Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Book Review: Beauty & the Professor - AND- Falling for the Beast

OOH.... I have a double review for you today! I finished one and had to immediately read the next one, so I'm going to give you both because I'm sure you'll be doing the same. 

Beauty and the Professor - Skye Warren

(A Modern Fairy Tale Duet #1)

Once upon a time there was a beautiful college student…

Erin cleans Mr. Morris’s house twice a week to pay her tuition. The reclusive ex-soldier intimidates her, but she can’t help but feel sympathy for him. Then she walks in on him touching himself, and she has much darker, much more sensual feelings.

And a beastly professor with scars he can’t hide…

Blake Morris knows he’s scarred both inside and out. He’s reclusive and surly. Nowhere near good enough for the smart and beautiful young woman who cleans his house.

He receives an offer to return to his alma mater as an associate professor. This is his chance to reenter the world--and to be worthy of the woman he dreams about. He never expected to see her sitting in his classroom on the first day of the semester.
OK, now... when I started this one I was a little bit nervous because student/teacher romance is always really borderline for me. It begins with Erin, who cleans Blake's home (it gives you some vibes similar to The Mister by E.L. James, except it is so much better), since coming off a tour in the middle East badly and forever injured, he's become a recluse. One day she basically walks into him masturbating and very clearly fantasizing about her, which is how this whole romance starts, like any solid love story would, am I right? It isn't a very long one, but it covers the (very) hot and heavy beginning of their relationship, until him starting his position as a professor at the same college Erin attends. She needs one more class to graduate and, surprise, her lover is the professor. There is some ethical debating here, we also meet a slightly unhinged almost fiancee. I liked it, enough to make me immediately purchase the next one at 3:30 a.m. because I truly could not wait and it leaves you on a true cliff hanger. 

Falling for the Beast - Skye Warren
A Modern Fairy Tale Duet #2)
He can never turn back into a prince...

A troubling revelation puts Blake's newfound career in jeopardy--and even worse, puts Erin's impending graduation at risk. He can't risk her future no matter how much he wants her.

She will never have a happily ever after...

A dark legacy threatens everything they've worked to build. When old debt comes between them, both Blake and Erin must fight to protect each other--and their love.

Since their forbidden beginning, Erin and Blake's relationship has been marked by deep sensuality and intense emotion. The couple is tested at every turn. They're running out of time. Blake and Erin will have to trust each other to forge their own sexy ending.

Lord alive. I loved this installment, and honestly, most duets give me a meh ending, this one absolutely nailed it for me. Not only did we get a satisfying ending, a few more plot twists are thrown in along the way and it was just right. None of them felt rushed to the finish line, and I absolutely loved how we didn't have the crazy, unnecessary dramatics that we see in most romance novels. The author doesn't need to go there because she expertly weaves us around each obstacle, all while maintaining the heat of this couple. You're left rooting for them and cheering at the end because it was a ride. Erin isn't our whiny damsel in distress, and Blake isn't our asshole hero. They both have their flaws but they compliment each other, which makes all of the steamy scenes believeable and kind of great. Just saying. I finished this wanting more and more of this couple, but I'll settle for other Skye Warren books for sure. 

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