Saturday, April 18, 2015

To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) by Linda Kage ~ Review

To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men, #2)Source: e-copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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.

-N. G.-


After reading (and LOVING) Price of a Kiss, I wasted no time picking up this book. I'm not sure what my expectations were exactly, but I never thought this book would disappoint me--and it didn't. It was fantastic, actually. Each book of this series is turning out to be so DIFFERENT, but they are all wonderful in their own right. A Perfect Ten (book 5--yes, I read these out of order) was my big OHMYGOD book. Price of a Kiss (book 1--see, I went back from the beginning to read in the correct order after getting to know Oren) was my heartbreaking love. And this book, To Professor, with Love (book 2) falls into the category of heck yes.

This one has a teacher/student romance, which is something that can either feel awkward to me or can be so, so great. In this case, it was done extremely well. It's in college, and the teacher (the girl, Aspen!) isn't super old or anything. And the relationship and interactions never came across as gross or perv-ish. It just felt like a love story where the love interests just so happened to be in the positions of teacher and student, therefore creating some obstacles.

The characters were a great aspect of this story, too. Aspen was sweet. Shy. Her life leading up to where this book begins was cold and isolated. It was nice to see her change as she and Noel got closer, and she came out of her shell. It's always a good sign when I read a female character and get the notion that if she were a person I knew in real life, we'd totally be friends. As for Noel, he has a heard life himself. Brothers and a sister back home depending on him. He's under immense pressure to be the best he can be. He grew in this book just as much as Aspen did, and I liked watching it. He's so kind and sweet. I love him.

The writing is, of course, fantastic. I got pulled into this book quick--one of those situations where I was peeking at the beginning to see what would be in store and then ended up a quarter of the way through and still going strong wondering HOW I was already that far. The story pulled me in and kept me under the whole way through. It's written in dual POV, so we get to see the thoughts and internal struggles of both the characters. It was entrancing, really.

I mentioned the romance before when talking about the relationship, but I just want to clarify here that there is much--VERY MUCH--to swoon over. Noel and Aspen together warm the heart, y'all. I love them.

Overall, To Professor, with Love is yet another stunning novel in the Forbidden Men series. Riveting characters, beautiful romance, and superb writing all mix to create this lovely story. I keep falling in love with these books, and I am so looking forward to continuing on to the third book, Be My Hero, as soon as I possibly can. This series is so addicting!

 5 stars - Another Forbidden Men novel I fell head over heels for!


  1. If you loved this one, Be My Hero (#3) is amazing! Pick is my favourite by far! It's amazing! I love this one <3

  2. I love a book where the characters make a lot of growth. It's also amazing when a story has a lot to swoon over, and you can see yourself being friends with one of the main characters in real life! I need to read some books by Linda Kage!

  3. Wow! This sounds like a fantastic read and series. I love good swoonworthy characters!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace