Book Review: “Loving Mr. Daniels” – Brittainy C. Cherry

25. October 2020
Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry

Some of you may know that Brittainy Cherry is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read almost all her books. However, there was one that had been on my TBR for a few years – namely “Loving Mr. Daniels” (the story was published back in 2014).

Somehow I didn’t really want to give it a go, probably because of two things: First, this is another YA/NA story, which I am not really a fan of because of the age gap between the protagonists and myself (I’m 40 btw). On the other hand, I was sceptical if this whole Forbidden Romance Trope is really my cup of tea. This story is about a teacher-student relationship (although both are about the same age at 19 and 22) and that is always a bit tricky.

So before I come to my book review, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

To Whom it May Concern,

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection. It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter. It was ours.

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for Loving Mr. Daniels.

-Ashlyn Jennings

To be honest, I had some problems with “Loving Mr. Daniels” and unfortunately that’s why I can’t give it more than three stars. Before reading this book, I was afraid that this student-teacher relationship is not my topic. And that turned out to be true. But regardless of that, I haven’t really been able to establish some kind of relationship with either of the two protagonists. Don’t get me wrong, they are both very likable and strong characters but somehow, it just didn’t click.

Besides, this book focuses very much on the topic of loss and one is constantly confronted with death by too many people than necessary for my taste. That was pretty sad and I have even found myself skipping some pages.

So, all in all, the story is not bad per se, but I could recommend you at least 11 other books written by Brittainy C. Cherry that I liked a lot more. So if this author might be new for you, start reading the four books of her “Element” Series or start with one of her standalones like “Disgrace” or “The Wreckage of Us”.

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