His body climbing over mine.
My teeth biting his neck.
His scent on my skin.
My nails carving a path down his back.
His commands whispered in my ear.
All of my senses filled with him.
I knew it was bad. But I craved more.
It had begun innocently enough, bumping into one another in a crowded Boston bar. What followed that night had been anything but innocent.
Because I’d known, even as he’d slid inside of me, that he was my professor. I’d pursued him, a predator stalking its prey.
And he didn’t know I was his student.
But he would.
Author’s note: This isn’t a jail bait student/teacher story with a butterflies-in-the-belly kind of romance. The characters portrayed in this novel are consenting adults with functioning brains. If curse words, sex, and hard ass college professors with secrets offend you, move right along.
Oh Alex, Alex, Alex. Where did you come from?? Why did it take you this long to deliver us this masterpiece. Yes. A masterpiece. This was not just a book about some of the hottest, sexiest, raw, animalistic sex that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Ohhh no. There is much, MUCH more to Tempting. There is a very compelling, emotional, perfectly plotted out story. Beautifully heartbreaking at times. So much depth, and detail. It was like peeling layers off of my soul with each new chapter.
What I loved most, was something and someone, that I thought instantly I was going to hate. We have Adele. A 21 yr old college girl. Clearly with some issues. With that first chapter, she was written off in my head as missing a few screws. A bitch. Manipulative. As it turned out, I was the one with the issue. I did something I normally don’t do. I judged. And I judged her wrong. By the end of the book, she has become one of my new favorite female characters. I misjudged you, Adele. And I apologize. You are one of the strongest, bravest, fierce and passionate souls. It’s refreshing to read of a female who is so god damn confident. But devastating to watch her doubt herself. Brilliant how she can come off as, dare I say, alpha??? But can also turn the tables with a smack on the ass. Yes. This is what great writing does. It pushes boundaries. Makes you think outside the box. And gives you a pleasure filled world of both of the best things. Give and take. And that they did.
Poor Nathan. My heart broke over and over for him. His sadness and grief became mine. His emotional turmoil, plagued by guilt…I just wanted to wash it all away from him. And thank god for Adele. His savior. But his demons aren’t the only things that he keeps fighting. There’s the issue of dating his student. Yes. Professor Easton tries really really hard. This is not your typical student/teacher romance. I know for some of you readers, this is a hard limit when it comes to books. But I can assure you, it’s written brilliantly. With care and thought. And when I say to trust me…well, you’re going to have to do just that. Beyond Nathan’s grief, there is a very sexy, dominant, caring ( he bought her a jacket!!!!! *swoons*) and quite the dirty talker. Ohhh Prof. Easton. Please bend me over your desk and…ahem. I kid I kid!!! Kinda.
This is all I’m going to say about this book. I want you to experience all the things that I did. I don’t want to take that away from you. I will say this. I am completely blown away by the writing. It’s impressive as hell. It’s hard to comprehend that this is Alex Lucian’s first book. Because it is THAT good!! It’s too good. Alex’s writing makes it seem like this is something he/she has been doing for a long time. It’s impressive as hell. Alex Lucian just set the bar for newbie authors. And this has me excited for the things to come. If you haven’t read Tempting yet, you’d be insane not to. So yes, 1-click the hell out if it. Prof. Easton will reward you with gold stars for being obedient.
Paula Dawn's Review
I wore no panties while I read this book.
I was so impressed with this debut from Alex Lucian. Impressed beyond belief. Where have you been all of my book life? Very few books keep me up late into the night reading nonstop. I was so wrapped up in the passion and the angst, and the are they going to get caught, and is he going to stroke himself again, and the beautiful prose, that I blew right through Tempting.
I love taboo and if the story is about Professor/student–move me to the front of the class and let the note taking begin…
Adele Morello is a temptress. She’s beautiful and used to getting what she wants. But, everyone has that one someone that knocks them on their ass, don’t they? The one that causes you to feel things you aren’t used to feeling. Adele’s is sexy Professor Nathaniel Easton. There was so much more to Adele than met the eye. I loved her strength and intelligence and her naughty streak; she was the wolf. Adele was definitely not a sheep.
Nathan resists Adele as much as he can but sometimes you are just powerless against temptation. He has a lot to lose but he sees a kindred spirit in Adele. This man. God, I loved him. He had this slightly bossy edge to him and I was a goner. There are reasons he was closed off emotionally and the wall he erected was so high it would be like scaling the wall in GoT to get to him. I wanted to climb into the book and tear it down and shove them together.
(Sorry, doodling my love.)
Nathan did something so sweet for Adele that it was the ultimate for me and when I thought I loved him as much as my heart would allow, he said a very simple thing in an email and it was my undoing.
My heart exploded.
He fucking missed her. A lot.
I felt every single emotion behind those words. The vulnerability of that moment lingered with me. Still lingers with me. That’s how much Alex Lucian drew me into these characters and owned me.
Not only did Alex Lucian give me characters that had depth and emotion, Alex Lucian gave me lots of sex. It was hot-dirty-emotional-choking-biting-stroking-make you want to take your panties off- if, unlike me, you are actually wearing them.
Nathan was raw and carnal and holy Jesus, he had this thing he did to Adele that if I can get in the book to tear his GoT wall down, I’m begging him to do it to me. It was hot as hell and I laid awake at 4 am thinking about it. I can not stop fantasizing about it. And I am not ashamed!
I am in love with Tempting and the way Alex Lucian writes. Actually, I am not just “in love” with this story, these characters, and this author’s immense talent; I am entrenched. Rooted. I am a fucking tree. It was phenomenal.
I haven’t felt this passionate about a book in a very long time. I want to explode with SHOUTY CAPS and !!!!’s all over the interwebz, until everyone reads this and realizes what a gem they are holding in their hands. There were so many great quotes in Tempting–so many lines that resonated with me and made me re read them over and over again. Tempting gave me every special feeling only those upper echelon books can. It had substance and weight to the words. It wasn’t trite. It was the best student/teacher I’ve read, and I can’t get it out of my head. I am obsessed. I have a new favorite author and their name is Alex Lucian. And Tempting will definitely be going on my favorites list for 2015. If you read one book, it must be Tempting.