Publishing Date: September 16, 2015
Publisher: BC Books
The Premise by the Author: "He's my art professor. I'm his student. With an electric connection and undeniable chemistry, I know it won't be long until one of us cracks. When the opportunity arises to pose naked for the entire art class, I can't help the thrill of knowing he'll be watching me. While they all look past me with their eyes narrowed and concentrated, drawing only the lines and angles of my body, he sees right through me down to my vulnerability. He sees more than just the physical aspects--he sees me. That's when I see the struggle in his features as he tries to stay in control. How do we keep our distance when everything seems to be pulling us together? What feels so right can only go wrong if we keep pushing the limits" (Cumberland).
**Recommended for 18 & above due to explicit sexual content, language, and adult content.**
My overall thoughts and review: So if you follow me on Goodreads, you will see that I've been working my way through Cumberland's backlist recently and that is because she came out of the literary closet and it's been revealed she is one part of the duo of Kennedy Fox (books that I absolutely LOVE!). I was so excited to learn of this literary reveal since that meant more books for me to read. I have two more serials of Cumberland's to read but I wanted to stop and write a review for a book I recently finished and just LOVED. To begin with, both characters: Morgan and Aspen come together with very dark and traumatic pasts. They've both experienced lost in a big way and this has affected their life completely. They also come together over their passion for art and creating art. As someone who has dabbled a bit in art history and art in my undergraduate days, I really enjoyed this aspect of the book because Cumberland was incredibly detailed with how the characters viewed art and created their own art works. It is definitely a taboo topic to touch on since it is Professor and Student relationship, but I feel like Cumberland handled it in a very nice way. There was a touch of drama added with another fellow professor involved but overall, it worked out quite nicely. I love that although their relationship was incredibly sweet and sexy, they stood on their own as very strong characters and I really loved and admired that. Aspen, who has been dealing with the death of her twin all her life, you really see her vulnerabilities and how she handles being a student and getting out of her comfort zone. Before meeting Morgan, she would only hold her friendships at an arm's length and it was nice to see her grow out of that. Morgan, on the other hand, is left to be his late brother's daughter's guardian, really handled being a single parent really well. He had a great relationship with his aunt as well and you could really see him grow into the "father/guardian" role. I loved seeing Morgan and Aspen come together through all the hardships thrown at them and become stronger for it. Overall, it was a really romantic and sweet contemporary romance that I really enjoyed. There were of course some pretty swoon-worthy sexy moments, but it was more than just a romance book in my opinion. There were so many layers to this book and I loved the character development! It touched on areas of grief/mourning, the world of academic, and family/friendship. This one definitely brought on the feels and I have to say it is my favorite Brooke Cumberland book yet! I can't wait to see what else she writes next.
My rating of the book: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5/5 stars)
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