Review: Misadventures with a Professor by Sierra Simone

Reviewed by Caitlin

I’m a big Sierra Simone fan. I think she’s a fantastic writer, even in her stories I don’t love quite as much, and she’s one of the great erotic romances putting out work today. I was floored that I had missed this book when this came out.

The first two-thirds of the story are lovely, but I’m still disappointed in the final third. While I will likely revisit this book in the future (seriously, she writes some really great sex scenes), I’m bummed this book’s ending didn’t fulfill its promising beginning.

Amanada “Zandy” Lynch is 22 years old and scored an awesome opportunity to be a research assistant for a professor colleague of her father’s in England. She has one night in London before going to the cottage, and she decides she’s going to lose her virginity to a one-night stand she meets at a bar. 

Oliver Markham Graeme is a 32-year-old professor who is taking a sabbatical to write a book about Victorian era sex and dating customs. His last relationship – with a woman named Rosie – left some scars, so he hasn’t been in one since. In fact, it’s been some time since he even slept with someone. 

They literally bump into each other in London and happen to stay at the same hotel. She’s bubbly and sweet and eager and innocent. He’s grumpy and curmudgeonly and wants her to put a jacket on. She has luscious curves; he’s unfairly handsome with a square jaw and stubble that won’t go away.

And when they inevitably have a one-night stand, they find they fit each other in bed perfectly. He’s a Dom who likes to punish/spank and then reward his good girl, and she’s a teacher’s pet who is very into this dynamic.

So imagine their surprise when she ends up working for him. And how much he tries to avoid temptation, even when he can’t function when she calls him professor.

There are some serious ethical issues at play, considering he’s basically her boss, and considering that even though the age gap isn’t terrible, he and her father are colleagues. But I’m willing to let that slide, because Oliver does grapple with a ton of guilt, and Zandy is clearly very into it from the get-go.

My issue stems from the fact that, even though they always wore condoms, they still have an unplanned pregnancy. I get that pregnancies can happen even if birth control is used, but the fallout from this plot point – stemming from Zandy’s insecurities about the fact that she lost her virginity so late (and she’s so young!) and Oliver hating himself because of some bitter, cheating ex-girlfriend from years ago – was tough to read. Simone does a proficient job making it believable, but I still spent some time watching to slap either character for some silliness that could have been resolved with an adult conversation.

I’m a big Sierra Simone fan, so overall I still enjoyed it. If you’re new to Sierra Simone, I would recommend starting with her New Camelot series. It’s still one of my all-time favorite romance series.

Rating: B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Misadventures with a Professor
by Sierra Simone
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Waterhouse Press

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