Review: Educating Dr. Mayfield by Rebecca Heflin

Review: Educating Dr. Mayfield by Rebecca HeflinEducating Dr. Mayfield by Rebecca Heflin

Series: Sterling University #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on September 5, 2017
Pages: 167
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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He has plenty to learn about love. She’s just the woman who can teach him.

Creative writing professor, Dr. Delaney Driscoll, has an ambitious plan: establish a new degree in romantic fiction. There’s just one problem, and his name is Dr. Devon Mayfield.

Devon, the gorgeous, uptight, all-business college dean and newest member of the curriculum committee thinks Delaney’s proposed degree is useless and a waste of university resources. What’s worse, he convinces the rest of the committee to follow his lead.

Delaney is instantly attracted to Devon’s Darcy-like broodiness—until he stands in the way of her career-long goal. And like Austen’s famous character, Devon’s first impression of her is far from flattering. But even as the two clash over academic philosophies, Delaney becomes the teacher and Devon the student in a remedial course on love.

In the end, can Delaney convince Devon that her effervescent love of life is exactly what he needs to forget the pain of his past and embrace a future with her?

The Delight

A small-town college setting and a heroine who falls for the broody Mr. Darcys of the world… I was happy to pick up this third book in the Sterling University series of low-angst, sweet yet passionate contemporary romances.

Review

Educating Dr. Mayfield is the third of the series.  It can standalone as long as the reader doesn’t mind the inclusion of the wrap-up side stories for the two previous couples running in the background.

Delaney feels she is ever the bridesmaid and tries not to envy her two bestfriend’s satisfying love lives even as she works hard to put forward her proposal for a romance fiction major to the curriculum selection committee.  Of course, Dr. tall, dark, handsome and broody, Devon Mayfield, is on the committee and has no plans for a colorful and feeling-filled woman like Delaney until she overwhelms him and he has no idea what to do with her.

This was an easy-read, gently-paced affair with a few conflict blips, but lots of romantic moments.  I loved their Shakespeare play on the green picnic and walk through the Arts fair.  I wasn’t so taken with the added element of the pair taking Sam’s compatibility test and being perfect matches- it just seem a little over the top.  Once these two gave in and stopped fighting their attraction, they were sizzling in the bedroom together.

All in all, I enjoyed cozying up to read about feisty Delaney crack Devon’s cold facade.    Those who are looking for a quick read that’s gently-paced and offers up a spicy sweet romance showed give a look-see.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I usually enjoy reading a story with a feisty heroine, and it sounds like she just found her match. Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

    xx
    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

  • I like the broody guys for some reason.

  • It was very much a little niggle so didn’t mess with the story much at all. I have a good time writing reviews so I’m glad you like them, Geybie. 🙂

  • looks super sweet, glad you enjoyed it for the most part

    • It was a sweetie and a lovely quick romance read. 🙂

  • This sounds like a decent quick read even if it was a bit over the top at times. Glad you enjoyed it in the end.

    • It really was. Just perfect while I was busy and needing a distraction.

  • This sounds sweet, Sophia, even if it’s rather short, and a bit over the top. Sometimes, that’s just what I need though, so I’m definitely adding it to my TBR shelf 😉
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Yes, sometimes a romantic romance is just the thing. Hope you enjoy the series if you get the chance, Lexxie. 🙂

  • It sounds like this was a fun and romantic read. That’s too bad about the compatibility test being a bit over the top, I agree that that sounds like a bit much. And it’s fun that you got to see the stories form the first two couples getting wrapped up as well. Great review!

    • The test was a cute extra element in book one, but it seemed just a little too much too late with book three when they already had a connection and conflict going with their school curriculum committee work.
      But yes, it was great fun watching the first two pairs tie things up and looking so happy in their new relationships.

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    Not too heavy of a read, and plenty of fun with your music video that got me up and going this Sunday, Super Sophia! Hugs…

    • No, these are light and quick ones so they’re perfect if you want to just cozy for a few hours. Ha, yes, our heroine loves to dance and jive to upbeat stuff so this fit perfectly. 🙂

  • This sounds like a sweet read! The cover is deceptive – I would have passed this book straight, to be honest. I adore broody heroes and firecracker heroines. I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

    Have a great weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • It’s funny about covers. They can fit exactly a story or deceive you completely or just not make you think the book inside is something you would read.

      They were definitely a fun pair. 🙂

      Hope the rest of your Sunday is a good one, Alyssa!

  • Oo thanks for the reminder on her books. I read one ages ago and really enjoyed it. Yay for it going sizzling 🙂

    • You betcha! It’s hard to keep up on them all. 😉