The Professor's Pet

Tara Crescent
The Professor's Pet
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Release Date
January 2014
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

***The perfect blend of bondage, dominance, submission and love ***

Have you ever been dangerously attracted to your professor?

Jake Ballard. He is smug and mocking, but his body is the stuff of epic fantasy. Now, through an unfortunate twist of fate, he holds my smut-filled Kindle in his hands.

I have a decision to make. Can Professor Ballard be my instructor in this world of bondage, dominance, and submission? And, eight weeks later, when my class is at an end, can I walk away from Jake?

*** An excerpt: ***

"Look at me." His voice was low and calm.

I obeyed.

"When I say jump, what do you say?"

"How high," I whispered.

"How high, Professor Ballard," he corrected me.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jun 17, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
157 people found the following review helpful
When I saw the description of THE PROFESSOR'S PET, I just had to read it. What professional woman hasn't worried, at least once, about her romance-filled Kindle falling into the wrong hands? I also happen to be a fan of the heroine falling for her mentor trope, and have enjoyed many of today's ever increasingly popular, erotic, BDSM romances.

For the past five years, Emily, a graduate student, has worked on the same floor with Professor Ballard, but they have never managed to say more than a few words to each other. On the day she successfully defends her dissertation for her doctorate's degree, she happens to run into him at the local coffee shop. Flustered by Professor Ballard, whom she has secretly admired for years, Emily inadvertently picks up his Kindle, instead of hers, when she is picking up her order.

Professor Ballard is somewhat shocked at the collection of "bodice-ripper" novels in Emily's Kindle. He believes that most Fifty Shades of Gray female readers, who fantasize about being dominated, are really just "topping from the bottom" since they expect their boyfriends to dominate per their own instructions. Believing Emily fits this mold and wanting to embarrass her by proving it, he dares her to come over to his house for a real BDSM session. Surprisingly, Emily doesn't break as he expects. Shortly thereafter, however, Emily moves across the country to start her new job.

Coincidentally, a few weeks after she moves from Boston to San Francisco, Professor Ballard is hired for an eight-week consulting gig with the company that Emily works for. When they see each other again, they decide to take advantage of this time in the same city and commence an eight-week course in which Professor Ballard endeavors to be Emily's BDSM professor. Could an HEA be waiting for this couple at the completion of their course?

From the very beginning, we learn that Professor Ballard had not previously "paid much attention to [Emily] . . . though [he found her] pretty in a delicate, understated way, [he] didn't find tongue-tied stammering attractive." Then notwithstanding that he wasn't really that into Emily, and that he knows that Emily is very much infatuated with him, he still undertakes a BDSM relationship with her. This disregard for Emily's feelings bothered me. I felt that since Professor Ballard is an experienced Dom, he should have known that the trust that would flow from their Dom/sub relationship would most likely magnify her feelings for him. Feelings that were not reciprocated.

But even as he recognized that he was hurting her with his statements that there was no future for them, and that he could not commit to a monogamous relationship with her, he continued down this path. In fact, there were a number of times that he purposefully humiliated her, including by continuing to objectify her by calling her his "pet", even after she had asked him not to. I could have forgiven him for most of this behavior, had he quickly started evolving into a caring hero and commenced acknowledging feelings for the heroine, but I just never really got that feeling until it was too late. In fact, this treatment and indifference continued for so long, that I just had trouble accepting that there could ever be a HEA for this couple.

I think I was expecting the romance to evolve along with the passion in this story. And while the passion was definitely hot, I had trouble liking the hero and his out-of-the-bedroom effect on the heroine, which caused the romance to be a little strained for me. While a good erotic novel is usually a hit for me, without a believable, romantic connection, it just doesn't have the same feel.

All that said, I do like the premise of this story, and the steamy scenes were scorching. Therefore, as a straight erotic read, I think this would be an above average read. If you, like me, however, need a good dose of romance with your erotica, then I'd say that this is a 3-star read.
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