by London Hale
Published by Carina Press on September 18, 2017
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
The last thing a newly hired dean should be doing is one of his students…
Dirty flirting with the unbelievably hot barista at Bundt & Grind café is not how Elliott Goodridge should be spending his time. Temperance Falls College hired him to counteract a scandal—not burn through his paychecks on overpriced coffee with a side of impure thoughts.
For the amount of time college student Samantha Monroe spends fantasizing about the new guy in town, she should know more than just his name. But despite putting out all kinds of signs that she's down for, well, putting out, Elliott hasn't made a move. Yet.
By the time the truth is revealed, it's too late to stop the charge between them. Sparks fly, but so do rumors. For Elliott, a day without his hands on Sam is too long—and two orgasm-free weeks until graduation is flat-out impossible.
I’ve enjoyed London Hale’s books in the past, but unfortunately, Seducing His Student missed the mark for me. It’s billed as a taboo romance–which it is, in a sense–but elements of insta-love and a too neatly wrapped-up ending didn’t work for me.
College student Samantha works at the local coffee shop when she’s not working at her parents’ marina. She’s two weeks from graduation, after which she’ll be at the marina full time. At the coffee shop, Sam frequently waits on Elliott, who’s new in town. The two have been flirting for weeks when he finally asks her out. A case of mistaken identity results in the realization that Elliott is the new dean of students–at Sam’s college. To make matters worse, Sam’s dad is on the board of trustees.
There’s a forbidden aspect to Sam and Elliott’s attraction, for obvious reasons, but the taboo angle felt a bit forced. True, Sam is a student, but she’s also two weeks from graduation. Additionally, Elliott isn’t Sam’s teacher–he’s an administrator, so they’ve had no direct interactions in an educational capacity. Technicalities, sure–the relationship is still inappropriate–but ones that lessened the forbidden quality of their relationship, in my mind.
What the book has going for it is an abundance of sex scenes, but even those felt disconnected and even repetitive after a while. Sam and Elliott have a sexual connection, but what do they have beyond that? By the end of the book, it still wasn’t clear to me why Elliott is so obsessed with Sam (other than her abundance of freckles, which he mentions quite frequently) or vice versa (other than the fact that Sam finds Elliott super hot).
Also, I don’t know why, but every time Elliott calls Sam “princess,” it kind of creeped me out. Maybe because she said she didn’t like it and he insisted on continuing to call her that? At any rate, I didn’t believe their instant connection, which lacked emotion even at the end of the book.
As I mentioned, I’ve enjoyed London Hale’s other books, but a lack of emotional depth coupled with an implausible ending caused Seducing His Student to fall flat for me.
Rating: 2 stars