Karen Moriarty's review Apr 24, 2018 · edit it was amazing
This was my third read from Fiona Cole and yet again l was super impressed.. This way far more than a student/teacher read for me and l found it to be really refreshing
It had me from the first page and the characters were so relatable that l found myself thinking long after l had finished reading the last page..
Callum is a college professor with a past that is slowly revealed through out the course of the story. Oaklyn is a college student doing all that she can to continue with her college education, when she finds herself in need of funds to stay studying. She finds herself working at an adult establishment when she is first seen by Callum as he is a member of this very exclusive club..
Oaklyn walks into her first day of a new class at college and surprises Callum by being his student.. What to do is the first of many dilemmas that present themselves to both our characters.. I found this to be a rather emotional read... It was refreshing to see a situation written about in an adult and commonsense way...Both points of view where expressed and easily understood and l loved that the characters both showed vulnerability and strength when needed... Such underlying pain and expressed from a source that l didn't expect had me surprised in a good way.. l absolutely loved this story and would highly recommend it to anybody who likes there stories delivered with heart and heapings of emotion....
"I want the man who looks at me like I'm more than any of those stars."
Woah... just woah.. This book. It's hard to describe just how incredible the writing is and how attention grabbing the story was to read.
I have noticed that the greatest complaint about reviews has been how explicit they can be in regards to details. That it is almost a blow by blow, as it were, which reveals almost everything about the story. Therefore in order to allow readers to enjoy stories, I prefer to describe my feelings while reading the novel and keep details of the story to a minimum. After all, I want you to enjoy the story as much as I did when reading it.
Callum Pierce is an old fashioned gentleman who seems reserved but is definitely into something more kinky than the average ;) He is also a man with something in his past that makes him more reserved than he would be otherwise. He is attractive, passionate and he wears glasses. A hot professor who wears glasses? Sign me up!
Oaklyn is a sweet young woman trying to make the best of a bad situation. Her place at Voyeur makes her question her feelings. It's not surprising in one way. Her role there pushes her boundaries and allows her to explore things she hasn't before. This often results in her having reactions and feelings which have her question what it all means. She is independent, stubborn and motivated. Oaklyn knows what she wants and goes for it.
Several factors play against Callum and Oaklyn: pride, jealousy, anger - almost like the seven deadly sins. But past experiences also taint their time together. Their relationship presents certain issues and trying to navigate through them does cause friction. Callum and Okalyn are brilliant. So real and raw that you can't help but feel for them. The other characters are also fantastic. Jackson and Olivia are my favourite. This was an incredible story which gave all the feels: gut punching moments, heated intimate moments and fun playful interactions. It is certainly a journey of discovery and confronting the past to ensure a brighter future. Ms. Cole has done a remarkable job with this story.
This is my first read from Fiona and I absolutely loved it. I loved Callum and Oaklyn<<—- awesome name by the way. I loved how Callum’s story shined through as well as Oaklyn’s. It’s a very different Professor and student story but it was a beautiful story. I am volunteering to leave a review for an ARC of this book