✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4.5 ⭐️ Review: Skye Warren’s Strict Confidence ✍🏻

Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️

Skye Warren’s Strict Confidence starts right where the first book of her Rochester Trilogy, Private Property, left off. In true Skye Warren fashion, her newest book works her reader over in the best of ways. Jane and Beau struggle through the aftermath of the events in book 1. If you have yet to read that book, you should jump in now since both books are available. 

Much of this book is pushing the narrative forward. However, Jane and Beau are more of the first book: one step forward, two steps back in their need for each other. In the midst of their tug-of-war of feelings and chemistry, there are clues that someone is after one of them. Beau, in all of his alphaness, feels the need to protect Paige, his charge, and Jane to an almost manic level, and Jane is drawn to giving Beau everything he needs to live. By the end of this book, you are a bit further along in this story, BUT you are once again left with a HUGE cliffhanger. 

Since Strict Confidence is more story building, it doesn’t go too far. As such, it’s almost difficult to review. Beau Rochester is still that contradiction of feelings, while Jane is his salve. Their chemistry is off the charts fire, consistent with Skye Warren’s stories. However, they end where they started, so it will be up to the final book of this trilogy to mete out their happy ending. 

There are underlying messages about mental health and privilege in this story. Through Jane’s story, Warren allows us to peek at socio-economic disparity and the broken foster care system. By the end of this trilogy, I am going to need for Jane to find her place, her family, after all that she has endured. 

Skye Warren is once again world-building with this newest book, Strict Confidence. It has everything you love about her books: a broken hero, a heroine who will save him, a story that keeps you sitting at the edge of your seat, and a steaminess that makes your panties melt. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Oh boy! Buckle up, romance readers, CD Reiss’s Mafia King is LIVE, and it’s a continuing journey of passion. ✍🏻

MAFIA KING (The DiLustro Arrangement #2) by CD Reiss

Release Date: June 15th

Genre/Trope: Arranged Marriage/Mafia Romance


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Santino is my king. My lover. My husband.

He’s the head of the Cavallo crime family and the moment he choked my vows from me, my life was bound to his.

I’m done fighting my fate, until I hear two rumors, and I’m shaken to the core.

One rumor about the past—that I wasn’t the first bride Santino took.

Another about the future—a new bride is about to be taken.

Changing the old ways is like dousing the flames of hell with tears.

But I married the devil himself, and when I vowed to obey, I lied.

About the Author:

CD Reiss has a long history of aimlessly moving from place to place. She finally settled in Los Angeles where she earned a master’s degree in cinematic writing from USC. After graduation, she ultimately failed to have one line of dialog put on film, but stayed in Hollywood out of spite.

Since screenwriting was going nowhere, she switched to novels. Soon after, luck arrived with a complete set of baggage. She now has over two dozen titles under her belt. Two of those are NY Times Bestsellers and a handful more are USA Today bestsellers. Her audiobooks have won APA Audie Awards and Earphones Awards, swelling her ego to an inhuman size.

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Forbidden. Commanding. Mysterious. Beau Rochester has an entire house full of secrets. And those secrets are putting Jane Mendoza in danger.

Strict Confidence by Skye Warren is now LIVE!

She fell in love with the one man she can’t have. She should leave Maine to protect her heart, but the thread refuses to be severed. The brooding Mr. Rochester and his grieving niece are more than her job. They’re her new family.

She races against time to find answers and protect the people she loves. The cliffside grows dark with the misdeeds of the past. Her heart and her sanity fight a battle, but they are both at risk.

Will Mr. Rochester learn to trust Jane? And will that trust destroy her?

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✍🏻 Love secret baby romance? Well, a new anthology is out now. Knocked Up features so many great stories from favorite authors. ✍🏻

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✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 5 ⭐️ Review: CD Reiss’s Mafia King ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Misogyny is synonymous with mafia romance. As readers of it, we lie to ourselves, renaming a mafia hero an “alpha-hole” or “anti-hero” to cover our discomfort, accepting and entreating him for more alpha-esque behavior because we deem it “hot.”

Let’s be real about CD Reiss’s Mafia Bride, the first book of Reiss’s mafia trilogy. It’s a captivity narrative, one where the hero is already entranced with the heroine. But it’s love from forced proximity.  And it should make readers uncomfortable, but under Reiss’s deft hand, it titillates and excites more than it does anything else because the promise of the antihero’s redemption through love is a siren’s call to a romance reader’s heart.

CD Reiss’s Mafia King is a cavalcade of emotions. With the cliffhanger of Mafia Bride, you enter Reiss’s newest story with trepidation. The feelings professed by Reiss’s Santino late in Mafia Bride now seem disingenuous, and Violetta’s heart has been broken, so you tiptoe into Mafia King with a hand over your eyes simultaneously peeking through your fingers. Reiss has invested you in Santino and Violetta’s journey. 

But Mafia King shows us the depth of Violetta’s character. That misogyny I speak of at the beginning of this review is interrogated in Mafia King. The discomfort we’ve felt reading mafia romance is placed under a microscope and Reiss weaves her magic in pointing to problems while trying to find a solution. 

This book is more $ex, more drama, and more story but it is still far from the end. In fact, Reiss leaves her readers with a bigger cliffie than the first book. But the true gem of this book is Violetta’s persistence and power. The kingly status of Santino from the first book is now eclipsed with the burgeoning stately queenliness of Violetta. 

With the turn of the final page of Mafia King, I groaned in agony.  I hope I survive until later in the year when Mafia Queen is released because CD Reiss seriously left her readers hanging by our fingernails with her newest book.

In love and romance, 

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4.5 ⭐️ Review: Monica Murphy’s The Sophomore ✍🏻

Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️

Okay, okay, okay…I want to be transparent with this review. Now, I’ve been reading Monica Murphy’s The Callahans series and most recently the College Years series. And I find myself confused by it. On the one hand, I’m not a huge fan of the style of the books. They oftentimes state directly the actions of the story, but they lack the emotional edge necessary to invest in the characters. But Monica Murphy is brilliant with these stories in that she’s created a group identity with her characters that 1) makes you want to read all of the characters’ stories and 2) there is enough titillation and interest in the type of story afforded each character. She piques this curiosity in her readers that they can’t help but want to read her stories even when the style feels stilted in its presentation. At least, those are my feelings. 

When I finished The Sophomore, Jackson and Ellie’s story, I left it with an emotional investment in Murphy’s story in a way that I haven’t felt since, I think, Eli and Ava’s books. I will admit that the beginning of this book annoyed me. Jackson’s indifference and then interest in Ellie is frustrating. His aloofness coupled with Ellie’s inability to say “I’ve had enough” and stick to it made me want to throw my phone at the wall. And I know readers love that kind of stuff. I like it to a point, but Ellie initially reads like a doormat, and I needed her to walk away sooner than she did. However, about the 50% mark, something changes. Well, actually, it’s Jackson who metamorphosizes. The indifferent rockstar finally begins to show the depth of his emotions. At the beginning of The Sophomore, honestly, there isn’t much that is likable about him. He’s a contradiction. He wants music; he doesn’t want it. He wants to play football; he doesn’t really need it. He knows Ellie is the only person who cares about him; she’s too good for him. His friends give him a hard time, yet they are co-dependent in their friendship. Then, the middle of the book hits, and a new Jackson arises. Now, I’ll be honest, some readers might be annoyed at the distance Jackson travels in his characterization so quickly, but I loved it because, like Ellie notices, his capacity to love her existed. He just needed to commit to it. 

That’s actually the focus of The Sophomore: Jackson’s need to commit. Once he does, the story transforms into something you don’t quite expect. Some of that stilted style falls away, and it’s replaced with song lyrics that offer up Jackson’s true emotions. Murphy’s style unravels along with Jackson’s indifference, and the last half of The Sophomore becomes this ode to love. 

In the end, I found myself enamored with Jackson and Ellie’s story. Thus far, I think it’s my favorite with Eli and Ava’s coming up in a close second. Now, I’m ready for Caleb’s. Will Monica Murphy offer up a tamed Caleb? We will have to wait to find out. 

In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4.5 ⭐️ Review: Meghan Quinn’s The Perfect Catch ✍🏻

Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️

There are three distinct truths about Meghan Quinn’s The Perfect Catch that should be the sole impetuses for reading this book:

  1. There is absolutely nothing better than a grumpy, closed-off hero who is changed forever by a persistent, intelligent, scheming woman.
  2. Sports romance is some of the best romance out there. In the world of Meghan Quinn, it’s a perfect mixture of comical and touching. One minute you find yourself laughing at the antics of her baseball players; the next, you find tears in your eyes because the gravity of her story hits you in the heart. 
  3. This book, while funny in moments, is actually one of her more serious books I’ve read recently. I was actually surprised at the seriousness of The Perfect Catch, and it made for a read where I found myself emotionally invested in Walker and Kate. Even more, it also was pretty steamy throughout. 

So, to be very succinct I LOVED The Perfect Catch. There is nothing I love more than a crabby, cranky, mean-spirited hero who is faced with a woman who can see more in him. Even when my stomach swooped at every mean thing he says to Kate…even when I can feel Kate’s dejection…even when all seems lost in this story, I love the journey of a man who has built brick after brick of protection around his emotions. A story such as Walker and Kate’s is a reminder that people experience deep hurts, and they simply need a person or people to invest in them. With persistence and perseverance, the Walkers of the world can find love, and in a story such as this, they love at a depth that makes you swoon. And that is definitely the case with The Perfect Catch. 

Kate is the type of heroine that you can’t help but adore in romance. She has endured loss, and she has been tenacious in living her best life. She is the first person in the book to recognize the soft underbelly of Walker. She simply persists in helping him live his best life, and you can’t help but adore her. 

This story is also a forbidden love story, and oh my word…Quinn makes you work for Walker and Kate’s every touch. This is some serious slow-burn with so much anticipation built into it. The eroticism of this book lies in Walker and Kate’s build-up. It’s the best part of the book. It’s also the part of the book that can be the most frustrating because you want these two to be together. You need them to be together because they make each other better versions of themselves. But…Quinn makes you work hard for a happy ending in The Perfect Catch

Now, there is a little bit of a twist to this story. I will reveal nothing here, but it comes from out of nowhere, and it feels a little unnecessary. I appreciate it, though, but it’s the reason I wouldn’t call this a solid 5 star read. 

If you’re like me and you love Meghan Quinn’s baseball players, GRAB Walker’s story in The Perfect Catch. You will NOT regret this one.
In love and romance,

Professor A

✍🏻 Professor Romance’s 4⭐️ Review: Andi Burns’s Goalkeeper ✍🏻

Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I think it’s almost standard that the parents stink in any New Adult romance. That isn’t a literal statement; rather, one propogated through the foolishness of parents to live vicariously through their children or place unrealistic expectations because they don’t properly “see” their kids. Time and time again, the parents are either absent or the reason for their children’s psychological breakdown in any NA/YA romance. And Andi Burns’s contribution to the Moo U series, Goalkeeper, is no different. In fact, it becomes the tie that binds her hero, Spencer, and her heroine, Paige together. 

Spencer is the goalkeeper for the illustrious Moo U Men’s Hockey Team. With a father who has never outgrown his hockey dad expectations, Spencer’s life is hockey and school. He’s already been drafted, but he’s unsure if he should spend another year in college OR take his place on the team that drafted him. He eats, breathes, and sleeps hockey, sometimes to the detriment of his relationships with his teammates. One night, his teammate entices him with a party in the hockey house (he’s already a resident, but he tends to forgo the parties). Thinking he will only stay for a short while, he finds himself invested when Paige and her friend show up at the party. Paige is the social butterfly of the party scene. She is gorgeous, and she’s caught Spencer’s eye previously. When the two are paired up for a racy game of Jenga, their connection is instantaneous…until Spencer messes everything up. Awkward and shy, he avoids Paige only to find themselves in the same speech class, a class that is the bane of this shy guy’s existence. With her natural effervecence and given that she’s a beauty vlogger, Paige has the ability to help Spencer through this class. They partner up…and the rest is history with these two. Unfortunately, their parents, the villains of this story <smirk>, love to complicate their lives, and this causes a problem with these two. Will their relationship survive those parental expectations?

Throughout Goalkeeper, I loved Spencer and Paige, individually and as a couple. They see each other when no one else does. For the most part, they support each other, and they are completely drawn into each other. There is some back and forth at the beginning of the story, mostly because Spencer is so inept at relationships. However, it’s Paige’s independence and drive that saves them. When they eventually unravel, which is necessary for any romance, it isn’t incredibly profound and, I’ll be honest, it feels a bit manufactured for these two. They really do fall heavily for each other, so their trouble doesn’t feel organic to the story. However, given this is a romance, everything is remedied in the end. 

Beyond the romance, this story is really about young people choosing their best lives. Spencer and Paige struggle with their parents’ expectations, and it muddles them. When they finally decide their lives on their own terms, Spencer and Paige become better people. I find this message to be an important one in the age of super-achievement and generational differences. 

Overall, I found the story between Paige and Spencer delightful. I enjoyed Goalkeeper, and I think it’s a solid end for the Moo U series. 

In love and romance, 

Professor A

✍🏻 Blog Tour: J. Kenner’s 1,001 Dark Nights novella, Memories of You – another story from the Stark Security world ✍🏻

Memories of You, an all new sexy second chance Stark Security novella from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner and 1,001 Dark Nights, is out now!

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Hollywood consultant Renly Cooper is fed up with relationships. His recent breakup with a leading lady played out across the tabloids, and the former Navy Seal is more than ready to focus on his new position as an agent at the elite Stark Security agency. He’s expecting international stakes. Instead, his first assignment is to protect one of Damien Stark’s friends from a stalker. A woman who, to his delight, turns out to be one of his closest childhood friends.

After a foray into online dating puts tech genius Abby Jones in danger, she needs a bodyguard, and her business partner, Nikki Fairchild Stark, enlists help from Stark Security. When the assigned agent turns out to be her best friend from junior high—and her first crush—she’s thrilled to discover he’s even more delicious now. She hopes one sexy night can turn into more, but Renly is firmly in the friends-with-benefits camp.

As the threat to Abby increases, she tries to keep her growing feelings for Renly at bay. But as the sparks between them burn even hotter, can they go from friends to lovers when the first order of business is simply to keep Abby alive?

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In the rearview mirror, I watch as he gets off the bike, then walks toward me across the lot. I get out and meet him at the rear of the car. 

“I haven’t got a single quarter,” he says. “Do you?”

I laugh. “Not a one. But I do have a credit card.” I’m about to walk over to that side and start the system running, but he gets there first, sliding in his card and then grinning at me as the machinery starts rumbling. 

This particular car wash has a hose on each side of the stall. I’ve always assumed that was so that you don’t have to drag a dirty hose over your newly cleaned half in order to wash the other side. Now I consider another purpose. 

Renly apparently has the same thought, because I see the gleam in his eyes as he goes to the far side, then grabs the coiled hose, his hand poised on the nozzle. 

“Don’t you even think about it,” I say, going for my own hose.

His eyes widen, all innocent and guileless. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” 

I burst out laughing. Then, still laughing, I pull the trigger on my own hose and spray him, accidentally getting him full-on in the crotch.

“Seriously?” he says. “Sweetheart, you are so going to pay for that.”

“Phhbbt.” I dance away from the spray he aims at me.  “I would have thought someone in the military would have a faster reaction time.” 

He aims again, and this time manages to completely soak the T-shirt I’d worn to work this morning. “Hey!” I protest. “This is a genuine discount bin Old Navy T-shirt. How dare you defile it?”

“Well, it fits you very nicely,” he says, letting his eyes skim over me in what I know is an exaggerated leer. 

I glance down, realizing that since I knew I was going to be the only one in the office today, I hadn’t bothered to wear a bra. That’s something I can usually get away with, but in a wet T-shirt, even my barely-B-cup breasts look pretty perky.

I roll my eyes. “Perv.”

“I apologize for nothing.”

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JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

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✍🏻 Meghan Quinn’s The Perfect Catch is LIVE. If you adore a grumpy hero with walls protecting his emotions AND a heroine who knocks those walls down, then you will ADORE this story. I did. ✍🏻


Release Date: June 10th

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Forbidden Romance

Workplace Romance

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“Kiss me. Just this once . . . please Walker.”

Those whispered words were my undoing . . .

As the most hated player in baseball, I had two options: either clean up my image or pack my bags. Being traded wasn’t an option which only meant one thing, I had to become compliant.

That’s how I found myself sharing a small bistro table with Kate Chapman, the Chicago Bobbies newest PR Manager. Devastatingly beautiful, vastly intelligent, and incredibly cunning, she knows exactly how to handle my grumpy demeanor.

It was supposed to be simple. Book some PR events, show up, smile for the camera, and be done. But one massive mistake on my end sends me into the trenches with Kate, forcing me to open up to her.

Innocent glances turn into cordial encounters.

Secret touches turn into tempting invitations.

And dangerous nights alone turn into consuming desperation.

I’ve never wanted a woman as much as I want her. And I know she wants me, but there’s a no fraternizing with the players rule. Neither of us can afford to lose our jobs, but we also can’t seem to keep our hands off each other either.


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I slip on my clothes, going for a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved Henley. I push the sleeves up, still heated from the shower. I leave my hat in my locker, opting for a quick swab of styling pomade through my hair. I couldn’t care less what I look like, but Coach always likes us to be somewhat presentable after a game in case we run into any press.

Hungry and ready for my bed, I head out of the locker room and am making my way toward the players’ exit when a throat clears behind me. I glance over my shoulder to find Kate Chapman standing against the wall, her purse draped over her shoulder and a beautiful smile gracing her delicately freckled face.

She quickly gives me a once-over and says, “It was the socks.”

I can’t help it, I let out a low chuckle while slowly shaking my head and turning toward her. Hands in my pockets, I say, “It wasn’t the socks.”

Her mouth drops open in disbelief as she approaches me. “It was so the socks.” She points her finger at me.

“Don’t even deny it.”

“It was all my practice.”

“Yeah, practice with me. Just admit it, Rockwell, you had fun last night, the socks were a good luck charm, and you played your ass off tonight.”

I don’t believe in superstitions, which is unheard of when it comes to a baseball player, but I’ve never geared my play around being a habitual player, either. Instead, I do what feels right. So, believing in socks having a special power and helping me gather some hits tonight—nah, not real. But I will say this—having my socks up reminded me why I was behind that plate. It reminded me of being small again and taking joy in the little things.

Was it the socks? Maybe.

Was it the thought of the girl standing in front of me?

Maybe a little more.

“It wasn’t the socks.”

Her head falls back as she groans. “You’re so stubborn.” She makes eye contact with me again. “Do you realize that?”

“Yeah.” I rock on my heels, trying not to stare at her too much.

Just picture me pitching to you.

When I said that would be too distracting, I meant it. With her softly curled hair and her gorgeous smile that doesn’t seem to ever falter—unless I’m a total dick and walk out on her—she’s caught my eye.

She’s starting to imprint herself on my brain.

She’s starting to make me feel shit I shouldn’t be feeling.

“Well, I’m—”

“What are you doing right now?” I ask out of the blue, surprising myself, and her.

“Uh, I was going to give you a hard time and then go home?” she says with a hint of question at the end.

I nod at her. “Hungry?”

She eyes me suspiciously. “Starving.”

“Want to get some food?”

She chews on her bottom lip, thinking about her answer, and I know it’s not in a joking around way, but more so she’s afraid. Afraid of me, possibly. Afraid for her job, most likely.

So, I add, “You know, to discuss business.”

It’s against team policy to fraternize with the players. I know that, she knows that, but, for the life of me, after seeing that infectious joy on her face, I had to ask her. I had to try to spend more time with her.

“Well, if it’s business . . .” She smiles brightly and then nods behind her. “Follow me.”

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