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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,855 ratings  ·  325 reviews
At a secret masked ball at Yale, Naomi Costa is literally swept off her stiletto-blistered feet by a man with a killer jawline, a perfect body, and an even-better kiss. They bust out of an emergency exit and have axis-shaking sex. He pours whiskey in her belly button and after they run out of condoms, they have to get creative. That kind of sex.

The next day, she learns th
Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
“Forbidden fruit is sweetest.”

Professed - Nicola Rendell:

Professed is the very first book I have ever read by Nicola Rendell and just Wow! This was such a beautifully written book. I sort of thought it would be a light, silly, fun type of book. But what it turned out to be was a story about two people that fell in love. But their love was so deep, so profound, so life changing, that it rocked them to their very core. But it was also a love that broke every rule and could change the course of their futures if discovered.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Honestly, yawn. I had such high hopes for this one and it soooo didn’t deliver. The smutty scenes were PG-13 at best and the plot was v Lifetime Original Movie. Lame.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's Insta-lust/insta-love for a professor and his assistant/student, and IMO, both took excessive risks which made zero sense. There was also a significant age difference. Additionally, we have a Dean of faculty with way too much time on his hands. These are the points I made while reading, now I have to turn them into a cohesive review! Oh, groovy!

Review to come! Honest injun!
“Dulce pomum quum abest custos. Forbidden fruit is sweetest.”

So, I read this book broken up into three parts for three days. Day one: five stars, I loved it. Day two; three stars, I still enjoyed it. Day three: one star, it was super annoying and read so very fake. Like, this book made me feel a whirlwind of emotions, but I just wish the feelings from day one stayed throughout.

Professed starts out with a secret sex club at Yale University (I promise, no Rory Gilmore jokes.) This book switch
I love student/teacher books and this one was fantastic! I had a bit of a hard time getting into it at first, the writing style was a bit different than I'm use to but I ended up really loving this one! Super steamy and funny - I really liked these characters and couldn't wait to see if they would be able to make their forbidden romance work. I look forward to reading more by this author!
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
*Safety notes at the bottom of this review*

It took me 100 pages to settle into the writing style with this one. I can't quite place my finger on what exactly didn't quite work with it, there was just something niggling me.

The passion between the pair was obvious, but the whole secret society aspect was just a forced scenario for them meeting. It was the only time it was mentioned, which is fair enough I suppose, but it's never explained WHY they're picked for the exclusive invite in the first p
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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Stand-alone. Thanks Jess!

At a secret masked ball at Yale, Naomi Costa is literally swept off her stiletto-blistered feet by a man with a killer jawline, a perfect body, and an even-better kiss. They bust out of an emergency exit and have axis-shaking sex. He pours whiskey in her belly button and after they run out of condoms, they have to get creative. That kind of sex.

The next day, she learns that he is none other than Dr. Benjamin Beck, a brand new
Book-Bosomed  blog
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the heels of an unexpected boost in his career, Professor Benjamin Beck, 38, moves east for a new teaching position. At a mysterious party, he meets Naomi Costa, 20, (her stated age, although background stories add up 22/23) and the two indulge in a sultry hook-up.

The opening scene with this anonymous masked rave party pulled me in. Though it later seemed like a bit of a dropped plot point, it set an intriguing mood and initiated the chemistry between the two. I also liked that it establishe
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short review as my red blood cells have buggered off and taken my words with them. Thieves. Anyhoo, Professed...


I enjoyed it--it was my first time reading Nicola Rendell and I'm certainly intending on reading more from her. There was room for a little more angst and drama considering the professor/student relationship and I felt everything was a wee bit on the easy side for Ben and Naomi but, aside of that and a few pacing issues, Rendell's writing style worked for me, she created endearing char
Jennifer Kyle
DNF @ 57
Julie Zantopoulos
This book starts out steamy AF and somewhere along the way got a little outta control. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. All in all, it was a smutty new adult romance about an of age college student and her 38 yr old professor whom she is a TA for. There's a power difference there but she doesn't mind at all as she does enjoy this power over her in the bedroom.

It's steamy, but there were parts of the plot, her father/home life, and the annoying AF Dean with no personal boundaries that 1000% w
Jackie Bromagin
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I started this at almost 4am and now it’s 8am and I’m finished and I can’t believe I read for 4 hours instead of sleeping.

Sometimes you just need romance and smut in your life, ya know?
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Not what I was expecting... Better!

I found this book through "Scandalicious" blog. The ladies on that blog reviewed it and gave it high marks.
It sounded really good. Nicola Rendell is a debut author. So I was all in.
The "meet-cute" between Naomi and Ben was very hot. Their first encounter took around 6 smokin' hot chapters.
As the book blurb reveals, Ben is her professor at Yale University where she attends. Wow, they were shocked when they found out.
This author's writing style took a little getting use to:
"So together we sit
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, read-in-2018
DNF at 73%!

I actually really enjoyed the first half of this book. It was entertaining and I pretty much flew through it but once I'd hit the 60% mark, things just started going down the drain. For one thing, I mostly began skimming the pages because the story became super boring and shortly after I just knew that I wouldn't manage to get through another page of this. That's also due to the fact that the male main character suddenly thought incorporating ropes into their sex life would be a good
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Wow, everything about this story sucked me in and would not let me go. From the first meeting to every single stolen moment. The romantic elements that were in each page. How deeply Ben worshipped Naomi, how fiercely to her soul that she loved him back. To believe in nothing and find that everything that was missing was found in the eyes of another. Oh Ben what a revelation. His whole world knocked off his axis. By one young but extraordinary old soul his beautiful Naomi. If I had one thing to g ...more
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
3.5 - 4 Stars

Written in an unusually quirky style, Professed is a student/teacher romance about Ben, a college professor and 20-year-old Naomi. I will admit that it took me some time to get into this story, but once I did, I was engrossed in this very hot and at times very funny taboo romance.

First, heed the warnings about this book and be aware that this story is VERY explicit! Ben and Naomi meet at a secret masked ball and immediately begin a passionate affair. Dr. Ben Beck is a philosophy
This was one humdinger of a story - review to come
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

‘I’ve never needed anything. Ever. I’ve never felt this deep, sinking desire inside me. I’ve never felt exposed and wide open and fucking freaked out. Nothing is so consequential as to be needed. Nothing is so important as to be loved.’

Fancy a hot, passionate and sexy student/teacher romance? Well, Professed will satisfy you in every way possible and then some. It’s an easy addictive well written erotic read that hits all those spots when you’re in the mood for something a little spicy. A chance
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
Silly, silly book. Let me start by saying this - I learned there are many secret societies at Yale university. From watching Gilmore Girls, I resigned myself to thinking they were all fun and dorky like Life and Death Brigade.

In omnia paratus!...

But, of course, where there is young people without parental control - there is mischief and sex parties. Enter Lux et Veritas.

Good thing Rory didn't happen upon one of those, my childhood would have been ruined forever.

Sure, there's also Scull and Bones
Beneath The Covers Blog
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sonal, 2016-reads, arcs
Oh God this book was so yummmm. I loved that this was not that taboo yet the forbidden part of it made it so much hotter.

I adored the characters. Naomi was such a sweetheart. She was fierce and knew what she wanted and how to make it hers.

BEN omg Ben!!!! His intensity, his playfulness, his skepticism and his love for Naomi made me his #1 fan. He was such a refreshing character.

I am in awe of nicola's writing and can't wait for book #2. ~Sonal
Violina The Romance Lover
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF 40% Maybe it's not the right time, the right book or the right plotline for me right now :)
Ang~Dirty Laundry Review
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Professed by Nicola Rendell won me over word-by-word. There’s something magical in the author’s writing that I can’t quite put my finger on. It was almost familiar yet completely different than anything I’ve read before. One thing I can be sure of, Professed topped my list for favorite student/teacher book! Professed is what I like to call smart smut! The story isn’t dumbed down, and it’s smart and witty in a way that isn’t -trying- to be smart and witty. It just is! Smart smut is my favorite ki ...more
Rachelle Rice Walters
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
*I was given this book for an honest review*
truthfully this book wasn't for me, I found it boring and lack of excitement. it was back and forth with the main characters and it never drew me in. I did like the background of the main female Naomi. the fisherman's daughter. I'm not a big fan of men calling themselfs "daddy" and when I saw that I was turned off.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
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3 “Dominus” stars

When I first started this book, I didn’t think I was going to fall in love with the story and characters as much as I did, but it happened and I’m so happy I gave Rendell a chance.

Let’s start this review by talking about the author’s writing style. It took me a couple chapters to feel comfortable with it. And at first, the duo POV felt off for some reason, as if the heroines POV and heros POV read the same way. I believe my reading buddy described it as both of them having the
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
4.25 stars. I loved this book! This is the third book I've read by Ms. Rendell and all have been major hits for me. This is Naomi and Ben's story. Naomi is a Junior philosophy major at Yale. She is invited to a masked party one night where she meets Ben. It is definitely lust and connection at first sight. They spend the night together and both know they want to see each other again, but a phone number mix up prevents it. That is, until Naomi meets the new headmaster of philosophy, Professor Ben ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-free-book
Professed was a story about a Yale professor and his undergraduate student. This type of relationship was frowned upon and quite forbidden, but the consequences were not enough to stop them. This was an insta-connection that sparked from the word go. Faces hidden behind masks they drew each other in by eye contact and pheromones. Miss Costa meet Master Beck. He is your boss and she is your aide.

Naomi started off as a confident sexual woman in the first few chapters. After learning Ben was the M
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Professed was a great and fun read. I didn't love it but I enjoyed myself. The story was pretty basic and nothing out of the ordinary. Teacher/student plot. Naomi and Benjamin were blazing hot together. Damn, talk about chemistry. When it came to the story I found it very predictable. Naomi and Benjamin meet at a party and it's instant lust between them. That continues in secret until they have to figure out what to do with her being a student and him a teacher. There's a twenty years age differ ...more
Paperback Princess
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very very hot professor student romance and it wasn't just lust there was true bone deep love happening between them. I actually really enjoyed this book was really good.
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
***2.5 stars*** thoughts to come this afternoon...
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Bestselling author Nicola Rendell loves writing naughty romantic comedies. After receiving a handful of degrees from a handful of places, she now works as a professor in New England. Nicola’s work has been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After and the Huffington Post. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. Her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady, but she’s totally okay with that. ...more
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