the woman he dreams about. He never expected to see her sitting in his classroom on the first day of the semester.
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Author's Note: This book was previously published as a serial in multiple parts, including Beauty Touched the Beast, Beneath the Beauty, and Broken Beauty. They've been collected into this volume and revised for new readers.
BEAUTY AND THE PROFESSOR is the first book in A Modern Fairy Tale duet
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Release Date: April 23, 2019
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Actual Rating: 2 stars
Unfortunately, this book was problematic for me in quite a few ways. First and foremost, this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. For this aspect, I think the author did a great job at bringing out the necessary characteristics for both the characters and I can certainly relate them to the beloved fairytale. Secondly, I love a student/teacher romances and haven't seen a new one to fit into the genre in ages. So the fact that the author brought this trope back to life thrilled me. Aside from these two things though, the story was severely lacking for me and I almost didn't finish it to begin with...
Possible Spoilers Ahead: Read at your own risk!
This book and the relationship between Erin and Blake was severely lacking in substance. When the story starts out the two immediately fall into be with one another because she is so turned on by watching him masturbate (the little voyeur). Apparently, the two had been harboring feelings for one another since she started cleaning his house and this little incident finally got them together where that wanted to be. The story then takes off as a wild sexcapade. All they do is bang one another... How is this falling in love? How could they have possibly fallen in love with one another this quickly without knowing a thing about each other? They never really even talked! It's quite unrealistic and left a bad taste in my mouth.
Next, we learn that the hero was disfigured during war and hasn't been with a woman since (his ex broke his heart when she left him because of his burns). This should have been an emotional part of the story that allows readers to understand our hero more, but the author didn't touch upon it much. Frankly, this was quite sad to me because we could have gotten to know his character on a deeper level rather than a surface level. As a reader, I personally need a lot more to enjoy a story and there just wasn't enough there for me.
Finally ( spoiler alert ) the ending made NO SENSE. Erin and Blake are once again having sex and it seems pretty passionate especially considering her JUST told her that she will be his FOREVER. No matter where they are... What they are doing... They will BE TOGETHER. Then ABRUPTLY he looks at her and says that can't be together!?! WHAT! What the hell do you mean? Did I read everything wrong? So I went back. Sure enough, this abrupt change in his feeling STILL threw me through a loop. This is absolutely frustrating beyond belief and makes me not want to even read the second one. I mean, what the heck is the point? Ugh.
I'm not by any means trying to break this novel apart and say that it was bad. As you can see from the reviews, many readers LOVED this book. But as a reader of romance for quite a while now, I have certain views on what needs to be in the books that I read and this was missing many of them. Also, even though I have no desire to see what happens next (the ending made me indifferent towards both characters at this point), I probably will because the books are so short. But we will see...
The Modern Fairytale Duet
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