Review: Fiona Cole’s Voyeur

Fiona Cole is my new favorite writer. I was first introduced to her through the Cards of Love series and her book, The Lovers. With its angst and happy ending, I was hooked. Even more, that book was fiery with Jake and Jackson and Carina. By the end of the book, I was fairly certain that I might need a little CPR from the way the story had me holding my breath through the entire story.

Following that book, I decided to read Voyeur. I understand that it was back-tracking; however, I wanted to read more from this “universe.” However, I was pretty reticent to read the book. In order to fully understand my reticence, you need to understand that I am a professor of writing, so any student/professor stories make me uncomfortable. I personally would never engage in this type of relationship with one of my students, so it engages my vomit reflex with the thought of it.

Voyeur follows the story of Callum and Oaklyn. Callum is a professor who struggles with intimacy due to a past trauma. His inability to connect with others has caused him to buy a membership to Voyeur, so he can watch what he wishes he could engage in. Oaklyn is a student whose parents have used her scholarship money to pay for an emergency expense. Since she is struggling to pay for tuition AND her life expenses, she interviews for and takes a job at Voyeur to pay for her bills. This experience is liberating for her, but she also struggles with it too. One night, Callum spies Oaklyn, and he is entranced by her. Eventually, days later, he realizes she is one of his students, as well as a student aide in his department. He becomes obsessed with her, as he is physically (and eventually, emotionally) attracted to her. This book follows their foray into a relationship and all of the issues related to that.

Even with my trepidation, I loved this book. For one, even though she is a student, Oaklyn is incredibly mature for her age. In fact, there are many times in the story when her emotional maturity surpasses Callum’s, and she is the only adult in the room. Although she is young, she is wise, and it is her wisdom and strength that saves Callum from himself for most of the story. Her character is my favorite part of the story. She is powerful womanhood personified.

Callum is a special male H. He is broken, and he is hiding from living his life because his brokenness holds him down. Yet, instead of staying broken, he comes to the realization that he can actually save himself. Even more, he needs to save himself. Instead of rescuing the female, he rescues himself, and this is a message needed in our own lives.

The ancillary characters of the story offer some additional color, but they are insignificant to the relationship of Callum and Oaklyn. They simply act as “sounding boards” or an impetus for story movement. Each of the main ancillary characters find his/her story in other books: Jake in The Lovers and Olivia in Liar, a current newsletter story. I absolutely recommend you read these stories too.

Voyeur is a story of healing from trauma through love. Callum and Oaklyn’s relationship is powerful, and it reminds us that we can move beyond our pasts to find happiness in the future. Fiona Cole infuses the angst of this story (and her other books) with a message of renewal and love. And she does it with the fire of passion. A worthy combination for romance.

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In love and romance,

Professor A

 

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I teach students to write for college. I love to read writers who write romance. Why not review and promote the writing of people who love to write romance? Win-win for me

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