Testing the Limits (Teach Me Trilogy Book 1) by Stephanie Thomas
Three years I waited and for three years I kept us a secret because I knew if anything should ever get out it could destroy us both. But we were drawn to each other, unable to stay away, and I came to crave him like no other. He opened my eyes to a new world and brought me alive in ways I never thought anyone could. And without him, I feared I couldn’t survive.
Yet Andre knew of the darkness inside me. A darkness he harbored as well. One that brought us together and one that could tear us apart.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
I knotted and unknotted my clammy hands, one of my worst habits and hardest to break. How many times did Mom yell at me for that while sitting through my Father’s youth group? Too many, that’s for sure.
Other than my fidgeting, neither of us moved. He sat still as a frozen river staring out the window, so I tried to do the same. The clouds had parted once again letting the moon shine at full force like the eye in the sky watching me disgrace my family. Along with the entire town.
I tried to focus on anything else to keep my thoughts at bay. The mellow jazz drifted around us accompanying his slow steady breaths. I peeked over to see his hand cradling his chin like the great thinker, as he stared out the window. If only I could read his thoughts. Is this a good idea? Should we? He’s risking everything, his reputation, his job, his place in the community, because of this. Because of me. How could I be worth all that? I wrung my hands hard enough to make my knuckles pop.
“Mr. Renner,” I said more quiet than I meant to.
“Please Olivia,” his voice sounded like a smooth glass of scotch and I thought I would melt on the spot, “call me Andre.”
I averted my eyes to the floor feeling like I had wet my pants. Why did I call him that? I’ve written his name so many times it felt natural by now, but I’ve never spoken it aloud. Even with all our phone calls, I’ve never said his name. It sounds so weird, Andre, especially after all those days in science class and on the tennis team.
“Are you sure,” I hesitated before giving it another try, “Andre?”
His head snapped towards me with his green eyes blazing. “Are you?”
Now’s my chance to get out, turn around, go back to my life before I decided to mark myself with a scarlet letter. Could pretend none of this ever happened. No one would know. Call it a three-year flirtation with the devil before I realized my sinful ways. But would I regret it? Deep in my gut, I knew my answer.
Andre leaned towards me with his head cocked and waited. I didn’t know what to do, so I did the same and before I could think our lips touched, soft at first before my breath left me and an unfamiliar need gripped my core. One so strong it stole my breath away and begged for more. His tongue pried my lips apart and slid across my teeth sending shivers through me, while his hands inched up my shirt. My breath caught as his swift fingers grazed over my breasts and I had to pull away. I’ve never had a man touch me there and I certainly never expected it would be Andre. Someone out of my league in more ways than one.
“You okay Livi?” He asked, his green eyes searching mine.
“Yeah, I just…,” I swallowed hard unsure of what to say, “I never expected to feel this way.”
He gazed at me for a moment, running his fingers along my jaw, leaving a burning trail in their wake. His thumb parted my lips and I flicked it with my tongue.
Andre’s eyes flared. “Me either,” he said his voice husky and full of lust, “let’s move to the back.”
He slid in next to me, pulling me to him at once. Our lips connected in a ravenous hunger neither of us could control. His hands glided up the back of my shirt and unhooked my bra with expert finesse. I grazed my nails through his soft wavy hair making him moan into my mouth and drive his tongue deeper with need. We’ve waited so long for this and now it’s happening, it’s really happening. And it’s so much better than I ever thought.
Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes Testing the Limits (Teach Me Trilogy Book 1) stand out in the crowd?
A: Testing the Limits does just that when it comes to the forbidden romance between college student Olivia and her former teacher Andre. They know they can’t be together, yet they are so drawn to each other nothing will stop them. Nothing except for a darkness that lies inside them both. One that will test their devotion and ability to navigate a web of secrets that they must overcome if they ever want to be together.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Testing the Limits (Teach Me Trilogy Book 1)?
A: My favorite quote from Testing the Limits (Teach Me Trilogy Book 1) is:
This will either be the beginning of something great or the end of us both…
About Stephanie Thomas
Stephanie Thomas is the author of the Teach Me Trilogy, which includes Testing the Limits, Broken Rules, and Last Lesson. When she’s not typing away or getting lost in a book, you can usually find her gardening, hiking, or just spending time with her family. She lives in Buffalo, New York with her husband and their small assortment of furkids who always keep them on their toes.