✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4 1/2 ⭐️ Review: Laurelin Paige’s Man in Charge ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2

As a Gen X-er, I grew up in the thrall of some of the best movies of all time. In my mind, the 80s birthed some notable rom-coms that transcend generations, one of them being Working Girl, a workplace romance starring Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford (who is definitely not the rogue, Han Solo, but more wealthy, sweet, and hot). I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve watched Working Girl because I adored that movie. I loved Melanie Griffith’s chutzpah at seeking to transcend her position as a lowly administrative assistant from the “wrong side of the tracks” to the life as an executive in the bright lights of Manhattan. Along the way, she meets Harrison Ford’s character through a game of mistaken identity and intrigue. They obviously fall in love, but her life unravels when her secrets are found out. Thankfully, this being Hollywood fiction, all is righted in the end, and they live happily-ever-after. What always intrigued me in my teen mind as I watched that movie was the movie’s suggestion that women had to struggle to “get to the top.” That the glass ceiling was firmly in place, and it would take men, like Harrison Ford’s character, to help women break through that ceiling. That was definitely an important message for the 80s, but interestingly enough, it’s still a message for today. And Laurelin Paige’s Man in Charge, book 1 of the Man in Charge duet, is a modern-day Working Girl, highlighting ideas about privilege and power. Over and over again, Laurelin Paige magnifies the ways that privilege and power can be used for both good and evil.

Man in Charge encompasses everything you love about Laurelin Paige’s romances. There is a playboy-esque, alpha-hero in the character of Scott Sebastian. Honestly, in this book, Scott’s characterization isn’t as round as you would imagine mostly because the point of this view for this book comes from Tess, Paige’s heroine. We aren’t privy to Scott’s emotions or thoughts, so it’s difficult to see him as more than the guy who Tess wants physically. He is also the path by which she must travel to secure a contract for her passion project. He is the gatekeeper for her ambition. He spurs on her journey, but he isn’t her inspiration. Her best friend who lives with a disease, dysautonomia, is the ignition to the flame of her purpose. And honestly, this is a Paige staple in her romances. She oftentimes writes through the lens of one character for a portion of her stories until she introduces the other lens. I’m hoping in the second book of this series that we will indeed be provided with Scott Sebastian’s point of view because there is more story in him than we are yet allowed. I find it elevates the anticipation for more depth in her characters when she does this and it fuels the fire of chemistry. We do know through Tess that Scott is the “victim” of nepotism, and he isn’t entirely happy with his life. For all of his privilege, I imagine Scott is searching for more, for something real. That being said, Scott’s character is actually Paige’s manifestation of her power discussion. This is overt and intentional in her story. Paige uses his burgeoning relationship with Tess to discuss power at play. While Tess and Scott are steamy, they are also focused on ameliorating the potential abuse of power, and I don’t believe that Scott would be so thoughtful about it without Tess’s insistence on discussing it. Those are some of my favorite moments between these two, even beyond their fiery physicality. 

As a heroine, Tessa Turani is a spitfire. Like the heroine of Working Girl (who incidentally is a Tess), Tessa is hardworking, insightful, and has just enough ambition to want more from life, to make a greater impact. Unfortunately, she isn’t born into wealth, and her struggles for “more” exist because she is a “have not.” Through her characterization, Paige highlights discussions on socioeconomic parity and the power assumed through a higher class. Interestingly enough, one of Tess’s oppressors is her “friend” and boss, Kendra, who honestly comes off as mean-spirited. Again, her character is filtered through Tess, so it’s possible that we might be missing an empathic side to her, but I’m thinking when we read Man in Love, we will find a snobbish, self-absorbed woman who doesn’t necessarily care for her friend. What is most important about Tess in Man in Charge is her ability to challenge Scott. She magnifies his privilege for him in her provocation of his power, which makes for the titillating physicality of her book. By the end of Man in Charge, Tess finds herself in an “oh #h*t” moment, and it is both exciting and groan-inducing because the end is not nigh for our characters. 

One of my favorite parts of reading romance is an author’s intent. Some romances are crafted for smut, for getting lost in the $exual natures of its characters. Some romances are crafted to make you laugh. Other romances are crafted, however, to challenge your thinking through the subversion of reality into fiction. That is the case with Laurelin Paige’s newest book, Man in Charge. Yes, it’s more of what you love about Paige’s stories: clearly dominant male, an insightful female who challenges the male, and a whole lotta loving between the two. Yet, carefully threaded through their story is insight about life, about the truths of our world. And it’s there where Paige’s magic lies. If that is your type of romance (as it surely is mine), then run and one-click Man in Charge. But be forewarned. It’s a beginning, not an end. 

In love and romance, 

Professor A

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MAN IN CHARGE (Man in Charge Duet #1) by Laurelin Paige
Release Date: October 27th

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The Sebastians own this city.

Hell, they own the whole world.

All I want is one little piece of it, a corner that I can call my own.

So when my boss runs away to “find herself”, I seize the opportunity and dive head first into the Sebastian’s glamorous universe. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted—fast paced and high stakes—and, even though I don’t fit in, I’m excellent at faking it.

Until I come face to face with the man in charge, Scott Sebastian, the arrogant, playboy heir with the mind of a devil and the body of a god and a mouth I can’t stop thinking about.

He’s infuriating. He’s a distraction. He’s the man who wants me in his bed as much as I want to be there.

And, if I get too close, he’ll be the one person who could expose me for what I really am—a fraud.

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With millions of books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however.

When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Killing Eve or Letterkenny, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4 1/2 ⭐️ Review: K. Webster’s Stroke of Midnight ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I did not expect to sit down and utterly fall into K. Webster’s Stroke of Midnight. I mean, this is K. Webster so I absolutely expected some forbidden feels and some dirty, dirty copulation. Opening Stroke of Midnight, I was ready, ready for more of what you love about K. Webster.

And it’s there. Oh, how it is there in this book. If you love K. Webster, you need to grab this one fast BUT before you do, you need to know a few things. Oh and if you have never read K. Webster, run and grab this dirty, dirty modern-day retelling of the Cinderella story. It’s the version of Cinderella that you never knew you needed in your romance-reading lives. So here goes:

  1. This is book 1 in a duet, I believe. This is not a complete story. I didn’t realize that when I was reading it. As the story hit 93%, and we hadn’t reached the “ball” yet, I knew I was in trouble because Webster leaves you hanging. Oh, how she leaves you hanging. There is still so much more to the story, and I can’t WAIT for Prince Charming, book 2. 
  2. Ash Elliott and Winston Constantine are so deliciously dirty. If you go into this book looking for a higher message, it might be in this book under ideas about power and authority. But it’s used in a way to titillate you, not challenge your thinking. The chemistry between these two is off-the-charts, and you will need a panty change when you’re done. 
  3. The true villains of the story could trigger you, so if you are sensitive to consent issues, then you should be prepared. Honestly, it made the traditionally villainous step-siblings even ickier than the popular renditions of Cinderella. Whereas in that version, Cinderella is made lowly through servitude. In this one, she is made lowly because she’s an attractive young woman with horrible triplet step-brothers who seek to “protect” her through pain. It feels all kinds of wrong, and your heart leaps for her safety in a way that it doesn’t with the traditional forms of Cinderella. In my mind, there is brilliance in that plot device. 
  4. You will not be able to put this book down. There is something about Winston and Ash together that you can’t help but root for. As such, you press forward to a hopeful happy ending. Unfortunately, you will not find it in this book, but I’m still optimistic for them. I believe, however, that there is still more story that will feel heavy and complicated before the revelation of a future for them. One can only cross their fingers for it, though. 

Again, I picked up K. Webster’s Stroke of Midnight knowing some truths about her storytelling, but I didn’t realize how much her book would engross me. I read it in one sitting because there is so much fire and chemistry and story between Winston and his “Cinderelliot.” I cannot wait for Prince Charming in January, which makes the next few months torturous. But again, I think Winston would love that. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 K. Webster’s Stroke of Midnight is LIVE! Talk about a dirty modern-day telling of Cinderella. ✍🏻



Stroke of Midnight by K Webster is now live!

From USA Today bestselling author K Webster comes a brand new forbidden romance that’s going to leave you speechless.
Money can buy anything. And anyone.
As the head of the Constantine family, I’m used to people bowing to my will. Cruel, rigid, unyielding–I’m all those things.
When I discover the one woman who doesn’t wither under my gaze, but instead smiles right back at me, I’m intrigued. Ash Elliott needs cash, and I make her trade in crudeness and degradation for it.
I crave her tears, her moans, her submission. I pay for each one. And every time, she comes back for more.
When she challenges me with an offer of her own, I have to decide if I’m willing to give her far more than cold hard cash. But love can have deadly consequences when it comes from a Constantine. At the stroke of midnight, that choice may be lost for both of us.

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✍🏻 Need a binge-read? Check out Deliver Us, a boxed set from Pam Godwin. It’s currently 99 pennies! ✍🏻

“A ONE-CLICK must!” – T.M. Frazier, USA Today bestselling author

Deliver Us, an all new gripping and erotic boxed set from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Pam Godwin is now available and perfect for a binge read!

Are you ready to fall in love with a villain?

Van Quiso’s chilling gunmetal eyes will shiver your blood and torment your heart. You’ll fear him and crave him, for behind the cruel mouth lurks a jealous, possessive devil who will sacrifice everything to protect the woman he loves.

Each standalone is a different couple with its own dark love story, all interconnected in a dangerous underworld of murderers, kidnappers, and cartels. Forget your comfort zones. This world isn’t pretty. But it’s oh-so-delicious and twisty.

With over 1000 pages of passion and suspense, this is your next binge read.

More than 200,000 copies sold and thousands of 5-star reviews. No cliffhangers. Available in digital, print, and audiobook.

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Pam Godwin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author
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✍🏻 In time for Halloween, grab Kristen Proby’s Spells, the next installment in her Bayou Magic series. ✍🏻

Spells by Kristen Proby is now live!

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes Spells, the next installment in her gripping Bayou Magic series…

As a powerful hedgewitch and psychic, there isn’t much I can’t work to my advantage and finesse with a spell. Love, fortune, and even the perfect cup of coffee are all possible with the snap of my fingers.

But some things are utterly beyond my control.

Like the powerful and broody warlock who’s been a part of my life for as long as I can remember–and even the lifetimes I often can’t. Things almost as dangerous as Lucien Bergeron’s hold on me and the breathtaking smiles only I get to see.

Or the evil still stalking the streets of New Orleans that beckons to me to see. To feel. To die.

With everything riding on a razors-edge, and things that have been portended coming to fruition, threatening both me and those I love, I’m not sure if I’m strong enough to resist my fate. Or his charm.

If I work with Lucien, it could mean the end for both of us.

If I don’t, those I love most will pay.

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Kristen Proby has published more than forty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion and Romancing Manhattan Series.

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✍🏻 Karina Halle’s All The Love in the World is LIVE. If you’re a Karina Halle reader, run and grab this holiday anthology. ✍🏻

All the Love in the World by Karina Halle is now live!

All the Love in the World
A Holiday Anthology

Christmas. New Year’s Eve. Valentine’s Day. Summer Vacation. Halloween. Pick your holiday and strap yourself in for some epic love stories from your favorite novels by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle.

This collection of five sexy, funny, thrilling, & emotional novellas bring together some of the most beloved characters from such books and series as The Forbidden Man, The Nordic Royals, Experiment in Terror, Dirty Angels, and The McGregors into one amazing anthology.

*The Off-Season: Retired captain of Real Madrid Luciano Ribeiro and his fiancée Ruby Turner have recently moved to the remote Portuguese island of Madeira, expecting peace and quiet. With former teammate Alejo Albarado and his wife Thalia showing up alongside their old coach Mateo Casalles and his wife Vera, the island gets turned upside down. Luckily for the men of Real Madrid, it’s nothing they can’t handle. Featuring characters from Love in English, The Forbidden Man, & The One That Got Away.

*Christmas with the Cartels: Revered drug lord Javier Bernal thought he’d get to have a nice, quiet Christmas with his wife Luisa and young son Vicente. That is until he’s having a very Scrooge-like visitation from the ghost of Christmas past, making him face all the horrible things he’s done…and the people he’s lost. Luckily, Javier is one to roll with the punches, even when a rival cartel threatens to spoil their holiday. Featuring characters from the Dirty Angels Series.

*Ghosted: Every day is Halloween for married ghost-hunters Dex and Perry Foray. But this year, that thin veil between the living and the dead is more vulnerable than normal, and when they’re given the opportunity of a lifetime to contact the dead wife of a desperate man, they end up creating something they can’t undo. Featuring characters from the Experiment in Terror Series, Veiled and The Devil’s Duology.

*A Nordic New Year: King Aksel of Denmark and his wife Queen Aurora are helping Prince Magnus throw an intimate New Year’s Eve party in the rugged mountains of Norway, alongside Prince Viktor, Prince Orlando, and their loved ones. But they get more than they bargained for when they’re snowed in with no end in sight. Featuring characters from The Nordic Royals Series.

*Arrow Through the Heart: Being born on Valentine’s Day has always been an annoyance to Lachlan McGregor, never mind the fact that it was the day his mother gave him away to an orphanage. But this year, his brother Brigs, and his cousins Linden, Bram, Keir and Mal have decided on the biggest birthday party, with everyone flying out to be with him in Scotland. But when his estranged mother comes back in his life, it pushes Lachlan to the brink, with only his love Kayla Moore to save him. Featuring characters from The McGregors (The Pact, The Offer, The Play, The Lie, and The Debt).

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✍🏻 Staci Hart’s Bet the Farm is COMING! What’s not to love about a small-town rom-com?!? ✍🏻

Guys! I’m so excited! Staci Hart has a brand new rom-com standalone coming January 26th! Bet the Farm is a heartfelt, flirty story of opposites attract and I cannot WAIT to read it! Mark your calendars and pre-order your copy today!

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Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer. 

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other. 

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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✍🏻 Oh, how I need this book! Are you ready for Sierra Simone’s Door of Bruises, coming November 30th? I have a TEASER! ✍🏻

DOOR OF BRUISES (Thornchapel #4) by Sierra Simone
Release Date: November 30th

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Twelve years ago, our fates were sealed with a kiss.

We are all, for better or worse, doomed to love each other until death do us part. My heart belongs to Proserpina and St. Sebastian—even if he no longer wants it. Even if she has left it behind to follow him.

Delphine’s fled back home, and Becket’s holy calling is in peril.

And now only Rebecca and I remain at Thornchapel to face the unknown.

The door is open. The door that shouldn’t exist; the door that people have died to close. I don’t feel like the lord of the manor…I don’t feel like a king or a wild god. I am a friend and a boyfriend and a brother—and a failure at being all of these things. But the door doesn’t care about my guilt. It only cares about the sacrifice I’ll make to close it.

As the bruising dark of Samhain approaches, so does the fate of our circle, of Thornchapel and the village and the valley beyond it. And I must don the crown, because one thing is still true, even if I must face it alone.

Here at Thornchapel, the kings must go to the door.

Here at Thornchapel, all kings must die.

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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s More than 5 ⭐️ Review: Jasinda Wilder’s The Cabin ✍🏻

Overall Grade: More than 5 ⭐️

Have you ever entered a book and early on found yourself sitting on the edge of promise, waiting for it to unravel chapter by chapter, page by page? The gravity of the story feels as though it comes at you like the wave analogy mentioned in Jasinda Wilder’s newest book, The Cabin. When I read the blurb for this book before signing up for an ARC for an honest review, there was just something about it that spoke to me. Maybe it was because it sounded a bit like P.S. I Love You. Maybe it was because I was curious about this story. Prior to this book, I had never read Jasinda Wilder, and after reading The Cabin, I know I will be reading many, many more of their books. 

The Cabin is a beautifully wrought tale of loss and grief and learning to live again. In their end note, Jasinda Wilder notes that the story isn’t “autobiographical” which is shocking because the profundity that underscores the truth of this book feels real, feels elemental, feels lived in. Quite frankly, I have only words of praise for this book. It’s elegant in its presentation. Its structure feels provocative. The prose and style of this book feel ephemeral yet grounded. And the story, in 2020, just seems necessary. I don’t say this often, but this book has given me a huge book hangover because its truths filet your heart. The way in which Jasinda Wilder articulate ideas about grief and restoration gut you. I couldn’t stop my tears over their characters’ story. Just thinking about the nuances of them keeps me without words. 

I don’t want to give any story away. I don’t want to really talk about the characters because that gives the story away. My feelings for The Cabin are overwhelmed right now because this book is just so incredibly good. If you don’t do anything else right now, then download Jasinda Wilder’s The Cabin. But be prepared. This is an emotional experience; however, it’s such a beautifully appointed book that I want everyone to read it. From its style to its literary development to its story to its characterization, The Cabin is a literary juggernaut. 

In love and romance,

Professor A