Author: Katie Devoe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Natasha Carson’s life is perfect. She’s a respected novelist, the youngest fiction professor at a prestigious university, and every night she comes home to the perfect man who absolutely adores her. There’s only one problem. No one, not even her boyfriend, knows that she pens bestselling BDSM erotica in secret. And that’s exactly how she wants to keep it.
Then Adam LaRue enters Natasha’s classroom and her life, threatening everything. The gorgeous grad student isn’t just a kinky temptation – he knows her secret. And makes it clear that one way or another, he’ll have her in his bed.
As she watches her life crumble around her, Natasha must ask herself, Is it really as perfect as everyone believes?
The Professor’s Secret is an erotic tale of self-discovery and what happens when the line between fiction and reality blurs.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Natasha has a lot going for her. She is successful in her career in a way that many don't achieve at her age. She has a man in her life she adores, and who adores her in return. She is also living with secrets, and those secrets start spilling into her life and causing her re reevaluate many things.
This book had a lot of elements that I enjoy. The main character is interesting and imperfect. She is easy relate to because even though it would seem like she doesn't have much to complain about, her emotional struggle is real and the conflicts she faces are tough for her to deal with. At times I felt like I understood her professional reasons for not wanting to be outed as an erotica author, but I struggled to understand why she couldn't share that with her partner. Adam LaRue was a tricky character for me. While I definitely felt he sexual tension and chemistry between he and Natasha, at times, I couldn't get past his blunt approaches when he first began to approach her. Another element I enjoyed was that there were some real dilemmas here without a clear-cut way through them. Natasha's partner is a good person and they don't have a bad relationship. I think that added a realistic element to the story because for most of us emotional challenges and life events occur without the clarity of good guys vs villains guiding our decisions.
I liked the mild taboo both with the dual relationship between Natasha and Adam and with the elements of kink and the dynamic that added to Natasha's life. This was definitely an interesting and sexy story that engaged me quickly and held my interest throughout. I will gladly read more by this author in the future.
* An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
Katie Devoe grew up in New York City and has lived in Los Angeles, Madrid, and Barcelona. She’s worked as a barista, bookseller, cheese-maker and organic farmer. Her idea of a dream day is curled up in a cozy sweater, drinking Fortnum & Mason tea, and reading.