When I found out that this book was based on a teacher/student relationship, I initially balked a bit. Yes I have read (and still do read) many a controversial piece of literature, but I wondered how J.M. was going to deal with this specifically. I'm not a big romance novel fan for the simple fact that I can't deal with trashy scenes. Can I please say...I had nothing to worry about.
The way this story is written is true perfection. Eden and James Christian have a tantalizingly electric relationship that keeps you on the edge of your seat so to speak. However their relationship never goes over the top. There are scenes in this book that will make your toes curl and your head spin. All without the aforementioned trash. Thank you J.M.!
Although the taboo between them is mentioned, it isn't what the story is focused on. Instead the reader is granted a look into how this new relationship causes Eden to grow as a person. By seeing herself through James' eyes, she realizes what a shallow and hurtful person she's been. James teaches Eden that we don't always get what we want. Not without work.
I can't say too much more without spoilers so I will end it here! If you love romance or novels about change, this is a book for you.