Book Reviews

Educating the Professor by Sean Michael at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Students/Teachers/Professors / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-February-2019

Book Blurb

Kenneth Brannigan is a small-town history professor. He’s happy with his life, loves the classes he teaches, and lives in a tiny apartment in a converted house with his best friend, Tim, next door. He’s still recovering from a bad breakup and is content to stick to his comfortable routine. It’s Tim who insists he come to the Queer Alliance’s Rainbow Mixer. 


At the mixer, Kenn meets David Burgundy, a new-to-town TA who is working on his masters. Dave is drawn immediately to Kenn and is thrilled when Kenn offers to show him the best pizza place in town. One meal leads to two, which leads to Dave and Kenn spending most of their free time together… and Kenn loosening his self-imposed rules regarding dating and sex for some kinky fun.


Kenn’s ex isn’t going to just let Kenn be, though, and the happier Kenn is with Dave, the less the ex likes it. Will Kenn continue to run away from his past, or will his relationship with Dave help him face it head-on?


Book Review

The conflict between moving on from an abusive past and the reluctance to take a risk with someone new is at the heart of this story. Kenn is a quiet history professor, not very self-confident in public situations, and definitely not interested in another relationship. David is an archeology TA working on his master’s degree, new to town, and very self-confident. They hit it off from the moment they meet at a rainbow mixer, but while their romance is wonderfully sweet and super-hot once they explore their kinky side, there are a lot of underlying issues in the way Kenn sees himself, not to mention the a**hole ex trying to throw a spanner into the works.

Kenn has turned into a workaholic, and a big part of that is due to the fact he wants to stay busy so he doesn’t have time to think. Or go out and risk exposure to another abusive man, like the one he finally escaped from (barely) three years ago. He doesn’t think he is still suffering from that breakup, but on a deeper level, his refusal to engage speaks louder than words. He is a very sensual man and, as he quickly discovers, David brings that side out in him like nobody before. David is also the perfect partner to tell Kenn what to do – something he craves but is afraid to admit. No wonder after his ex used this against him – it takes a lot of trust for Kenn to let himself go again.

David likes Kenn from the start, senses the potential for more, and decides to go after Kenn before someone else snaps him up. He is eager, makes sure Kenn knows he is interested, and has no problem with their initial encounters being in public places. David is a very dominant man, and he loves “educating” Kenn about the possibilities of what they can get up to together. Much of their relationship is built during moments of physical intimacy and that makes this book one hot read!

Kenn’s self-confidence issues come out really well both in the way he thinks and how he acts, and while David seems a little overbearing at times, he is exactly what Kenn needs to come out of his self-imposed shell. I guess that is what good relationships are all about – one guy has what the other needs and vice versa. They get along well as friends before they (very quickly) delve into the physical side of things, and this basic understanding is really what gets them through some of the difficulties they encounter.

If you like some kink and lots of hot loving with your romance, if you think two academics might just be the perfect fit, and if you’re looking for an entertaining, fun, scorching story about two men falling in love and exploring their kinks together, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/61102 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-February-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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