Title: Office Hours
Author: Rena Butler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Nick Russo, Sean Kendrick
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buried under mediocre composition papers, adjunct college professor Nick Russo grows more cynical with each passing day—until he reads a fantastic paper written by the slacker who sits in the back of the class. That slacker is Sean Kendrick, a senior English major with a night job and a few general education credits left to fill.
Sean and Nick strike up a rapport over Cheetos and mutual academic frustration, but it doesn’t stay uncomplicated for long. Ethics won’t allow Nick to pursue a relationship with a student—and that’s before allegations of sexual misconduct put his job in jeopardy….
To say that Professor Nick Russo is bogged down with paperwork is an understatement. Between the lesson plans and the huge amount of papers he has to grade, he doesn’t have time to have much of a life outside of his work. To make matters worse, most of the papers he grades are less than stellar when it comes to the quality of work, so this makes his job even more frustrating at times. When he comes across a paper written by Sean Kendrick, who is a student who sleeps more in class than pays attention in it, he’s expecting less than average work, but to his surprise, Sean’s paper is well thought out and interesting and this ends up intriguing Nick.
Try as he might, Nick can’t keep from questioning Sean about it. He quickly finds out that the younger man is funny, intelligent and very interesting to talk with, and before Nick knows it, they start meeting during his office hours and developing a friendship between them. This causes Nick to be conflicted from his attraction and feelings he has for the younger man, and he’s concerned about the ethics of becoming involved with a student of his. When Nick is accused of sexual harassment, things come to a head and Nick must make a hard decision about his possible future with Sean.
Office Hours is a fun and flirty story that I enjoyed from start to finish. The professor/student scenario is one of my favorites, so I was really anxious to read this book. I enjoyed the chemistry between Nick and Sean and I thought the inner conflict that Nick has about his feelings for Sean was written realistically. I appreciated watching the friendship and attraction develop between them, and thought they were a really good match together.
Office Hours is told in 3rd person with Nick’s point of view. Because I liked Nick, I enjoyed his inner dialog and witnessing the story through his eyes. I understood why Nick was so intrigued by Sean, because quite frankly, I was too. Sean is a very likeable, sexy, responsible and intelligent character that has many goals in his life that he is determined to achieve. My only complaint about this book is I wish it had been longer. It ends with a really strong HFN ending, but the romantic in me would have loved to watch their relationship thrive and grow as they spent more time together. If you are looking for a really fun and sexy read for an hour or so, Office Hours is definitely the book for you!
Reviewed By: Gabbi