Blog Tour Review: Passing Notes (Teachers’ Lounge #1) by Nora Everly

Posted April 25, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Blog Tour, Review / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review:  Passing Notes (Teachers’ Lounge #1) by Nora EverlyPassing Notes by Nora Everly
Series: Teachers' Lounge #1
Published by Smartypants Romance on April 25, 2024
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 220
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: three-half-stars
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When the one who got away moves in next door…

Clara Hill wants to be left alone.
Sitting on her porch watching everyone else’s lives go by is way more fun than dealing with her own problems.

Or at least that’s what she thought.

Now that her secret high school sweetheart is her next door neighbor, she’s not so sure anymore.
Being back in Green Valley was hard enough without having her first love right there within touching distance.
Especially when he’s so stubbornly determined to flash his unforgettable smile at her every chance he gets and reminding her of when she thought she’d found her happily ever after.

Once upon a time, Nick Easton thought he had it all.

A football scholarship, his dream girl, and a future so bright he couldn’t wait to get started.
But, like everything else in his life, it all came toppling down.
Now he’s content to raise his kids, teach English, and coach football at Green Valley High.
He has no time for things like romance, and dating, and starting over…
He’s fine being alone.
Who needs love?

But when he catches a glimpse of his new neighbor his quiet little world turns upside down, lighting a fire that makes him determined to reclaim all he thought was gone forever.

After all these years, can he convince Clara to give him another shot?
Or will their love story stay hidden in their past?

‘Passing Notes’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #1 in the Teachers’ Lounge series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.

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I have loved every Nora Everly book in the SmartyPants Romance world, and this new series set in a school was the perfect place to go with my own background and current job in education. There was so much to love about this book. The characters were great, including ones we knew from the last series in the SPR world by Everly. I loved the setting of the school, although I was so mad that they had an old grumpy librarian who scared people away from coming to the library. Made me really want to write the book idea I had to get my own story into the world with a new school librarian.

Now, I did get a little tired of the refusal to even talk about what had happened. I know that it would have taken away a major issue between the two, and so maybe it makes sense that the author waited so long. And then because this was a quick read, I might have skipped over some parts as I sped through to find out what would happen, but I swear they’d planned a date, and then all of a sudden there was no talk about it? I probably need to go back and reread that part again and I’ll find I missed a comment or discussion that cancelled that date.

I’m very excited for the new characters we’ve met with this book, along with those we know from the other books in the SPR world as well as from the original Green Valley series.

Nora Everly is a lifelong bookworm. She started reading the good stuff once she grew tall enough to sneak the romance novels off the top of her mother’s bookshelf and it has been non-stop ever since.

Once upon a time she was a substitute teacher and an educational assistant. Now she’s a writer and stay at home mom to two small humans and one fat cat.

Nora lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and her overactive imagination.

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5 responses to “Blog Tour Review: Passing Notes (Teachers’ Lounge #1) by Nora Everly

    • Lisa Mandina

      This is an author I really like and so the characters were great and the overall story that I was able to look past that! I hope you give her books a try some time!

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