As an unruly teenager, Brett Wyndham had an impossible crush on the assistant principal, Mia Bradford, who so often assigned and supervised his punishments in detention. But eight years later, back stateside to line up his internship and funding for his international development project, Brett decides to look up his former teacher and satisfy not only his forbidden fantasies, but Mia's as well.

This book starts strong: the characterization is good and the groundwork for the forbidden student/teacher fantasy is there, but as the book progresses, the romance seems contrived. The author tries to give poor little rich boy Brett some depth, but his occasional snide comments, like denigrating the female protagonist's "boring lectures" over dinner, when she takes such pride in her teaching, make him seem like an insensitive jackass. Mia starts out as a character with a scrappy back story, fighting for her position despite race and class barriers, but she turns into a shabbily-dressed, orphaned schoolmarm who needs a relationship rescue. The conflicts are also a bit artificial and rather simply resolved. Detention will appeal to readers who enjoy the teacher/student fantasy, with a mild dash of BDSM, and who don't mind stock characters in their romances.

Book Blurb for Detention

Hot for the High School principal?

You bet! What’s a woman to do when her former student comes back and reveals to her that he wants keep her for detention?

Mia Bradford is the principal of Fremont High. She’s uncompromising and believes in tough love for her students. In fact, she’s helped many of them reach their full potential. She’s always happy to reconnect with them years later and see what they have accomplished in life. But one student in particular is making her more than a little nervous.

Brett Wyndam has seen and done a lot in his life, a lot of it rewarding and some of it tragic. But the one dream he hasn’t realized in his life is the one thing he’s always wanted: Mia Bradford. When he attended Fremont, he’d served detention under her, time after time. Now that he’s back in town, eight years later, it’s time to turn the tables and fulfill a promise to himself.

Can Brett get Mia to be honest with herself and explore the desires she’s harboring? Or will the past get in the way and ruin what could be a loving, but admittedly unconventional, relationship?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2011 3.00