Romance

Amorous Academia: 7 Romances Featuring Teachers

When it comes to romantic scenarios, a popular favorite is also one fraught with tension and taboos: being Hot for Teacher. Power imbalances, rules of propriety, knowledge gaps, and desks built for a wide variety of different uses abound in romance novels where one character is tasked with teaching another. I hope you enjoy this different take on ‘Back to School’ with these eight romances—read them all, and you’ll get an ‘A’ in my class.

Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testament

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Last Will and Testament

Dahlia Adler

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Last Will and Testament, (Radleigh University #1) by Dahlia Adler
Consider this my ode to Connor Lawson, hottest TA in existence. But therein lies the problem: Connor is Lizzie’s TA, which makes their chemistry very ill-advised, especially considering that after a tragic accident Lizzie needs her scholarship to Radleigh University more than ever. Not only because her parents perish, leaving her alone in the world…but because she becomes the guardian to her younger brothers. But the sparks between Connor and Lizzie aren’t going anywhere—in fact, they threaten to set her tenuously balanced life up in flames. This is your tutoring fantasy come to life, full to the brim with romantic tension, heartwarming family scenes, and a heroine figuring things out and making mistakes along the way.

Last Will and Testament, (Radleigh University #1) by Dahlia Adler
Consider this my ode to Connor Lawson, hottest TA in existence. But therein lies the problem: Connor is Lizzie’s TA, which makes their chemistry very ill-advised, especially considering that after a tragic accident Lizzie needs her scholarship to Radleigh University more than ever. Not only because her parents perish, leaving her alone in the world…but because she becomes the guardian to her younger brothers. But the sparks between Connor and Lizzie aren’t going anywhere—in fact, they threaten to set her tenuously balanced life up in flames. This is your tutoring fantasy come to life, full to the brim with romantic tension, heartwarming family scenes, and a heroine figuring things out and making mistakes along the way.

Off the Ice

Off the Ice

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Off the Ice

Avon Gale , Piper Vaughn

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Off the Ice, by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Tristan Holt needs a backup plan: no one can play professional hockey forever. That’s where business school comes in. But the off-season for his sport turns out to be the on-season for falling for his totally off-limits sociology professor. Being an openly-gay athlete comes with a lot of risk—including losing his place in the sport altogether, and Tristan isn’t certain he’s ready to abandon both the closet and the rink. But love is love is love, and sometimes teachers are there to teach us more than what we can read in books…could Sebastian be the one to teach him what it means to truly love himself?

Off the Ice, by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Tristan Holt needs a backup plan: no one can play professional hockey forever. That’s where business school comes in. But the off-season for his sport turns out to be the on-season for falling for his totally off-limits sociology professor. Being an openly-gay athlete comes with a lot of risk—including losing his place in the sport altogether, and Tristan isn’t certain he’s ready to abandon both the closet and the rink. But love is love is love, and sometimes teachers are there to teach us more than what we can read in books…could Sebastian be the one to teach him what it means to truly love himself?

The God in Flight

The God in Flight

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The God in Flight

Laura Argiri

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The God in Flight, by Laura Argiri
One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking reads of my lifetime absolutely belongs on this list. But definitely prepare to cry as much as you swoon when you read about Simon, a sixteen-year-old who has survived abuse in his home to attend Yale in 1878. While there, he meets the strapping, romantic poetry professor (and foreigner from Greece) Doriskos, and despite the age difference between them, the two begin a relationship of mutual admiration, passion, and eventually, love. But the late 19th Century was not kind to immigrants, to gay people, or to people like Simon, who has been plagued by illness his entire life. The refuge they find in one another soon turns dangerous, and this genre-bending novel takes flight into unforgettable territory.

The God in Flight, by Laura Argiri
One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking reads of my lifetime absolutely belongs on this list. But definitely prepare to cry as much as you swoon when you read about Simon, a sixteen-year-old who has survived abuse in his home to attend Yale in 1878. While there, he meets the strapping, romantic poetry professor (and foreigner from Greece) Doriskos, and despite the age difference between them, the two begin a relationship of mutual admiration, passion, and eventually, love. But the late 19th Century was not kind to immigrants, to gay people, or to people like Simon, who has been plagued by illness his entire life. The refuge they find in one another soon turns dangerous, and this genre-bending novel takes flight into unforgettable territory.

Gabriel's Inferno

Gabriel's Inferno

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Gabriel's Inferno

Sylvain Reynard

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Gabriel’s Inferno, by Sylvain Reynard
Here’s a trope-checklist: Tortured hero? Check. Naïve heroine? Check. Forbidden romance? Check. This romance series-starter has all three in spades. Gabriel Emerson teaches a class on Dante’s Inferno, which has special meaning to him personally, thanks to the tragic and mysterious past he believes he is beyond redemption from. But when he meets a graduate student, Julia, he knows he’s only bound for more trouble: because despite her innocence, and his attraction to her, she has a connection to the past he desperately wants to escape from. Fans of Sylvia Day will lust for Gabriel as much as Julia does, as their affair reaches a dangerous point of no return.

Gabriel’s Inferno, by Sylvain Reynard
Here’s a trope-checklist: Tortured hero? Check. Naïve heroine? Check. Forbidden romance? Check. This romance series-starter has all three in spades. Gabriel Emerson teaches a class on Dante’s Inferno, which has special meaning to him personally, thanks to the tragic and mysterious past he believes he is beyond redemption from. But when he meets a graduate student, Julia, he knows he’s only bound for more trouble: because despite her innocence, and his attraction to her, she has a connection to the past he desperately wants to escape from. Fans of Sylvia Day will lust for Gabriel as much as Julia does, as their affair reaches a dangerous point of no return.

Reforming a Rake: With This Ring

Reforming a Rake: With This Ring

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Reforming a Rake: With This Ring

Suzanne Enoch

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Reforming a Rake, by Suzanne Enoch
Flipping the teacher script on this one with a governess romance! The most crucial thing for a woman—but especially a governess, in charge of children—during Regency Era England is that her reputation must never be besmirched. She also probably shouldn’t fall in love with her boss. Those power dynamics I mentioned in the introduction? Well, despite Alexandra being the teacher, the man and employer is the one with all the power in this relationship: power to make her swoon, and power to make her suffer, should he so choose.

Reforming a Rake, by Suzanne Enoch
Flipping the teacher script on this one with a governess romance! The most crucial thing for a woman—but especially a governess, in charge of children—during Regency Era England is that her reputation must never be besmirched. She also probably shouldn’t fall in love with her boss. Those power dynamics I mentioned in the introduction? Well, despite Alexandra being the teacher, the man and employer is the one with all the power in this relationship: power to make her swoon, and power to make her suffer, should he so choose.

Noah (5th Street #1)

Noah (5th Street #1)

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Noah (5th Street #1)

Elizabeth Reyes

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Noah, (5th Street #1) by Elizabeth Reyes
As a gym rat myself, I am angry I didn’t know about this romance until recently. It takes place in a boxing gym, where Veronica Cruz goes to try and put her life back on track after a trying time. Noah is an aspiring professional boxer—and she’s his first real client. The stakes for both of them are high, but what makes them even higher is that as the attraction between them grows, and despite Noah being her teacher, Veronica can’t help but worry about one thing: he’s eight years younger. Slow burn romance fans will love (and hate) watching Veronica and Noah try to make a platonic friendship work as the tension between them becomes taut as a clenched fist.

Noah, (5th Street #1) by Elizabeth Reyes
As a gym rat myself, I am angry I didn’t know about this romance until recently. It takes place in a boxing gym, where Veronica Cruz goes to try and put her life back on track after a trying time. Noah is an aspiring professional boxer—and she’s his first real client. The stakes for both of them are high, but what makes them even higher is that as the attraction between them grows, and despite Noah being her teacher, Veronica can’t help but worry about one thing: he’s eight years younger. Slow burn romance fans will love (and hate) watching Veronica and Noah try to make a platonic friendship work as the tension between them becomes taut as a clenched fist.

By the Book: A Book Club Recommendation!

By the Book: A Book Club Recommendation!

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By the Book: A Book Club Recommendation!

Julia Sonneborn

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By the Book, by Julia Sonneborn
A modern retelling of Persuasion, a second-chance romance, AND a teacher romance to close out the list. Anne Corey is ready for tenure, but nothing throws her off balance like the reappearance of her first love and former fiancé, Adam Martinez, when he becomes president of the college. This feel-good romance about what happens when the past isn’t quite done with you is one you won’t feel squeamish about bringing to book clubs, too!

By the Book, by Julia Sonneborn
A modern retelling of Persuasion, a second-chance romance, AND a teacher romance to close out the list. Anne Corey is ready for tenure, but nothing throws her off balance like the reappearance of her first love and former fiancé, Adam Martinez, when he becomes president of the college. This feel-good romance about what happens when the past isn’t quite done with you is one you won’t feel squeamish about bringing to book clubs, too!