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“I’m in love with the idea of you. You’re in love with the idea of me. Now we just need a good twist and a couple of complications.”

This is our first book by Winter Renshaw and we really enjoyed this student teacher romance with a difference. We have to say it wasn’t at all what we were expecting however that did not diminish our reading experience rather it enhanced it. It was just what we were in the mood for with high angst, the forbidden and the second chance love aspect.

Absinthe was a quirky sexy and provoking read; it was well written and the characters were fun, sassy and had emotional depth. To be honest the cover doesn’t do this story justice as it was not erotica nor was it filled with nookie. It was story and character based first and foremost written around an intense attraction between Halston and Ford.

‘Some people are born with silver spoons. I was born with a rusted paring knife. And still, it didn’t break me.’

Halston is an eighteen year old girl who’s living with her uncle after a horrific childhood with her alcoholic parents. She’s an old soul and wiser beyond her years. She’s got a cold demeanour and is hard to warm to. However, that is her and whilst she’s not the kind of heroine we normally connect with we did understand her and hoped she would get the happiness and love she deserved. Joining a secret dating app under the name Absinthe she strikes up a conversation with the elusive Kerouac. Suddenly someone cares and what begins as online sexy flirting soon turns into an intense bond between two strangers. Or are they strangers….? Enter the new school Principal!

“And I don’t have a story. I’m just the girl that nobody ever wanted.”

If you enjoy high angst, forbidden love and student/teacher books then this definitely ticks those boxes, albeit quite different from others in this category as it spans years and is low on the heat factor which for us was a refreshing change.

“We were the good ones. We have good hearts and good souls and we deserve to be happy. We deserve each other.”


The name on the screen was “Absinthe.”

I knew her as the sultry voice blowing up my phone for late night chats about Proust and Hemingway interspersed between the best phone sex I never knew I could have.

We’d never met.

Until the day she walked into my office, her cherry lips wrapped around a candy apple sucker and an all too familiar voice that said, “They said you wanted to see me, Principal Hawthorne?”

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