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Only once in my life have I lost my words at the sight of perfection - on a rainy autumn morning when I first met James Hunter. Or rather, when I literally ran into him. I had never seen anyone so handsome in my entire life. The stubble along his jaw line. The way he caught me in his strong arms. The way he stared at me so intently with his dark brown eyes that swirled with secrets. 

I felt it in a rush. That I wanted him. That I needed him in my life. I’m not naïve. I could tell in two seconds that he was out of my league. And not just because it looked like he had stepped out of the pages of a magazine. Well, that and the fact that he’s my professor.  

Trust me, I know I need to forget about him. But how could I possibly when every time I see him in class it feels like he’s daring me to cross the line? 

*I don’t know how much longer I can resist the temptation.*                              

©2015 Ivy Smoak (P)2017 Ivy Smoak

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The sex is hot...but

the sex is hot here but I just wasn't a fan of Penny. I guess being older than 40 I was finding her behaviour very high school, but it does show that the character is very young and naive. She is only in college and doesn't have much experience with men or even boys which is an accurate portrayal of her character but I would then find it very difficult to believe that James would think she was older. I don't know many guys of his age that would put up with her, a guy who clearly married young and almost divorced at 27 would not be bothering with a serious relationship with a teenager and though she might not look 19 her behaviour actually screamed 16 to me. maybe I'm just too old for this book because I also don't like controlling men. 5 stars for the hit sex though.

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  • Desi
  • 09-05-2017

Not obvious

I received this book for free on audible from a friend and saw a lot of negative reviews, but decided to listen anyways.
I really liked this book (so much in fact that I'm currently on book 3 in the series and ordered one of the spin-offs as well). Ivy Smoak is a great author and the story line is not typical. Penny is a little dramatic and annoying but she is 19 years old and going through a lot of crazy crap! I think it's unfair to judge her immaturity too harshly...she is immature.
Also, I've never read a romance novel where I was rooting for both male heros. Tyler and Professor Hunter are both amazing.

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  • Lou Ann
  • 03-11-2019

No...just no

I really should never have started this series since it's totally out of my comfort zone but I was trying to be open-minded.. (I have never approved of men in positions of authority who take advantage of vulnerable girls-- but that's my opinion). Probably more "contemporary" than I am comfortable with but beyond that, there are other considerations. First of all, the narrator is so childish sounding that it's difficult to imagine that the heroine could actually make a mature decision---which she doesn't and continues to do throughout this book. This begs the question as to why an educated, "mature" man would choose such a shallow, vapid girl who can't make a decision and stick to it. There's not much to the story apart from her sexual escapades and that's hardly enough to continue to the next in series.

Needless to say, this one wasn't for me so I'll leave this series to the college age girls.

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  • finally
  • 03-10-2018

Narrator sounds too young

Good story, as far as college age gap romance, but it was difficult to ignore the tiny, girlish voice of the narrator, especially as the main focus of the relationship hinges on the professor’s mistaken presumption that Penny is older than her actual age. Narrator sounded early teens to me.

Authors: Please match your narrators with age-appropriate voices.


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  • Jonathan Harvey
  • 04-11-2019

Waste of time

The female narrator sounds like a child, which then adds to the annoyingness of the female lead. She makes such immature wishy-washy decisions. I get that she is young, but this could have been so much better. Also, there is a "cliffhanger" to finish the story in book 2. But< i could not care less about trying to get through that.

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  • Deidre-Ann
  • 10-06-2019

Holy Freaking Cow I LOVED this book!

Holy cow! Wow! I can't believe I have only now just discovered this series. There were a few parts that could have used a bit of work technically, I do think that the narrator sounded far younger than 19 in her delivery, but again holy freaking cow I loved this story. I was hooked from page one and I believed it every step of the way.

I am a sucker for Alpha males and Professor Hunter ticked all my boxes. He was dominant, confident and strong, oh so strong! On top of that he was rich, yet modest, determined and knew exactly how to vocalize what he wanted in bed.

Speaking about bed... Ivy is a freaking genius when it comes to writing sex scenes that kept you flipping pages and feeling deliciously dirty with each one. I am looking forward to reading through all four books in this series. Definitely a steamy read!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-2020

Ehhh...

I really wanted to like this character, but the repetitiveness of events in the story was annoying. Professor Hunter...no Tyler...no wait Hunter, uhh..no Tyler. But then again... *eye roll* she jumps to conclusion after conclusions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2019

Professor hunter

What did I dislike?

When penny continues calling James professor Hunter. It really drove my crazy and made the relationship seem Awkward

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  • A. Grimpe
  • 07-06-2018

Love this book!

I just love Penny and James! This series is irresistible ! On to the second book I go.

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  • K Martin
  • 15-10-2020

Couldn’t Finish

I didn’t connect with Penny. I can relate to the fantasy cause I had a college instructor I lusted after.
Maybe I’m to mature to enjoy this story. I can see how a younger audience would enjoy.

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  • Barbara Linn
  • 13-10-2020

Terrific Series, Ivy Smoak is smoking hot!

Did you ever fantanize about a secret affair with your professor? In this first book of this five book series Penny Taylor's dream becomes a reality, and overtakes everything else in her life. I just adore the plot,, the well drawn characters, and the steamy scenes. This is comtemporary romance at its very best.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-12-2020

another great story from ivy

absolutely loved this book ,start of a series following penny and James love story. at times you wanted to throttle penny for being so immature but we'll worth following the story to completion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-2020

Immature

Penny is incredibly immature, hypocritical and annoying. I fail to see the attraction. The premise of student and hot professor is a good one, but this book wasn’t for me. She is far too whiney. I won’t be continuing the series, maybe a younger audience would find it more appealing.

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