Series: Masters of Love #2
on September 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Nina Bocci
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What's a girl to do when a man who's countless shades of wrong feels oh-so-right?
Ambitious book editor Asha Tate is a hopeless romantic. Despite her mediocre track record with men, she believes in swooning, sighing, and the everlasting love of true soul mates. Sure, sex is okay, but she’s not someone who’s ever been driven by her animal urges.
When Asha stumbles upon the scorching hot Instagram feed of someone calling himself Professor Feelgood, she falls in lust for the first time. Not only is she left panting over the professor’s insane body, but his angst-filled poetry about losing his one true love speaks straight to her soul.
Desperately in need of a bestseller for her struggling publishing company, Asha knows the professor’s potential to sell to his millions of loyal followers could be the lifeline her bosses need. However, the ink is barely dry on a book deal before she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. Sure, the professor is incredibly talented and sexier than any man has a right to be, but the man behind the persona isn’t at all who she pictured. In real life, he’s intense, arrogant and infuriating, and his uncanny ability to rub her the wrong way turns her dream project into a total nightmare.
Knowing that the professor is everything she doesn’t want in a man should help Asha ignore her occasional urges to mount him, but she quickly learns that explosive, unwanted chemistry can make even smart people do stupid things.
by Leisa Rayven
I’ve been waiting for this book for so long. After reading Mister Romance I couldn’t wait to get my grabby hands on Asha’s story. So lets have a look if this one fulfilled the promise it held, shall we?
Note: Making sure that you are aware that I rated this book 4.5 stars so even though I had some niggles I enjoyed this story so much.
Professor Feelgood is an ultra-slow burn. For pretty much the first 70% we get a lot of bickering and a highly entertaining story about how Asha tries to put her animosity for the professor aside and do her job. It was fun to watch both of them jumping at each other’s throat. However, they said some pretty hurtful things in between though so the angst, that builds up, will satisfy any angst junkie.
“You sacrificed seven-hundred grand to annoy me?”
“Oh, but princess, the value of annoying you is priceless.”
As a result the relationship between them showed distinct lack of development in the first half of the story. If you find yourself wondering if they’ll ever get past their hurt…keep going. It’s going to get phenomenal.
When Asha finally has an epiphany – and this is the niggle I was talking about – it came a little out of the blue. I realize that we often color events and the past the way we want to see them and it’s definitely a big theme in this story. But this book is written in Asha’s point of view and the enlightenment, that came up the first time when I was in the last third of the story, should at least have been hinted at before. View Spoiler »That she had a boyfriend until shortly before wasn’t helpful either. « Hide Spoiler
Nevertheless I loved the professor and Asha’s love story. Often times the words we don’t say are the ones that harm us most and there is a lesson to be learned, not just for these characters. There was, buried under all the resentment, an obvious connection between the two of them and once they dug it out the story became tender, passionate and full of romance.
“Loving someone is the easiest thing in the word. Making them love you back is the hard part.”
I adored this hero, him being a douchenozzle for half of the book notwithstanding. You could feel his frustration and anger, that he lashed out because he couldn’t muster the courage to say what he wanted to.
Asha had sass and spirit. She gave as good as she got. I loved that Leisa Rayven touched on an issue the majority of women have – not being able to let go with a sexual partner, thus making the experience something to endure and not to enjoy.
“If men had to make women orgasm to get them pregnant, the world’s population would still be in double-digits.”
Ain’t it the truth…
The last 30% of the book were rather emotional and it was when I fell deeply in love with Asha too. Some might think that’s too late but there is still a good junk of pages left to revel in her and the professor’s love for each other.
And as I stared, bombarded by all the ways I needed her in my life, there was a small, lonely hole in my heart that saw her standing there and whispered, “Oh, there you are.” This is the story of us.
Waiting for Asha and the professor’s story was so worth it, it’s romantic, a tiny bit angsty, all kinds of fun and satisfying. Leisa Rayven has shown again what a damn fine writer she is. Her prose is captivating and has a certain poetry without being flowery. While I was waiting for Professor Feelgood for more than a year it is the quality of this author’s writing that makes it so worth it. I can see at least two more characters who show potential for their own book. Next up is Doctor Love and I hope it’ll be here soon!