We’re running out of single Loveless brothers and I am not happy about it! Sweet and steamy all at once, this forbidden romance is a great example of why I love Roxie Noir’s writing. Written by anyone else, this easily could’ve veered towards feeling dirty and wrong (the story is not nearly as illicit as the blurb would have you believe), but Noir focuses on the emotional connection between these two and just how right they are together. Yes, it’s a professor/student relationship, but the age gap is only 6 years and I never felt like he was taking advantage. The chemistry is there from the start, and the reader gets to know these two as individuals before things take a turn for the steamy (which they definitely do).
The story follows Caleb and Thalia, two strangers who have a chance encounter that sets off immediate sparks between them. They share one chemistry and banter-filled evening together, then agree to a date, both looking forward to the potential for more. Except things don’t go quite as planned, because when Caleb starts teaching his first class as a professor… he sees a familiar face in the room. Knowing they can’t pursue anything, Caleb and Thalia call things off, but that doesn’t stop the feelings that continue to grow as they get to know each other better.
I’ll openly admit that I do not read teacher/student romances unless they’re written by authors I know and love, because they can easily veer into over the top territory, but I’ve been loving this series so far so there was no way I was going to skip Caleb’s story – and I’m glad I didn’t. The whole thing felt real and natural, not farfetched and outlandish. I loved the connection between Caleb and Thalia – the chemistry is obvious. Noir’s writing is great so I was rooting for them the whole way through. This doesn’t get 5 stars from me because Thalia and Caleb didn’t spend enough time on the page together early on and it got a little too sexual towards the end, but neither of those had an impact on my overall enjoyment of the story. I’m absolutely looking forward to wherever this series takes us next, because I love this group of characters. I received an ARC via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy/sweet romance.
Teach me everything.
My whole life, I’ve been a good girl. I follow rules like nobody’s business. I obey guidelines like I was born to it. Show me a line, and I’ll toe it.
I’m even a twenty-two-year-old virgin. Good is my middle name.
And then, I break one tiny little rule. Miniscule. Inconsequential.
Next thing I know, I’m trapped with an incredibly handsome stranger. He’s got eyes like cut emeralds, biceps that makes my head spin, and a smile that has me rethinking all my life choices.
We escape a bar bathroom together. We go on an impromptu date. We share the hottest kiss I’ve ever had, one that leaves me panting for more. We promise to see each other again.
Turns out, we see each other the next morning.
In my calculus class.
Which he’s teaching.
My handsome, sexy date is Professor Loveless, and we’ll be seeing each other plenty. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday all semester.
There’s no choice but to call it off. We both have too much at stake: I could lose my scholarship, and he could lose his entire career.
But I can’t call off the way I feel.
I can’t call off the way he looks when he rolls up his sleeves and explains imaginary numbers.
I can’t call off the heated glances, or the way our hands touch when I hand in my homework, or the memory of his body pressing against mine that night.
I’m a virgin.
He’s my professor.
And if we give in, it could cost us both everything.
But I’m so tired of being a good girl.