The Professor

Mick O'Shaughnessy is an Agent with the State Police, investigating a serial rapist/killer who's preying on young co-eds. Meg Connolly is a Grad Student and Teacher, who avoids relationships because of past betrayals. When a serial killer sets his sights on Meg, it becomes a race against time to save her before she ends up tortured and murdered like the women before her.

The romance is secondary to the story, and builds slowly. It's a sweet and gentle juxtapose to the darkly-seductive journey through the mind of a brutal serial killer, dubbed The Professor. While I usually prefer more heat in a romance, in this case it would have felt tainted by the detailed investigation laid out across the pages in stark detail.

While no actual rapes take place in ink, it's a key focus of the serial killer, and the aftermath faced not only by the family, and the community, but also the officers who investigate it, leaving little to the imagination. The police procedure was detailed and well done, written in clean laymen terms without insulting the reader's intelligence. It's a rare treat to make it through a book without audibly groaning over procedural errors.

The only downside I found to this read. there was no epilogue. A couple minor lose ends were left hanging and I would have liked to see a little more resolution with Meg and Mick's relationship.

In short: If you're looking for a hot steamy romance The Professor is not for you. This is a dark edgy murder-mystery/romance that will keep you spellbound page after page.

When all is said and done this is a great debut novel. I hope we see more of the O'Shaughnessy siblings/family in the future.

Book Blurb for The Professor

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'Shaughnessy is simple: make it stop. More political maneuvering diverts Mick to nearby Douglass College. There, instead of another dead body, he finds Meg Connelly, grad student andÿfaculty advisor for the latest victim.

Determined to finish her master's degree, Meg doesn't need anybody's help - including her estranged family - to succeed. There's something irresistible about Mick, but the last time she let someone get close to her, she lost everything except her self-respect.

As the investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But Mick's interest in Meg doesn't just endanger her heart--it puts her in the sights of the killer.

Once he gets her alone, he can take all the time he needs...

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.25