Dr Jarod Reed has accepted a teaching position at a small college in New Hampshire. It’s a big change from New York City. Here the streets pretty much get rolled up around 7pm and women….. Well, there aren’t too many available to even date! Most single women are enrolled in the college and Dr Reed isn’t willing to loose his job over one of them, even though he’s had offers. The first and only woman he’s been interesting in meeting, he sees out his classroom window every Tues and Thurs at 5 pm. Too bad his class doesn’t get over until 5:30.
Nora MacGregor is from this small town but that is definitely not a plus. Everyone knows her as her father’s child and treats her as such. Her mother can’t understand why she just doesn’t find a good man, settle down and start having kids. This is why Nora doesn’t live a home. Nora has her own apartment and works at the college as an assistant. One of her duties is to wash the lab coats on Tues and Thurs. This isn’t her only duty and between work and writing her dissertation, she really doesn’t have time to date, much less have sex which is funny as her paper is on female sexuality.
Things change quickly when she meets new professor Jarod Reed on her way to do the laundry. Though leery about dating, Nora agrees to meet him at a very public place for coffee. She see if she wants to take a chance on Jared then and figure out how to find the time in her very busy schedule. First though, she needs to find her notes and tape that must have fallen out of her backpack when Jarod ran into her! She needs that stuff is she’s ever going to get her paper done on time.
Jarod finds Nora’s notes on female sexuality interesting but flawed. He knows she’s not going to listen to him as Jarod and somehow when calling her to tell her he has her stuff, he becomes James. James can talk to Nora about anything and does. He directs her to show her how her theories are flawed. And he hold her notes as blackmail!
With Nora not realizing James is Jarod, how long can he keep the dual personalities up? Nora finds herself attracted to both James and Jarod but why? What happens when the deception falls apart?
This story is written by Ginny Glass and Inez Kelley as part of a rough series. The previous two books, Coin Operated by Glass and Coming Clean by Kelley showcase each author’s unique style. This story is them blending into something different. I’m not sure if I like it or not. I do know that I did not feel the emotional draw like I did in Coming Clean but I did get a longer story like I did in Coin Operated. None of these books share characters or even location so they do not need to be read in order. All are very much stand alone books.
The characters were good. Nora’s past was explored to explain her present which gave insight into her actions and her beliefs. Jarod’s past wasn’t as open but it must have been interesting given his nightly talks.
These nightly talks are sexually explicit. So, if you don’t like graphic sex, this isn’t the book for you!
There is very little interaction between the main characters and other characters. Jarod has the most with a few scenes with his interacting with his students, who he doesn’t like, and the head of Nora’s department. Nora also interacts with the head of her department but that’s about it. It’s almost as this story is being acted out in a bubble.
When I saw who wrote this book, I was very exited as I enjoyed the previous two books for different reasons. I had extremely high hopes for this story but I’m thinking maybe I set the bar too high. While I did enjoy this story, I didn’t feel the connection I had with the other characters, Yet, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this story unfold. I’m not sure if Ms Glass and Ms Kelley have worked together before but given how talented each is, I would be more than happy to read another collaboration. I’m sure the less than stellar feelings that I have about this story will soon change to I can’t wait to read once they mesh their styles together better.
"Tell me what you want. Talk dirty to me."
Biologist Nora MacGregor is frantic when she loses her dissertation notes on female sexuality—and some very personal fantasies. Then a sinful stranger calls with a wicked proposition: if she talks dirty to him, he'll return her notes, page by page. "James" allows Nora to explore her deepest desires and challenges her clinical ideas about sex. But James can't give her the loving touches she finds in her budding relationship with Dr. Jarod Reed.
Jarod seized an opportune moment to fulfill his desire for Nora by becoming the mysterious James. While the anonymous, erotic phone sessions are unforgettable, Jarod longs to tell Nora he wants more than just talk. But how can he confess his deception without it costing him the chance to make their fantasies a reality?