Broken English by Marita A. Hansen
Series: Broken Lives #1
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
For me, the name Dante conjured up two images. The first was the epic depictions of Hell from Dante’s Inferno, with people burning for their sins. The second image was a sexual depiction. I don’t know where it came from, but as far back as I can remember, I had always associated the name Dante with a beautiful and sexy man. I'd imagined a dark-haired, dark-eyed, gorgeous lothario, the type who could capture a woman’s heart with just one look. Dante was the Fabio of my generation, the heartthrob that got women’s hearts beating fast, made us want this man to rip our clothes off and to throw us onto the bed.
Little did I know that the Dante that walked into my life was very different from the one I’d imagined. Oh, he was dark-haired, dark-eyed, gorgeous, even a lothario ... just ... he wasn’t a man. He was a fifteen-year-old boy who was going to send me to the Hell his namesake had written about.
And I was his teacher.
Clara Hatton knew that there might be risks accepting a teaching position at Wera High. At twenty-four, she still believes in the notion that young minds could be shaped and lifted to greater heights through books and she's going to use this opportunity to make an impact.
Even before the first bell rings, she comes face to face with both shocking violence and heartbreaking beauty.
Do you need help to get up?”
Dante Rata is far older than his fifteen years. He lost his mother at a young age and was raised by a father who would rather make a name for himself in one of the area’s local gangs.
He’s well aware of his effect on the opposite sex and he wields that power to get what he wants. To him, sex is a currency that everyone gladly accepts – everyone but his gorgeous new English teacher.
She tells him that he’s talented and fends off his advances even though he can see her desire for him burning behind her eyes. He’s going to get what he wants and she’s going to give it to him. Because when you have no future, the consequences don’t matter at all.
Broken English is one of the most raw and authentic teacher/student romances that I have ever encountered. Marita’s gritty writing style evokes feelings of sorrow and desire while staying true to both the dialect and overall spirit of her characters.
It’s completely unexpected and absolutely addictive – and I’m beside myself with wanting more…
About The Author -
SOME FACTS ABOUT ME:
NATIONALITY: I am a New Zealander with Croatian heritage.
SPORTS: As a teenager my favourite sports were karate, badmington, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.
CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honours degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a writer :)
FAVOURITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.
BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator, I stay up way too late writing, and I get distracted easily unless it's doing something I love.
STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.
Apart from her Author Facebook Page, where she talks about her books, she has a blogsite.
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