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Sterling University #3

Educating Dr. Mayfield

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He has plenty to learn about love. She’s just the woman who can teach him.

Creative writing professor, Dr. Delaney Driscoll, has an ambitious plan: establish a new degree in romantic fiction. There’s just one problem, and his name is Dr. Devon Mayfield.

Devon, the gorgeous, uptight, all-business college dean and newest member of the curriculum committee thinks Delaney’s proposed degree is useless and a waste of university resources. What’s worse, he convinces the rest of the committee to follow his lead.

Delaney is instantly attracted to Devon’s Darcy-like broodiness—until he stands in the way of her career-long goal. And like Austen’s famous character, Devon’s first impression of her is far from flattering. But even as the two clash over academic philosophies, Delaney becomes the teacher and Devon the student in a remedial course on love.

In the end, can Delaney convince Devon that her effervescent love of life is exactly what he needs to forget the pain of his past and embrace a future with her?

166 pages, Kindle Edition

Published September 5, 2017

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Rebecca Heflin

14 books441 followers
Rebecca Heflin is a bestselling, award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister sneaked a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job at a major state university.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.

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2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)
2013 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Holt Medallion Award of Merit (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Maggie Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Shooting Star Award (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
2013 Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers' Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)
2013 Show Me Your Covers Contest Honorable Mention (Rescuing Lacey)
2014 Royal Palm Literary Awards Winner (Dreams of Perfection)
2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards, 3rd Place ( Dreams of Her Own)
2017 Virginia Romance Writers Holt Medallion Finalist (Dreams of Her Own)
2018 EPIC eBook Award Winner (Romancing Dr. Love)
2018 EPIC Ariana eBook Cover Awards Finalist (Romancing Dr. Love)
2018 Maine Romance Writers Strut Your Stuff Finalist, Contemporary Romance (Winning Dr. Wentworth and Educating Dr. Mayfield)
2018 Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America Booksellers' Best Finalist, Novella (Educating Dr. Mayfield)
2018 First Coast Romance Writers National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award Winner, Novella (Educating Dr. Mayfield)
2018 Orange County Romance Writers Book Buyers Best Winner, Novella (Winning Dr. Wentworth)
2018 Orange County Romance Writers Book Buyers Best Second Place, Novella (Educating Dr. Mayfield)
2019 Desert Rose RWA Golden Quill Finalist (A Season to Dance)
2019 Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers' Best Awards Finalist (A Season to Dance)
2019 RONE Awards, First Runner Up (A Season to Dance)
2019 Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Contest Finalist (A Season to Dance)
2019 Colorado Romance Writers The Beverley Contest Finalist (A Season to Dance)
2019 Royal Palm Literary Awards, Bronze (A Season to Dance)
2019 Kathryn Hayes "When Sparks Fly" Contest, 2nd Place (A Season to Dance)
2020 Royal Palm Literary Awards, Silver (A Season to Love)
2021 Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Consent, Finalist (A Season to Love)
2022 Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Consent, Finalist (A Season to Remember)
2022 Contemporary Romance Writers Reader's Choice Award (A Season to Remember)
2022 Royal Palm Literary Awards, Gold (A Season to Remember)

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Profile Image for Dianne.
6,773 reviews572 followers
September 14, 2017
First impressions are so important, right? Because just maybe that person you met while half drunk at the bar could end up being your new boss and he could crush your career dreams in his hot little hands with one word, “No.”

Delaney Driscoll, outgoing and quirky creative writing professor found out the hard way when she discovered the hot guy at the bar was her new Dean, the somber and brooding Devon Mayfield. Devon has a vision and Delaney’s proposed degree in romantic fiction just doesn’t fit in. Maybe the stuffed shirt dean needs a lesson in love from someone who knows what real romantic compatibility is and Delaney might be that person.

Higher education has never been so “hands and hearts” on! EDUCATING DR. MAYFIELD by Rebecca Heflin is a quick, sweet romance with an added touch of spice. Nothing is more fun than watching love conquer all, including a man who just doesn’t believe in it!

I received this copy from Rebecca Heflin.

Series: Sterling University - Book 3
Publisher: Rebecca Heflin Books, LLC (September 5, 2017)
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Print Length: 167 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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1,882 reviews50 followers
September 6, 2017
3.5 Stars-Predictable

Not a whole lot caught my attention with Educating Dr. Mayfield. The book was short and sweet, yet highly predicable and a little slow in some areas.

As a fan of the opposites attract genre, Dr. Mayfield and Dr. Driscoll were definitely that. As such a free spirit, I almost hated to see Delaney Driscoll waste any time with the stuffy Davon Mayfield. He so wasn't worth it in my mind.

The book is the third in the Sterling University series and while Rebecca Heflin made sure we knew who was who as they were introduced, I still felt a little out of the loop while reading.

Education Dr. Mayfield is well written, but not my cup of tea. I like a little more heat and a lot more angst in my reads.

Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.
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Author 5 books345 followers
November 1, 2017
A small-town college setting and a heroine who falls for the broody Mr. Darcys of the world... I was happy to pick up this third book in the Sterling University series of low-angst, sweet yet passionate contemporary romances.

Educating Dr. Mayfield is the third of the series. It can standalone as long as the reader doesn't mind the inclusion of the wrap-up side stories for the two previous couples running in the background.

Delaney feels she is ever the bridesmaid and tries not to envy her two bestfriend's satisfying love lives even as she works hard to put forward her proposal for a romance fiction major to the curriculum selection committee. Of course, Dr. tall, dark, handsome and broody, Devon Mayfield, is on the committee and has no plans for a colorful and feeling-filled woman like Delaney until she overwhelms him and he has no idea what to do with her.

This was an easy-read, gently-paced affair with a few conflict blips, but lots of romantic moments. I loved their Shakespeare play on the green picnic and walk through the Arts fair. I wasn't so taken with the added element of the pair taking Sam's compatibility test and being perfect matches- it just seem a little over the top. Once these two gave in and stopped fighting their attraction, they were sizzling in the bedroom together.

All in all, I enjoyed cozying up to read about feisty Delaney crack Devon's cold facade. Those who are looking for a quick read that's gently-paced and offers up a spicy sweet romance showed give a look-see.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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11.4k reviews150 followers
September 6, 2017
Dr. Delaney Driscoll is a creative writing professor who has a big plan to establish a new degree in romantic fiction. However, Dr. Devon Mayfield, the uptight college dean, and newest member of the curriculum committee, thinks that it's a waste of university resources. And even goes as far as to convince everyone else on the committee to follow his lead. If that's not a big enough issue, it gets worse when Delaney finds herself attracted to the uptight man, even when they're clashing over academic philosophies, but will she ever convince Devon that her love of life is just what the doctor orders? I know this story can be read as a standalone, but I have come to believe that I may have imprinted on Delaney better if I had read the previous books. It took me a bit to warm up to her, which made the story a bit slow to start for me. (Remember this is MY VIEW) With that being said, I did find myself laughing quite a bit when Delaney & Devon were thrown together, as the banter was funny to me, especially with all of his Darcy-like issues, and the sparks that shot of my kindle were HOT! Rebecca Heflin does have a very original, and talented writing style that intrigues me, so I will go back and read the previous books, as I'm captivated now. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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Author 0 books118 followers
October 16, 2017
Educating Dr Mayfield is book #3 in the Sterling University romance series set in Georgia.

Delaney Driscoll lectures at Sterling University and is hoping to persuade the curriculum committee to agree her new proposed major in fine arts.

Devon Mayfield is the new Dean of Sterling’s College of Business. He meets Delaney at a local bar, but any sizzling attraction between them is denied. Later he turns the curriculum committee against Delaney’s proposal and ruins her hopes.

When Dr Sam Love seeks new participants for a highly scientific ‘love test match’, Devon decides to take part hoping it might find him a suitable partner without the need for any romantic effort on his part. However he’s not prepared for his perfect match to be Delaney. Will Dr Love’s theories be proved correct?

This is a series of easy read smouldering romances set amongst academia; I’ve now read and enjoyed books #2 and #3. Following a popular story arc, they can be read as standalones or part of the series.
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125 reviews
September 8, 2017
Delaney is out to lunch with her best friends when she spots Mr. Tall, Dark, and Brooding. Little did she know that Mr. TDB is now the Dean of Sterling, and the person Delaney will be answering to. Upon their meeting you can tell that Devon seems to be a bit snobby or high and mighty. Delaney is very laid back and go with the flow. Throughout the story Delaney is a very strong female lead and doesn't take much guff from anyone. Devon is very stubborn, yet compassionate.

I liked Devon and Delaney's story a lot. I am giving Educating Dr. Mayfield 4 stars. I really enjoyed the story line and the light banter between the two of them. I loved how Delaney pushed Devon's limits a little and made him feel things he thought he didn't deserve or was incapable of feeling. There was a few times where the back and forth felt a little drawn out, but overall I really enjoyed Educating Dr. Mayfield.
Profile Image for Julie Barrett.
8,347 reviews148 followers
September 5, 2017
Educating Dr. Mayfield Book 3 by Rebecca Heflin
Have read the other books in the series and have enjoyed them.
Delaney Driscoll is at the bar with her friends who are only talking about their love lifes and marriages.
Dating service also talks abut blood test that will find your match from the previous book.
Sterling University, she has submitted her curriculum and hopes the university approves her schedule.
She approaches a man at the bar, so unlike her, Delvon Mayfield, the tall, dark and handsome man.
He's the dean and has the goal to get a higher ranking for the university. They keep getting thrown together with the other couples and they spend a lot of time together.
He actually takes the blood test to find his histocompatible mate and it's obvious who his perfect match will be.
Bit predictable but with some twists along the way. Love hearing of interpretations of literary works.
Profanity, adult situations and sexual scenes. Love how the book catches up with other couples from previous books but if you've not read them they introduce you to them.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this book via the author and this is my honest review.
Profile Image for Wendy Livingstone.
15.1k reviews150 followers
September 6, 2017
This is the first time that I have read any of this authors work, and it will certainly not be the last. When Delaney wants to establish a new degree in romance fiction, she butts heads with Devon who is the dean and newest member of the curriculum committee, as he thinks this is totally a waste of money. Despite their differences, they become attracted to each other, and I loved the humorous banter between them.
This is a well written story, and the only thing which disappointed me was that I felt it took a tad long to warm up to the story. Nevertheless, this is just my opinion, and I will definitely read more of this authors work in the future.
Profile Image for Vee Stojcevski.
106 reviews1 follower
August 9, 2020
Enjoyable Sterling Uni series

A great conclusion to the wonderful 3 book series. Delaney is feisty and fun loving. A perfect match for the Darcy like unapproachable Dr Devon. Lots of fun. Read them all!
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772 reviews3 followers
March 21, 2018
This third installment in the Sterling University series is another light entertaining romance! Great character development despite its short length. Highly recommend this series!!
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292 reviews13 followers
February 25, 2018
I almost knocked this down to 3 stars because of the ending... but all in all this is a very cute story that made me laugh out loud as well as tear up.
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