Book Reviews

Doing the Dean (Claybourne College 1) by Mia Watts at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 27-September-2012

Book Blurb

When Griffin Sizemore transferred to Claybourne College, his goal was to finish his doctorate and get out of school. He never expected to fall for his best friend’s sexy dad, especially when that dad turns out to be the Dean of Students. A little daring perseverance shows him that the Dean doesn’t seem so unapproachable. So since when did getting in the Dean’s pants suddenly become a quest to win his heart?

Book Review

This book made me smile at the humor, grin at the innuendo, and wonder where things would go with the storyline from the first page. It could have easily developed into yet another fluffy, if extremely amusing and very hot, student-professor romance. Interestingly, it didn’t do that, as Mia Watts very gradually changed the rules of the game on me. Exactly like the main characters, who were taken by surprise when their feelings suddenly got a lot more serious than either of them had intended, my opinion about what this book tries to be and say changed subtly as I read. I liked it a lot more because it ended up differently from what I expected. Very nicely done!


Julian is the dean of students at a small college, loves his job, and is not exactly looking for another relationship. He's survived a bad divorce, having gotten married to try to not be gay, and even though he is lonely, he isn't interested in putting his heart on the line again. He is even less interested in risking his career by dating a student – or a guy who looks young enough to be a student. There's only one problem: not only does he fall deeply in lust after only one encounter, he suspects it's a lot more than physical attraction which keep s pulling them back together.


Griffin is working hard on his doctorate, and has no time for a boyfriend, never mind a really serious relationship. Commitment isn't on his agenda, he's just out to have some fun. But when his best friend Tony sets him up with the dean of students, who just happens to be Tony's father, the gloves come off. Griffin has a lot to learn about himself, and discovers, to his horror that he isn’t quite as mature as he thought he was. When push comes to shove the ball is in his court, and he has to make the most difficult decision of his life: independence and an assured career path, or a permanent relationship with the man he loves and considerable financial risk.


A relationship between the dean if students and a graduate students is bound to be difficult, and a range of stories about this type of 'forbidden love' abound. However, the way this one is written, with believable characters and issues way beyond the May-December  (or rather May-August) relationship, kept my interest. If you're looking for a sizzling hot relationship that quickly develops added depth, if you enjoy campus settings, and if you like your main characters to be faced with some challenging choices, you will probably like this book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 79 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 05-September-2012
Price $3.99 ebook
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