To Spencer Hurley, women only left pain and destruction in their wake. The only good thing that came from his disaster of an ex was his daughter, Annabelle. Right now, making sure Belle was taken care of and getting her the help she needed with her learning disabilities was his only focus. And if that meant moving to a new town, consider the moving truck rented and packed.
Ellie Ryan spent her childhood being judged and bullied because of her learning disabilities. Jokes on them, though, she was now the top special education teacher in her district. See, Ellie totally had her life together. Kind of. Maybe… Okay, really, she’s a word-vomiting, curvy, hot-mess, who hasn’t had a date in who knows how long. And then there was Roxy, her rude over-eating dog. Nevertheless, Ellie was fiercely protective of her students. She’d gladly rip out the throat of anyone that dared to mess with her kids. Including their parents.
So, please explain to Ellie why, even after calling her new student’s father out during a disastrous parent-teacher meeting, Ellie couldn’t help being insanely attracted to the gruff single dad? Somebody, please help her. Besides, nothing good could come from it... right?
Jackie Wright on Goodreads wrote:
Learning Curves is the story of Ellie and Spencer, and Spencer's daughter, Belle. Really, it's a love story between the three of them - 4 if you include Ellie's adorable dog, Roxy.
The gist of the story is that Spencer moves to Ellie's school district because he wants the best possible teacher for Belle, who has been diagnosed with some learning disabilities. Ellie is one of the best Special Ed teachers around. Though they get off on the wrong foot, they eventually recover, and it doesn't take long before the chemistry between Spencer and Ellie blossoms into more.
This book is laugh-out-loud funny. Ellie is just a hilarious person, and her best friend Sally is AWESOME - (Molly - any chance we will get to hear Sally's story?). In fact, all the supporting characters are hilarious - Ellie's mom and dad, and Spencer's dad are all just amazingly funny. At one point the group is having a big dinner together and hilarity ensues, of course. It's so well written that I felt like I was there, enjoying the crazy with everyone else.
I thought it was great to see people with learning differences represented in the romance world. Molly does it in a way that feels "real". Like - yes - having learning disability is a challenge and yes, it sucks sometimes. But you CAN deal with it. That, and it doesn't actually have to affect ALL of your life. You are not your disabilities, they are only one part of you. Having a kid with learning and social differences has made me sensitive to the way neuro-diverse people are portrayed - and Molly did it perfectly.
Learning Curves is a fun, light read with almost no angst. Perfect for these incredibly stressful times we are living in right now. If you want a laugh - pick it up NOW!!
This has to be one of the best reads of 2020, it brought me so much joy and happiness and it was a breath of fresh air to read a book that’s an advocate for all children with learning disabilities as well as a romance with all the feels. I was captivated from the first page to the last line, I laughed out loud, I smiled a lot and I felt every emotion this author managed to infuse into this great read.
Spencer a single dad is only interested in having his baby girl happy at school so when he moves her yet again because of bullying he needs to make sure her teacher understands his daughters needs what he didn’t expect was Ellie, the best special needs teacher in the area because she was once that student who struggled through school ......
Spencer and Ellie butt heads from the start but in a funny way and when they both realise they have the same goal, Belle to be happy in learning things turn around for them both and we see them start to have fun and enjoy being together.This is a heartfelt entertaining read that has you laughing not at the characters but with the characters as they go through everyday occurrences when you have a child with learning difficulties and in Ellie’s words you just need to understand we all learn in different ways. I highly recommend this gem of a read to every reader because it’s a fun read that will also touch you in so many levels. Top of my best reads of the year, great job Ms O’Hare from one of those students who was labeled as lacks concentration and could do better.