Book: Misadventures with a Professor
Sierra Simone always delivers an uber sexy romance, but what always makes me come back as a reader is the examination of sexuality and norms.
Oliver and Zandy seem to be, on the surface, your typical romantic hero and heroine, Oliver being the dominant, experienced older man and Zandy being the inexperienced, naive young woman. As their relationship becomes more than a one night stand, Sierra Simone pulls back their layers and exposes there is so much more, and the insecurities start to surface.
Although the plot and the conflict and subsequent resolution are to be expected based on the characterization of Zandy and Oliver, the examination of sexuality makes the story one that asks for some introspection. Sierra Simone examines the idea of kink, of society’s perception of those who enjoy it, and the effects of those who fee an internal shame because of it. Readers get a look into the dynamics of it all, and realize, along with the characters, that there shouldn’t be shame in enjoyment of the body and love.
Sierra Simone always guarantees that I get a look into a world I normally wouldn’t. She excels at normalizing kink, and making something that is seen as taboo as nothing more than an expression of desire and love. It is one of the many reasons I will always read whatever she writes.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
***MISADVENTURES ARE STANDALONE ROMANCES THAT CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER***
Zandy Lynch never planned on going to grad school a virgin. So when her professor father finds her a job abroad as a research assistant the summer before she starts her master’s program, she sees her chance. She’s got one night in London to lose her V-card to a Mr. Darcy lookalike before she has to join some ancient professor in the country.
Oliver Graeme is not looking forward to having some American co-ed hovering around while he’s trying to work, but he owes her father the favor, and besides, his office is an untidy mess of uncatalogued research. He needs the help. Still, he decides to take the edge off his frustration while visiting a colleague in London, and winds up having the sexiest, sweetest night of his life with a stranger, who vanishes in the morning without a trace…
To Zandy’s shock when she arrives at Professor Graeme’s house a day later, the door isn’t opened by a fussy old scholar, but by the wild, passionate man she met in London. Cold and reserved by day, Oliver is ferociously greedy with her at night, and it’s not long before Zandy finds herself falling for both versions of him―the aloof professor and the generous, rough lover. The trouble is that summer only lasts so long, and Zandy already has a plane ticket waiting to take her home…
Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They’re the perfect bedside read, a ‘quick blush’ for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.