Title: The Professor and the Smuggler
Author: Bonnie Dee, Summer Devon
Publisher: Duet Publishing
Characters: Phillip and Carne
Sub-Genre: MM Historical
A grumpy smuggler meets a bumbling professor and treasure is found.
An explorer at heart, former university professor Phillip Singleton’s adventures have only taken place in his imagination—until recently. Exploring the Cornish coast to research a travel book, he encounters a living example of a pirate archetype. Dark-haired, black-bearded Carne Treleaven might have been hewn from the very rock his name describes, and Phillip is eager to discover more.
Carne has little patience for the awkward, dreamy professor, an outsider who must be steered away from local secrets. He agrees to serve as a guide to seaside caves where smugglers once operated only to keep Phillip away from more recent activity.
As personalities clash, secrets unfold, and riches are revealed, the two polar opposites find the point where their similarities lay. Carne’s old beliefs are shattered by his attraction to a man and he must decide if he’s willing to take a huge step outside his familiar life and into a brand new world.
Professor Phillip Singleton arrives at the the Cornish coast of England, to explore the area and its history, and take photos for the travel book he’s in the process of writing. That’s where he meets Carne Treleaven, a broody, local fisherman. What Phillip doesn’t know is that Carne isn’t really a fisherman; he’s a smuggler.
Carne takes on the job of must steering Phillip away from the secrets of the place and its people and becomes his travel guide.
I really liked Phillip; open hearted, babbling, a dreamer— uninhibited in bed— and can even make tough guy Carne blush.
I would have liked to see more of the relationship, which at times seemed rushed, while the mystery/action subplot— although good—was occasionally over-worked and over-wordy.
If you like a historical tale with romance, action, and two dashing main characters, then The Professor and the Smuggler is likely to be for you.
Reviewed By: Pammyla
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