The Professor by Cathy Perkins

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Carina Press

My Copy: Netgalley

The Professor presses his palm against her flank, the warmth of her blood, hotter than her skin. Hot, like the life force that he has claimed. The power over life and death is the ultimate thrill.

Someone is murdering women on college campuses. Agent Mick O’Shaughnessy’s mission is simple: stop the killer. Following every lead, he meets Meg, the faculty advisor for one of the victims, who can help him track the killer through her campus connections.

Meg Connelly is focused on getting her master’s degree to show her estranged family she doesn’t need anybody’s help to succeed. There’s something about Mick she can’t resist, but the last time she let someone get close to her, it cost her everything.

As the investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But Mick’s interest in Meg doesn’t just endanger her heart—it puts her in the sights of the killer.

Once he gets her alone, he can take all the time he needs…

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A serial killer is working his way through college campuses. Looking for cute co-eds and brutally murdering them without a second thought. It’s Agent Mick O’Shaughnessy’s job to track the guy down and bring him to justice. The pursuit brings Mick to a local college and right into the sights of Meg. Meg is a graduate student working at the college teaching while she finishes up her degree. Damaged from her past Meg doesn’t want to admit to herself that the handsome agent is just want she may need to be happy for once in her life. Mick isn’t about to let her slip away when he has only just met her and he’s willing to take all the time she may need to feel comfortable and to prove himself to her. Mick isn’t the only man that Meg has peaked the interest of. The Professor also has her in his cross-hairs, and he’s just as determined as Mick to not let her go.

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The Professor is a case of wanting something specific and getting something completely different. I picked this one up because it’s listed as romance. The blurb makes it sound like romantic suspense…in a way it was….just without the romance. Suspense sure. You’ve got a cop, a potential victim and a serial killer. The suspense aspect basically writes itself. I liked both main characters Meg and Mick. Both were independent, well rounded characters. Meg has baggage from a relationship gone very bad and had trust issues with everyone. She had a hard time letting anyone, even close friends, into her inner sanctum. Mick is a typical cop, tough, good at his job and overall stubborn. The problem in The Professor lies with the romance. Or lack of it. I’d take a stab that about 80% of the book has the main characters apart. I found it hard to believe in a romance after such a short time when they were hardly ever together. it was also hard to get invested in a story where you don’t know what the other person is doing for chunks of time. The majority of the book is wrote in Micks point of view. This gave the book a very criminal feel…not romancey. When we did get Meg’s POV her outlook is so damaged from her past that the emotions she is feeling are hard to come across.

Without the main characters interacting more, or there being more outright danger for Meg from The Professor that Mick had to safe her from, the romance was lost on me. The Professor himself was pretty well wrote. I found the sections in his POV to be dangerous and I felt his emotions, however schizophrenic they were, very well. I would have liked him to be a bit more active in his pursuit. Perhaps trying and failing for Meg instead of the other girl he was interested in. I wanted a bit more action on his end, which would have resulted in Mick and Meg being together more.

In the end, I was disappointed with The Professor. It is most definitely suspense but the romance lost me.

I give The Professor by Cathy Perkins 2 stars

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