Hard to Handle is the second book in The Teach Me series by RC Boldt. This book focuses on Zachariah Mayson and Laney Kavanaugh. These two have a hate-hate relationship that began 8 years prior to the setting of this story. Naturally, not everything is as it seems.
Zach has always been a somewhat free spirit. He isn’t like his rich, pretentious family. He rarely speaks with his mother and he doesn’t live that kind of life. He enjoys surfing and teaching and flirting with Laney.
Laney has sworn off all relationships outside of friendship. Her father left her mother—and essentially her and her brother—when she was only 8 years old and it was at that time that she promised that she would never get hurt, or left behind.
Zach has been in love with Laney Kavanaugh since he first saw her in the Media Center. He immediately introduced himself as the fifth grade writing and English teacher…and then placed his foot firmly in his mouth. It is here that the banter, jokes, and teasing began. Laney was instantly turned off of Zachariah Mayson because he insulted her. Eight years later, she still holds a grudge and only talks to him when trading barbs.
These two have a ton of history, but it isn’t something that jumps off the page at first. As a reader, I like to feel the chemistry, but I didn’t feel that…until I did. And boy, when those feelings started flying and becoming real and becoming well-known, those feelings were great.
While hanging out with their friends, Laney and Zach slowly develop a bond that doesn’t just involve rudeness. A few external factors, including the wedding of Mac and Raine and the new lesson plans for the classrooms, push these two together and it…is…beautiful. After Mac and Raine’s wedding, things really start to take off. Zach loves deeply and Laney keeps trying to run scared. It’s a game of cat-and-mouse like I haven’t seen in a long time.
Throw in a cast of characters that will leave you holding your stomach because they are so funny—seriously, does Lawson get his own book? This man is fantastic!—and they really hold the story together. They also help Laney and Zach find each other when it seems as if they don’t stand a chance. Read this book, it’s fun and heartwarming. A solid 4 out of 5 stars.
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