☆••*´¨`*•.☆•• 5+ stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆••
Eighteen is hard.
And so is Mateo Alesci.
He’s hard to read, hard to predict, hard in every way that counts. He wants things from me.
Dirty things, nasty things, forbidden things.
And I have to give in.
His attention is completely inappropriate, but I can’t say no. The way he looks at me… the way he watches me through my bedroom window… the way he drags me deeper and deeper into his completely forbidden fantasy world just… turns me on.
He knows it turns me on.
He holds all the power. He holds all the cards.
He holds my entire future in his hands.
And I have to give in.
Because Mr. Alesci is my teacher.
And I need everything he’s offering.
Eighteen by JA Huss will take your breath away. It is contemporary fiction. It is a taboo romance. Raw, gritty, tragic and redemptive, Eighteen is a novel based on a true story. Who’s true story? You’ll have to buy the book and find out at the end.
I’m never surprised that JA Huss’ stories shock and stun me. I know she’s going to do it to me with every book, and I am still blown away each time because each time she does it in a wildly different and unexpected way. I never guess or try to figure out the twist, I just enjoy the ride. You should too. Don’t read spoilers, just grab this book and read it at least once, if not more.
I started reading on my morning break, then again at lunch (shh! and maybe a little at my desk too), and after work, I told my husband I was in “do not disturb” mode because I had a Huss book to read. I went to bed only after I finished Eighteen. It’s very compelling and engaging in a dark, twisted, yet hopeful, way.
Shannon is eighteen. She puts on a tough front, but inside, she’s a small-town girl from the Midwest who just wants to be normal. She’s not naïve, but she doesn’t have the street smarts that she’d like you to believe she has. Her life has become a staggering mess, and she uses the tough-chick act to protect herself from all the disappointing people and things in her life.
“The first day of my adult life was filled with disappointments, admonishments, and a hit to the face.”
Mateo is a bit older than eighteen. He looks like a biker, but he is really Shannon’s newest teacher. He pushes her to the brink—well beyond her envelope’s edge. He’s got penetrating eyes, tattoos, and has very naughty proclivities. Is he a bad boy, a kick-ass teacher, or both?
“Life isn’t all or nothing, it’s something in between.”
As with all the JA Huss books I love, nothing is as it seems. The plot of Eighteen is filled with twists and turns. Huss has mastered her craft, and her latest book is an “e-ticket” ride. Be amazed, shocked, stunned, floored…buy the ticket and buckle yourself in for a wild ride and an amazing read.