WHY I READ IT
It came recommended from a friend.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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?
A good friend and fellow book lover recommended this to me, and knowing she would never steer me wrong, I jumped right in. To be honest, in the beginning, I had to stop and ask her if it was just lots of erotic sex and no story. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the sexy times, but I need a story. A good story that goes beyond any type of kinky sex the characters could have. She advised me to keep going… and I am so glad I listened!
The chemistry between Ben and Naomi sizzled off the page. They burned up the sheets each time they get together. Just standing near each other was enough to get my heart racing. Their connection was INTENSE, and you felt it with them. I was so into the forbidden romance between student and teacher, that it took me a while to realize that there was almost 20 years between Ben and Naomi. They just seemed to be perfect for each other.
Rendell’s writing style is very different from anything else I have read, and it took me some time to get used to it. That being said, please don’t give up if it takes you more than a few chapters to be drawn in. It took me until about 30% to really get into it and I am so glad I didn’t give up!