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Genres: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Erotica, Taboo
Also by this author: The Intern, Dangerous Temptations
He's my art professor.
I'm his student.
With an electric connection and undeniable chemistry, I know it won't be long until one of us cracks.
When the opportunity arises to pose naked for the entire art class, I can't help the thrill of knowing he'll be watching me.
While they all look past me with their eyes narrowed and concentrated, drawing only the lines and angles of my body, he sees right through me down to my vulnerability.
He sees more than just the physical aspects--he sees me.
That's when I see the struggle in his features as he tries to stay in control.
How do we keep our distance when everything seems to be pulling us together?
What feels so right can only go wrong if we keep pushing the limits.
Pushing the Limits takes you into the forbidden world of a love affair between a professor and his student. Brooke Cumberland has a beautiful writing style that pulls you into the story and right to the heart of each character. You’ll be taken on an emotional journey into a world of guilt, grief, and the healing powers of acceptance. Sometimes all you need in life is that one person who understands your struggle and doesn’t judge your feelings or how you cope.
Aspen suffered a tragic loss; and years later, she is still struggling to move forward instead of just going through the motions. The only time she allows her feelings to show through is when she’s putting brush to canvas. Her paintings are raw and a true representation of the turmoil she feels inside. I absolutely relate to Aspen, she’s such an emotionally charged character, it’s absolutely impossible not to root for her.
Morgan, Professor Hampton, is the new sexy as sin Advanced Art professor. From the first time he saw Aspen’s portfolio he was intrigued, then when he met the girl behind the art he was completely shocked by the dichotomy — the art shows a girl overflowing with dark emotion, yet the student that enters his classroom shines bright. Morgan’s life is in complete upheaval, but he is coping the best way he knows how. I found his character to be extremely honorable, despite his obvious infatuation — and lusty thoughts — for a student.
Everything about how Cumberland brought Morgan and Aspen together was perfection. The push and pull was a perfect balance. I liked how she let things build naturally and gave the characters a connection far beyond the physical we see so often in romance novels these days. Don’t get me wrong, the smut is off the charts hot, but it’s more the icing on the cake verses the cake that holds it all together.
Pushing the Limits is a must read for all romance lovers — you’ll laugh, cry, and swoon, then wish it would never end. Five Breathtaking Stars for an unforgettable storyline and Five Drenched Panties for dirty talking smut.
Book Whore Says What? — the interview
Brooke Cumberland is the first victim — I mean author — to do the new and improved Book Whore Says What? interview! A huge thank you to her for taking the plunge.
1. Tell us something about you that we can’t find in your author bio: I live on dry shampoo and Kickstarts (energy drink).
2. Top three things you must have while writing: A Kickstart, blanket, messy bun—hate when my hair is in my face.
3. Do you outline your books or wing it? Why? No. I can’t predict that far out. When I’ve tried before, the character’s have went a different way, and totally threw me off my outline, so now I just write out notes for myself and can maybe outline a couple chapters out at a time.
4. How do you balance your personal life and your writing? I don’t. I struggle with balance majorly. Basically I just wing it. I do admin stuff, graphics, and scheduling during the day while my kids are at school and usually write at night while they are in bed, but I struggle with getting off my computer when they are home because there is always something to do.
5. Do you ever judge a book by its cover? Yes. I think it’s a natural instinct to feel a connection or likeness to a cover before you decide to read what it’s all about.
6. What is the first romance book you ever read? I don’t know if this was my very first one, but I remember reading Karin Tabke’s Good Girl Gone Bad in high school and thinking OMG… this is really dirty.
7. What is your favorite and least favorite romance theme? (Shay loves enemies to lovers & Miranda isn’t a fan of the ‘unexpected’ baby, especially when no protection is needed and the characters act surprised it happened.) My most favorite is probably friends to lovers. Lauren Layne writes the best friends to lovers rom com and I’m absolutely in love with her writing style. My least favorite is probably insta-love with no build up. I’m guilty of writing a couple insta-loves so I totally know there was a hype for them a while ago, but I think since I’ve read so many, I just don’t care for them as much anymore.
Quick and Dirty — if you dare…
Spit or Swallow? Spit
Whips or Chains? Neither
Watch or Be Watched? Be Watched
Threesomes; Two Men or One of Each? If I ever did, two men.
In public? A couple times…in a car.
Favorite sex toy? My Lelo named Layla.
Cock or Dick? Cock
Pussy or Cunt? I write “pussy” but I love the word cunt when the guy is really filthy dirty.
Fuck Hard or Make Sweet Love? Ooh, both. Depends on the situation though.
Whipped Cream or Chocolate Sauce? Whipped cream
Was this fun or traumatic? A little of both.