Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway - Academy Of Love

Title:  Academy Of Love
Author: Kate Deveaux
Genre:  Adult Romance
Publish Date:  August 1, 2013
Review Source:  Literary Nook Book Promotions

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Boarding School was never this much fun….

Love smolders and the sex is red hot when Cassianna Baxter leaves behind a glamorous teaching career in Italy to return to her old Alma Mater, Lewiston Academy for Girls as the Deputy Head Mistress. No sooner does she arrive at the Academy than she walks smack into sexy Lawrence Taylor, her first love and ex-lover. He’s been looking for her ever since he was forced to leave her and now that she is back at the Academy he knows he has to win her back. And not just in his bed. 

Cassianna went to school at Lewiston Academy 12 years ago and is now back only……she’s their to work. She’s the new deputy headmistress of Lewiston Academy, school for girls.

Lewiston Academy is a beautiful private boarding school with a huge Equestrian Center in the Virginia countryside. It’s what brought Cassianna here in the first place many years before. She had her sights on the Olympics and training with one of the best trainers, Lawrence, made her stay an additional two years after graduation. Just walking around Lewiston Adacemy and Cassianna can feel the memories of Lawrence surrounding her. They were way more than trainer/trainee…..they fell in love. He is her first and only love. Cassianna tried to find it elsewhere but it never measured up to Lawrence. She left the last one in Italy, Richard, to come back here – the last place she was happy.

Cassianna barely got settled into her new office before having to show a new potential family around campus. They ended at the Equestrian Center and suddenly she hears “that” voice.  The voice she will never ever forget. Lawrence.
“Hello, can I help you? A deep voice startled them from behind. Cassianna’s chest tightened and a spark shot through her heart. Slowly, she turned toward the voice. Those sensuous green eyes, that wavy sandy blonde hair. Her heart stopped for a moment. “Lawrence?” Cassianna squeaked, in a voice that was definitely not her own. His eyes held hers and her body trembled. “Cassianna?” Lawrence asked, a stunned look on his face.

Cassianna turned on her professional charm even though seeing Lawrence again at the same school 12 years later was the shock of a lifetime. He left her. Just up and left with no explanation and she never heard from him again. She was so distraught that her parents were called to come get her. They took her away and she tried her best to move on from him with her heart broken so badly that she had still never been able to heal it.

Cassianna makes it back to her office when Lawrence shows up. Let me just say that the feelings are definitely mutual. He has missed her just as much. He thinks the same thing – that she left him. He tried to look for her and even sent her letters. He’s been so confused all this time never knowing what happened to her. Can they figure out the truth? Will they let the past dictate their future? Will they be able to discover that the truth is somewhere in the middle of all the assumptions?

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the last half a little better than the first but then a lot of the story came together very quickly in the last half. I think the story could have continued for several more chapters. Not that it has a bad ending, it doesn’t, but I think Cassianna & Lawrence’s story could have been longer. The last part of the book we meet Lawrence’s family and learn much more about him. Cassianna plays a bigger role in his life once she meets his family and as much as I enjoyed her throughout the book, her character really took off at the end and I think that’s why I wanted more of her.  The story is good, the writing is good, and I really enjoyed all the characters. 

P.S. Ms. Deveaux, I need another book in the Cassianna & Lawrence story!!

Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic. A former wedding planner, she has always been “in love” with love! It was after reading Jane Eyre in high school, that she became hooked on the idea of writing about romance, excitement and drama. Kate has been penning stories, from the sensual to the sinfully sexy, ever since!

Born in London, England, Kate has lived in the U.K, Canada, and the U.S. She and her husband currently reside in Arizona. When she’s not writing or reading, Kate can be found on the tennis court—yes, there’s even "love" in that game too!

Kate is currently working on several fictional stories for release next year – each filled with sexy romance, heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. She is a member of Savvy Author, Romance Writers of America (RWA) and their erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink.


$50 card for tour and 5 ebooks of Academy of Love


  1. Thank you for your great review! I'm working on continuing their story, especially those Taylor men!

  2. I have never read one of Kate's books, but this one look like just the right one to start with...