From a USA TODAY best-selling author comes a new adult student/teacher romance....
He's my art professor.
I'm his student.
With an electric connection and undeniable chemistry, I know it won't be long until one of us cracks. When the opportunity arises to pose naked for the entire art class, I can't help the thrill of knowing he'll be watching me.
While they all look past me with their eyes narrowed and concentrated, drawing only the lines and angles of my body, he sees right through me down to my vulnerability. He sees more than just the physical aspects - he sees me. That's when I see the struggle in his features as he tries to stay in control.
How do we keep our distance when everything seems to be pulling us together?
What feels so right can only go wrong if we keep pushing the limits.
Recommended for ages 18 and above due to explicit sexual content, language, and adult content.
©2015 Brooke Cumberland (P)2016 Brooke Cumberland
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"pushing the li!MIT's"
I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't stand that lady teacher . She did all that and still didn't get Morgan. Ha karma a B. But I really liked Morgan and Aspen I thought they were a cute couple and this book had my attention so much I didn't want to stop listening lol but I have classss so I can't lol
I have been thinking about this question during my listen and I am afraid my answer is no.
Now afterwards I feel I could have spent that time listening to something else I would liked more.
No this book was my first by this author.
On point, steady and great.
No unfortunately I feel that it was waste of 11 hours of my life.
This story had an interesting plot that could have had more to give but somehow I felt the same thing kept repeating and going in circles over and over again.
I was hoping for something more that I thought was hiding underneath it all but it never came.
The one thing that kept me going was the narrators effort.
Her ability made this story more believable for me.
Both male and female voice were done flawlessly.
Aspen is drowning in guilt and grief since her twin sister died years ago. Her parents still blame her for the incident, and she moves as far as possible to escape all of this. When she sees her new art professor, she is immediately drawn to him.
This was a very good student/teacher romance. It was my first audiobook by this author and I'm glad that I gave this a try. There were some slower parts, as the two characters don’t cross the line until later on. They all have their issues, but formed a bond because of art. Their connection felt believable and there’s more to this story than a simple forbidden romance. The characters were well-portrayed and the narrator’s performance was enjoyable.
"Absolutely Loved It!"
I’ve had Pushing the Limits on my Kindle for what felt like forever, but between a full-time job during the day and editing at night, getting to read it started to feel impossible. Fast forward to a blogger friend asking if anyone reviewed audiobooks and to PM her if you do. So I PM’d her and said I love audiobooks and wouldn’t mind listening and reviewing. She said the book was Pushing the Limits by Brooke Cumberland and would I still be interested. I blinked, looked around, my heart beat faster in excitement, and I swear I heard the music from the Heavens above. It was like divine intervention! I COULD FINALLY “READ” MY STUDENT/TEACHER BOOK!!! I was disappointed I hadn’t realized the audiobook had been recently released because I was stalking it like a mother—.
Anyhooo, on to the book… I freaking loved everything about this story. The slow build-up of Aspen and Morgan’s relationship was perfection. The chemistry and pull was evident from the very start, but they started out slowly. There was no hurry-up-let’s-get-in-each-other’s-pants. They had mutual interests and kept finding themselves at the same places at the same times, (class not included) so they were able to get to know each other as people, not just as teacher/student. It was seeing them getting to know each other that made me happy and root for them. I found myself looking forward to their time together in class because I loved seeing the stolen moments and glances between them. They both had things from their past to deal with, so seeing them find some well-deserved happiness and watching them help each other heal made me want to do cartwheels in my office. The secondary storyline pulled me in just as much as the main one did. Morgan was raising his pre-teen niece, and I swear to Jesus “Uncle Morgan” made me want to hand over my ovaries to him on a silver platter! I swooned and melted every damn time that man was in “uncle” mode. I really can’t find a bad thing to say about the book or the characters. The audio comes in a little under 12 hours and the Kindle says 566 pages, but I wouldn’t have minded if it went on longer. The narrator did a great job narrating the different characters and giving them each a different feel, except for one…Zoe. Now, I’ll admit I may be biased and this is probably a personal thing, BUT Aspen’s friend Zoe is from New Jersey, as am I, and I’m not quite sure what research the narrator did for a Jersey accent, but I kept cringing when I’d hear Zoe speak. I’d yell in my head, “We don’t sound like Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny!” But like I said, I’m a born and raised Jersey girl so it’s probably my issue and mine alone. It didn’t lessen my love of this story.
"4 Star CreditWorthy Book 5 Star Performance by Lia"
Aspen had a horrible experience when she was a child and that devastated her her whole life. So when she finally graduates from high school she moves as far away as possible and is determined to work on her art that she loves to create. She goes away to college.
After giggling with a newfound friend about their "classmate," they see him continue to walk down to the podium and introduced himself as the professor of this particular art class.
There is an instant connection between Aspen and her professor. They try to avoid one another for a simple reason, of not fraternizing with students. Oh, what to do…
I really, really like that this slow-moving (in the sex sense) story. They didn't just jump into bed with one another, as many of the books in this genre tend to do.
I don't want to add any spoilers, so, I will not share any more details.
The publishers summary is quite detailed.
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"Deep and heartfelt"
Intense, steamy tale of a forbidden student teacher romance… but so much more than that! Pushing the Limits is a tenderly written love story of emotional pain, loss and healing. Brooke Cumberland did a wonderful job creating characters that were struggling with real life situations. Her writing is flawless.
Aspen and Morgan’s undeniable attraction kept me on edge as the story unfolded. Both characters are dealing with challenges and guilt of their pasts, yet are fragile and vulnerable with each other.
Lia Langola did an amazing job portraying all the characters. I applaud her strength throughout this emotional story line.
“Opening yourself up to be vulnerable, showing your flaws and insecurities. It’s terrifying.”
"give it a shot "
OK so this book took me a couple of tries to get into but it was pretty.good and pretty steamy. narration was perfect, story dragged a little but otherwise was still good . This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
Sexy, hot, taboo
Morgan's aunt. Her name escapes me for some reason.
Love, probably one of the best female narrators I've heard in a long time. Managed to hit both male and female characters pretty much spot on. Really enjoyed Lia.
Morgan stepping up to the plate taking guardianship over his niece. Not many men could handle becoming a parent to a pre-teen, but he manages to do it perfectly.
I am a sucker for taboo teacher/student romances and this one ranks as one of my favorites. Brooke is a new to me author, but I am definitely going to get a hold of some of her other novels. Her writing style fits exactly what I love.
"Pushing the limits"
I really enjoyed this audiobook although sometimes too steamy. But I got the warning
A free copy was given by the narrator for an honest review
"3.5 forbidden stars"
A tragic accident has brought Morgan home after being away for six years. He is struggling with the guilt he feels and is dealing with raising a grief stricken tween. Because of events of his past he no longer paints but teaches. When he comes across Aspens art portfolio he is immediately intrigued.
Aspen is dealing with her own guilt, and for her painting is her outlet. Her relationship with her parents is beyond strained and she has moved across the country to escape her demons.
This book was more of a slow burn. Even though they are immediately drawn to eachother there is no insta-lust. I liked that there was more of a build up and that it wasn't just about sex. Once they do cross that bridge though the scenes are hot! Both Morgan and Aspen have more in common than they originally thought. The big question becomes can they help each other overcome the past?
Its told in alternating POVs and while I think Lia did a great job with both voices, for me having a male and female narrator is a must when you have two POVs. There were parts that were a bit slow in the beginning, but overall it was an enjoyable "read".
Narration: 4 stars
Hero: 4 stars
Heroine: 3.5 stars
Overall: 3.5 stars
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