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Summary

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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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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Cringeworthy

As a huge 50 shades fan I thought I’d give this a go. However I found the story to be pretty mediocre and Penny herself very annoying. The girl who reads the book also sounds like she has a cold and read the book in a constant drone which grated on me a bit. I managed to finish but it was really cringe in places. I won’t be continuing with the sequels :(

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Good story, struggled with narrator

Struggled with how young the narrator sounds and there's very little difference interpreting the voice of the male characters

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It could have been good…but it wasn’t…

Despite the fact it is a romantic erotica, which means book must be aimed at adult audience it feels like it’s written for a young teenagers. Nothing makes sense here. Dialogues and motives are both poor, stereotypical, there is no thrill, nothing new here, vocabulary is poor, constantly repeating itself. There are moments it’s so cheesy it literally makes you want to throw out. The heroin is so flat, she has literally nothing interesting about herself. Even if she would be the most beautiful woman in the world I do not understand how any man could fall for her. She is flat, stereotypical, boring and predictable. On a top of that so immature my 12 old cousins seems to be more suitable to take her place. There are moments she just doesn’t seem “real” at all. Like a really bad actress who cannot pull her performance and make audience root for her. On a top of that I can see that that it is in a way a poor copy of one bestselling book which title starts with “50”.
I really did not have high expectations when I have picked this book. I wanted a romance aimed at adult audience, something entertaining to kill the time. I cannot even say how disappointed I was.

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not bad. not great

I did enjoy the writing style. however, I found the story extremely predictable. to the point were I'm reluctant to read the others. I think I'll read some of Ivy Smoaks other works first.

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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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  • Lou Ann
  • 03-11-19

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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  • Desi
  • 09-05-17

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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  • finally
  • 03-10-18

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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  • ❤'s Horses
  • 28-08-20

Ummm, just no.

My 11 year old sounds a lot like this girl. The best thing I can say about the narrator is she can read.

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  • Deidre-Ann
  • 10-06-19

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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  • Jonathan Harvey
  • 04-11-19

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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  • lena
  • 27-01-20

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
  • 01-11-19

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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  • Peter M Libell
  • 28-11-21

Return for refund

I was so annoyed with this book. If I played a drinking game every time “Professor Hunter” was said, I’d die. I did not find anything in this book believable. Do not recommend.

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  • Brittany
  • 26-10-21

Probably a better read than listen.

the narrator sounds like she is 12 and in a long dream. the relationship was under developed and her constant lack of confidence became frustrating. The brazen behavior in the dorm wasn't believable and the book overall lacked any meat.

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