Fans of taboo romance MUSTREAD London Hale’s latest Seducing His Student. This is a juicy novella with a trope we love.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
[For Mature Audiences; Some Spoilers]
This summer, London Hale has quickly become my go-to for short, sweet, and juicy romance novellas.
These novellas take place in the fictional Midwestern town of Temperance Falls, located on an island in one of the Great Lakes. And the Temperance Falls novellas explore all things taboo, like May-to-December/Daddy kink, “opposites attract” (like a pastor and adult toy shop owner in Sinful Temptation, OOLALA!).
You know forbidden romance is my kryptonite, especially the professor/student trope, so when I read that London Hale’s Seducing His Student follows that storyline, I requested it on Netgalley the very next day. Seducing His Student is so sexy, with super hot chemistry, and a little bit of angst because what happens when the secret gets out?! I devoured this in one sitting!
Elliot Goodridge just moved to Temperance Falls in order to be the new dean of students at the local university. He settles into the new town, and things get even better when Sam, the barista at the coffee shop (Bundt and Grind–I love this name so much), responds to his flirting. As the summer winds down, Elliot decides to make a move and ask Sam out… and she agrees! However, pretty soon, Elliot finds out that Sam is a student at Temperance Falls College AND the daughter to one of the members of the Board of Trustees. DAMN. As for Sam, she’s definitely crushing on Elliot. Even when she finds out that he’s a dean, that doesn’t kill the attraction. Plus, she’s one month away from graduation, so she won’t be a student for too much longer. The responsible thing to do would be to wait because the risks are too high. Sam could have her credits dismissed and Elliot could be fired. Yes, they need to be responsible. But you know forbidden fruit is always the juiciest…
This novella is so delicious. The angst of the will they/won’t they still gives me tummy flutters. I mean, of course we appreciate Elliot wanting to do the right thing by staying away from Sam. With that said, it shouldn’t surprise us that seeing Sam everyday, interacting with other guys, inflames Elliot’s jealousy. At the same time, Sam isn’t about to play these games with Elliot. Either he wants to be with her, or he has to leave her alone.
“…You don’t want me, but no one else can have me either…Fuck that.”
I grabbed my bag and strode toward the door, reaching out to turn the knob. Before I could make contact, he grabbed my wrist and spun me around, tugging me against him until our bodies were pressed together. So much like that night in the boathouse my knees went weak. I rested my hands against his chest as he slipped a hand around my waist and pressed against the small of my back, pulling me tighter to him.
“I do want you,” he said, his gaze never leaving mine. “Never doubt that. I want you so badly, I can’t think of anything else. You’re mine, Sam. Let me prove it.”
My spine snapped straight, hearing him refer to me as his when he’d tossed me aside like I didn’t mean anything only days before.
Before I could get out the rest of my words, Elliott slanted his lips over mine, capturing my protests in his mouth. I went boneless at the first press of his lips, sinking into him as he slid his tongue against mine. Where I’d expected it to be urgent, all tongues and teeth, he’d taken us in a different direction, slowly stroking his tongue against mine as his thumb rubbed constant circles against the small of my back. With his other hand, he reached down and cupped my ass, tugging me up on tiptoes and pressing me against his cock, hard as steel in his pants. A little bit sweet, a little bit naughty.
There was no doubting she was ready for me. I’d felt it on my finger and lips, could feel it still on the tip of my cock as I pressed against her. She was wet and swollen. Needy. Mine. I slid inside bare, groaning as her warmth swallowed me whole, shaking as her heat and softness enveloped my cock in a way that made it almost impossible to think. Her body accepting me was everything I could have asked for, her nails digging into my shoulders everything I needed to encourage me. This was it…this was us. Finally.
I kept my thrusts slow and my hips pressed to hers. Grinding on every push forward, whispering filthy words when I was forced to pull out. Sam moaned and sighed, rocking her hips with mine. Taking me deeper on every pass.
“So soft,” I whispered against her lips. I pulled her leg up so her calf rested on my shoulder…She arched into me as I ground my hips against hers. I did the same move again and again, repeating the pattern she seemed to like best. The one that made her eyes close and her mouth fall open.
“Oh God. Elliott.”
I practically fell on her and bunny-fucked her through the mattress, the tightness in my stomach warning me of my impending orgasm. My name on her lips said in that breathy tone? My doom. Completely. I would’ve given the world to hear her say it again. Would’ve handed over everything I owned for it. Just once more…Her entire body locked down when I rubbed her clit a second time, her breath catching as she squeezed the fuck out of my cock. One moment, one second of complete stillness from her, and then she fell. Pulsing, writhing, biting her lip as she tried to pull me closer and push me away at the same time. I thrust through her orgasm, completely captivated by the look of intense release on her face. By the way she clung to me. And when I came, when I finally reached my pinnacle and fell over it, I did it buried deep inside her pussy. Claiming her as mine. Knowing there was no turning back from this. Ever. She just didn’t know it yet.
*FANS FACE* Yas honey!
But how long can they keep the relationship a secret??? Well, there is a point where Elliot and Sam’s relationship is partially exposed. And while the resolution comes a little too easily (especially considering who exposes Elliot/Sam), I’m quite willing enjoy their HEA.
Seducing His Student is definitely MUSTREAD for fans of erotic and taboo romance. Actually, you should just go ahead and read London Hale’s entire Temperance Falls series. Trust me, these novellas will totally hit the spot!
Many thanks to the publisher for an advanced review copy.