by Jennifer Probst
Connor Dunkle knows what he wants in a woman, and it’s the three B’s. Beauty. Body. Boobs. Other women need not apply. With his good looks and easygoing charm, he’s used to getting what he wants—and who. Until he comes face to face with the one woman who’s slowly making his life hell…and enjoying every moment…
Ella Blake is a single mom and a professor at the local Verily college who’s climbed up the ranks the hard way. Her ten-year-old son is a constant challenge, and her students are driving her crazy—namely Connor Dunkle, who’s failing her class and trying to charm his way into a better grade. Fuming at his chauvinistic tendencies, Ella teaches him the ultimate lesson by giving him a special project to help his grade. When sparks fly, neither of them are ready to face their true feelings, but will love teach them the ultimate lesson of all?
A nice addition to the Searching For series!
I wasn’t quite sure on my way in to this one–teacher/student is not one of my favorite troupes. Most of the story was kept out of the classroom, though, and both Ella and Connor are in their thirties, so it was less of an issue than I feared. Most of their developing relationship happens at home–naturally they find out they’re neighbors–and that made the progression into a relationship more believable and palatable.
I really liked how they became friends first and then fully realized their attraction, though the fact that it took Connor until after Ella’s makeover to give in to it–quite a while after they shared their first kiss–bothered me. (As it did the heroine–when she confronts him I was ready to stand up and cheer, You go, girl!)
Still, I liked the two together and was rooting for Connor to get his head out of his butt and figure himself out already. Fortunately, as it was a novella, it didn’t take him too long, and Ms. Probst has him make his declaration in a very sweet way.
Of course Nate and Kennedy’s story ( Searching for Perfect ) is the one book in the series I haven’t read yet–must change that soon! I’m interested to see the “before” version of Connor 😉
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
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