This story works, despite having so many things in the plot that should work against it.
It is fun until the hero shows up. Wait, is this supposed to happen in a romance story?
A hateful boss is a hateful boss. Not sexy.
Same old, same old. Why bother? Can we have a were-octopus next time?
The author is trying way too hard to pretend that a professor sleeping with a grad student is really wholesome and sweet.