The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Gothic Romance
Publication Date: October 6th, 2014
Angie’s Review – 3.5 Skulls – B-
The Headmaster was an interesting, spooky story about Gwen, a lonely woman who finds the man of her dreams while seeking employment at an all-boys school. It’s not long before Gwen realizes that loving Headmaster Yorke comes at a hefty price, but is it one she’s willing to pay?
Gwen was a fun heroine. She was likable and kind, and she stood up for what she believed in. Never one to resist a challenge, she thrived on getting under Headmaster Yorke’s skin. I enjoyed Edwin’s character. He was a stuffy, buttoned-up hero, and it was clear the school came first for him. He had a personal stake in the boy’s futures, and he made it his mission to make sure they were well educated and taken care of. The banter between Gwen and Headmaster Yorke was classic Tiffany Reisz—fun and quick witted. I think Gwen’s forward nature and teasing took him off guard at first, but it wasn’t long before Edwin was giving as good as he was getting.
The students were the highlight of this book for me. They were so sweet and desperate to see their headmaster happy, so there was a bit of match-making going on. Laird and Christopher were my favorites; for having such a small amount of ‘page time,’ these characters were incredibly well-developed.
While the sexual chemistry in this book was fantastic, I couldn’t help but wonder if Gwen was simply convenient for Edwin. It was obvious from her thoughts that she was attracted to him and falling for him, but I wish we’d been able to get a glimpse of what was going on in his head. I think it would have given the reader reassurance that he did truly have feelings for her, and it wasn’t that she was simply there.
Overall, this was a quick, entertaining read that keeps you guessing. The most fascinating part of this is that you’re not quite sure what you’re guessing at. I couldn’t help but feel there was some sort of mystery here, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was until we were close to the end of the story.
The Headmaster is a great read for this time of the year!
The Headmaster is available as part of Harlequin E Shivers Box Set Volume 4.