Wednesday, May 14, 2014


To Professor, With Love 
Forbidden Men #2 

By: Linda Kage

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.

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 3.5 smooches

To Professor, With Love was a book I really enjoyed, even if it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.  I am a forbidden love junkie!!!  Student/teacher affair… yes, please! 

For me the fact that Aspen(the woman) was the teacher and the older party, even if only by a few years, made it “less” forbidden.  Noel is the student and the star of the college football team.  College.. yeah, just didn’t feel so forbidden.. and that is my biggest issue with this book.

Putting that issue aside, I really enjoyed it.  Both Aspen and Noel have less than ideal home lives and on completely opposite ends of the spectrum.  She comes from money and is a genius with a doctorate at the age of 23.  He comes from nothing and can barely keep his GPA up to remain on the football team.  Football is his ticket out.

They both have lots of skeletons that come out throughout the book and dare I say there may be a tad too much drama… and I like drama!  It is fiction and definitely kept my attention.  Was it very realistic?  Not really, but that is okay with me!  I enjoyed the secondary characters as well and look forward to the next book in this series!

3.5 - 4 SMOOCHES

I'm a newbie when it comes to the whole student / teacher forbidden romance thing.  My two book besties LURRRRVE them so I tag along for the heck of it most of the time .... I don't like feeling left out, LOL!  

This book WORKED for me!  Was Noel and Aspen's relationship forbidden, yeah, it was, not because there was a cringe-worthy age difference (thank goodness .... those storylines give me the "ick") but because Aspen was in a position of authority as Noel's professor.

The thing I like most about this book was, hands down, Noel.  There is absolutely no way anyone can read this book and not feel for the guy.  He worked his way out of the trailer park on a football scholarship and is trying to make a better life for his siblings back home.  No one at the school knows his business .... on campus he's the stud football player that all the girls want .... and usually get.  Somehow though, Aspen breaks through his facade and gets to know the real Noel .... and falls in love with him.

Aspen .... eh, she skated on thin ice in my opinion.  She was really immature in the book (she is only 23 so it's sort of forgiveable) and did a horrible job at being discreet with her feelings / relationship with Noel.  I would like her one chapter and be annoyed by her the next, LOL!  

There were some scenes that were a little too 'Jerry Springer' for me ... I think the author was trying to tie in characters from another book in the series but this book could've very easily done without them (which is why my rating dipped down to 3.5).  It is very much a stand alone even though it is part of a series.

Overall though, I enjoyed To Professor, With Love and I did like Noel and Aspen together.  I REALLY liked the ending of the story .... like "had a stupid grin on my face" liked it!  I've heard great things about the first book in the series too!

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. You can find Linda on the web at:

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