Title: Textbook Seduction
Author: Elizabella Gold
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Aiden Brown, Professor Simon Lake
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Aidan Brown has nurtured a crush on Simon Lake, his nineteenth-century English literature professor, since the first day of class. Now the semester and Aidan’s time in college are drawing to a close.
With that deadline looming and nothing to lose, Aidan pulls out all the stops to convince Simon to give him a chance. But Simon is too principled—and too much of a workaholic—to give in and date a student, even if he is only a handful of years older. The gift of a rare textbook finally wins Aidan a date, and he’s determined not to mess up his shot. Unfortunately, nobody mentioned that to Aidan’s ex-boyfriend, who puts a crimp in Aidan’s plans. Can Aidan convince Simon that he only has eyes for his professor?
Ever since Aiden stepped into Professor Simon Lake’s class he’s been smitten with him. But Aiden has a feeling that the Professor would never date a student, so he decides to wait the few weeks it’ll be before he graduates. While he waits, Aiden takes every opportunity he can to somehow run into Simon and start a conversation with him, and the more he gets to know the slightly older man, the more he really likes him.
Finally after Aiden graduated he decides to make his move, and to his delight, the sexy Simon agrees to go out with him as long as they take things slowly. As they continue to get to know one another, the feelings of attraction and more sizzle between them, and soon both they are swept up into a sweet and sexy romance. But when Aiden runs into his ex-boyfriend and the creep grabs him and kisses him in the parking lot, and before Aiden can get away from him, he soon realizes that the one man he wants most has seen them together and has mistakenly assumed the worst. Will Aiden be able to convince Simon what he saw was a mistake, or will they be pulled apart forever?
I really liked this book a lot. There is a certain sweetness to the author’s style of writing that I really enjoy. Both Aiden and Simon are interesting heroes, but since we only get Aiden’s point of view, Simon remains more of a mystery. I liked how much Aiden was determined for Simon to see him for more than just one of his students. Aiden’s seduction isn’t slick and he doesn’t have well practiced words or touches to get Simon’s attention. He has a tendency to babble at times and he wasn’t always suave and debonair, but that’s what I liked about him. He came across as a realistically written hero to me. He’s not perfect, and he definitely makes mistakes, but I did think he was perfect for the super serious and sexy Simon.
Simon is definitely very serious about his job, so serious he’s really overworked and rarely takes time to stop and smell the roses. He’s intelligent, a little shy, and once he and Aiden start seeing one another I could see both men actually blossom and bring out the best in each other. I liked this couple together a lot and the chemistry between them was pretty intense at times.
My only gripe about the book is: I wish this had been a longer novel. Just when the book really starts getting good, BOOM, it’s over. I would have liked to have really watched Aiden and Simon’s relationship develop over time. I wanted to see them really work hard at making each other a focal point in their lives, as well as continuing their own personal goals. I have to admit that I felt a tad bit cheated when the book came to an end. I wanted more, and I hope Ms. Gold will continue writing about this couple on the future. *Crosses Fingers*
Between the sexy heroes, and the sweet and sexy romance, you can bet that I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. I liked her easy style of writing and her ability to really get into the heart of her characters. If you are not in the mood for a lot of angst, and you are looking for a lighter, sexy romance I encourage you to check Textbook Seduction out. It definitely gave me a couple of hours of sheer guilty pleasure on a hot summer’s day.
Reviewed By: Gabbi