Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven
Series: Masters of Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 16th, 2018
ARC from the author
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I’m sure this is old hat at this point, but Leisa Rayven is an author that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. When I saw the blurb for Professor Feelgood, I knew this is where I’d be jumping on the bandwagon, and I’m glad I did. Did I have some issues with this book? Sure, so let’s get them out of the way now so I can move on to the things I like – things that ensure I’ll pick up more books by this author. First of all, I found the blurb not only misleading (I didn’t find Asha’s track record with men mediocre, it was more DOA,) it also left out a key detail that, IMO should have been part of it. Mostly because that detail wasn’t really a surprise, and it didn’t happen far enough in the book to warrant a ‘reveal.’ I find this to be a mild spoiler, but a spoiler nonetheless, so highlight to see. The fact that ‘Professor Feelgood’ was actually someone from Asha’s past should have been included in the blurb, even if in a vague way. I feel like the blurb deliberately leaves this out, but it changes the entire tone of the story and I feel like it should have been clear when I picked it up. Having said that, I also feel like that makes me a high maintenance reader, so take it with a grain of salt. As far as the personalities of the female friend group in goes, I feel like they were alike to the point of being interchangeable. Sure, some of their experiences were different, but that should have had more of a hand in shaping them and made their differences more evident. There was also a major event in the heroes life that felt glossed over, which brings me to my last dislike. I do feel like this book was all surface. There really wasn’t much depth here, but there could have been, and it could have really kicked this book up a notch. And I rarely say this because it’s usually clear to me why an author goes with a specific point of view, but I think points of view from both main characters in this book would have helped.
OK – so what did I like about this book? Asha’s relationship with her sister and their relationship with their grandmother. I love strong family ties in a story, and they were wonderfully shown here. Also, Asha’s friend Joanna who has out of this world stories. I have a friend like this – a friend who has stories so extraordinary you find some things hard to believe, only to have them come up from someone else in future conversation corroborating the events. I mean, the stories she tells and comment bombs she drops aren’t nearly as jaw dropping as Joanna’s, but they’re fun to hear. It makes me hope that we have a Joanna book in the future. I would really love to hear her story. The steamy scenes in this book were just that, and I, of course, loved reading them. Asha and Jake had great chemistry whether they were arguing in a boardroom or getting it on between the sheets, and it just made it that much more fun when they finally did get together. Though I do wish we’d gotten a tad more of Jake’s past. It would have filled in a lot of his blanks.
It might sound like I had a lot of issues with this book, but despite them, I enjoyed this premise, and I really couldn’t read this book fast enough. It pulled me right in, and I had a hard time putting it down. Professor Feelgood had me addicted, and it made me excited to go back and read the first book in this series. You better believe I’ll be picking up the next! If you’re a fan of romance, don’t let this book pass you by. Pick it up and know you’re in for a good time!
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