Age gap, Book Review, Forbidden, Romance, Series

Obsessed by Ivy Smoak


I’m not a good man. And it turns out I’m an even worse professor.

I have sinful thoughts about one of my students. Every night. I picture her in my bed. In my shower. Underneath me. Right up against the chalkboard. I’m especially fond of that one.

In my defense, I know her thoughts are as sinful as mine. She’s begging me with her beautiful blue eyes. She’s daring me to cross the line.

No, I’m not a good man. And I’m done pretending to be. I know exactly what I’m going to do to her as soon as she walks into my office hours…


I picked up this book because I had heard good things about Ivy Smoak’s Hunted series. What I didn’t know was that this book is from James’ point of view and the others are from Penny’s point of view.  James is a bit stalkerish and creepy. He’s a professor obsessed with a student.  Need I say more?

James is a professor in Delaware. He’s apparently moved from New York where there are some bad memories for James. He’s cut himself off from family and friends and seems to have a problem with control. Trying to get his head in the game of teaching, he literally runs into a beautiful student who happens to be in his class. Though he knows she’s off limits, he starts to lose control and takes a step on the forbidden side convincing himself that she is his muse. 

James does try hard to stay away from Penny at first, but his loneliness and lack of control take over. I’m on the fence on whether or not I like James. I feel he’s not ready for a relationship (especially with a naive college student) with all of his problems. After all, he is going to a therapist to help him with his issues. He’s vulnerable, but he’s too creepy for me.  As for Penny, I don’t learn a whole lot about her, but I think she’s in over her head. 

As for the pace of the story, it’s too slow and repetitive. It could definitely be much shorter than what it was. There are just so many times one can hear James torture himself over pursuing Penny. I love the one-point-of-view story, but I’m thinking this book could have been better with two points of view just because too much was left to the imagination.

Overall, this was an interesting take on the forbidden romance trope with the professor and student. It’s cringeworthy for me because I work at a college.  If you like the tortured man and naive woman thing, go for it.



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Ivy Smoak is the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon #1 bestselling author of The Hunted Series. Her books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

When she’s not writing, you can find Ivy binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her husband in Delaware.

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