Erryn reviews ‘My (Not So) Grumpy Professor (Not So University Series Book #2)’ by D.K. Sutton. The ebook was published November 26 2021 and is 266 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kevin Earlywine, released on May 12 2022, and is 8 hrs and 13 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I enjoyed the first book.
Professor Gabriel Morgan is in southern Missouri for one reason: to repair his relationship with his brother. It is definitely not to make friends or coddle the teaching assistants the university throws at him. Benjamin Carter is young, barely competent, and more trouble than he’s worth. He’s also fun and charming and stunningly beautiful.
Gabriel’s goal of getting Benji to quit isn’t as easy as he expects. Instead of cowering, Benji either tells Gabriel exactly what he thinks or, worse still, flirts outrageously. It’s maddening and so very tempting.
Benji has no desire to be Professor Morgan’s latest failed TA, but grumpy older men are his weakness. And beneath that gruff exterior, Professor Morgan is sweet and good and so very passionate. Benji doesn’t do relationships; he has too much to lose. But for Gabriel he might just take that chance.
They’re both holding on to their secrets—Benji’s present and Gabriel’s past. But these things have a way of coming out. Is this thing between them real? And are they willing to risk everything to find out?
My (Not So) Grumpy Professor is a 75,000+ MM contemporary romance. It is the second book in the (Not So) University series but can be listened to as a standalone. It features a grumpy bear professor, a cinnamon roll TA, meddling best friends, an antique desk that is very sturdy indeed, mending brotherly bonds, brutal tequila nights, a schedule loving roommate—seriously, Atticus needs to calm the F down—did I mention meddling best friends? And Gem and Sadie, two unimpressed goldfish swimming around and minding their own business.
I enjoyed the first book in the series and so had high hopes for this one. I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as the first, but it was a good solid book. I like books where the MCs have secrets and Benji and Gabriel had plenty. Gabriel is also the meddling older brother of the hero in the last book and some of his reasons for being grumpy are revealed – and he might turn out to be a nice guy after all. Benji has reasons for always doing poorly in his classes, but he keeps on trying. He also has one of those families you just want to strangle.
The secondary characters in this book really make it work and I can’t wait to see what Atticus will get up to next.
I enjoyed Kevin Earlywine’s narration and look forward to more books from him. I hope the third book comes to audio shortly.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
D.K. SUTTON has a background in social work. In her off time from writing, she enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family. As an introvert, she has always been a little awkward (and a lot geeky). Turns out, those are handy traits for a writer. Her Broken series is M/M fiction, full of love and angst, and it challenges the rhetoric around being gay and religious. Her Trials of Love series and Sloan Brothers series are both M/M romance. She doesn’t believe in hate and believes that people have a good side within them.
She enjoys writing about slightly flawed characters in compromising situations. She has a passion for writing LGBTQ+ stories, because the world needs more love and inclusion.