Book Title:
Loving Mr. Daniels
Book Author:
Brittainy Cherry
Publishing Date:
September 16th, 2014
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Date Read:
August 17th, 2016


To Whom it May Concern, It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates. When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn't plan to stumble into Joe's bar and have Daniel's music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss. When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons. Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection. It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter. It was ours. And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels. -Ashlyn Jennings

My Review

This book came highly recommended to me by a fellow blogger friend, who talked me into buying it despite the fact that it isn’t a young adult novel.  You’ve probably seen (if you follow my blog or have looked around at previous reviews) that I rarely review new adult novels…the reason being is that because of all the ones I’ve read, the majority of them just seem to be the same – writing that is flowery and fluffy, emotions that are supposed to invoke feelings but just make me roll my eyes…I don’t know, I just never found myself too enthralled with the genre.

I know, I know – I probably haven’t been reading the right NA authors, so I should probably keep looking for a gem in that sea of not so great books, and you’re right – there are some NA books on my list that I really want to read, despite being disappointed by so many others.

Now, let’s talk about Loving Mr. Daniels.  The story wasn’t all that bad, but it left so much to be desired…honestly, it felt like a poor rip-off of the early episodes of Pretty Little Liars, only with more talk about sex and the main character’s large…assets.  The size of her breasts were mentioned so often that I honestly had to put my Kindle down, stare up at the ceiling, and wonder why so much detail had to be put into that part of her.  Yes, she has large breasts.  Thank you, wonderful.  Now let’s move on instead of constantly coming back to this part of her physique…because it adds absolutely nothing to the story.

Our main character, Ashlyn, has had a rough time dealing with the death of her twin sister.  The two of them were inseparable, and now that Gabby is gone, Ashlyn feels as if she has been left all alone to face her death.  Her mother has insisted that she go and live with her father, Henry, even though he hasn’t really been in her or Gabby’s lives for years.  Feeling unwanted and hurt, Ashlyn hops on a train and heads to her father’s house – only to meet a stranger on a train, with whom she develops a deep connection.

When she settles in her father’s house (he lives with his…girlfriend, I think? and her two children, Hailey and Ryan), and meets up with Daniel, the guy she met at the train station, she starts to think that things in this new place might not be so bad…until she walks into her English class at her new school and realizes that he is her teacher.  From there, things get complicated – sneaking around, dealing with chaos at home, and trying to sort out her feelings for everything, as well as the grief she still feels about her sister.

Daniel is also dealing with his own set of troubles – his brother, who was addicted to drugs and selling, has recently gotten out of prison, and returned to their parents’ home.  Their mother was murdered a year prior, and their father recently died, so Daniel is dealing with a lot of grief…even before he realizes that while Ashlyn is nineteen and he is technically allowed to date her, she is is student, which means that he can’t.

There is definitely chemistry between the two characters, but it feels forced, and I cringed through a lot of their scenes together.  Ashlyn is a very immature nineteen (and yes, I understand that she is grieving and feeling unwanted and confused), but I really couldn’t stand her whiny attitude.  Also, it seemed like a character was smirking in this book every 2 pages.  I even looked it up…I’m not that crazy – characters actually smirked 42 times in this novel.  Yes.  42 smirks.  That might not seem like that much, but that averages out to like someone smirking almost every 4 pages, which is a bit extreme if you ask me.  Way too repetitious for my taste.

Also, there was a lot of stuff going in this book…so many different story lines and characters that at times it felt a bit packed in there.  Parts of this book were actually kind of heartbreaking, and I really hated a certain scene about a certain character (the only one in the book I even liked)…I felt like crying at that point.

But no spoilers here.

Don’t let me be all negative here.  There was some very beautiful writing, including quotes like this one:

“Our hearts would always beat for one another.  Our souls were destined to burn together in a mystifying flame that lit the universe with hope and passion.”

Seriously.  That’s the kind of love that fairy tales are made of, right?

But even though there was definitely something there…it just felt a bit forced and over dramatic.  Ashlyn’s behaviors just made her look like a really immature fifteen year old spoiled brat in some places, but in other spots, I had to nod in approval and think that I would definitely want to be friends with this girl in real life.

“The rooms of the house started to become more packed, filling in as the night went on.  I hated the smells, I hated the groping – I hated everything about this place.  This was why I was the girl who lived in my books.  The parties in the novels always seemed more entertaining.”

If you like the NA genre, this might be more up your alley.  I kind of felt like it was overrated, and while I will definitely continue my search for a great NA novel that will captivate me and draw me into the genre, this one wasn’t even close.

2 stars
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8 Responses to Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry

  1. Oh yeah, that does sound very much like PLL. Based on that storyline alone, I don’t think this one is for me. I’m one of the few viewers that never felt comfortable with that romance in the show. I hate when authors focus too much on the physical side of their characters. I always feel that it’s a missed opportunity to really focus on who the character is when so much time is spent on how they look. That certainly is a lot of smirking! Too bad this one wasn’t a winner, I applaud you for managing to finish it though.

    • Kelly says:

      Finally! Everyone seems to have enjoyed the Aria/Ezra romance and I just never liked it, either. It’s part of the reason I stopped watching the show…it was just too much. I think if more effort was placed on writing about how the main character developed throughout the course of the book instead of just her appearance, it would have been so much better!

  2. Ashley says:

    As I was reading the synopsis I was like…Aria and Ezra much? I don’t think I could get past that enough to even read it! I’m the exact same way when it comes to NA and romance books. It’s just too much for me. And yes, they often like to highlight things like boobs way too much for my liking.
    I do commend you on giving it a try though, and making it all the way through. I probably would have never cracked the cover for fear of constant cringing.

    • Kelly says:

      Haha, it was a total cringe-fest, I can agree to that. This book got so many great reviews though, so maybe I’m just the black sheep on this one? I don’t know.

  3. Deanna says:

    I haven’t read this book, but I have read another of the author’s books and thought it was pretty good. I would love for you to read Bright Side by Kim Holden. It’s NA, but I think you would appreciate it.

  4. Oh man, I just don’t think this one is for me. So many NA books I avoid because of the oversexualisation and the bland characters. It definitely sounds like this one fits in that category1 Lovely review, Kelly!
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    • Kelly says:

      Thanks so much! I agree, these types of books are why I rarely even bother picking up a NA novel…it feels like they are always too focused on sex and not enough on character development or the plot of the novel.

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