I received a free copy of Taught when I signed up for author B.B. Hamel’s mailing list. It’s the third book of hers that I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it. This short little novella is part of her City’s Secrets series, which I have not read, and did not need to read to understand what was going on.
Jim is an adjunct professor at Temple University. He teaches music theory by day, and at night he plays with his band and reads sci-fi novels. He usually reads in the same quiet room at the library and is surprised when an employee comes in one night telling him he’s not allowed to be there.
The employee is Emma, a pre-med student who Jim is instantly attracted to. Emma, however, isn’t too convinced about Jim. She can’t decide what to think about him, his rumpled khakis, and the fact that he’s hiding in a staff-only room while reading one of her favorite books.
As luck would have it, the elevators break at the library and Emma and Jim get stuck in the stairwell together, where the find that they have a lot in common. Their relationship is slow, sweet, and most of all, believable. I loved that Jim wasn’t a commanding alpha and Emma wasn’t a swoony child.
This was very different from the other two books I’ve read by this author, which was a nice change of pace. Because Jim is a professor and Emma is a student (although not his student), there is a little bit of a forbidden vibe. Just enough to make it interesting.
I would love to read more about Jim and Emma! I can’t wait to read more of Hamel’s work.