Release Date December 16, 2013
Published by Riptide Publishing
Review Copy from NetGalley
This is it. The book that puts it ALL together.
In the first Professor’s Rule book, James meets hot salesclerk Satish. When he accidentally texts his ex-lover Carson instead of his sister – a lover he hasn’t seen or spoken to for two years – he easily falls back into old patterns and Carson spurs him to pursue Satish in a whirlwind of clothes and dressing room sex. The second book takes a step back and gives us a glimpse of how James and Carson got involved in the first place – James was just a student looking to boost his grade. He’d heard rumors that Carson sometimes gave better grades in exchange for certain favors, if you know what I mean. Carson has some very interesting tutoring methods. This third installment brings everything – everyone – together.
James is kind of in a predicament. Now that he’s reestablished contact with Carson, it’s hard to deny how much he’s missed their relationship. It’s not love, although in PR #2 I could have sworn Carson was developing feelings for James. After seeing how their relationship began, it’s easy to spot the differences and how it’s evolved. The sensory deprivation kink is pretty naughty and reflects just how much James trusts Carson. While he has that unwavering trust and craves what Carson can give him, James is pretty clear he’s not in love with him. His attraction to Satish is new and untainted, kind of a fresh start. They have a lot in common, and in my opinion Satish is a healthier partner for James than Carson will ever be. I could actually see James falling in love with Satish. The only real problem is Satish has zero interest in meeting James’s needs the way Carson can. At first he seems willing to accept James won’t be monogamous – this is a new fling after all and they’re not exclusive – but that changes when Satish uncovers Carson’s role in their initial encounter. He’s pretty pissed, and who could blame him? Here’s a guy you’re just getting to know and already the relationship seems to be based on deception and half truths, well except for the fact that he’s openly told you he’s going to continue to have a sexual relationship with someone else. I wasn’t sure James could manage to salvage things without losing himself in the process.
Inch by Inch surprised me; I expected a pretty classic boy wants new boy, old flame gets in the way, boy ends up with old flame kind of story. In a way we do get that but with a twist. The way Belleau & Gormley leave things is with hope for the future. They’re definitely making James really struggle and work to find his way – nothing is easy for him. Maybe it makes me a sadist, but I kind of love that. He’s a really interesting guy, and I have a feeling we’re just beginning to scratch the surface.
I continue to be impressed by how much story and depth Belleau & Gormley pack into these novellas. By now I should be used to it, maybe someday I’ll learn. One thing’s for sure – they don’t waste time jumping right back into the story. I absolutely can’t wait to see what’s up next in Professor’s Rule #4!
Monday, December 16th kicks off the Inch by Inch Blog Tour sponsored by Riptide Publishing. Be sure to stop by Monday to check our our tour stop featuring 3 Facts About James Sheridan!
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!