This is going to be so difficult to review, I went from liking to hating to loving this book. I went through a massive tumult of emotions, and still not sure how I really feel.
Teach Me Dirty is a student/teacher romance, set in the small country of Wales in a relatively small town. Helen Palmer is an eighteen-year-old sixth form student who has been in love with her art teacher since the age of twelve. Mr. Roberts is a widower, who has always been aware of the crush Helen has had on him, but it’s not until he spends more time with her as an adult that he really discovers how much he has come to care about her.
“You’re a beautiful, talented, vivacious young woman, Helen. More beautiful than ever because you have no idea how beautiful you really are.”
I absolutely loved these two together and adored their interactions. Helen was typically immature at times and had her insecurities, but also had an old soul and appreciated things that a normal teenager wouldn’t be into. Mark Roberts was such a pleasant surprise, he was so understanding and sweet, but when it came down to the nitty gritty, he was a very considerate and dominant lover.
“Mr Roberts the man wanted to taste Helen Palmer’s dirty fantasies. Every single one of them. Every single part of her.”
This is a story of two people who are meant to be together, and face huge obstacles that interfere with their future path. Not only is Mark a teacher and authoritative person in Helen’s life, but Helen’s family would not be happy to hear the news of their relationship.
“I was transfixed by her. I was consumed by her. And I was perplexed by how a lust so forbidden could feel so divine.”
I have to mention the role that Helen’s best friend Lizzie played in the plot, and if I am honest I really didn’t like it and felt it detracted from the beauty of the story. There are some f/f scenes with dubious consent, and it didn’t sit well with me and I had to put the book down for a few days and decide whether to continue. Saying that, I am extremely glad I did carry on because I slowly grew to love the characters and their illicit affair.
It’s a very long book, and I feel that it could have been condensed slightly but overall I did enjoy this read and would recommend to those who crave a forbidden love story.
Teach Me Dirty is a standalone erotic romance, told in dual POV
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review