Book Reviews

Try Not To... (Lakeview University: Holiday Try-Mester 3) by Drea Roman

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Students/Teachers/Professors / MPreg / Omegaverse / Age Gap / Romance
Reviewed by Bob-O-Link on 03-March-2023

Book Blurb

Jaime Westingbrooke's fall semester starts off so well.
Of course, it would go off the rails immediately.
As soon as he received his new graduate teaching assistant assignment-- Dr. Robert Staff. Hot, grumbly, and, so satisfying to. . . Jaime tries not to go down that road.
Nevermind the enormous crush on the man Jaime has been nursing since his freshman year.

Try not to fall in lust...
Try not to fall in love...
Try not to fall pregnant...
Oops, Jaime does all three.

Prof. Robert Staff is failng at all of his rules for life this semester, as soon as his new graduate assitant walks into his office on one sunny afternnon. Robert will try not to find himself suddenly attracted to his new assistant, who used to be a scrawny student but has had a summer glow-up. He cannot help but want to ... do all sorts of things a professor should not want to try with his graduate students. It's gonna be a long, hot semester. Hot under the collar that is. And maybe some other places too.


Book Review

The overlap in location and many characters (particularly Robert and Preston who star in the prior Lakeview installments, and Stan the man – the campus fixer) make all three Lakeview University novellas like chapters in one novel. Though generated by three authors, the component parts are remarkably distinct yet common. An anomaly that succeeds!


Jaime Westingbrooke is a graduate student, though viewed as a failure by his own family, a “dud omega”. Now pursuing his graduate degree, Jaime is assigned to Professor Robert Staff as a teaching assistant. Jaime has had a crush on Professor Staff since his freshman year. Jaime’s dream is that professor Staff falls in love with him. But Jaime has an unusual physical problem. Though an omega in his twenties, Jaime's first heat occurred only a few months ago (adding to his family’s general disappointment in him). Robert always thought well of Jaime during his four undergraduate years, but if he was then cute, now Jaime appears stunning. Conveniently, the professor eschews the concept of fated mates.


You all know where this is going; no need for reams of pages. They are not storming Moscow with Tolstoy. Jaime is subject to the onset of heats, and Robert is attracted. (Robert: “Damn it. I have to find Jaime now and taste his lips. I have to know if this need is reality or I’m just crazy.”) It may be that the mere presence of Jaime’s future mate is sufficient to bring on his heats.


Note 1: Is it just me, or do others notice that as coital scenes become more heated and detailed, our reading speed per word increases exponentially?


Note 2: All the binding together of three stories notwithstanding, in the second volume the reference is to manopause; here is it to menopause. This is why editors pull out their hair!


Note 3: With all mated pairs serially committed, and three HEAs, we can now bid adieu to Eeny, Meeny, and Miny. Sadly, no Mo.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 92 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-December-2022
Price $4.99 ebook
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