Title: Professed (Stand-Alone Novel)
Author: Nicola Rendell
Release Date: August 1, 2016
At a secret masked ball at Yale, Naomi Costa is literally swept off her stiletto-blistered feet by a man with a killer jawline, a perfect body, and an even-better kiss. They bust out of an emergency exit and have axis-shaking sex. He pours whiskey in her belly button and after they run out of condoms, they have to get creative. That kind of sex.
The next day, she learns that he is none other than Dr. Benjamin Beck, a brand new member of the Yale faculty and the hottest thing to happen to academia since… well, ever. She has to take his damned junior seminar to graduate, but it gets worse. He’s also her College Master: her boss, her advisor, her everything. And he’s just moved in, right downstairs.
They can’t stay away from each other. They’re either fusion or fission or both. They’re making out in libraries, hiding notes between stones, and sneaking off to nautically themed AirBnbs. Hear that sound? It’s the academic code of ethics going up in flames.
If they’re found out, he’ll lose his job and his reputation. She’ll lose her scholarship and be forced to return to the life of lobster fishing that she thought she’d escaped.
And they will be found out, yes they will. So what the hell are they going to do?
*** To the reader: Things get damned dirty in this book. The characters curse, the sex gets explicit. It’s an erotic love story with fury. Be advised. This is a stand-alone novel.
Other tasters’ notes: HEA. Sweet. Funny. Dirty. Muddy. Wet. Inspired by a real professor.
Professed by Nicola Rendell won me over word-by-word. There’s something magical in the author’s writing that I can’t quite put my finger on. It was almost familiar yet completely different than anything I’ve read before. One thing I can be sure of, Professed topped my list for favorite student/teacher book! Professed is what I like to call smart smut! The story isn’t dumbed down, and it’s smart and witty in a way that isn’t trying to be smart and witty. It just is! Smart smut is my favorite kind of smut, you guys. And speaking of that … the sex scenes in this book are top-of-the-line-so-hot-I-need-it-right-now-erotic-times-twenty that left me squirming! Each scene was packed with so much heat and emotion that I didn’t think it could be topped and then … and then … the marker scene. That’s all I can say about that.
Ben and Naomi seem like opposites, but are alike in so many ways that count. The biggest difference would be his nihilism and her hope, but their backgrounds and feeling like they don’t belong really struck a chord for me. Naomi is my perfect female heroine. She’s smart, strong, vivacious, funny, and sexy. She may have doubts about where things can go with Ben but once she makes up her mind, she fights for what she wants, and I love it! Ben is … ah … Ben. Sigh. He is just so damn dreamy. He’s this nihilist that doesn’t believe in anything but he’s gorgeous and brilliant and she makes him believe in everything. She opens his eyes to this brand new world of love and hope and it makes for some really wonderfully swoon-worthy scenes. Also, he has the hot professor angle down just right and while he can be alpha when it counts, I think he’s a sweet, thoughtful man, and I want to marry him and have his babies! And I don’t even really like dudes! Or babies!
Another thing about the writing? This author made me feel all the things. Like I could feel when Naomi’s face burst into a wide-open smile and it melted my heart. Just like I could feel it all the way down there when Ben needed her so much he wanted to mark every inch of her. Their need and want and passion was palpable, and I was riveted throughout the novel.
I’ll admit that when I first started reading, I wasn’t so sure about the premise but suddenly I was swept up into Naomi and Ben’s story and I was sneak reading at work, dropping everything, and ignoring my wife to read this precious story. If I were to be nitpicky, I could focus on a couple things but you know what? I don’t even care! For a book to suck me in that completely where I want to ignore everyone to get to the last page, that’s an automatic 5-star for me! I had to know what was going to happen to Ben and Naomi! Professed also had me thinking about philosophy and running to Google to see who in the world inspired Ben because I just knew he had to be based on someone real and when I discovered the name it all just clicked (now if I had been a patient reader, I would have saved myself the research because he’s listed in the acknowledgments).
Finally, can we talk about that gorgeous cover? I freaking love it! Kudos to the author for not going the cover model route. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sexy cover-model-cover as much as the next woman, but to read a book as sexy as this, as erotic as this, with as much love as this, and to not have a “sexy” image on the cover was completely refreshing! I think it took moxie for the author to forego the typical cover, and I love it!
What else can I say? You should go 1-click this super smart and super delicious student/teacher read! I think you’ll love it as much as I do!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons. She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.
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