Boning Up


Description: Carly Neal stares at the big red “F” on her college Human Anatomy exam in Professor Harold’s course. There’s another test tomorrow, and if she doesn’t do something drastic, she’ll fail again. Brock Larson needs something from the professor too—a recommendation to an internship at the Mayo Clinic. He’d rather ask just about anyone else, but the professor’s name on his submission will seal his future. The professor doesn’t care about helping either of them until Brock proposes a wager. If he can teach Carly enough human anatomy in the next two days to ace the exams, he’s obviously the best man for the job and deserves the recommendation. Although hesitant to be used as a bargaining chip, Carly reasons that studying with this man might be her only chance to pass the class. But Brock might have in mind a very different curriculum for her summer sessions!

To My Readers: Carly is the kind of college student I was—hard working and kind of smart but nowhere near brilliant. Science classes were not my long suit. Well, sometimes a girl has to find new and creative ways to learn difficult concepts. When I sat down to write Summer Sessions, I imagined a more fun way to learn human anatomy… the sort of tutoring that included more than the textbook. In this book, Carly and Brock come up with a method that probably won’t make it into any college in this country but would certainly prove interesting and probably blow away the bell curve of grade point averages. Enjoy!

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Literary Nymphs
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Carly Neal has worked too hard getting herself into college to let some pompous, self-involved professor fail her now. It’s his fault she’s struggling – the man’s human anatomy lectures redefine the word boring and the textbook he’s working from is ancient. It’s no wonder the information isn’t sinking in. Whatever the cause though, Carly realizes she needs serious help if she’s going to pass.

Brock Larson needs a recommendation from the cantankerous teacher so takes the opportunity to interrupt a heated discussion between Carly and the professor with a proposal. Brock will tutor Carly, in return for the professor’s signature on his paper. Carly is furious that both men are so wrapped up in their own egos, they don’t even acknowledge her existence in the room. Brock can see that Carly doesn’t take lightly to being the subject of a wager so will have to use all his powers of persuasion to convince her that this deal with the devil is the best bet for both of them.

In Boning Up, Summer Alan had me panting with the novel way in which Brock helps Carly learn human anatomy in such a short space of time. Images of a couple of hot, sweaty study sessions with lots of hands-on advice, combined with the tempestuous love-hate relationship that quickly develops between Carly and Brock had me on the edge of my seat. The study sessions may be the stuff of college students’ dreams but the sexual frustration and insecurities were all too real and left me quite hot under the collar. The professor was a mean, jaded man who made the perfect villain, having long since lost interest in his job and gets his joy from tormenting his students. Reading Carly’s attempt to escape the assumptions the professor and Brock are making about her was an emotional roller coaster experience.


Title: Boning Up
Author: Summer Alan
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60310-379-9
Length: Short Story
Format: Electronic
Genre: Romance
Source: P
Sensuality Level: 3
Rating: 4.25

Reviewed by: Teagan S. Boyd

Carly Neal is furious that she has just been made part of a wager without her approval. Yet she does need to pass her Human Anatomy exam in order to graduate, and one dumb-ass professor isn’t going to get in her way. The wager between Brock Larson and the professor that Brock can tutor Carly and she will get A’s on both the remaining test doesn’t sit well with Carly. No matter how angry it makes her to be treated like this, she quickly realizes that Brock might be her best bet to obtain the A’s she needs. And it doesn’t hurt that Brock is easy on the eyes. A night after hours in the college library has Carly learning anatomy in one very delicious way.


Boning Up is a delightful romp and a quick sexy read. The story quickly develops the conflict, then proceeds to work on the rambunctiously sexy side of the story. It held my interest, and I found myself wishing for a bit more, though I must say that Ms. Alan does a fine job of telling a very entertaining tale in a few short pages.

I especially enjoyed Brock’s initial view of Carly. He sees the outside package and assumes many things about her only to be proven wrong . . . the wrapping on the package isn’t always an indication of what lies inside. For a short story, many emotions are encountered.

Carly is fun and easy to identify with. I found her outlook on things realistic. All it takes is a little inventiveness to get her scholastically motivated.

Boning Up is a fun book that will keep the reader interested with a smile on their face. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Alan.


Boning Up Receives 4 Cherries!

I only had one problem with Summer Alan’s delectable erotic short story, Boning Up, it was that it made me consider returning to college to find my own Anatomy tutor!

Boning Up is a delightful and super steamy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Carly is fantastic as the feisty student that’s had just about all she can stand of her snotty professor. She’ll make you grin, chuckle, and shake your head.

Then there is Brock, the oh-so yummy upper classmen who places a bet with the professor that will yield him a note of recommendation if he can help Carly ace her final two exams. The books come out, the sparks fly, and romance blooms. Not bad at all for the length of the story. You get a little of everything, including a little feel up for the sake of learning, and some forbidden sex inside the school library. Need I say more?

Something that’s fun and fast to read, but will make you wriggle and squirm in your seat, be sure to check out Boning Up.


Boning Up Reviewed! 4 Angels!

30 01 2010 Carly Neal is a good student at college, but she keeps on doing badly at her Human Anatomy class. She’s not prepared to quit over this, but when she asks the professor for help, he declares her a ‘train wreck’ and refuses to offer assistance. But then one of the professor’s former students, Brock Larson, proposes a deal-if he can tutor Carly to two perfect A grades on her tests, the professor must agree to write him a glowing reference for the job Brock’s set his heart on.

Carly is furious at being treated like a thing for barter, but when Brock apologises and says his offer is genuine, she decides to give him a chance. They start their study session in the library, and soon they realise that everyone’s gone home and they’re locked in. Carly still can’t remember all the bones in the human body, so Brock helps her memorise them in a most inventive way. The next day Carly is delighted with her test score, but when the professor wants to talk about jobs with Brock, she feels like she’s been used. Can Brock convince her that their connection is real, and will Carly be able to ace that second test and save her degree?

What a fun, sizzling and emotional rollercoaster of a read this is! Boning Up made me mad at the creepy, smug professor as much as it made me cheer for Carly’s dogged determination and Brock’s clever ideas of how to get her to remember her studies. The romance is perhaps a little too quick, but this is a couple I really felt for and who go through quite a lot to reach their happy ending. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Reviewed by: Maija


JERR: Just Erotic Romance Reviews

 Title: Boning Up
Author: Summer Alan
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Reviewer: Tallyn Porter
Rating: 4 Stars
Heat Level: H

Carly Neal is failing her Human Anatomy class.   Asking for help from that belittling jerk of a professor turns out to be non-productive until Brock Larson, a former student looking for a recommendation from the professor, strikes a deal with the professor.  If Carly aces the next two back-to-back days of human anatomy exams, tutored by Brock, then Professor Harold will recommend Brock for a position with Novas Times.  But if Carly doesn’t ace the next two exams, Brock will work for the professor for the next semester while Carly will not graduate.

Boning Up is a unique, entertaining and romantic tale that not only educates but stimulates the reader on human anatomy. 

Carly and Brock are perceived as good looking people who use their looks to their advantage, but that’s not the case for either of them.  This misconception starts off their budding relationship and shifts it to high gear as they work together in the confines of the dusty, dingy library basement. 

I love how Brock, who has so much to lose, tries so many different ways to entice Carly into memorizing the human anatomy.  But when Brock and Carly lose control, their initial attraction spirals into something they didn’t anticipate. 

I found the ingenious way Brock gets Carly to remember all the bones of the body, which includes oral stimulation, quite erotic. I wish I had Brock when I had to learn every bone in the human body!  Looking at a skeletal drawing with a bag of cheese puffs doesn’t sound so enticing as Brock and his show and tell version of the human anatomy. 

The pace flows well and keeps your attention. I didn’t think exploring the cranium, mandible, ossicles, clavicle, twenty-four ribs, the iliac crest and the important part of the human anatomy for all erotic romance fans, which is not officially a bone but does a wonderful job of giving pleasure, could be so entertaining. But these are all sexy areas of the human body that you and your partner can learn together every night. 

Ms. Alan, you’re my hero! Boning Up is an engaging and erotic story of love in unusual circumstances.


Review: “Boning Up” by Summer Alan

Review by Marissa, Romancing the Book

Boning Up by Summer Alan was a wonderful novella. It made me wonder where those tutors where when I was in college. It was super steamy and the interactions between Brock, and Carly were enchanting. I couldn’t put it down.

Carly is a spirited student who has worked way too hard to let a her snotty, know it all professor get the best of her. Brock comes along and places a bet that he can get Carly to ace her final two exams if the professor will give him a letter of recommendation. Carly originally doesn’t want any part of this game that she thinks Brock is trying to play.

The books come out, the studying begins and before you know it the sparks are flying and love is in the air.

The relationship between Carly and Brock happens quickly, and in such a short amount of time, that you feel drawn into it right away. Boning up will have you panting until the very last page. Boning up is a fun and fast read that you won’t be able to put down.


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