When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey is completely focused on her medical degree … until she sees newly minted professor Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous young English professor and vows to find a crack in his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.
At an off-campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding Southern belle … and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can’t stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden … yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can’t stay away from Honey.
And when his attempt to fight their attraction nearly ruins the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.
Honey Perribow was a character I didn’t love as immediately as I thought I would. She’s smart and sweet and sassy. She’s driven and determined to make a difference. But her single-minded determination to have an affair with her professor just irritated me. If the upper-management found out about an affair between a student and a teacher, the teacher would get the brunt of the punishment. The student would get a slap on the wrist, a failure for the class maybe, but this is Ben’s fucking career! I don’t understand how she could willfully be so determined to get in his pants when she knows what it could cost him. After sitting in his class, it’s very apparent that he loves his job. Why would she want to take that away from him? I mean, I get the whole hormones thing, but seriously? Are you not in control of your own actions?
I liked Ben better, but I didn’t love him either. I was more on his side than Honey’s, but I didn’t love him either. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bookworm, but he didn’t have me swooning. I also didn’t like how quickly the whole romance moved. Maybe that was just my perspective, but I felt like the whole thing rushed through quickly. And the on-again off-again aspect of any romance always gets on my nerves. I know life can get in the way, but you either want to make it work or you don’t. Pick a side and stick with it!
Despite my issues, I did enjoy this book overall. It is a very fast read. It has that addictive quality that makes you want to keep reading. You just have to know what happens next, even when the characters are rubbing you the wrong way.
This doesn’t sound like a very positive review, huh? I really did enjoy the novel, but looking back on it for a review, the negatives stand out more than the positives. Oh well.