- File Size: 3488 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (March 12, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B6G1NP1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Teacher's Pet: Lessons Outside the Classroom Kindle Edition
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The Teacher's Pet anthology from Nine Star Press includes nine of these stories from up and coming authors. The stories have unique plots, unique inciting incidents, interesting character development, and, for the most part, manage to skirt the inevitable squick that comes with an imbalance of power that would genuinely be a problem when having a teacher-student affair.
Stories of Note:
Lessons of a Lifetime by Hudson Lin is a gorgeous romance featuring an Ethiopian immigrant musician and a Canadian-born ESL teacher. This HEA touches on the cultural differences one faces when finding a new life when going back 'home' is not possible, and of understanding each other's cultural differences. Contains quiet moments of beauty. It, alone, makes this anthology worth the read.
Piece of Cake by Valentine Wheeler is the story of a widower unable to boil water without a clear set of instructions; he finds love and friendship when upon attending a cooking class. Features a bisexual father to a lesbian cisgender woman and a transgender woman, each of whom supports his affair.
The Botanist's Apprentice by Arden Powell is a mix of Rappucini's Daughter meets a young, earnest version of The Beauty and The Beast's Lumiere who meets a dashing, broken introvert who begs to be undone. Bring on magic and dangerous plants, this live-in apprenticeship can only end one way.
There were things I liked about each story. Full Marks was the story I expected the most -- a student who shows up at a reunion to pursue the teacher he'd long been in love with -- and was both sweet and touching. Bare was the story of a young man who some risks beyond his wildest dreams and is rewarded. The editors did a wonderful job picking a diverse group of stories from emerging writers.
On the minus side, some stories did a wonderful job in setting up a world, in creating conflict, only for it to fall short due to going overboard with unnecessary detail, overblown plot, releasing tension too early.
Ultimately, the anthology is an enjoyable read and contains several true gems.