Like You (Redwood High, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Like You by Rachel Leigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Knox 

I’ve got everything going for me—the grades, the scholarship, the goals. I’ve had it all planned out for years. Then she came along. On the outside she has it all together—on the inside she’s damaged goods. She needs me. I just have to decide if she’s worth everything I’m about to lose. 

Claire 

I came to this town to escape the claws of my past. A simple life in a small town—I just want to live under the radar and blend in. I was doing just that until Knox caught my eye. They say when you know, you know—that we can’t help who we fall in love with. The rules are pretty simple, so why am I breaking them all? I’m a teacher, and he’s my student—this can’t end well. More than just rules are going to be broken, I just hope his heart can be mended when it’s all said and done. 

Like You

Teachers, Students and Mobsters

I generally don’t like books about teachers and students becoming romantically involved, especially set in high school. It is funny that it is more acceptable in college even though the chances are that the age gap between a professor and a college student could be much greater than a young teacher and a senior in high school. Though I suppose it is because at least in college the students are most likely over 18.

In this case the student is over 18 and the teacher is only 23 so a five year difference is not that big. Also, even though I usually don’t like older women/younger men romance books, this one didn’t bother me. Technically if you fall in love with someone it is better for the woman to be older because women have longer life spans then men and if you are together your whole life you have a better chance of not outliving your spouse by many years if the woman is older. That statistic keeps coming to my mind anyway.

Despite my misgivings, this was a good book. It wasn’t insta-love and the Hero was Knox from book one. If you read the first book you know that Knox is not only a great guy, but is also wise beyond his years. He was the one that took care of Blakely when she suffered from nightmares and anxiety from something that she witnessed as a child.

The heroine in this case is a girl named Claire who came to town after running from her mobster husband who treated her like a possession and became cruel after their first year of marriage. She is worried that he will find her and tends to see herself as having no future. However, she finds herself attracted to Knox who is her neighbor, since she is staying in the guest house behind Blakely’s main house which is next door to Knox’s mother’s house.

Knox has been training to fight in an underground fight club that his best friend Axel has been running so he is tall and muscular and hard to resist. There are some quite steamy scenes in this book as well as some intrigue and suspense. I doubt I am giving away any spoilers when I say that eventually Claire’s husband finds her. That storyline is quite good and Claire turns out to be quite a pistol in this book. I liked her a lot!

The next book is about Axel and Harper who were in this story quite a bit as well. They were friends since they were kids, and dated for about three months until something happened and they broke up. Axel apparently was a great guy until his mother cheated on her husband and then died. Now he is a guy who is angry all the time, Harper says he is empty and he says Harper is fake. They say they hate each other, but they both spend too much time trying to one-up each other in this book for a couple that doesn’t want to be together so the next book should be a good one.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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