So, this is my 3rd Brooke Cumberland book and I
have to say that it has cemented her as a must read author for me now.
Each book has been amazing and kept me up until the wee hours of the night
going, “just one more page”.
Pushing the Limits follows Aspen, a
young art student away at college. We learn early on that art for Aspen
began as a coping mechanism for a tragic event that occurred in her youth.
As the beginning of a new semester starts, a new professor begins teaching
at the college. Enter Morgan. The young, sexy, art professor who comes
with some baggage of his own. From the start there is an instant
attraction between Aspen and Morgan.
Quite frankly, the blurb
doesn’t do this book justice. It kind of boils a well though-out and
written book down to one moment within one chapter. However, Pushing the
Limits is so much more than that. Aspen is a phenomenal character. I loved
her from the first moment I met her. She was strong while still being
vulnerable. She was funny without falling into becoming a caricature. She
was young but not immature. She was just everything you want in a lead.
And Morgan is fantastic as well. He’s damaged yet still strong, but not so
strong that he’s unable to lean on someone when he needs help. He’s never
too perfect. I believe that a man like him could exist. As the reader, I
totally understood how these two could fall for each other because I fell
for them too.
Cumberland did an amazing job of building and then
stoking the slow burn. Maybe I’m alone in this, but I need a build up to
two people getting together. Insta-love in books MAKES ME NUTS. The
relationship that Cumberland built between the two throughout the story
was fantastic and paced to perfection. She also was able to keep the
relationship from entering into “icky” town. Sometimes when you start to
get into taboo love stories (like teachers and students) the books can
easily slide into the icky. This book never did. I never once questioned
whether or not this was right or believable. The other thing I loved about
it was the supporting cast of characters. Aspen’s friends are fantastic. I
sometimes feel like author’s have this handbook that says that best
friends need to be vapid and shallow in books, but Cumberland doesn’t
write women that way and I applaud her for it. The other standout was
Morgan’s niece who is filled with personality and wit.
alternates between Aspen and Morgan’s 1st person narrative and this a
standalone. So for all you readers out there burned out on series you just
found your next read.
I honestly didn’t want this book to end. It
kept me turning the page until I had finally turned the last page at 1
a.m. and then I cursed myself for not slowing down and savoring it more.
If you have never picked up a Brooke Cumberland book before then Pushing
the Limits is a fantastic place to start. Solid 5 star read from start to
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