Grading on Curves and Gourmet Burgers – A Perfect Pairing

by Pepper on November 23, 2013

I just read my first Tara Mills romance, Grading on Curves. I loved it! I would pair this sexy, fun read with a juicy gourmet barbecue burger. (My favorite!) Read on to find out why.

Here’s a look at the official blurb:

PPP-Grading on CurvesOne-on-one instruction never felt so right—or so wrong. 

There’s nothing unusual about Mia Page’s attraction to the young science teacher at the middle school. After all, she’s not the only one who finds him enticing. But when he pulls her son aside to ask for her phone number, she knows she’s in serious trouble. Since her divorce four years earlier, she’s been out of circulation, choosing to focus on parenting instead, and she’s not entirely sure she can handle an entanglement with the sexy Mr. Walden. 
There are also other reasons why getting involved with Curt would be a bad idea. He’s two years shy of thirty, and she’s on the downside of that unmentionable number. He’s adamant about never having kids, and she has a son. Even the guy’s romantic gifts are suspect. Energy saving light bulbs? He has to be kidding. 
On the other hand, he’s fun, sweet, and smart. He stimulates her intellectually, emotionally, and Lord help her, physically, opening her eyes to life outside her comfortable world. Yet their differences quietly gnaw at Mia even while she succumbs to their undeniable chemistry. 
As their romance deepens, so do Mia’s fears that Curt will eventually hurt her. On edge, all it takes is an innocent comment to provoke her into drawing first blood. Mia recklessly wounds Curt, learning only too late that this blade cuts both ways. Frantic to make amends, she fears it might be too late to admit the feelings she’s tried so hard to suppress. 
Content Warning: contains sensual sex 

I enjoyed Grading on Curves from start to finish. Miss Mill’s exploration of the older-woman-younger-man dynamic happens to coincide with one of my own favorite fantasies, and I thought her portrayal of Mia’s range of emotions (fear/hope/insecurity) was very realistic and touching. At the same time, I love that Curt  – with typical youthful male enthusiasm –never wavered in his belief that they belonged together. This story was also very hot, with wonderful descriptions of sensual/naughty sex that had me reaching for a tall, cold glass of iced tea. (Don’t miss the scene in the foyer!) Miss Mills has a clean writing style that flows easily and enhances the story, and her secondary characters and subplots also added to the party.
Although it was late autumn at my house, I kept seeing myself reading this fun, sexy book on a chaise lounge somewhere on a beach or shaded patio. That’s why I recommend you pair it with a delicious gourmet burger.  You’ll want to savor every juicy bite. And don’t forget your cold ice tea!

Links: Buy it here on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. 

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Happy reading! ~ Pepper
“Let’s read something spicy!”

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Tara Mills (@TaraMills16) November 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thank you for your wonderful review, Pepper! I even love the peppers! Awesome. Pairing it with a burger was the best. I am a burger fanatic!

P.S. The foyer scene is a favorite of mine. So sexy.


Pepper November 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Glad you approved of the burger choice, Tara. I hesitated, because my other two pairings have both been dessert items. But I really felt Grading on Curves was a much meatier story and deserved a main dish pairing. Happy sales!


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