Book Review: Behind the Wall by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Title: Behind the Wall
Author: @jharveyberrick
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 123 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars



The place where dreams fade and hope dies.

That’s what it’s meant for the five years that Garrett has been behind bars. But now hope is on the horizon and he’s daring to dream again: small dreams, small hopes.

Getting his GED would be a start. If only his prison-appointed teacher Miss Ella Newsome wasn’t so damn sexy.

As Garrett and Ella start to play a dangerous game, the price could be higher than either of them have guessed.


This story first appeared in the anthology HOT FOR TEACHER in 2016. It has since been extended with new scenes, more heart ache and even more heat.

Grace Review

Three things made this novella an immediate 1-click for me:
Student-teacher theme
Written by one of my favorite authors

I will admit, this story is a bit different than the author’s books, which tend to have more angst and a drawn-out relationship. Obviously, with this being a novella, everything is sped up.

This actually isn’t the first student/teacher book that I’ve read which takes place in a prison, but it still felt fresh. I liked how both characters struggled with their pre-judgements of one another, and then the growing attraction. Beyond Ella Newsome’s initial fear of Dane Garrett, Prisoner 97813, she is quick to reassess her opinions based on his first essay. She then uses this knew found respect for him to not only get closer, but to give him her trust. All of this makes fighting their attraction that much harder.

She made me want more than I could ever realistically have. Ever. And that was depressing as fuck.

I was genuinely surprised on the heated moment they shared. It was risky as hell, but showed the uncontrollable passion they shared.

I also liked how the story wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Garrett is a criminal and nothing comes easy to an ex-con. Whether it be employment or building friendships. And while I’m not sure I would be capable of the same thing, I loved how Ella fought for what she wanted and took a great deal of risks to stand by Garrett.

“Goddammit! Don’t you ever listen?”
“Yes, I listen to my heart. And my heart wants you.”

Their love may have been built in an ugly place, but that love eventually got the chance to blossom with freedom outside of those prison walls.

– Grace

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