Review: An Unplanned Lesson by Beth Rinyu


An Unplanned Lesson by Beth Rinyu
Beth Rinyu (March 7, 2013)

Rating: B
Heat: Warm

Heroine: Nicole Morgan – Teacher, Smart 
Hero: Dailan O’Maley – Lawyer, Irish






Nicole Morgan just got a new job teaching second grade. She’s a sweet and compassionate woman who wants to do the right thing by her students. So, when one of her students, named Ryan, starts acting mischievous and gets behind in his schoolwork, Nicole contacts his Uncle/guardian by email to schedule a conference to figure out how to help him. But Nicole wasn’t expecting a rude and arrogant email back from Mr. O’Maley. This man really tested her patience and, little did Nicole know, he would be the one to change her life.

Dailan O’Maley is a smart and successful lawyer who knows he is all kinds of sexy with his sinful body, sexy Irish brogue, and devilish smile. He was appointed guardian when his brother and sister-in-law were killed in a car accident. He’s inexperienced at being a father but he is determined to do everything he can to make sure Ryan is taken care of. Not only does he carry around his own emotional baggage, but he doesn’t do relationships either.

Before Nicole and Dailan actually meet, they happen to run into each other at a bar, not knowing that she is Miss Morgan, the teacher, and Mr. O’Maley, the rude guardian. They end up flirting together. Nicole was on the verge of going home with Dailan when they figure out who the other is. Embarrassed and annoyed by the smug but very sexy Irishman, Nicole leaves the club immediately hoping Dailan will forget this happened. Oh, but Dailan doesn’t let it go. And when they do see each other again, Dailan makes it very clear that he wants Nicole naked in his bed. He’s definitely hot for teacher.

Nicole and Dailan work together to help Ryan get back on track and, during this time, the sexual tension between Nicole and Dailan continues to heat up. But, for eight years, Nicole has been punishing herself with guilt and shame due to a mistake she made that changed her life. Because of this mistake, she has commitment issues, unable to let herself settle down with someone. Which is why Nicole does her best to keep her distance from Dailan, but the man is stubborn and relentless in his pursuit of her. Trying to say no to Dailan proves to be impossible for Nicole and soon a deep connection is formed that leads to a sexy and sweet romance when their walls start to crumble. But will they both be able to let go of their past so they can have a future together?

As the story continues, there are hints as to what happened to Nicole in the past, but the secret remains a mystery until the end. It was a constant guessing game for me trying to figure out what she was hiding. It killed me not knowing and had me reading faster to find out. When this secret is finally revealed, I was shocked and then I cried. I really did not see that coming. What an emotional twist indeed.

This book is charming and sweet with some drama that made for an emotional read. The chemistry between Nicole and Dailan is fantastic with all of the flirty and fun banter. They are passionate together, but don’t expect a lot of detailed sex scenes. Sorry smut lovers. I will admit that Nicole was very frustrating at times with the way she went back and forth over her feelings for Dailan. She was hot one minute and cold the next. If there was any man that could tear down her walls that would be Dailan with his melting words and smoldering kisses. I was smitten with him right from the start. Dailan is my favorite hero Beth Rinyu has written to date. He’s definitely the sexiest.

This is the third book I’ve read by Beth Rinyu and she continues to impress me with her lovely writing. I can honestly say An Unplanned Lesson was an unplanned wonderful surprise. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this story. All I knew is that the hero was Irish and I had to meet him. So glad I did! This is an emotional, sweet, swoony, sexy, and heartbreaking story that I highly recommend to anyone who likes to read contemporary romance with an adorable, awesome kid in the mix that nearly stole the show. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, An Unplanned Life. But this book can be read as a stand-alone.


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