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Friday, February 8, 2013

Christmas with the Professor by Sue Lyndon


Title: Christmas with the Professor
Author: by Sue Lyndon
Format: ebook
Pub. Date: November 2012
Source: Amazon

★★★

2.5 Stars, rounded up.

Angela sees a Dom inside of her professor, Dr. Taylor. There's something about the glint in his eye and the masculine confidence that he oozes with every action that stirs the once-submissive student in all of the right ways. Can she coax this alpha male out of him just in time to make it the perfect Christmastime treat for her?

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2.5 stars, rated up.

Overall, this was a mediocre short story with both positives and negatives.

-We never got to learn about Angela. She gave small glimpses into her "horrible" past, but it wasn't enough to make her seem like a relatable or even well written character. It actually reminded me, oddly enough, of The Avengers. When Black Widow and Hawkeye mention Budapest, you think to yourself Damn, what the hell happened in Budapest? In this novella it was Damn, what the hell happened to her in France? Only, we'll never know.

-Then too, she seems a bit too damaged to be properly submissive. It came off almost abusive (and not the fun kind) and at some points her fear and discomfort made me feel that way as well.

+This story was overall well written. The author used a wide variety of vocabulary that gave the scene a bit of spice, and a touch of vulgarity without being needlessly crude or crass.

-That being said, about halfway through I started to feel like this was a Fifty Shades of Grey fan fiction. There's nothing wrong with that, but it did stir up old irritations that I felt in that novel. Such as, the use of the word there. No. Just no. Please. Writers, I beg you. No more there.

+The scene was sexy, and so was the professor. I don't blame her for talking herself into staying with him.

My final opinion on this novella is that it sounds like a proposal for a novel. And to be honest, I'd be very interested in reading that. I'd like to see both characters more developed, perhaps a bit more of the relationship between them and less of a rushed finish. But as a stand-alone story it fell a bit flat for me.

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