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So I did.
And ohhhhhmigawd, it was so worth the wait! First of all let me say that this was NOT what I expected, but in such a great way. I knew there'd be the whole teacher/student drama and angst which is what I was most excited for, but I had no idea this would be such an emotional read. Cumberland took a sexual situation and blew everything you though you knew about this kind of forbidden relationship out of the water. How? Well, all I can say is you need to read to completely understand.
The gist of it is this: Both Aspen(student) and Morgan(professor) have been through hell and back in their life. They each turn to painting in their own ways - one for grief and release, one for joy and inspiration. Watching these two find salvation in each other was absolutely amazing. Yes, the sexual chemistry was there from the beginning, but in my opinion these two connected on a deeper level even BEFORE the sexual level. I don't know how to explain it with words, it was just so touching and beautiful to read.
What I love most about this book is Cumberland's honesty. She covers the emotional and sensitive subject of anxiety and grief with such ferocity. She doesn't apologize or sugar-coat, but rather attacks the issue and forces the reader to live inside these emotions. It's heartbreaking and amazing at the same time.
All in all, this is a wonderful read. It's hot and sexy but also emotional and deep. 5 stars from me!
P.S. that last schmexy scene... WOWZA. ;)
Pushing the Limits was a good story. The reader is instantly thrown into the characters lives and the story takes off at a quick pace. While I appreciate that we didn't get too much background right at the beginning I felt behind for the first part of the story, thinking that I should have known what was going on in Morgan and Aspen's lives. I actually had to check to see if this was a series (it is not), instead we get the information unfolded over the first 50%.
The story was really hard to put down and the tension was off the charts amazing... until around 50%. Then things seem to at the same time stay in one long sex scene and speed by really fast. The whirlwind that came at the end seemed too sudden and dramatic (for my tastes) and even though I predicted how the end might pan out I was a bit disappointed in Morgan and Aspen's characters.
While I love Brooke Cumberland's writing style, I was not a super fan of this particular story as a whole. There were parts that were 5 star amazing, but also parts that had me almost putting the book down. To be fair, this is clearly a genre I do not read very often and it is an angstier new adult book, so my dislikes may be mine alone.
Pushing the Limits does a fantastic job creating that delicious sexual tension that we all crave and the inside look into Aspen when she is painting was really interesting (but that might be my art historian heart beating).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story was great! I have not read anything by the author before & I can now say I will read other books written by her. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by MaryM
Lovely read .... Good story line .... Had much more potential in terms of intrigue and entanglements ... Oh well, we can't get it all ...xx xxPublished 1 day ago by audrey
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. It's worth an honest try. The author did an amazing job at creating these characters and the depths of their relationship.Published 20 days ago by yarimar collado
This book was kind of boring. It felt like the same story as other books but with a different traumatic event. It was just OK.Published 28 days ago by Summ
Wonderfully written forbidden love tale. A store of a love between a student and teacher. I love Aspen's character. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vivian Ogino
Aspen is drowning in guilt and grief since her twin sister died years ago. Her parents still blame her for the incident, and she moves as far as possible to escape all of this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yi Le