Academy of Love

Academy of Love

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by Kate Deveaux
     
 
Description:
Cassianna Baxter leaves behind a glamorous teaching career in Italy to return to her alma mater in the majestic Virginia countryside, The Lewiston Academy for Girls. But this time she returns to her old boarding school not as a student, but as the Deputy Headmistress.
No sooner does she arrive at the Academy than she walks smack into sexy

Overview

Description:
Cassianna Baxter leaves behind a glamorous teaching career in Italy to return to her alma mater in the majestic Virginia countryside, The Lewiston Academy for Girls. But this time she returns to her old boarding school not as a student, but as the Deputy Headmistress.
No sooner does she arrive at the Academy than she walks smack into sexy Lawrence Taylor, her first love and ex lover. Now he’s the Director of the Equestrian Center and Chairman of the Board and they will be working side by side. Their attraction is intense and undeniable, sparks fly when they succumb to torrid temptation.
Twelve years prior, Cassianna had stayed on at the Academy after graduation to pursue her dream of making the Equestrian Olympic Team with Lawrence as her trainer, but he was much more than that. Their love sizzled until he broke her heart when he left her with no explanation. She abandoned her riding dreams and left the Academy with no plans to ever return.
When the two lovers are reunited at the Academy, they discover their attraction is unrelenting and sex even hotter than before. Conflicted by her deep sexual desire for him burned by their painful past, Cassianna convinces herself to give into their passion. Just once. No strings attached. But the sex is way too good to walk away from but she cannot get over the fact that Lawrence left her years ago and she struggles to protect her heart at all costs.
He’s been looking for her ever since he was forced to leave her and now that she is back at the Academy--- he must win her back. And not just in his bed.


Reader Alert!
Cassianna and Lawrence play with fire when they reunite and and find out the sex is red hot. Careful! Don’t get burned as you turn the pages of their sexy journey.

To My Readers:
There is nothing quite as exciting as a first love and nothing quite as painful as it’s ending. It’s a theme I think many readers can relate to in the heroine and the hero of this story, Cassianna and Lawrence. And the proper girl’s boarding school is something I can relate to from first hand experience. And I can assure you there is nothing prim and proper about what goes on between Lawrence and Cassianna at the Academy!
What happens when ex lovers meet years later -- will the attraction burn as hot? Or will it be scorching?

Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews - Mary Bennings
Sensuality: SCORCHER
RT Rating:4 Stars
Steamy from start to finish, Academy of Love combines the prim-and-proper atmosphere of an exclusive boarding school with the thrill of illicit love. Cassianna and Lawrence fell in love years before, and their struggle to come to terms with the mistakes of the past keeps the pages turning. Vivid descriptions color the book, setting the reader perfectly in the rich locales the characters frequent. Horse riding plays a big role in the novel, and it

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148668640
Publisher:
Red Sage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
376 KB

Meet the Author

About the Author:
A die hard romantic and former wedding planner, Kate has been writing stories about romance, from the sensual to the super sexy, since she was in college. When she’s not writing or reading romance, which she does a lot of, she can be found on the tennis court - yes, there’s even “love” in that game too! And she found a sport she can play and still wear a dress. Born in England, Kate now lives in Arizona with her wonderful, sexy, and very patient husband. Kate enjoys traveling and dreaming up new exciting stories. She’d love to hear from you.

Excerpt
“What are you doing here at the Academy?” Lawrence demanded from the doorway, his gaze intense and the tension in him showing through his taut neck muscles.
“Me! What am I doing here?” she stammered. “I think I should be asking you the same thing.”
“I work here,” Lawrence flashed back, his eyes flecked with gold and full of fire.
“I work here too!”
The lines in his brow furrowed. “Since when?” His voice rising, as he stood up even taller, filling the doorway with his strength.
“Since four hours ago when I arrived at this school. And don’t you yell at me!” Cassianna gulped for air, as she sputtered angrily, “I should be yelling at you, you’re the one that ran off and left me.”
“I’m the one that ran off?” He clenched the muscles in his neck while sparks flashed in his eyes.
“I waited for you and you never came back.” As Cassianna spoke the angry words, she noticed his posture softened slightly, his shoulders easing, but his muscular chest contracted with each heavy breath, betraying his mood.
He moved towards her in one quick stride.
He was inches from her. Cassianna could feel the heat between them. His heavy breathing was the only sound in the room. She inhaled the musky scent of him, oh how she had loved that scent. She was melting with want, she wanted to kiss those lips and feel his strong hands on her.
His eyes were locked on hers and he let out a deep breath, his voice lowered as he leaned forward, grasping her hand in his.
“Cassie…,” his tone softened, his eyes soft as seawater as he looked at her.
Her hand trembled in his.
She looked up into his eyes.
He seemed lost for words as his face studie

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Academy of Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
Book Worms was given this book as an ARC for an honest review. We gave this book 4 stars. This book review was left by Hazel Hill a Book Worms Reviewer. Thank you Hazel.  Review of Academy of love This book was given to me as a ARC for an honest review. I want to start this review with praise for the writing and editing. It is a bug bear of mine when Authors have good stories and great characters etc but spoil it with typos and sentences that don't make sense etc. The quality of writing in this book is very high and I didn't find one mistake. This alone deserves a star.  This is the story of Cassiana and Lawrence. Cassiana attended Lewiston academy, a exclusive private girls school with renowned riding facilities. As a post graduate she stayed on to work on her Olympic riding career with Lawrence as her trainer. The two began a. Passionate affair. Through miscommunication, deceit and meddling parents the two parted leaving them both heartbroken.  14 years later sees Cassie as Lawrence calls her return to the academy, no longer a heartbroken young girl but a sophisticated, experienced woman ready to take on the role as deputy headmistress. Leaving behind an ex boyfriend and a life which should have been fulfilling In Italy Cassie is chasing something she doesn't like think about, that something that has been missing since Lawrence left her.  In the whirlwind of activity caused by packing up her life in Italy, Cassie neglects to read the brochures filling her in on all the new developments of the school she left behind. She wishes she had when upon arriving at the school she is blindsided by Lawrence's presence.  Lawrence cannot deny the attraction he feels upon seeing Cassie again and can't stop himself from acting on it when he confronts her later but there has been 14 years of mistrust built up and the two can't easily forget the pain they both felt despite the attraction. It's two steps forward and two steps back with these two and it takes a family emergency for the two to realise that what they feel is bigger than the past.  The chemistry between the two is amazing and the sex scenes are sensual and hot without being overly explicit.  I also loved the equestrian element, if you love horses you'll love this side of the book. It almost brought a tear to my eye, (in a good way) when Lawrence surprises Cassie with a blast from her past.  I award this book a solid 4 star rating.
RachaelOWriting1 More than 1 year ago
Cassianna Baxter leaves one relationship for a new job and ends up running into the man she's loved ever since up and disappeared on her years earlier.  Lawrence Taylor had been working at The Lewiston Academy for years when his lost love walks back into his life without any warning.  Most of the book is dragged behind both of them avoiding the horrible way their relationship had ended before, but neither is willing to bring it up in fears that it would end what they have once again blossoming between them.  While I thought over all the book was quite good, there was quite a few points where errors were distracting for example one scene had white wine, then it was champagne and back to white wine.  A very sexy and steamy read. Over all 4 stars. 
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Kate Deveaux has done it again! She easily drew me into the sexy erotic romance tale about lost love found and second chances that kept me turning the pages and wanting more! Academy Of Love follows the steamy love story of Cassianna Baxter and Lawrence Taylor. Cassianna returns to her alma mater, the all-girls boarding school Lewiston Academy, as the new Deputy Head Mistress. Twelve years ago as a student, Cassianna had a whirlwind affair with Lawrence, who was the equestrian riding instructor. But when Lawrence suddenly leaves the boarding school, he took Cassianna's heart, leaving her devastated. When Cassianna returns to the boarding school twelve years later, she literally bumps into Lawrence who is now an academy board member. Can Cassianna remain professional while the old flame smolders for her first love, a man she couldn't forget? Can lost love be found and given a second chance? Oh my goodness, this is one heck of a sexy story that has a little bit of everything that I look for in an erotic romance novel. It has naughtiness, passion, steamy sexual chemistry, angst, and a satisfying second chance at love interwoven within a well written description of the past and present dynamic of Cassianna and Lawrence's relationship. The storyline easy drew me into Cassianna and Lawrence's story, their relationship comes full circle as they discover that time and distance couldn't quell the desire and love that they still have for each. Their chemistry is palpable, their desire and love undeniable, and their passion is simply sigh worthy, even other people and communication issues can't keep them from finding their way back into each other's arms. Don't be misled by the racy book cover, this sassy erotic romance doesn't have a BDSM theme, but it sure does make you curious to look between the covers now doesn't it?! Academy Of Love is a well written and fast paced erotic romance story. It has richly detailed descriptions of the setting; realistic and flawed characters who are easy to relate to; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a delightful romantic storyline about an undeniable love connection that was thoroughly enjoyable and left a satisfied smile on my face.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Can former lovers make a go of it the second time around? Kate Deveaux answers this question in her erotic contemporary romance Academy of Love. Realizing she is very unhappy in her current relationship, Cassianna Baxter makes drastic changes and bravely takes a position as deputy headmistress at her alma mater, Lewiston Academy, which I just loved about her. In her haste, she doesn’t notice that the school brochures state her former lover, Lawrence Taylor, is chairman of the board of trustees. After graduating from the Academy, Cassianna and Lawrence became lovers while he trained Cassianna for the Olympic Equestrian team. When Lawrence abandoned her without a word, Cassianna gave up on her Olympic riding dreams and fled to Europe. Grappling with her feelings for Lawrence because he was her first love, Cassianna has a hard time reconciling her renewed desire with the way he left her, which endeared her character to me. Lawrence is thrilled to have a second chance to win Cassianna’s heart. Better still, Lawrence knows that he will have to take things slowly because Cassianna is skittish about being in relationship again, which I really liked about his character. Cassianna and Lawrence quickly discover that time and distance hasn’t diminished their sexual attraction to each other. Their bedroom play is hunger filled and scorching hot. While getting it on between the sheets isn’t a problem with this couple, communication is. Cassianna and Lawrence are able to have conversations about all kinds of things except the most important conversation of all—why and how their relationship fell apart in the first place. Cassianna and Lawrence are a gripping couple, and when they are both vulnerable enough to truly discuss what happened, it is a beautiful thing to see. Academy of Love is a character-driven romance with a captivating couple that leaves the reader completely satisfied. I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
BeautyandtheBook More than 1 year ago
Academy of Love by Kate Deveaux brings you the story of Cassianna and Lawrence. I enjoyed Cassie and Lawrence story. Meeting at the boarding school that Cassie attended and Lawrence worked at, a relationship is build, but misunderstandings and some strategically placed lies breaks that foundation. Years later faith brings them back to the same place they originally met and there is where you start. "“What are you doing here at the Academy?” Lawrence demanded from the doorway, his gaze intense and the tension in him showing through his taut neck muscles. “Me! What am I doing here?” she stammered. “I think I should be asking you the same thing.” “I work here,” Lawrence flashed back, his eyes flecked with gold and full of fire. “I work here too!” The lines in his brow furrowed. “Since when?” His voice rising, as he stood up even taller, filling the doorway with his strength. “Since four hours ago when I arrived at this school. And don’t you yell at me!” Cassianna gulped for air, as she sputtered angrily, “I should be yelling at you, you’re the one that ran off and left me.” “I’m the one that ran off?” He clenched the muscles in his neck while sparks flashed in his eyes. “I waited for you and you never came back.” As Cassianna spoke the angry words, she noticed his posture softened slightly, his shoulders easing, but his muscular chest contracted with each heavy breath, betraying his mood. He moved towards her in one quick stride. He was inches from her. Cassianna could feel the heat between them." Well written story, Deveaux was able to touch on every item that was question along the way. Why they ended and the time between is addressed throughout the story in a way thats believable and not thrown together. Every word you read is important to the story and has its own place within this journey. The chemistry between Cassie and Lawrence jumps out of the page for me, its a tangible thing. I like Cassie's character, you can see bits of the girl she was and the women she's grown into. If only we all could have a first love so intense and satisfying. Once finished all  i want is more on Lawrence and Cassie! What the rest of their relationship is like, how the rest of the year at the boarding school works out, if Monica continues being bitter? Wanting to know such small details only confirms how entranced the novel becomes. I enjoyed it and its one i will re-read over and over again.
_DVF_ More than 1 year ago
When Cassianna returns to her old school as the deputy headmistress, little did she know that her first love would still be there but now as the Director of the Equestrian Center and Chairman of the Board. Will she ever find out why he left without a word when she was a student there? Twelve years is a long time, does the flames of desire still flicker between them? They can't deny themselves, this story is hot, hot!
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Review I received the book from the touring host for an honest review. Lawrence Taylor and Cassiana Baxter had a long history that had driven them apart twelve years ago, now they meet again and it seems they are heading in the same direction. Deceit and lies trailing them everywhere they go. With potent chemistry, these two had to sort out their differences, sort out the lies that kept them apart, beginning anew. In itself difficult to deal with, but now twelve years later, they had more knowledge, better understanding, and we hope they will not make the same mistakes as before. Then there are the meltdowns.  I mean sheet-wise **wink** A delightful story that will keep your nose in the book until the end. Fast pace, it delivers a well written plot that will keep you wondering if the two will finally work through the rough edges, declaring their love and find the restoration at the end. In between, the sex scenes were scorching hot that kept you glued to the pages. The characters are well developed and believable making it an entertaining story to read over a peaceful weekend