Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Professor and the Smuggler
Authors: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Heroes: Phillip Singleton/Carne Treleaven
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 222 pages
Publisher: Duet Publishing
Release Date: January 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A grumpy smuggler meets a bumbling professor and treasure is found.
An explorer at heart, former university professor Phillip Singleton’s adventures have only taken place in his imagination—until recently. Exploring the Cornish coast to research a travel book, he encounters a living example of a pirate archetype. Dark-haired, black-bearded Carne Treleaven might have been hewn from the very rock his name describes, and Phillip is eager to discover more.
Carne has little patience for the awkward, dreamy professor, an outsider who must be steered away from local secrets. He agrees to serve as a guide to seaside caves where smugglers once operated only to keep Phillip away from more recent activity.
As personalities clash, secrets unfold, and riches are revealed, the two polar opposites find the point where their similarities lay. Carne’s old beliefs are shattered by his attraction to a man and he must decide if he’s willing to take a huge step outside his familiar life and into a brand new world.
Take and steal and have all of me that you want.
First thing that came to my mind when I finished this was … “this is so charming and romantic”. I guess, I immediately fell in love with former professor Phillip Singleton the moment he appeared on the page, tripped and knocked over a menhir that has been raised over thousands of years before. I found Phillip to be so endearing, the way that he was jubilantly talking about his writing a book (with photographs!!), about his camera, about wanting to have an adventure. He was such a darling!
I also found him to be quite surprising … in a sense that he was actually the one who had experience with men. It was a bit of a different set-up for me, because it is usually the blue-collar men who become the ‘teacher’ for the academic (and sometimes virgin) gentleman. Here, however, it was the other way around. On top of that, although I also thought of Phillip as being a romantic with a gentle dreamy heart, he also never pushed for a relationship, even if he longed for it. I loved Phillip so very much. *hugs*
Of course, the rugged Carne Treleaven (can you believe that Phillip thinks of Carne as a DAFFODIL? *laugh mirthlessly*) was also fighting for my heart – I guess I loved him for being protective towards Phillip, even though it started with Carne wanting to stop the former professor from discovering the illegal smuggling activities that were still active at Par Gwynear. I also wholeheartedly enjoyed the process of him taking the important step of embracing the love of another man. It was something new for Carne – before Phillip, he found comfort in the arms of women.
The surrounding place added the nuance to the story – the idea of a town whose people involved in smuggling activities was intriguing, in addition to the danger posed towards Phillip because there were locals who didn’t want him to find out. The romance and the action blends nicely; with two lovable main characters, The Professor and the Smuggler is another winner from Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon for me.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the authors in return for a fair and honest review.*