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?
Other tasters’ notes: HEA. Sweet. Funny. Dirty. Muddy. Wet. Inspired by a real professor.
Professed is the story of Ben and Naomi. While it is technically first in the series, you can read them out of order. I actually read, and loved, Confessed, which led me to read this one.
Ben is an older professor who, through some odd flukes in life, as often happen, has ended up at Yale.
Naomi is a student at Yale, and ben is essentially her advisor/faculty in charge of her area. A relationship between them is not the best idea.
But, they are attracted, they are not able to stay away from one another and, as often is the case with forbidden romance, their story focuses on their time together, figuring out how to have this time, and then deciding that they should not be together, that it is too much of a risk.
Nicola Rendell then does something that impressed me, a lot. She manages to make a story that could be a little formulaic feel fresh and new. The writing style definitely helps, as there is a lightness to the book that keeps the forbidden angst at bay. But the humor and the lightness work, they allow the book to flow and to be paced well without the heaviness that can come from books that have the push and pull this book has.
The characters are interesting and you can relate to them, they know they have something to lose whether they pick to stay together or separate, and this is a refreshing chance, as often it is a “who cares, we want to be together” plot in forbidden books, and while there was some of this, it also had the feeling of being about characters who really took the time to think things through, who knew the risks, but didn’t want to give one another up.
The pacing of this was well balance, the parts where they were together and the parts they were not flowed not only well with one another, but also within the story. I didn’t feel like one part of the relationship was ignored to focus on the other.
The sex was hot…and let’s admit it, we want this in a forbidden romance…you want to really be able to understand the appeal as it is physical at first…and you need to really understand why they would act in this manner, risk as much as they did.
I liked the resolution, that not all was perfect. This is the 2nd book by this author I have read, and I really like where she leaves things, the story is over, but there would definitely be room for an epilogue…but Rendell lets you decide what you think will happen and where they will go…and I liked this a lot.
I recommend this book, the Sharpie, and the potentially squished moth. (This makes sense when you read it, I promise).