3.5 Star SERIES Review by Ashley
I have had these books sitting on my kindle for I don't even want to admit how long. But I was in the mood for something different so I decided to give it a whirl. J.M. LaRocca hooked me with the first steamy scene to Professor Cline Revealed. It had me itching for more and wanting to get to know the broody man who lived that way.
It took me a bit to warm up to Mason but with every flashback into his teen years I got to know the reason for his actions and understood the man behind the mystery more and more. My heart just ached for the sweet, lonely boy who became an overly controlling and desperate man. A rare night out has him looking twice at the gorgeous but bashful waitress. And when fate throws them into each others path once again he decided to make his move- consequences be damned.
I adored Emma. She is as kind as she is smart. Her focus is her school and future career and no one is going to get in the way of that, especially the guy she can't stop staring at. His persistence wears her down and she gives into her lusty thoughts. Now if I though the opening was steamy these two down right melt the sheets! The chemistry is off the charts hot. Emma wants more and isn't willing to settle for it. Mason doesn't know how to let her in even though he wants to. She gives him something he's never had before, hope and he doesn't want to let it go.
The past keeps coming back to torment Mason in the present and Mason just can't seem to break free of those demons. He spirals out of control and when Emma witnesses him at his worst he pushes her away. But Emma has grown during their short time together. She is more assertive and won't back down. Mason, the man who never apologizes knows he has to dig himself out of the hole he got himself into. He devises a plan and sets it into motion- consequences be damned.
I was so wrapped up in the story at this point that when I glanced down and saw that I was at 93% I had to check and make sure there wasn't another book that I was missing- there isn't. I feel that the ending was extremely rushed. There was a lot of potential to show more growth for these characters, both individually and as a couple. I wanted so much more of the actual plan and fall out. I wanted reaction from Emma and Mason and to see some of them getting to know each other without all of the secrets between them. That being said, I was thrilled that Emma's kind and tender heart didn't change with everything that was happening around her. Her sass brought Mason to his knees and forced him to man up. J.M. LaRocca took me for quite the ride with this series. It was a whirlwind of events and emotions. Mason and Emma proved that no matter how much the odds may be stacked against you, if you want it bad enough, and work hard enough, you can make it happen.
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