I read "Gifted and Talented" under the impression that it was a story about Oxbridge students - as a Cambridge alumnus, I thought it might be a pleasant reminiscence of my student days.
However, it's not really about student life, and given that the author also attended Cambridge, it's disappointing that she presents such a stereotypical view of it; every character is a cliche, from the naive first-time-away-from-home heroine to the boorish upper-class male students. It reflects the view of Oxbridge given by the tabloid press - drunken hoorays behaving outrageously clashing with olde-worlde teaching and architecture. The majority of the book is actually about a divorcee who has come to work at the University and her burgeoning romance with the widowed college Master, not to mention her friendship with the salt-of-the-earth neighbours on the council estate where she lives and the unwelcome intrusion of a privileged gold-digging ex-neighbour. Yet more cliches, unfortunately.
This is one of those books where you know the ending before you start; it's quite clear who is going to end up with whom, so the only question is by what path they will get there. The blurb notes the author as writing comedy and romance, but there's nothing particularly amusing here - Tom Sharpe this is not - and if you're looking for Fifty Shades Of Grey on Campus, you'll be disappointed as well. It's middle-of-the-road fiction with a cast of caricatures and a plot that is as lightweight as it is predictable.
All that said, the writing style is actually pretty good - it's well-written and readable, and I was to some extent drawn in in spite of myself. If you're looking for something easy to read on the beach or on a long flight, you could do a lot worse.