Temptation (The Hunted, #1)

Temptation (The Hunted, #1)Temptation (The Hunted, #1) by Ivy Smoak
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 353
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This book gives new meaning to the phrase “Hot for teacher”

I was really torn with rating this book. Even while writing this review, I’m torn. I enjoyed this book and it proved to be a fast read. I have also read some of the later books in the series and finally got the chance to read the book which started the series. I can see where the Author has grown as a writer. For me this was fun, escapism reading.

Penny is a nineteen-year-old college student who bumps into a man in a coffee shop. Her coffee spills on her and he offers her his sweater to wear as an apology. She accepts while noticing how good looking the man is. What could have been an innocent encounter turns serious when she shows up for her first class and is shocked to see that the man who gave her his sweater is her professor, James Hunter. Lust and longing enter stage left…

They have instantaneous lust and longing for each other which is complicated by him being her professor and also because of a fellow student who wants to be more than friends with Penny as well. Both throw caution to the wind and enter into a relationship.

Forbidden romance full of angst, secrets, and false assumptions. Some of the characters are immature and I wanted to take and shake them. I wasn’t a big fan of her roommate and at times, Penny’s immaturity was annoying. At times, I wondered what a twenty-seven-year-old professor who once had his own company would see in her. Having read some of the later books, I can say that she does mature and shows growth in later books. Plus, he is her professor…. I kept thinking of all the legal, ethical and moral issues that would come into play of a professor becoming involved intimately/romantically with a student. I would imagine that all universities would frown down upon that and have strict rules/code of conduct guidelines. But getting that out of my mind, I did enjoy learning how the Penny and James I met in latter books, met in this book. This is definitely not your mother’s harlequin romance! There are some hot scenes so if you don’t like sex scenes in your romance books this wont be for you. If you are willing to overlook the issues surrounding the forbidden romance, you might just enjoy these characters and their story.

So even with some of the issues I had with the book, I enjoyed it. It was a fast-steamy read.


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