15 Taboo Student Teacher Romance Books

Academic Romance

Do you fall in love with your teacher or your student? Most of us have these secret feelings in our lifetime. Falling in love or attraction is a natural and common event that one can not deny. A smart/sexy teacher is a secret crush of many students. As human beings, we like those who guide and care for us. Teachers have a huge opportunity to guide and care for many emotional students who can not hold them to falling in love.

Student-teacher romance have come a long way since its early beginnings. Initially, these stories were filled with scandalous affairs and illicit relations. However, as society’s views on relationships and power dynamics have evolved, so have the narratives in these books. Modern student-teacher romance novels strive to portray more nuanced and complex characters, focusing on the emotional journey of both the student and the teacher. These stories explore self-discovery, forbidden desire, and the boundaries of societal norms.

One notable example of this evolution is the bestselling novel “Educated Hearts” by Sarah Collins. The book tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with her literature professor. Through their illicit relationship, the protagonist discovers her voice and learns to challenge societal expectations. This shift in focus from scandal to personal growth reflects the changing attitudes towards student-teacher relationships in literature.

15 Student Teacher Romance Books (Academic Romance)

The forbidden love between a student and their teacher is a timeless theme explored in literature for centuries. Here are 15 books that offer a tantalizing glimpse into the complex dynamics of relationships that are not only frowned upon by society but also carry significant consequences. Let’s read!

On the Island by Tracey Garvis GravesA gripping story of survival and unexpected love between a woman and a much younger man stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash.Survival romance, age gap, stranded on a deserted island, forbidden love, teacher-student dynamic (before the crash), emotional and physical challenges, character development, overcoming adversity, evolving relationship, resilience and adaptation.
Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain ReynardA passionate and complex romance between a mysterious and brooding professor and his innocent graduate student, marked by secrets, redemption, and forbidden desires.Forbidden romance, student-teacher relationship, age gap, dark pasts, intellectual and emotional connection, redemption arc, sexual tension, moral conflict, intricate character development, contemporary setting, erotic undertones.
Misbehaved by Charleigh RoseA provocative and intense romance between a rebellious student and her enigmatic teacher, exploring forbidden desires and crossing boundaries in a small town.Forbidden romance, student-teacher relationship, small-town setting, age gap, rebellious protagonist, dark and brooding male lead, emotional turmoil, taboo love, personal growth, power dynamics, intense chemistry.
Dark Notes by Pam GodwinA stirring and intense romance set in a prestigious music academy, where a talented pianist falls for her enigmatic and dominating music instructor.Forbidden romance, student-teacher dynamic, dark and brooding male lead, talented female protagonist, age gap, power play, emotional depth, elite music academy setting, sexual tension, overcoming trauma, passionate and complex relationship.
Taming His Teacher by Tamsen ParkerAn erotic and intense story of a dominant/submissive relationship between a college professor and his student, exploring themes of power, control, and forbidden desires.Forbidden romance, BDSM dynamics, student-teacher relationship, age gap, power exchange, erotic exploration, dominance and submission, contemporary setting, emotional barriers, personal discovery, intense and complex connection.
Burnout by Coralee JuneAn emotional and gripping story of a young woman’s journey through burnout, finding unexpected love and support as she navigates mental health challenges and personal growth.Contemporary romance, mental health exploration, burnout and recovery, supportive love interest, personal development, overcoming adversity, emotional healing, strong female protagonist, compassionate male lead, realistic portrayal of stress, resilience and hope.
A Place Without You by Jewel E AnnAn emotionally charged romance between a free-spirited young woman and a responsible, grounded man, navigating love, life’s challenges, and unexpected twists.Contemporary romance, forbidden love, age gap, emotional depth, life-altering decisions, personal growth, overcoming societal norms, complex character dynamics, secret relationship, moral dilemmas, heartfelt and transformative journey.
Her Perfect by Stephie WallsA touching and emotional story of a woman’s journey to self-discovery and love, overcoming personal traumas and societal expectations.Contemporary romance, self-discovery, overcoming trauma, societal pressure, emotional healing, strong female protagonist, journey of self-acceptance, love and support, personal growth, breaking free from norms, transformative experiences.
The Unrequited by Saffron A. KentA provocative and intense romance exploring the forbidden and obsessive love between a student and her enigmatic poetry professor, entwined with themes of longing and self-discovery.Forbidden romance, student-teacher relationship, age gap, obsession, emotional turmoil, poetry and artistry, dark and brooding male lead, intense attraction, moral conflict, passionate and complex dynamics, unrequited love themes.
First Semester by Q.B. TylerA compelling and steamy romance unfolding between a newly appointed college professor and his student, challenging ethical boundaries and emotional connections.Forbidden romance, student-teacher relationship, college setting, age gap, ethical dilemmas, emotional depth, passionate encounters, power dynamics, new beginnings, moral conflict, intense attraction, personal growth.
Voyeur by Fiona ColeA bold and provocative romance exploring the complex and taboo relationship between a college student and her professor, set against the backdrop of a secret voyeuristic club.Forbidden romance, student-teacher dynamic, age gap, erotic exploration, voyeurism, ethical dilemmas, emotional depth, secret society, intense chemistry, moral complexities, contemporary setting, personal discovery.
Sweet Dandelion by Micalea SmeltzerA controversial romance exploring the complex relationship between a high school senior and her young, enigmatic teacher, navigating forbidden love and moral boundaries.Forbidden romance, student-teacher dynamic, age gap, emotional challenges, moral dilemmas, high school setting, secret love, internal conflict, character growth, societal norms, and personal struggles.
Teach Me Dirty by Jade WestAn intensely erotic and provocative story of a passionate affair between a mature, experienced teacher and a younger, eager student, exploring themes of desire, power, and taboo.Forbidden romance, student-teacher relationship, age gap, erotic and explicit content, power dynamics, dominance and submission, emotional depth, sexual exploration, ethical boundaries.
Lessons in Corruption by Giana DarlingA steamy and forbidden romance between a young, idealistic teacher and a notorious motorcycle club president, challenging societal norms and exploring themes of loyalty and passion.Forbidden romance, motorcycle club setting, student-teacher dynamic, age gap, moral dilemmas, outlaw lifestyle, passionate encounters, power dynamic.
A Different Blue by Amy HarmonA moving and inspirational story of a young woman’s journey to self-discovery and healing, guided by her history teacher, amidst the backdrop of personal traumas and cultural differences.Contemporary romance, student-teacher relationship, emotional healing, personal growth, overcoming past traumas, cultural diversity, mentor-student dynamic, self-discovery, strong female protagonist, transformative relationships, life-changing revelations.
Student Teacher Romance Books List

1. On the Island

This is about an English teacher, Anna, and a student, Callahan. Anna is going to be Callahan’s tutor. He had cancer, so he missed some time in school, and he’s trying to catch up. He’s only 17 when this book starts, and Anna is 30. Due to a tragedy there, they get ratcheted. Their plane driver has a heart attack, and their plane goes down. Then they get stranded on an island, and they are there for four years. It’s a very long time.

So they’re there for a very long time. But there isn’t even anything romantic between them until after Callahan turns 18. It is because Anna is paranoid about it. If they ever do get saved, she doesn’t want to be seen as someone who preyed on someone younger than her. But also, they’re the only two people there, and they both still need affection and love.

So there are many rules they both follow for each other in the beginning. Then, over time, they survive together and celebrate their wins together. In this book, you see them through this experience from who they are before and during what they’re dealing with when they return.

On the Island

Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: Action & Adventure Romance
Number Of Pages: 334
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

2. Gabriel’s Inferno

The story is about Gabriel and Julia. They knew each other when they were young. Gabriel’s ten years older than her, and now he’s her professor at college. Julia’s studying Dante, and he’s the Dante expert. Julia fell for him a long time ago. Gabriel used to do a lot of drugs and drink a lot. He had a lot of stuff he was going through.

They have a magical night together, and Gabriel thinks it’s a dream because he is drugged, and she ultimately falls in love with him. Then they met up ten years later, and she is his student. He doesn’t remember any of it. But when he remembers, things get interesting. As a teacher, he avoids romance with students, but Julia breaks his rules.

Gabriel's Inferno

Author: Sylvain Reynard
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: Contemporary Romance Fiction
Number Of Pages: 561
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

3. Misbehaved

This book is about Remi and Pierce James (teacher). Remy’s older stepbrother is a pervert, and he kisses her. But she doesn’t want to rock the boat. So, she puts up with it because she’s been able to control her stepbrother with the temptation in the past. But he started to get more erratic as he’s gotten more into drugs. Her older stepbrother is responsible for Pierce’s younger sister killing herself. So Pierce moves into town and becomes a teacher at the high school. He wants to ruin this guy’s life.

He starts watching Remy because her brother keeps an eye on her to fulfill his plan. When she is 18, she is left in her stepbrother’s hands. Remi and Pierce begin dancing because Pierce is trying to get revenge against her brother. So he plans to mess with her a little bit. He doesn’t plan to go fully after her, but he plans to mess with her brain slightly to get back at her brother. But Pierce quickly falls for her and doesn’t want to do that. They have an interesting dynamic because of that.


Author: Charleigh Rose
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: College Romance
Number Of Pages: 306
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

4. Dark Notes

The story is about Emeric and Ivory. Emeric is a pianist and teacher. Ivory has been used for her body mistreated by her mother and brother. Her brother’s friend rapes her all the time, and she is resigned that this is her lot in life. She wants to get into and get the full scholarship to save her life where she is.

Then she gets her new teacher, Emeric, and he’s been brought to the school in a bit of shame. He had some previous experiences at a school he taught at, not with the student but with a fellow teacher. There was a non-fraternization policy with that. He loved that woman, and she did him wrong. Then he meets Ivory, and he doesn’t want to like her, but he’s drawn to her.

So, the more he learns about her, the more he realizes that this woman needs him. It’s also a bit of a Cinderella story because Emeric is the only one who can save Ivory. Slowly, Ivory falls in love with her teacher, Emeric.

Dark Notes

Author: Pam Godwin
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: Romance Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Literary Fiction
Number Of Pages: 493
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

5. Taming His Teacher

Our heroine, Erin, is only twenty-two and becomes a teacher at an all-boys boarding school. Then we have Shep, and he immediately has a lot of feelings toward her. There’s only about five year age difference between them. But things start weird because she has a one-night stand with another teacher and gets pregnant.

It all happens quickly in the book because of the rules at that school. It’s a private religious school, and the only way for them to keep their job is to get married. So she marries this other teacher, and then she’s out of Shep’s hands, which she already was. So some things will happen.

Five years later, Shep will be a teacher at the school. Erin is still there. When he returns, he still wants Erin but doesn’t know if she’s a submissive. But he does come back to that school specifically for her, and it’s so good taming his teachers. It is one of the best student teacher romances that I ever read.

Taming His Teacher

Author: Tamsen Parker
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: Women’s Literary Fiction
Number Of Pages: 330
Available: Paperback | Kindle

6. Burnout

This book deals with Decker and Blakely. Blakely’s been in foster care her whole life and ages out, but she still has a year left of high school. So she reaches out to her older brother, a young professional. He welcomes her to come and live with him. His roommate is a teacher at Blakely’s high school, and his name is Decker.

When Decker meets Blakely, he immediately sets up some walls because he is super attracted to her. He’s only six years older than her, and he’s living with her. He’s also very protective of her brother, who is struggling with his sexuality, and he has before shown that he has feelings for Decker. But he doesn’t have any inclinations towards men. It is another super-steamy one because they live in the same house and start blurring quickly.


Author: Coralee June
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Category: Billionaire Romance
Number Of Pages: 362
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

7. A Place Without You

Henna and Bodhi meet at a film festival. It was a concert because Bodhi was a security guard during the summer. Henna’s, 17, and her family have both been famous and let her do what she wants. When she comes back to go to school, Bodhi is her teacher. It’s a bummer because they had strong feelings during the summer, but he never shared what he did, and she lived in Colorado.

Henna knows he’s a teacher, but she doesn’t know that she’s moved into his school district and started attending his school. They talked to each other. But Bodhi never shared where he was from because he didn’t think he would get to see her again. So they have a real connection. Also, it’s your teacher that you’ve had this deep communication with for so long. If you like student-teacher romance with inspirational quotes, then you must try it.

A Place Without You

Author: Jewel E Ann
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: Inspirational Romance
Number Of Pages: 402
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

8. Her Perfect

This is about Eli and Colbie. Colbie has four older brothers who are all like her family; she idolizes them, and she’s looked down upon. One of her brother’s close friends is Eli. Eli has moved back to town to become a teacher and will be a teacher at her school. This is another case, and they’re only four years apart because he’s graduated, and she’s starting her senior year, and she turns 18.

Eli is actively pursuing her, which is a bit different because in many of these books. It’s always the younger person pursuing the older the teacher. Also, it has to be written that way for power dynamics’ sake. If you have a teacher actively seeking a student, it’s predatory. Even in fantasy, it needs to come from the, in this case. Usually, a younger woman pursues the adult so that it doesn’t feel as hinky.

Eli loves spending time with her, and they have become friends. They go together at the same time. He runs without a shirt several times because he wants her to look at him and starts noticing how much her family neglects her. In this book, there’s one scene where she has a recital, and Eli’s the only one who comes to it, and he’s not even her family.

So Eli becomes her family. He ends up pursuing her, staying with her through everything her family puts her through. I love how good he is to her, his care for her, and how he has become her strong place.

Her Perfect

Author: Stephie Walls
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: Classic Coming of Age Fiction
Number Of Pages: 392
Available: Paperback | Kindle

9. The Unrequited

This one follows Layla and Thomas. It is set in a college setting. So, if you prefer that over a high school setting, this is one to check out. Layla’s parents sent her away, and they were going off to college. They wanted her out of her hair because she stalked. It was her stepbrother, and she was obsessed with him. But then she gets on campus, and she’s angsty. That makes it so fun to follow.

One night, Layla sees a guy (Thomas) in the park. So she’s going to join. Then she either sees him at the park and immediately likes him. Thomas is a dark writer. Layla pursues Thomas so much after knowing he is her teacher because she does not care about anything. So this book is edgy, angsty, and funny because Layla is a bit unreliable narrator, and you can’t help but find her endearing to follow.

The Unrequited

Author: Saffron A. Kent
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: College Romance
Number Of Pages: 340
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

10. First Semester (Campus Tales)

This follows Skyler and Aiden. Skyler had recently gone through a breakup, so when she got onto campus, her roommate set her up on a dating app for the area. Also, she bumps her age a little to help Skyler. On the dating app, she matches with Aiden. They meet at a bar one night and have a great night together.

Then Skyler gets on campus and discovers that Aiden is her criminal justice professor. At first, they hesitate but slowly take it normally and start research together. Then, they fall in love and feel an inner connection. It has everything about a student-teacher trope that I love. Also, It’s a very light-hearted and super quick read.

First Semester

Author: Q.B. Tyler
Average Rating: 4.2/5
Category: Contemporary Romance
Number Of Pages: 184
Available: Paperback | Kindle

11. Voyeur

Voyeur follows Oaklyn and Professor Callum. Oaklyn is a college student, and her parents somehow spend all the money she was supposed to have for college. She doesn’t want to drop out but can’t get loans for some reason. So she’s out of ways to make money. Her roommate’s uncle owns a club called Voyeur, and it’s a live sex club.

Oaklyn gets a job there; at first, she’s a bartender and waitress. After a while, she works her way up to being a performer, where Callum sees her. But she does not know who Callum is, but Callum knows who she is. So then skip ahead to class a bit. Callum’s teaching and he notices that Oaklyn is in her class.

Oaklyn also gets a job as his teacher’s aide and helps him in his office, filing and helping in the department. So then they end up being around each other a lot that way. Eventually, Oaklyn discovers that Callum knows who she is. It does have the fun aspect of the student-teacher relationship, but it also does deal with some weighty topics. Callum has some previous abuse that he has to work through, and Oaklyn helps him work through that, and it’s a beautiful dynamic to see.


Author: Fiona Cole
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Category: Women’s New Adult & College Fiction
Number Of Pages: 219
Available: Paperback | Kindle

12. Sweet Dandelion

This one is about Dani and Lachlan. Dani moved to Seattle. She is a senior in high school, but she is 18. For some reason, she has to move in with her older brother, and he now becomes her guardian. At this new school, she talks to a guidance counselor, Lachlan, every day for one hour instead of going to a class.

Dani starts and is like the darkest place. By the end of this book, you can’t help but root for her. They deserve each other, and they deserve to be happy. Their connection goes past physical attraction and is like a deep emotional connection.

Sweet Dandelion

Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: Contemporary Romance
Number Of Pages: 608
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

13. Teach Me Dirty

This is less emotional and more steamy. Our heroine, Helen, has crushed her art teacher (Roberts) since she was a teenager. But it was a silly crush, and she lacked a lot of love from her family. So she finds that her teacher gives her so much attention.

They have so much in common that they become friends. Roberts doesn’t have any attraction to her until she is 18. His wife died, and he has a huge void from when she left him because she was a big part of his life. But there are a lot of situations, especially at school, that force them to be together all the time. They’re filled with sexual tension, but they don’t do anything because they can’t. It’s very steamy, but at the same time, it’s very cute because Mr. Roberts doesn’t want to hurt his students.

Helen is very straightforward with what she wants from him. Though inexperienced, she wants to try everything and tells him she’s very verbal about it. So things start to happen, and it’s exciting to see.

Teach Me Dirty

Author: Jade West
Average Rating: 4.2/5
Category: Romantic Erotica
Number Of Pages: 393
Available: Paperback | Kindle

14. Lessons in Corruption (The Fallen Men)

Our heroine, Cressida, married at a young age, and they had a big age gap. She was 18, and the guy was 30. Her husband was a prude, so she was unhappy with him until she saw a beautiful guy (King) in a parking lot. Then she started imagining how having a relationship with him and treating her would be. She saw that she was never going to be happy with her husband. So she asked for a divorce.

A few months pass, and she finds this pretty cute guy at a bar. She’s out with her work colleagues and works as a teacher. King’s a biker, and Cressida likes his style. So they develop a relationship, and they kiss. The next day, Cressida finds out that he’s her student. So it’s a very awkward situation but fun to read.

Lessons in Corruption

Author: Giana Darling
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Category: Dark Romance
Number Of Pages: 380
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle

15. A Different Blue

This one is a very slow burn that follows Blue Echohawk. She is an indigenous character. She doesn’t know about her mother because her mother was murdered, and her father took her in. But her father passes away, so she moves in with her father’s sister. Blue walks in her senior year and is rude to the teacher, Mr. Wilson. Wilson is British and looks very young.

Nothing happens between the two of them while she’s a student. Then, they develop a very deep connection and friendship. Wilson wants to help her, and he wants to make sure that she succeeds. There are trigger warnings here for adoption, childbirth, pregnancy, and murder. So check this book if you are easy with these issues.

A Different Blue

Author: Amy Harmon
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Category: High School Romance
Number Of Pages: 368
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD

5 High School Student Teacher Romance Books

“Slammed” by Colleen Hoover: This novel tells the story of Layken, an 18-year-old girl who falls for Will, her new neighbor. The twist comes when she discovers that Will is her new poetry teacher. The story navigates their intense connection and the ethical boundaries they face.

“Loving Mr. Daniels” by Brittainy C. Cherry: This book explores the relationship between Ashlyn Jennings and her high school English teacher, Daniel Daniels. They bond over a shared love of literature and music, facing the moral complexities of their growing connection.

“Unteachable” by Leah Raeder (now known as Elliot Wake): This novel follows Maise O’Malley, who meets Evan Wilke, an older man, at a carnival. Their passionate affair is complicated when Maise learns that Evan is her new film studies teacher.

“Gabriel’s Inferno” by Sylvain Reynard: This book, more of a college setting than high school, revolves around the forbidden romance between graduate student Julia and her enigmatic Dante specialist professor, Gabriel Emerson. The novel explores themes of redemption, love, and forbidden attraction.

“Good” by S. Walden: In this story, high school senior Cadence Miller falls for her young, attractive, and morally conflicted Algebra teacher, Mr. Mark Connelly. Their relationship challenges the boundaries of acceptable behavior and leads them into a secret romance.

5 Female Teacher Male Student Romance Books

“Loving Mr. Daniels” by Brittainy C. Cherry: This novel is a unique take on the teacher-student romance trope, featuring a male student and a female teacher. The story revolves around Ashlyn Jennings and her high school English teacher, Daniel Daniels, and their shared love of literature and music, which brings them closer.

“Misconduct” by Penelope Douglas: Although set more in a high school context, the story follows a young woman who becomes entangled with a student in a complex, morally challenging relationship. The novel shows the ethical dilemmas and intense emotions of their forbidden connection.

“On the Island” by Tracey Garvis Graves: This novel is about Anna Emerson, a thirty-year-old English teacher, who ends up stranded on a deserted island with T.J., a sixteen-year-old student. As they struggle to survive, their relationship evolves in unexpected ways.

“This Beautiful Thing” by Amanda Heath: The story centers around Teagan Harper, a young teacher who doesn’t expect to fall for one of her students. The novel explores the emotional and ethical complexities of their relationship.

“Boy Toy” by Barry Lyga: This book deals with a past student-teacher relationship and its aftermath. It’s a thought-provoking story about Josh Mendel, who has a troubling past with his former teacher.

These stories push the boundaries of societal norms and delve into the complexities of relationships that are deemed unacceptable. We can see how authors have strived to create more nuanced and responsible narratives that explore the power dynamics and personal growth associated with these relationships.

So, if you’re ready to go on an emotional rollercoaster and explore the depths of human connection, pick up one of these must-read books and allow yourself to be transported into a world where love knows no boundaries.

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