Friday, March 15, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Sweetest Taboo by Eva Marquez

Title: Sweetest Taboo
Author: Eva Marquez
Publisher: Terra-Mía Press
Publication: October1st, 2012
Pages: 295


Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart.

This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.

Join Isabel as she makes her way through this dark love story, hiding from teachers, lying to her parents, and defying the authorities to make a life with the man she loves. Watch as she discovers the wonders of love and romance, and the terrible betrayal of jealous friends. And cry with her when she learns the hard truth about life and the people in her world.

Sweetest Taboo is inspired by the true and tragic stories of students who fall in love with their teachers, and live with the hard truths of forbidden romances. In a world full of after-school specials on sexual predators, this touching book seeks a different path, casting both student and teacher in a gentle light, and showing that true love may lie at the base of even the most illicit romance.

My Review

Wow.  This book was not what I expected at all.  It completely took me by surprise.  What I love about this book is the reality of it.  The student and teacher dating is happening more often than we think which is horrible.  I was kind of afraid to read this book based on that, but I fell in love with the story and the characters.  Sweetest Taboo was beautifully written and well thought out.  I loved that fact that I was able to feel the emotion from this book.  I was so enthralled with the story that at times it felt as if I was there.  My heart was breaking right along with Isabel's.  I haven't read another book like this so it gets even more bonus points from me.

The character development in the story was written perfectly.  I was able to see Isabel really grow in this story.  She was the type of girl that if she wanted something she would go for it.  At first, I didn't like Tom and Isabel made me so mad.  I didn't approve with what they were doing.  Tom was a teacher and had a wife and kids.  What they were doing was completely selfish.  I don't approve of the whole cheating thing.  But once the story picked up, I started liking Tom.  He was being very sincere and honest with her.

The ending of this story broke my heart!!!  Isabel made a huge decision that broke both our hearts.  I was able to feel the pain she was in.  So of course, that ending definitely left me wanting more.  I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment.  I really did enjoy this book.  I do recommend that everyone should read it.  Great job Eva!!!

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