Thursday, May 15, 2014

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) by Linda Kage

To Professor, With Love
Forbidden Men #2
By: Linda Kage
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Junior in college. Star athlete. Constant attention from the opposite sex.

On this campus, I’m worshiped. While seven hundred miles away, back in my hometown, I’m still trailer park trash, child of the town tramp, and older sibling to three kids who are counting on me to keep my shit together so I can take them away from the same crappy life I grew up in.

These two opposing sides of myself never mix until one person gets a glimpse of the true me. I never expected to connect with anyone like this or want more beyond one night. This may be the real deal.

Problem is, Dr. Kavanagh’s my literature professor.

If I start anything with a teacher and we’re caught together, I might as well kiss my entire future goodbye, as well as my family’s, and especially Dr. Kavanagh’s. Except sometimes love is worth risking everything. Or at least, it damn well better be because I can only resist so much.

-N. G.-

My Thoughts:

"It's always the one you shouldn't want that you end up wanting the most."

"But if she's worth it, nothing else matters. You'll find a way. And you'll sacrifice whatever needs to be sacrificed to get there."

Anyone who has followed my reviews will know that I have a real love of forbidden romances, with my main pleasure being the student/teacher relationship. I devour these books when they fall into my hands. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still want more. To Professor, With Love had me even more eager than normal, in that the teacher was the female this time around. More often then not it is the male who is in the position of authority, so I was jumping at the bit to get started on this.

Noel Gamble is the hot shot around town. Star quarterback for his college football team with a bevy of beauties more than willing to quench his every thirst and make all of his desires come true. And he laps it up. Dr. Kavanagh is his literature professor. To say that they butt heads would be an understatement. Outwardly their dislike for each other is there for everyone to see. But the attraction that they are both hiding will eventually start to surface. Will they risk their whole futures and cross the line to see where it will lead?

It broke my heart not to even be able to look at him because Noel Gamble was art, like God's apology for all the regular men in the world.

Noel Gamble, how much do I love you. He had so many of the traits that I can't help but be attracted to. He was protective, loving, caring, selfless... The list could go on. He is the bad boy with the sketchy background who just needs someone to show him the love that he deserves. He carries so many responsibilities around with him. He is Mr Popularity, but there isn't anyone who really knows him on a deeper level. Until he lets Aspen in.

"I just...I love looking at you. I love the sound of your voice. The way you walk. The way you smile and brush your hair out of your eyes. But I will never get over the way you love your family and how you'll do anything to save them. I just...I wish someday, someone would love me like that."

Aspen who initially comes across as so prim and proper, but turns out to be so much more outside of the four walls of the classroom. She is carrying around a whole pile of baggage of her own. She's come from a home where there wasn't a whole lot of parental love, so it made what she found with Noel all the more special.

The age gap between Noel and Aspen is only a few years, so I didn't have to wrestle with those normal feelings that I generally have about the right and wrong of the whole situation. Which is actually one of the things that I love about the whole student/teacher scenario. But everything else about this story was so amazing that it didn't bother me at all that that was missing.

I have to say that Noel and Aspen weren't exactly hiding their relationship very well. There were times that they were very public with their affections, so it was pretty much inevitable that things were going to come out into the open. And that's when we really see how Noel and Aspen really feel about each other. 

"There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable." - Mark Twain

I really have to mention the amazing quotes at the start of each chapter. They were so incredibly perfect. I think I highlighted every single one of them on my Kindle. Each related to the story like it had been written just for that purpose.

This book was a hands down, five star plus read for me. I absolutely loved every single minute of it. The pacing was fantastic and Linda Kage's writing is just, wow!! This is only the second book that I have read by her, with the other being a young Adult read, but she just shines when it comes to writing New Adult. To Professor With Love was a one sitting, unputdownable, captivating, steamy read.

5/5 Hot and Steamy, Noel Gamble Stars.

Author Info:
Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, toddler daughter, and their nine cuckoo clocks. She works a day job in the acquisitions department of a university library and feels her life has been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part her world, and she's thrilled to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.

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