Friday, May 16, 2014

Blog Tour: To Professor, With Love by Linda Kage

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.
I just love to read books full of angst then add in a forbidden romance and this sets the scene for a great read.
Aspen was raised by strict parents who are college professors.  She was a top student in high school and college, didn't date or have many friends growing up, so quite a sheltered life.  She has a tumultuous relationship with her parents and has never felt loved by them.
Noel Gamble is the star college quarterback, he is sought after by all the girls and is hoping to be picked up by the NFL.  Not for reasons you may think though.  Behind his cocky facade is a young man fighting for a future for his family.  His mother is an alcoholic and his younger siblings count on him for not just guidance but financial support.  Everything he does is for them.
Aspen is Noel's english professor and after he bares his soul and secrets to her in an essay they form a bond of sorts.  Only thing is that they are extremely attracted to one another. As much as they try to resist each other the pull is there.  They have everything to lose by being together.  Aspen would lose her job and probably ruin her career, Noel would lose his scholarship and a future for his family.
Aspen may be the Professor but they are educating each other. She is showing him that he is smart and worthy of love and adoration, he is showing her what it is like to be wanted and desired.  Neither of them have ever felt such love and contentment that they feel when they are together.
"But being close to her just felt right, like that was where I belonged" - Noel
They know they are taking a huge risk and they could be caught out at any time.  When someone pulls the rug out from under them a choice has to be made, a bloody tough choice.
I freaking loved this story, I could not stop reading this and when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about reading it.  I just loved Noel, he has such a sweet soul and is so damn cute with his little brothers and sister.  There were times where my heart just broke for him.  One of those times I will forever call the 'lasagna moment'.  
I give this 5+ forbidden stars
“What the does that even mean?”
Dr. Kavanagh remained cool and collected, damn her, seated in her chair as she calmly watched me unravel into a hot pile of anxiety. “It means you didn’t do what you were asked to do. I wanted you to make a correlation between a character in the story and yourself. You made no such connection. In fact, you didn’t talk about you at all.”
I snorted. “Maybe I didn’t feel a connection with a bunch of rich-ass idiots from the twenties, whining about lost love while they spread around adultery like it was some kind of candy. How am I supposed to correlate anything when there is nothing to correlate?”
She fell back in her chair and sent me a frustrated frown. “Mr. Gamble…” With another sigh, she shook her head and ran her hands wearily over her face, which unfortunately made me focus on her lips.
God damn, that mouth should not be legal. I could picture it pursed so perfectly around my cock, could almost feel the wet slide of her tongue running up my entire length as she sucked me in deep.
Shit, now I had wood.
Fortunately oblivious to my crude, unwanted thoughts, she stiffened her shoulders, sat forward again and looked me straight in the eye. “Truly talented literature is truly talented for a reason. It always—always—finds a way to reach every person who reads it. It takes a theme about the human condition and makes it its little bitch.”
My eyebrows shot up into my hairline. What the hell? Shaking my head, I blinked. “Did you just say—”
“Yes!” she snapped. “I did. Because it’s true. Take one word about feelings or emotions and you’ll be able to find a theme for it in The Great Gatsby. I promise you.” When I did nothing but gape at her, she arched a curious brow. “You do have emotions, don’t you?”
“I’m having some right now.” And they were totally freaking me out, but fuck, I really liked watching her perfect, too-pure mouth forming dirty words. It was like some awful, humiliating sickness. I wanted her to do it again.
Say bitch again. Please. Just one more time.

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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