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Teach Me

(There's Something About Marysburg #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,682 ratings  ·  415 reviews
Their lesson plans didn't include love. But that's about to change...

When Martin Krause arrives at Rose Owens's high school, she's determined to remain chilly with her new colleague. Unfriendly? Maybe. Understandable? Yes, since a loathsome administrator gave Rose's beloved world history classes to Martin, knowing it would hurt her.

But keeping her distance from a man as wa
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Hussies & Harpies Press (first published March 27th 2019)
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K.J. Charles
Extremely likeable contemporary romance with two stressed teachers at a high school. Martin is very much a non-toxic male--in touch with his emotions, plugged in to discourse about content and consideration, highly empathetic. Rose is much less open, and magnificently defensive and self-protecting, and it's very nice how we see that they're both responding to past hurts in different ways.

It's an immensely kind book, one that values human decency and in which there's really only one bad guy on p
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unpopular opinion alert. 1.5 stars, maybe? I was initially attracted to this book by the two more mature MCs, and it started off OK. Two teachers who fall for each other. It certainly wasn't the DREADFUL COVER that appealed. Ugh! I HATE the crude and unappealing image on the cover. (*Note: I see the cover image has been updated and is much nicer now - Feb 2021).

The concept of the story was fine, but the more I read, sadly the more bored I became. I liked the H OK, but the h with her obsession of
Ivy Deluca
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woo! It is has been a hot minute since I’ve read a book or written a review (long story short=real life too much stuff), so forgive me if I gush a bit. Let’s face it I'm never quick, but...this book is THAT good.


I have certain smutnip tropes that pull me in. Every time. If you mention any combination of the following, I’m going to want to read your book:

Workplace romance? Check.
BBW heroine? Check.
Cinny roll of a beta hero? Check.
Mature hero and heroine? Check.

So I settled in for a good read, and
Sam (AMNReader)
This featured an ice queen, composed heroine and an aware, sweet, tender hero. They were teachers, both history, lots of good stuff there.

But some of the romance felt artless, rushed, and ultimately, for me, unsatisfying. There were a lot of conversations-the type that likely do take place between two history teachers with a solid grasp of the implications and limitations of their field, felt really forced. The conflict felt kind of silly-leading to a basic lack of climax-and a resoluti
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
So I got a little bit worried when the main antagonist for Rose was described as being antagonistic because he was a white man. I mean, people are people and some of them are jerks and some of the jerks end up in positions where they can dictate to other people and make their lives miserable. But in this case, it is explicitly stated that it is because he's male that he's a great big dictatorial jerk. But okay, he's mostly background so I moved on.

Only then we have Rose saying that what she like
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Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Yna the Mood Reader
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
“Is your pride more important than your happiness?”

📚 Series:  No.
📚 Genre: Contemporary Romance.
📚 POV:  Third person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Sexist boss. Self-esteem issues. Divorce.
⚠ Read if: you are looking for a teacher-teacher romance. 🥰

For my third read of August, I picked up this eARC of Teach Me by Olivia Dade. I would like to start by saying what I disliked about this read: the cover. The story is good enough to warrant a better cover than this. I hope they
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned
This is a contemporary romance with a specific point of view, and I thought it executed what it was trying to do really well! I enjoyed the slow burn aspect of the developing relationship, and I think readers who appreciate a more low key hero and a lot of explicit consent will be really happy with how the romantic pieces unfold. This was my first book from this author, but it won't be the last ...more
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
3.5 - 4 STARS
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This was so precious and I loved it so, so much. RTC
nick (the infinite limits of love)

How is it that Teach Me is only my first Olivia Dade book? It appears that I have been missing out because her writing reminds me of some of my favorite authors. Shout-out to Therese Beharrie for putting this on my radar since it's quite possibly one of my favorite reads of the year.

If I were to use one word to describe Teach Me, it would be soft. From the very beginning, there was a warmth to the story that stayed throughout and had me glued to the pages. The characters in this book were a
Bookphenomena (Micky)
This was a sweet, uncomplicated read that I enjoyed but it didn't wow me. There were a bunch of things that were appealing:

-main characters in their 40s
-teaching context (use of the word pedagogy has never been so appealing)
-unconventional male character that was refreshing

All that said, it wasn't a page turner for me; it was just pleasant. There were plot areas that lacked finesse and maybe would have worked better for me with more development. I would try Olivia Dade again but I want to be a b
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book has very opposite reviews so I didn't know if I should read it, but now I'm really glad I did.

The reason why I pick my MF books very carefully is because even though the world has evolved in the way woman are treated, authors have not, they still write stories about a damsel in need of saving, a poor girl saved by a rich/petulant guy, or a bad guy seducing the good, virgin girl and when there is unnecessary drama is always the woman making it. That formula is old and is not in tune wi
Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)
An absolute balm for my soul, which I read bracketed around a horrible week and a truly unfortunate historical romance that I read for review.

Martin and Rose brought me solace of two kinds - the emotional comfort that comes from reading about two fundamentally decent people learning to meet each other in the middle; and the solidarity of a book that contains multiple examples of allyship, of care and of social justice. If there is such a thing as a safe space in book form, this is it.

Olivia Dad
Addie H
(Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Work Relationship, Unrequited Love, Unstarched (both but mainly her))


No spoilers

Finally, a book where to two main leads are over 40! And where they are properly adulting, without too much drama and ridiculous misunderstandings.

“Ms. Owens likes you, you know. She smiled at your dumb jokes, and she was watching you when you weren’t looking at her. Which you were totally doing all the time. You should ask her out.”

Quick plot summary: When
Leigh Kramer
What a gem of a story! Teach Me is absolute perfection, a layered, nuanced seasoned romance and I could not get enough of it. This is the kind of book that makes you laugh out loud one moment and tearing up the next.

Martin and Rose are both in their early 40s, which fed my deep and abiding need for seasoned romance. They’re both divorced and I really admired how this aspect was treated. Rose is an ice queen to Martin’s cinnamon roll soul. They’re both great teachers and I really wish I’d had his
*Actual rating 4.5 stars*
I received a free copy in exchange for a fair review, thank you to the author!

When Rose finds out she's losing some of her favorite classes to a new teacher, a man to boot, she's determined to treat him professionally but coldly. She isn't expecting him to be the passionate, excellent educator she discovers him to be as the school year begins. She isn't expecting to like him!

Martin, moved to Marysburg to be near his 18yo daughter before she graduates and goes to college,
Solid 4 stars. I finished this a few days ago and I can't remember specifics anymore but I do remember overall really liking the fact that these two characters stood true to themselves, even while figuring out what the other meant to them. I especially liked the part (view spoiler) ...more
4.5 stars, rounding up

This is such a wonderfully feminist slow burn romance. Martin and Rose are both divorced social studies teachers in their 40s. Rose is an “ice queen” at first glance, but she has so many layers. She grew up very poor and has a lot of pride, which is both a strength and a weakness. She has a hard shell but she’s very compassionate and loyal to people who deserve it. Martin is sensitive and a great dad. I loved the relationship between him and his teenage daughter in this.

Maria Rose
Teach Me by Olivia Dade is the first story in her new romantic comedy series set in the fictional town of Marysburg, with everyday people taking a chance on love.

For Rose Owens, teaching world history at Marysburg high school is the joy in her life that keeps her going after a disastrous marriage that threatened to rob her of her self confidence. She’s learned to keep her real feelings about things to herself and always portray a polite, friendly but distant demeanor. This has worked especially
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, romance
This was very cute, fluffy and extraordinarily sensible until the third act. I had a lot fun with the first chunk of this book because it felt like I was reading about genuinely nice people falling for each other. And, yes, they were a little lacklustre on the page but I really enjoyed how competent they both were and how they had really healthy conversations and relationship progression. The initial rivalry was a blip because they got over that pretty quickly when they realised how much respect ...more
Rachel McMillan
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovely exploration of the walls we build around ourselves to withstand prospective hurt and the kindness and love it takes to melt our barriers. Rose and Martin are in their 40s, burned by past love and reticent to let love in again. But a realignment of school assignments finds them sharing office space and a rather tricky schedule. I loved that these two history teachers are passionate about teaching and of student engagement. In fact, Dade's semi-frequent high school canvases as a backdrop f ...more
Really tough heroine who allows herself to ask for help, an almost-too-good-to-be-true hero, a slight plot, lots of great lines, and every scene stolen by her gorgeous ex-PIL.

Good fun.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet, adorable, feminist romance for adults, with a powerful heroine and a hero who truly loves her for it. I love that they both love each other's strengths while also both feeling sincerely protective of each other's vulnerabilities. I love that the heroine is a woman of size and has no issues with that (and the hero loves it). I love that they're both such brilliant and passionate teachers that I actually really, really enjoyed reading a whole novel about people who have volun ...more
Last Night: I kinda want to slap five stars on this but I’m book drunk so I will wait for the morning. Full review later.

This Morning: Fuck it, I'm doing it. Five stars (rounded up from 4.5). But I do wish you to know that objectively it is more like a four star book, but it did so many things that I personally love that I just have to bump it up. So, you can pretend this is a Goodreads Four Review with an Ashley Five rating. (Or, we could have . . . half stars??)

Anyway! The only book I have rea
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the very sloooooow burn story of Rose, a 42 year old divorced teacher with a shit ton of baggage, and Martin, an unfortunately named mid-40s divorced teacher (and dad to a high school senior) who is also toting around a few overstuffed samsonites.

This book is beautifully written, is sensitive to gender roles and addresses toxic masculinity in a refreshing way. But I had a hard time getting into it, and I can’t help but think that’s because these characters are my contemporaries, which t
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Dade is an author I've been meaning to read for awhile. I had this one checked from the library with a looming due date. I decided to read the first chapter to decide if it'd be one I could read in the allotted time or cycle back in the queue. And before I knew it I couldn't put it down - which is no easy feat for me these days. It's taken a lot for me to get back into reading. This book hit all the right notes. It had body positivity, dealt with social issues, and perfectly conveyed so m ...more
This was WONDERFUL. This is a couple that really has to work for each other--both of them are in their 40s and they have pasts, including divorces, and in the hero's case, a child. And they put the work in. And they appreciate each other for who they are, but also help them stretch to be more, and just. I really loved this.

**Read for Ripped Bodice Bingo 2019, Prom**
mindful.librarian ☀️
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Teacher romance? Body positive mature romance? YES PLEASE. Loved it
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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Olivia Dade grew up an undeniable nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorites, though, were always, always romances. As an adult, she earned an M.A. in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required the donning of actual pants: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Now, ...more

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