Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty and fiercely independent,
Aubrey works part-time for the college Dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together. Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy, made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record, keeps them apart.
Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family and classmates.
Like I mentioned before in my interview with The Weight of Words author, Georgina Guthrie last Friday, which you can check out here. I’ve been a fan of her work for a while. Tamie and I were lucky enough to get an ARC to help promote the release of her books. We are so thrilled that GG decided to publish her fantastic work. There is also a link to a giveaway!!
Rereading this story, I basically completely fell in love with these characters again; they feel like family to me. Daniel is a TA at the University of Toronto, where he is trying to redeem himself to his family and the university, because of scandalous misunderstanding while teaching at Oxford. Aubrey is a senior getting her degree, who takes a class in Shakespeare that he just happens to be teaching. If you love UST, this story is full to the brim with it, because of university rules about TAs fraternizing with students. While I was familiar with Shakespeare, I learned so much more about his work in every chapter. GG also has an incredible ability of describing a scene where I feel like I am transported there. The secondary characters are equally funny and interesting, and sometimes steal scenes. Namely, Daniel’s Aunt Patty and English confidante Penny.
I love reading about intelligent people, probably because if I can relate to them in any way, it makes ME feel smarter. Both of the main characters, Daniel and Aubrey, are very smart when it comes to their education, but when it comes to the affairs of the heart and body, they struggle to do the right thing. Wait. They have to wait. Even as a reader, there were times, when I wanted to throw in the towel, and just get on with IT. But I am a bigger fan of characters that don’t break their promises, to the people they care about, and themselves.
Here is my favorite scene from The Weight of Words, excerpt from Chapter 17, Light and Lust:
In the reading room, I claimed the red leather couch facing the bay window. I glanced around as I dug in my bag for my book. Most of the room’s occupants were studying, but one guy was curled up on a sofa by the unlit fireplace, snoring softly. I wished I had time to flake out and nap as well.
I was pulled from my reading after about ten minutes by the sound of my phone buzzing in my pocket. My heart thundered as I checked the display. It was a text message from Daniel!
Have I told you that I love those pants you’re wearing, my poppet? -D
I quickly typed a response.
How did you get my number? Where are you? -A
He answered almost immediately.
Jeremy has his uses from time to time. Say, that’s a sturdy looking bookshelf over there, don’t you think? -D
Bookshelf? I whirled around. He was here? What the — ?
I scanned the room, and there he was, sneaky bastard, sitting in a wing-backed chair facing the side wall, his newly-trimmed locks in plain view above the chair back. His leg was dangling over the left arm of the chair, a sex-boot taunting me shamelessly.
I dropped back onto the couch.
What are you doing here, sailor? -A
Booked that meeting room for tutorial then I thought I’d swing by the library while I was here. I overheard you tell Julie you were coming here. Do me a favor? Lose the sweater and go look out the window? Please? -D
I smiled. I knew these pants did great things for my ass!
Okay. I’ll play. I slowly peeled off my sweater and dropped it on the couch. I stood, pretending to scan the sidewalk outside while stretching my arms above my head. My T-shirt rode up enough to show a little skin. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw him peering around the side of his chair, his gaze intense.
I want you so badly I can taste it. -D
My knees jumped, and I instinctively brought my hand to my throat. I was certain everyone in the room must be feeling the raw sexual energy flowing between us, but no one seemed to be paying the slightest bit of attention to us. I stared at my phone for a moment and then started typing, surprising myself with my boldness.
Tell me, what does want taste like? -A
He read my message and then looked at me again, his eyes smoldering as they drifted down my body, pausing at my breasts and then slowly scanning my legs. His answer was fast:
It tastes like the sweetest velvet. -D
I wish that I could say that Aubrey remains patience while they wait for the semester to end, and she graduates, but she is human. Not that I blame her. LOL!
I sent up a silent prayer of my own. And, Dear God? Thank you for creating Daniel in all his sweet-ass hotness. That’s probably sacrilege, but I mean it most sincerely. Amen.– Aubrey
By the end of the book, our Poppet and Sailor are a united front. Ready to face the world together, if only “in secret” for now.
I am giving this book, 5 makes-me-happy stars, and put it on my “top-shelf-fantastic-reads” and “books-that-own-me” shelves on Goodreads.
I was ecstatic when I found out that GG was publishing her fabulous story. I love so much about it…the setting, the writing, the characters. It’s an absolute gem and treat to read when everything is put together so beautifully. The UST and the heat in this book are off the charts, and the romance that slowly developes will have you wanting Daniel and Aubrey together as a couple ASAP!
Daniel is interesting on so many levels because he’s not only book boyfriend material in the looks department, but because he’s also smart, and witty. He’s a character whose layers are revealed over time which makes him even better in my opinion. I really liked Aubrey from the beginning. She’s definitely the kind of girl I like to see as the heroine…smart, strong, and knowing what she wants.
I’m giving my highest recommendation because it’s a book I treasure, and I think you will too.
My rating for The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie:
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About the Author:
Georgina Guthrie has been a self-professed book hugger for as long as she can remember. An avid reader and compulsive diarist, she is thrilled to be taking the leap into the world of publishing. GG resides in Toronto, Canada, but she still considers herself a Brit through and through and can often be found roaming the aisles of her favorite British import shop.
A graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied English literature, GG is happy to fill her hours reading and writing, but she’s just as likely to found enjoying a good film with her husband, dancing around the kitchen with her daughter, or hanging out with friends and family, almost certainly with a glass of red wine in one hand, a bag of cheese and onion crisps in the other.