blake can write a steamy scene like no other, but oh mama, talk about scorching and thank goodness it wasn't just limited to a one-time thing with these two. I loved RJ and Aaron's story because it was so darn unique from all the usual holiday stories out there this year, or at the very least, the ones that have crossed my reading apps. And if you think that this book is nothing but sex, allow me to clear that up because this has a tale to tell and it's an exceptionally well-written one. RJ is dealing with issues about his hybrid family made up of his mom, stepfather, stepbrother, and half-siblings (and goodness, but how this aspect of the book made my heart happy), while Aaron is coming to terms with his emotionally abusive relationship with his tyrannical mother (but he does have an awesome dad and relatives plus a supportive bestie). Of course, there's also the whole falling in love but unsure of the future thing. If all that sounds good, get reading already! Five-plus stars for Mr. Naughty List. ♥
Read my reviews for the Home for the Holidays series:
Mr. Frosty Pants (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review
Mr. Naughty List (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 22 November 2019
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