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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
The Professor presses his palm against her flank, feeling the liquid 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 South Carolina's college campuses: three women, three different schools. The Governor's order to State Law Enforcement Agent Mick O'
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 23rd 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 2012)
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This book, provided to me by netgalley, is absolutely the best cops-romantic-suspense story I have ever read. Honestly, it's just completely brilliant, and kept me totally absorbed from beginning to end. I was gripped within the first two paragraphs.

I really like romantic suspense, but 9 times out of 10 I find the suspense part is, well, pretty crappy. It's usually clear within about 30 seconds whom the bad guy is, and then it just falls into the usual cycle of hero and heroine spending hours in
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This Is NOT a romance!! Publisher billed this as romance NOT Author!! Like bad covers we complain about, it's the publishers fault!

I did like this book. DO NOT get me wrong.

Just to say up front, this book was billed as a romance, but just because 2 people end up maybe HEA & they kiss, does NOT make a book a romance. That being said... review below.

Reading this book as a murder mystery it was a great book. It would have been a 5 star read if I had I not been expecting something that never c
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Meh....The Professor is billed as Romantic Suspense, but it's more romantic SUPENSE, with the emphasis and detail on the mystery/suspense part of story line....there is a romance subplot present, but it's only a marginal part of the story, IMO...and felt like it was separate from the mystery plotline. And I'm not sure if this makes sense, but it felt like the romance bits were written by someone who hasn't written romance it doesn't read like romances novels (in their varioius form ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There were several things that pulled me right into Cathy Perkins’s book The Professor. The setting, back in my single days I worked in Manning, SC. My aunt and uncle lived in Lake City, SC. One of the best school librarian’s I ever worked with grew up in Newberry. It was fun reading a book set in places that I could close my eyes and remember, I don’t think I’ve ever been able to do that with a book before.
The emotion felt by the characters, the way the author chose her words, and wove them tog
Lucy Dosch
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible thriller, full of suspense and intrigue. We are not only in the heads of our main characters Mick and Meg, but also the killer throughout the story. We watch what he sees and feel his increasing obsession, first with Meg, and then when he realizes the growing relationship with Mick and Meg, he obsesses about defeating “his enemy” and taking Mick’s woman in the ultimate humiliation of the man he deems as his nemesis.

As we watch the killer getting closer and closer to his g
Angela Campbell
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great romantic suspense from an author I hope to read more from! I really enjoyed the hunting-for-a-serial-killer premise here, and while the romance seemed to take a backseat at times to the mystery aspects of this book, that's actually what I ended up liking the most about it. Meg and Mick were both likable characters, and I enjoyed that their relationship was sweet and took time to build. Standard romance readers will probably think the romance is too mild, but I am glad these two weren't hit ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fabulous book with a compelling story. A serial killer has killed 3 women so far each from a college campus. Mick is the special agent in charge of going through the evidence from each city to see if this killer can be caught. In the middle of an investigation on a different matter, Mick meets Meg and is impressed with her. All of a sudden he just can't seem to stop thinking about her. The killer is also looking for another victim and seems to have settled on Meg. Emails are sent to both Mick ...more
Chi Dubinski
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Readers who enjoy a suspenseful story with a romance should check out “The Professor” by Cathy Perkins. When three woman students are murdered, all at different colleges in the area, local law enforcement calls in Mick O’Shaughnessy, agent with the state of South Carolina. While examining the evidence in the case and interviewing witnesses, he meets Meg Connelly, a graduate student and sorority house resident advisor. Lots of twists and turns in this novel while the identity of the killer remain ...more
Gloria Harchar
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Agent Mick O'Shaughnessy is introduced as part of a special task force to solve murders that are affecting small-town college campuses. The crimes are horrific. The killer's unique calling card is the only thing that all three victims have in common. This is so scary that I had to hide behind the leather sofa to read it! And the romance completes this thriller that will keep you reading through the night. If you are a fan of Tami Hoag's, then you will love this book!
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great thriller with wonderful romance.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The suspense had me biting my nails all the way through! Excellent story, characters, ploy and pacing!
InD'tale Magazine
Cathy Perkins writes a serpentine tale of suspense and mystery.

Read full review in the 2012 September issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I love these characters - although I might be a little partial in my opinion :)
Barbara Andrews
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good intense story.
Amy Moniz
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked the writing style and the plot, the characters and the story. The only thing that I didn't like was that I wanted to know more detail about what happened AFTER Mick saved Meg...did they hug, kiss or more? I guess I wanted more of the relationship side after the traumatic climax--the good stuff. There were so many pages in the book devoted to developing the story and the characters, and then the climax was almost on the last page.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

I was pretty excited about this book, as I am a total sucker for a good romantic suspense, especially ones with creepy serial killers.

Mick has been working on the serial killer case since it came across his desk. The evidence has been lacking and he is stuck tracking down every lead, regardless of how small or insignificant it may be. When he meets Meg
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
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 ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I may not know much about romantic suspense, but I do know what I like -- NOT.

The Professor pulls just about every chestnut out of the romantic suspense bag: the hunter-turned-hunted twist, the hunter-targets-relative twist, the detective gets involved with a person of concern twist, etc., etc.

Strangely, it all comes together and there must be a moral in there somewhere: perhaps that the oldest chestnuts are the sweetest.

I usually detest thrillers in which one narrative line assumes the POV of t
Melanie Adkins
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Someone is killing college girls and dumping their bodies. The whole campus has heard the stories. Rules are in place to protect the young women of the local colleges. Meg Connelly is a student, but she's also a teacher too. She works as an advisor to a sorority house too. Meg tries to remind the girls of the safety rules, but doesn't really apply them to herself. She knows she shouldn't be walking alone at night on campus. Mick O'Shaughnessy is called in as an agent to help find this killer. Hi ...more
Renee Rearden
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers

I don't normally read mysteries, but The Professor sucked me in from the first page. Ms Perkins has created an engaging story that constantly keeps the reader guessing what will happen next. The murderer is smart AND creepy...two traits that aren't always mutually exclusive. Mick is the perfect alpaha male, tempered by intelligence, patience and understanding. Meg is driven to succeed, but has learned to hide her vulnerability behind a mask of polite detachment. These two characters n
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I'm going to read a story I usually know what to expect, but this time I was waiting for a lovestory, instead I got a thriller, but ok, it was a good thriller.

Di solito so quello che sto per leggere e stavolta credevo di avere tra le mani una storia d'amore, non è così, era un giallo, ma era bello, quindi va bene lo stesso.

Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The very beginning and last few pages were weak, but the rest of it was good. Weak romance development. Somewhat weak character development, like they were picked from stock options. The bad guy and what he was doing were good, though.
Rebecca J.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Haunting, creepy, suspenseful, and damn sexy. The perfect serial killer book. And the chemistry between the main characters (not the serial killer LOL) was scorching hot. I can't wait until Ms. Perkins releases her next book!
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a mystery that is suspenseful and realistic with just a touch of romance, then you are sure to enjoy this superb debut novel by a promising new author. To read my review in its entirety please visit http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy....
The Romantic Scientist
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Strong writing and an engaging story. My full review is here:
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great mystery. Reads like an episode of one of my fav tv shows Criminal Minds.
SM Corral
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Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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An award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she's observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters' lives. A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapter) and International Thriller Writers, she is a co ...more
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