Rating: 4. 5 stars out of 5
One email has brought the mysterious Professor Carson back into his former student’s life and the consequences for Jamie Sheridan has just added to the confusion and unhappiness that is his life. Jamie has two men in his life and needs very different things from each of them. And neither of them appear to want to share Jamie with the other. Or if one is willing to do so, it must be on his terms…as always.
Satish Malhotra is crazy for Jamie Sheridan. Jamie is sweet and intelligent and gorgeous. But the welts on Jamie’s back and the reappearance of Jamie’s former Professor has forced Satish to make a decision as to whether he can keep Jamie in his life. He doesn’t understand what drives Jamie’s submission and he is not sure that he can fulfill all of Jamie’s needs.
With the Professor and Satish vying for Jamie’s affections and attention, Jamie is divided between his need for love and his need for submission. Will Jamie have to choose or will Satish make the choice for him?
Every Inch of the Way is the penultimate story in The Professor’s Rule series that has followed the story of Jamie Sheridan and his Professor Evander Carson through college and graduation. A test message reunited Jamie Sheridan with Professor Carson after several years break. Old games that the Professor had introduced prior in their relationship instigated a meeting and hot sexual encounter with clothier Satish Malhotra. But Satish’s discovery of Professor Carson and his connection to Jamie served to demolish the fragile feelings that had been developing between the two of them.
Every Inch of the Way focuses on the emotions and feelings of Satish and Jamie as they try to pick up the threads of their relationship and see if a future is going to be possible between them. Belleau and Gormley have done a terrific job in conveying the emotional minefield that was the result of events in Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule #3) for each man. Both Satish and Jamie are coming from very different perspectives. Satish’s idea of a sexual and emotionally satisfying romance does not extend to bdsm and a Dom/sub relationship. Satish doesn’t understand it no matter how hard he tries. Jamie, on the other hand, has certain needs that can only be fulfilled through his submission and the games involved in a D/s partnership. Normally, they would part and go their separate ways and that, as they say, would be that.
But Satish and Jamie have an emotional connection that neither man is willing to give up. And these authors make us not only see that connection but make it come alive for the reader to the point that we want these characters to find a way to make it work…even if we don’t understand it ourselves.
I have always believed that having a bdsm element in a story requires an extra effort from the author, in this case two authors, to help the reader understand what defines a bdsm lifestyle and also help provide an explanation as to why a particular character(s) need to have it in their lives. The Professor’s Rule series allows the reader to achieve a certain understanding of that choice through Jamie Sheridan and the emotional journey he makes throughout the series. The authors have constructed a history for Jamie (his drug use and more) that allows the reader access to his emotional state and the reasons why his submission and his need for a Master is so important to him. And it delivers also in making Jamie’s Master, Professor Carson, more accessible by finally giving us his point of view about his own feelings as well as emotions about Jamie and their complicated relationship. Although that does not fully spring to light until the final story, To The Very Last Inch (The Professor’s Rule #5).
In addition to these very complex men, authors Belleau and Gormley deliver Satish Malhotra, a character who might very well stand in for most readers because of the manner in which he views Jamie’s relationship with his Professor and his lack of understanding of Jamie’s need for submission. By giving the readers a character most can identify with, it then helps to bring the reader along with Satish as he slowly starts to understand Jamie, the Professor, and the layers that a relationship with Jamie holds. It feels utterly authentic to watch Satish wrestle with his emotions and thoughts as he juggles his affection and physical attraction towards Jamie with his rejection of what he initially sees as physical abuse, the welts on Jamie’s back raising Satish’s objections and vague disgust to go along with his concern.
And all this takes place in 42 pages. Yes, there are 3 books that precede this one but I think you can read this story and still gather enough information about the events prior to understand and appreciate this story. Does it help to have read them? Yes, but not definitively so. Every Inch of the Way ends a bit unresolved so you will want to go quickly on to the next story.
The final story in the series is already out, To the Very Last Inch (The Professor’s Rule #5). Follow me there to see how it all shakes out. For those of you new to this series, decide for yourself whether to start at the beginning or continue on from here. Either way, this is a delicious series, full of well written characters, sexy hot scenes and a fast paced narrative that moves all the events along concisely. They come complete with covers guaranteed to draw you in! Enjoy.
An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule, #2)
Inch by Inch (The Professor’s Rule, #3)
Every Inch of the Way (The Professor’s Rule, #4)
To the Very Last Inch (The Professor’s Rule, #5)