Publisher: Midnight Showcase
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Twenty-eight-year-old UC Berkeley reentry student Elise Richards is involved with one of her professors, gorgeous Rafael Segura, who, she fears, may be a modern Don Juan. Elise struggles with her conflicting feelings for Rafael until she learns what only he can teach her—the liberating power of pure passion.
Elise Richards is a promising student in Rafael Segura’s class, though she rarely participates in the lectures or discussions until being summoned one day to his office with an opportunity too tempting to pass up. However, Elise isn’t certain whether or not Rafael’s ultimate intention is to seduce her, and even less certain whether or not she wants it to be.
For a debut novella, Ms. Rhodes certainly went a long way in establishing herself. “Passion’s Professor” has a lot working for it. However, the editor in me sees a lot of room for improvement insofar as character development and vying away from stereotypes. While Rafael may not be the playboy he seems, he never truly struck me as a sympathetic character…though that might have been due to never seeing anything from his point of view. I just didn’t like him, or trust his intentions.
As I said, there is ample room for growth, and I’m eager to see where Ms. Rhodes’ writing leads her. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for her next release.
3 Tea Cups!