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Karina Bliss’ What the Librarian Did Giveaway

What the Librarian Did by Karina BlissI began tweeting about this book in February and I reviewed here on the blog. It’s a series book with kind of a corny cover but the insides are rich. Rosario reviewed it yesterday, giving it an A-:

Did I mention that Rachel is really, really cool? She is. She’s got a very barbed tongue and as I mentioned, takes absolutely no shit from Devin, famous or not. This is part of her charm for him (even as he tells himself he doesn’t need the aggravation). She especially takes delight on challenging librarian stereotypes. I loved the sound of her vintage 1950s wardrobe, as well. That sounded really cool. Actually, Devin’s wardrobe’s pretty distinctive as well. His taste is still very rock star. Not really to my own taste in men’s couture, but I thought it was really cool to read about a hero with the confidence to wear a pinstripe jacket with a huge red dragon embroidered all over it!

Ames gave it a B despite the problems she had with Rachel’s motivation and behavior:

And that’s where I’m kind of meh about the book. Rachel’s motivations toward Devin at first aren’t about the attraction between them. She’s using him. And then when push comes to shove at the end of the book, she uses Mark as an excuse to push Devin away. Frustrating much? And then I feel like she kind of went overboard in regards to Mark.

Despite all that, I enjoyed the book. The attraction between Devin and Rachel is my favorite kind. They don’t like each other at first and yet they can’t stay away from each other.

Connie Cox had this to say:

I haven't picked up a Harlequin SuperRomance in a while, but my critique partner, Liz Talley will soon be published with them, so I thought I would give a fresh one a try.

Yes, I'm glad I did. I chose What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss because of the back cover blurb which promised a bad boy rock star. And it delivered. The story was deep and well-told. No Ms. Goody-Two-Shoes are Mr. Color-Me-Perfect, but fully rounded characters with deep-seated pasts.

Wendy, the Librarian, who first brought the book to my attention reviewed it:

That being said, this was still a very strong, emotionally charged contemporary read. Rachel isn't my favorite librarian romance heroine ever, but she easily lands in the Top 5 and Devin's bad boy charm makes him the perfect foil. Karina Bliss is a new discovery for me in the SuperRomance line, and I look forward to reading more of her work.

Would you like to read it? Karina Bliss is offering three copies sent from sunny New Zealand for three random commenters. I’ll throw in three digital copies for three random folks who indicate they would be willing to take a digital copy. Why don’t you leave a comment about why you do or do not like category books.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Katie
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 10:50:19

    Oh! I’ve been meaning to get my hands on a copy of this since you first mentioned it. I’m open to digital, too :)

  2. katiebabs
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 10:54:03

    I have been seeing this book reviewed all over the place. I would love to give it a try since I haven’t read a category in a long while.

    The cover is also very appealing. :)

  3. Faye
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 10:54:45

    I remember this review! I’d prefer paper, but I’m also open to digital.
    I generally don’t browse categories, but when one comes with a good recommendation, I’ll pick it up and enjoy it.

  4. Jennifer Porter Rayment
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 10:56:25

    I would love to give this one a try, I want to read it for the title alone! I’m in Canada though

  5. Chicklet
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 10:57:45

    When I like categories, it’s because the author found a way to tell a fully-realized story within the word-count requirements; when I don’t like categories, it’s because the author resorted to a lot of tell-don’t-show because of the word-count requirements.

    I’d love either a paper or a digital copy of the book, since I just bought a Sony Pocket Edition. :-)

  6. Angelique
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 10:58:10

    How fun! I love romance novels involving librarians. :) I’ll take paper or digital, doesn’t matter.

  7. Dagny
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:01:26

    I’ve been wanting this book badly, but I’ve had to resist because I gave up book-buying for Lent. But if I won a paper or digital copy it wouldn’t count, right? Right?

  8. Sylvie
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:03:48

    Categories were my introduction to romance almost 25 years ago. I don’t read them nearly as much nowadays, but will still read the odd one, especially if recommended. I’d love to give this one (paper) a try.

  9. Scarletti
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:06:08

    Whether I like a category depends totally on the book. I have some old Noras that I will never get rid of. But generally they were so not satisfying I have stopped reading them unless something just grabs me. Lately, nothing has grabbed me. This has potential, though. Love the instant antagonism, but can’t live without you scenario.
    Paper, please.

  10. April
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:06:22

    This book sounded like a good read, especially since she’s a librarian (like me). I’m open to digital or print.

    And I tend to enjoy categories because I like the shorter format. Sometimes something short and escapist is just what I need. Thanks!

  11. Susan Laura
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:13:02

    I’d love a copy – either print or digital is fine, thanks!

    The covers! I hate the covers! But I am trying to give more category romances a chance. So far there are only few authors (and Ms. Bliss sounds like another) whose writing can win me over in such a short format.

  12. Sarah
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:17:43

    I’d love a paper copy. I already bought it in digital and really enjoyed it.

  13. denise
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:18:23

    I don’t really pay attention to categories. This looks like a really good book. Would love to have a print copy.

  14. Pearl
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:22:54

    Either paper or digital would be wonderful for me! I’d love to read more category books than I do now. With all the rom suspense historical and paranormal romance I read category reads make for nice “in between” books. Quick, satisfying reads that are enjoyable…

  15. GrowlyCub
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:32:33

    I’d happily take an e-copy; figure I’ll be needing all the free content I can get because I sure won’t be buying at the new ebook prices.

    I had this in my hand on a trip to the big city but then got confused about what others thought about it and put it back down.

  16. Virginia C
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:32:41

    I have been very interested in this book since I read the first review! At one point in my life, I was poised to study Library Science to become a librarian! Dev and Rachel sound like very strong, individual characters with a great sparky romance! I’d love to win a print copy : )

  17. Hannah
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:35:18

    I really enjoyed reading this. I’d love a paper copy to send to my friend who’s into all things related to New Zealand.
    I enjoy categories because of their relatively short length–I can read one in an evening or two. I’ve especially liked the Blaze Historicals. That said, category romances probably make up only 10 to 20% of the books I read.

  18. Connie
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:38:59

    I don’t even really know what “category” romance means. Looked it up on wikipedia and it seems that these books generally have a well-recognized theme or characters? Like librarian stories, single parent etc? It’s also suppose to be short (which can be good if you don’t want to stay up all night reading a book that you can’t put down). I think the appeal would probably be that there would be elements in the story that is predictable but they seldom climb to the top of my reading list.

  19. Lauren
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:41:39

    I’ve also been seeing this reviewed all over the place and, as someone who used to work in an academic library, I would love a print copy! I love romance in pretty much any form – historical, fantasy, young adult – but I’ve always enjoyed reading contemporaries because they’re (often) very relatable. With contemporaries, you feel like the characters are people you could conceivably know, and in the best cases, be friends with. The contemporaries I started reading when I first got into romance were category books, and I still have a soft spot for the quick, and often wonderful, escape they provide.

  20. dreamysusan
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:41:52

    As a librarian, I think I need a copy for my personal collection :)

  21. Nancy
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:46:05

    Well, I used to be a Loveswept junkie, but got away from categories when Loveswept disappeared. This one sounds interesting :) I’d be open to digital.

  22. DianeN
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:48:56

    My experience with categories has been hit and miss, as the required length doesn’t always give me the amount of rich detail I want. It’s always a plus when a writer manages to tell a great story in a limited amount of words, though, and the reviews I’ve read of this book indicate that Ms. Bliss hit this one out of the park! I’d also love to read it because I’m a library paraprofessional myself. And I’d happily accept a digital copy.

  23. Cheryl McInnis
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:49:30

    I work in a public library and love romances featuring librarians, and I am a fan of some category romances; Blaze and Intrigue mostly. I like that they are usually a quick and easy read, and they are by far the most popular books in my library.
    I’d love to win a digital copy :-)

  24. A.M.K.
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 11:59:44

    I like categories because… I like contemporaries and I feel like there’s not enough single title contemps that don’t veer towards women’s fiction or romantic comedy – so I get my contemporary fix reading categories. That said, I don’t actually read all that many, but some, like Sarah Mayberry’s books (or India Grey’s latest – so great) are absolute keepers.

  25. Katharina
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:00:15

    I have to confess, I have a weekness for librarian stories *g*, so this one has already been on my wishlist. I would be happy about a mmp or e-copy :-)

  26. Jen X
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:05:57

    I’ve read catagory romances since I started reading romances, 15+ years. When I find a catagory author that manages to convey so much emotion in such a short format, I’m in love. Sarah Mayberry is my current favorite but I’ve enjoyed Susan Napier, Kristin Hardy & Marilyn Pappano in the past.

    Either print or digital format is cool with me.


  27. Katrina
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:14:22

    I’ve been wanting this book since you first reviewed it, but I don’t think they sell Harlequin in Britain. I’ve never seen it in any shops, anyway. I’d love a paper copy of it!

    Categories got me hooked when I was 12, but now I only read the ones my friend in California gets me as a joke. She finds the ones with the worst titles and mails them to me. This is one she wouldn’t send me, because it looks far too respectable.

  28. CT
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:16:05

    I’ve been wanting to this book! I’ll take it any way I can get it: paper, digital, text message. :-)

  29. Virginia C
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:16:16

    I love category romance! I read a wide varitey of genres, but sometimes only a category romance will do. The category depends on my “mood du jour”. Their are many talented authors who write in category romance and other types of fiction. I still collect older categories from used book sales and thrift shops. I have quite a collection of Harlequin Presents (white covers) from as far back as the late 60’s. Great reads!

  30. LoriK
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:16:37

    For me category books are a love/hate thing. The were my intro to romance novels so I have a soft spot for them. I also like that they’re short so they’re good for a quick read or as a way to get out of a reading slump.

    What I don’t love is that the length means that characterization often gets short changed and the plots usually don’t have the depth that I prefer in my reading.

    I really good category is a thing of beauty though, as is a good librarian story so this one is on my list.

  31. Kerensa Brougham
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:22:06

    I love the concise storytelling in categories. When I want a fast, satisfying read I’ll either go for a contemporary category, or a regency. :) I’d love to try this one, and would actually prefer digital.

  32. Rosario
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:22:33

    Oh, dear, I just noticed rereading that paragraph how many times I used the word “cool”. So not-cool of me.

    Thanks again for the recommendation, Jane. It’s one I wouldn’t have picked up without it, and I really loved it.

  33. danielle
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:28:01

    as a librarian and a romance reader I don’t think there are nearly enough steamy stories about librarians. I borrowed another libraruan’s copy of “What the Librarian Did” and devoured it. Now I want my own to pass around to my coworkers!

  34. Carly
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:28:02

    I think I subconsciously avoid categories because of their covers. Once I see words unrelated to the author/title scribbled along the top/side I browse to the next book. I’d try an e-copy though!

  35. Susan
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:36:34

    Categories are quick reads if I just don’t have the time to focus on a bigger book. I’d like to check this out in paper please.

  36. Heather
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:50:25

    Ooooh, I’d love to win a paper copy, being a librarian and all.

    I go through category gloms — primarily presents, blaze, and desire. I’m in one now and quite enjoying it. :)

  37. SandyH
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:52:02

    I haven’t read categories for awhile except for Carla Kelly is now writing historicals for Harlequin. I have read several good reviews for the Harlequin Super Romance line so I have been picking up those. This book sounds really great. I have tried to find it but haven’t seen it on the shelves.

  38. Bethanya
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:54:16

    I have a problem with their covers, too! Or maybe when there are babies on the cover? But I think I can handle aqua neck ribbons. Please, count me in!

  39. Camille
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:55:46

    Category books are like series – they have certain flavors that you can count on. Yes, they sometimes hit the same notes too many times, but that’s why you don’t read JUST a particular category. Read widely, and you won’t get tired of any of it.

    (And I prefer digital copies of anything.)

  40. Becky
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:02:39

    I’m ok with digital! I don’t know that I’ve ever tried a category book. Should be interesting. :)

  41. Ridley
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:04:35

    Oh! Toss me in the hat for a digital copy, please!

    I love series romance for the pacing and the familiarity. They’re too short to get bogged down in subplots, extra characters and and the like, which lets me read them quickly. I like to finish books in a sitting and I don’t always have time for a single-title book. I also like that you know what you’re getting. There’s no bait-and-switch in Harlequin land.

    What I don’t love are their titles. As much as I may like their books, I’m just not self-assured enough to recommend a title like Public Scandal, Private Mistress to someone. Fun as they are as an inside joke, I’m sometimes embarrassed to say I read them.

  42. Catootes
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:06:36

    I haven’t read a category romance in years, but oh how I devoured them for a time. This one sounds like a perfect way to begin experiencing them again.
    What I used to like? The character driven plots, fast pace and HEA!

  43. Moriah Jovan
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:07:41

    I’ve always loved Superromance. Always. I liked it a lot more before they reduced the word count, though. One of the things I loved was the category feel in the longer length.

    Digital is fine by me.

    (Ironically, this was what I was trying to buy at Fictionwise this morning and couldn’t use my Micropay to do it. Harrumph.)

  44. Mollie
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:12:00

    I haven’t read too many category romances. They all look so….short, how can they really develop good characters/plot…that’s been my hesitation anyway.

    But as a librarian I HAVE to have this book! :)

  45. Kim
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:13:23

    I used to read a lot of categories until many of my favorite authors stopped writing them. Also, once the books hit close to $5.00, I stopped purchasing them for the most part. It’s hard to justify paying that much for a 220 page mini book. For a few more dollars I can purchase a full-length novel.

  46. Kwana
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:16:35

    I love a good category. Tight well crafted story that pulls you in quickly. I’d be happy with digital or regular if you add me to the drawing.

  47. Ros
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:18:00

    @Katrina: Katrina, they do! They are sold under the Mills and Boon label in the UK and you’ll find them at your local supermarkets and bookshops all around the country, or online at Having said that, a quick seach of the M&B website reveals 3 other Karina Bliss books but not this one. It may well be that it will be released here later – the publication schedules are different in the US and UK.

    I love category romances because they’re cheap and cheerful! There’s something very satisfying about the short, pared-back-to-the-core romance that gives you a guaranteed HEA in just an hour or two. I totally agree with Ridley about the titles, though. I especially can’t bear the title-by-numbers approach that Presents/Modern has.

    [Jane, I’m not entering the giveaway because I’ve already read and loved this book!]

  48. emmad
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:19:51

    I would love a copy and being from said sunny NZ must check Karina out as a NZ author.

  49. Mischa
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:31:19

    I generally avoid category romances like the plague but with so many good reviews, I’d love to get this one as a digital file.

    My primary issue with category romances is quality. Asshat to doormat being one example. Sometimes I feel like category romances are 70% dreck, 25% so-so, and only 5% good.

    Second is length. If I’m going to spend 10+ minutes picking out and buying a book, I don’t want to waste my tiime on something I’ll be done with in under 2 hours.

  50. Pat
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:33:23

    It has been a very long time since I read a category romance. This sounds like one that I would enjoy as our local library is a large part of my life!

  51. Maureen
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:51:01

    I usually like a longer story but when I don’t have the patience for one then a category romance is a nice change.

  52. Lobo
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:51:55

    I am a Librarian and love to read this book. (Just realized it is not the best argument as I was beaten to it quite a few times above :) Anyway count me in.

  53. blodeuedd
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 13:59:56

    I am a paper kind of girl

    Sounds nice, nothing like a good Harlequin to cheer me up now and again. Categories are fine with me, makes it easier sometimes

  54. Tili S.
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:10:42

    I’d take digital or paper. And I haven’t really tried any categories. I bet I’d enjoy shorter, lighter stories, but I also hate having to explain my reading material to my friends, which seems like it’d be more of a problem with a cheesier looking cover … oh well.

  55. Joni
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:26:43

    I’m generally not a huge category fan in part because they are short and also because they tend to have more of the forced seduction/asshole-ish heroes (although I suspect I’m generalizing from specific lines to all categories). Still, I’ve seen very positive reviews for this book, so I’d love to read it, preferably in a paper copy, but I’d do digital, too.

  56. Hydecat
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:32:38

    I’ve been curious about this book since you reviewed it. I can’t name a category romance that I’ve read, though I feel like I must have read one some time in my life. I’ve been thinking about teaching a course on romance fiction, and if I do I’ll want to include a category because they’re an important part of the genre, so I guess I should start reading them soon! I love librarians, so I’d like to start with this one. :) I prefer paper since I don’t have a e-reading device other than my laptop, but I would take digital if necessary.

  57. John J.
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:37:27

    I would love to win a digital copy. I’m a guy and a teenager in the same package <— Perfect reason for a digital romance that's just right, no? Yes. :) In all seriousness though, I just backtracked to the review yesterday because I was bored, and it sounded good. I nearly died at the hero wearing purple boots though…it just sounded too good to be true! xD

    For me, categories were the gateway to pure romance. I can remember the first one I read, maybe…It was a Blaze, from 2006 maybe? It was about a 'classy/sexy' photographer who owns a little building with a lingerie seller, beautician, and a massage therapist. It wasn't the best but it got me hooked. :) I recently stole a few more from my mother's closet as well — The Widow and the Rodeo Man is my current read. ^^ Anyway, I enjoy them because they are fast and I can enjoy the characters without feeling a need for multiple book investment. I think all of the YA series reading was making me single-story phobic. O_o

    *Crosses fingers* Would love the digital copy! Either way, another category to try and discretely buy! :D

  58. Sarah
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:40:51

    Love category romance! Mostly because the time committment is low and when you’re lucky, the enjoyment level is high! Would live to win a copy – digital or paperback!

  59. Mera
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:41:35

    Being a librarian myself, I would love to read it.

    I’m from Europe, I don’t know if this is a problem – but I would be open to a digital copy as well.

  60. John J.
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:41:42

    @Kim I was wondering, why not just buy them at Wal-mart or something? I mean, with stores like that you end up paying at most 3.50. And really, there are more expensive books that are the same length. Just look at some of the YA books published. *shudder* The prices for a paperback are outrageous, and the minimum word count for YA is about 10,000 lower than an average Harlequin. :P Don’t enter me again..just felt the need to comment on this!

  61. Lisa J
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:48:43

    Category books are still awesome. I would love to read this one – digital version would be perfect.

  62. Joder
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 14:51:15

    First, I’d gladly take either print or digital copy. I just want to read it no matter what.

    I’m very particular about the kinds of series books I read. What I don’t like about series books are hidden babies or heroines who get pregnant the first time the h/h get together. The titles are cheesy at times which is also a turn-off. You also don’t always get to see a strong connection between the h/h because of length constraints. I do like that these books are quick reads. You get right into the story without verbal waste. You can find exotic locations and see interesting careers. They’re the perfect way to escape.

    I love the sound of this book. I love how positive, strong, and sexy the librarian sounds since many people have a preconceived notion of spinster when hearing the word librarian. I’m really hoping to win.

  63. Nimra
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:01:34

    I like category romances because most of the time you know what you’re getting and if I want to read about the secretary getting the boss, then I want to read about the secretary getting the boss dammit! :) And if they’re well written or do something slightly different it’s always a pleasant surprise.
    I’m open to digital, mostly I just want to get my hands on the book, it sounds like a fun read.

  64. Carin
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:17:57

    I would take paper or digital.

    I like categories. I like that they are short and to the point. Sometimes I want something long, but when I want quick and uncomplicated, a category is the way to go.

    I also like them because it’s clear what you’re getting. If I’m in a Blaze mood I get a Blaze. If I want to read about babies I get a book with babies on the cover.

  65. Vivian
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:24:29

    I’ve been wanting to read this book, but none of the bookstores around me carry it. I’d buy it in a heartbeat, all these reviews make it sound like a book worth reading!

    Even though I read a few of Suzanne Brockmann and Jenny Crusie’s (though Manhunting was awesome), I still wasn’t completely converted to the idea of categories until I read Sarah Mayberry’s books! Particularly Anything But You – it was AMAZING. Now, if I hear a category is good, I’m much more willing to try it out! I realize that it must be much harder to make a story work in so short a book, and I really think when I come across a good one, they’re really spectacular. Plus they go by quickly – good for a college student who already has too much to do!

    PS: John J. up there? Hahaha Your enthusiasm about romance is so adorable!

  66. Donna
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:25:21

    I’m trying to give more categories a chance but they are normally not my first choice.

    However this book sounds like a winner if I just ignore the cover.

    Digital is okay with me.

  67. Jane
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:26:18

    @John J. I don’t really understand why YA books are so much more expensive. I think of myself as a teen and my very tiny discretionary fund. I would never have been able to buy more than a book a month.

  68. Jane
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:26:18

    @John J. I don’t really understand why YA books are so much more expensive. I think of myself as a teen and my very tiny discretionary fund. I would never have been able to buy more than a book a month.

  69. Lobo
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:34:16

    @Lobo: And I forgot to mention that I learned English through category. Really while I was an au pair in the UK I borrowed Mills and Boons from the local Library and wow I had fun time checking the words in the dictionary.

    I won’t mind the digital copy either :)

  70. marelou
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:54:40

    Lately, i only pick up category books if i hear good things about it or if they are from authors i read often.

  71. Keira
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 15:57:33

    Categories are like candy. The good ones are very good. The bad ones are pretty bad. I usually think of them as being fun (even if you don’t like the one you’re reading) and a quick read. It takes talent and skill to write a full romance in such a short amount of space.

  72. Julie
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 16:16:19

    Category romances were my introduction to the romance genre, so they have a special place in my heart. I still read some, when I’m in the mood for a quick read. I’d love either a print or digital copy, thanks!

  73. Donya P
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 16:42:41

    Sounds so good… I am currently writing a Super and try to keep up with them, but it is hard.

  74. Sotheara
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 16:54:20

    I don’t usually read books that are published by Harlequin. I never thought the stories or characters were particulary good so I avoid them. However, I’ve heard positive reviews about this one and wouldn’t mind a paper copy to read. Who knows. . .I might start reading that line again.

  75. janicu
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 17:21:33

    This one sounds interesting. I’d be open to a digital copy too.

  76. kathrynkins
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 17:23:51

    I don’t usually read catagories, as there doesn’t seem to be much to them. But as someone in a library science program I would LOVE to read this one.

  77. Peggy P
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 18:00:00

    I would jump on a digital edition with both feet – love categories, there just the right length for an evening’s entertainment.

  78. ritu
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 18:03:12

    This book is on my TBR list. I would looove to win a copy. Either copy would be fine for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  79. hapax
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 18:07:36

    I normally don’t care for category books, mainly because I find them too short, but I simply can’t resist the title on this one.

    (And I’m not a huge fan of digital books, either, but for this one I’d make an exception. Except that I’d rather be reading it at the reference desk and have everyone see it and ask me about it ~0~ )

  80. Kaetrin
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 18:17:47

    Please count me in for the giveaway. I have a Sony 700 so a digital copy would be fine (epub/pdf) but I’d be equally happy with the paper version.

    I love a good category. I think it take a special skill to write short – authors have so little time to grab the reader’s attention and get cracking with the story. When they’re good, they’re great. I’ve been meaning to get hold of this one so even if I don’t win, I’ll be picking it up – Harlequin are (thankfully) one of the publisher that a actively supporting the digital model. I foresee Harlequin getting a lot more of my money….

  81. Ivy
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 18:19:19

    Category books were my intro to romance.
    I still like them occasionally, it’s like comfort food for me…
    I’ve wanted to read this since I saw it reviewed here.
    I’d be happy w/ print or digital…
    Thanks for the chance.

  82. HeatherK
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 18:22:50

    I’m a series romance junkie. Love the things. Buy some each month, though SuperRomance isn’t usually my downfall. Silhouette Desires are. I’ve been thinking about this book since the review was posted just haven’t gotten around to picking it up yet. Can’t wait to see what treasures lie between the covers!

  83. Mary Ann Derbin
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 18:41:12

    I would love a copy. It doesn’t matter which format though I would prefer a print copy. I haven’t read the book but it sounds interesting.

  84. willaful
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 18:57:18

    Categories are my stress reading. Sometimes I just need something quick and satisfying.

  85. etirv
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 19:22:09

    What’s a category book? I like romances, please count me in!

  86. Jamie Wesley
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 19:29:46

    Heck yeah, I read categories. They’re great when you want a read, but have limited time. I’m addicted to HQ Presents. I finished Kelly Hunter’s Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate (which I highly recommend) earlier today and started a Kimani Romance.

  87. Sue A.
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 19:48:24

    I really like the sound of this book. I’ve been meaning to pick up a Superromance, since it’s been a while.

  88. Linda Henderson
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 19:55:45

    I really enjoy reading catagory romance. I’ve read most of the Harlequin/Silhouette line at one time or the other. They are quicker reads that a regular contempory and for me that’s important. I would love a paper copy as my computer is so old that digital is out of the question and my limited budget won’t allow for an e-reader.

  89. Deb
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 20:01:33

    I began my romance reading journey with categories…Harlequin and Silhouette. I would like a chance for a print copy because this sounds like a good read!

  90. AB
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 20:36:51

    Love a chance for a paper copy (no ereader yet!)

  91. Carol
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 20:57:05

    I don’t really care if it’s a category or not, as long as the story’s good. I remeber that Superromance always give me a warm, fuzzy feeling, so maybe it’s time I pick some up again.

  92. Kat
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 20:58:32

    I have been wanting to read this one, sucker for any romance featuring a librarian. I had moved a way from categories but after reading some good ones based on recommendations I am trying some again. Paper only sad to say :(

  93. Joan B.
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 22:25:22

    I’d love a chance at this in either format. I think it’s the titles and covers that usually put me off categories despite the fact I’ve read and enjoyed many of them.

  94. Sasha
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 22:30:55

    Haven’t read categories in so long. They tend to be ridiculously old skool sometimes. But they introduced me to the genre–and this one looks nice. Librarians and bad boys are always YAY. :)

    Any format, if I win! :)

  95. MeganS
    Mar 31, 2010 @ 23:53:40

    The categories I love, I love them because the author’s managed to pack quite a punch within the allowed word count. Done right, there’s no excess: just the relationship, and every paragraph contributes to the growth of the heroine and the hero.

    (And I’d be up for either print or digital!)

  96. Mariska
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 00:02:13

    I’m not sure what’s the ‘categories’ mean. but i’m pretty sure that i do really like a signed copy of this book !

  97. catie james
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 00:06:44

    I don’t read a lot of category books, but over the past two to three years I’ve been giving more a go thanks to recommendations from Wendy the Super Librarian, Dear Author, and other author/writer and review sites. I’ve not been disappointed with any of their picks and would love to give WHAT THE LIBRARIAN DID a try!

  98. Collette
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 01:03:40

    I’m starting to love category books again. I started out reading them in maybe 6th grade? My friend Diana’s mother had a subscription to Harlequin and once I discovered those, I ate them up. We’d sit in their living room all day and read book after book.

    My library now has Presents, Blaze and Desire monthly collections available to check out via ebook. I’ve been sucking those down. Slurp.

    I’d love to read this one digitally as well.

  99. Sherri
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 02:42:27

    I’ll admit to not being a Harlequin fan but the reviews have me intrigued enough to give this one a try. Would love to win a copy in either format (I’m a newbie ebook reader!).

  100. wandergurl
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 04:36:59

    I don’t get to read categories too often but would love to give this a try! Not fussed about the format :)

  101. danas
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 05:15:18

    I like category romance on days that I’m looking for something specific to match my taste. Other times I like to be surprised. I would love to read this book.

  102. Juliet
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 06:28:35

    I would love to read this book after reading your reviews. Please count me in for the print copies. Thanks!

  103. Juliet
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 06:29:27

    By the way, I love this cover! :o)

  104. ms bookjunkie
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 07:00:00

    I enjoy categories because when they’re good, they really blow me away. They’re a more intense read because of the limited word count so their impact is stronger, what I call the “cry and sigh factor”. First you cry because of all those intense emotions and then you sigh in satisfaction at the end.

    Also, they’re a complete read in a couple of hours. You get a story without the reading taking all day.

  105. CrystalGB
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 07:44:20

    I love category romance. They were the romance books that got me reading romance as a preteen. They are comfort reads to me. I would like to have a copy of this book in either format.

  106. John J.
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 07:52:43


    It is really difficult, especially for a book junkie, but I have two methods. 1.) I buy at either sales or wait for paperback. Rarely is there a hardcover. And if so, I go to Sam’s Club. They have great discounts. and 2.) I yard sale with my mom, and I can usually pick up adult and some teen books there for obviously cheap prices. You just have to be good with money management. :)

  107. John J.
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 07:54:27


    Why thank you. :) I review books for, and romance books are becoming such a great break in my routine now that I have limited time to read only for pleasure. Between YA and romance I’m pretty much in reading heaven haha.

  108. Amanda
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 08:15:15

    I love books about non-traditional librarians finding love! I look forward to reading it!

  109. Castiron
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 09:27:54

    The first romances I read, back in middle school, were probably categories, though I don’t remember a thing about the plots or the characters. I treat categories like any other book — if I read an intriguing review, or if it just jumps off the library shelf at me, I’ll check it out.

  110. Elizabeth
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 10:21:20

    I do read category books, but they’re like a rich sauce for me: I can only read in limited amounts. (Notice that I did not compare to ice cream.)
    When one book is great, that lures me to try more, but then I don’t finish one, and I’m off them for months.
    I’ve been a librarian, so I look forward to Bliss’s book.

  111. Gina
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 12:06:02

    Missed this yesterday, hope I’m not to late. I had gotten away from categories for many years until I started reading your reviews of them, opening my mind once again. This book has been on my “to buy” list since you first reviewed it so please add my name to the hat?

  112. Chelsea B.
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 14:34:49

    Nice! Count me in! No thanks for the digital, though.

  113. Lorraine from CA
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 17:14:07

    I’d love a chance to read this book. It would be my first Librarian romance. Either print or digital would be fine.

  114. BlueRose
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 19:44:29

    I dont really know what a category book is in this context. But I was going to grow up to be a librarian, and I was intrigued by this book.

    And I am in NZ :)

  115. Anne Fescharek
    Apr 02, 2010 @ 09:25:30

    I read categories because there could be a future Sandra Brown or Linda Howard lurking among them! Sure they have horrible titles but most of them are pretty darn good! Also, I’m a complete sucker for “secret baby” stories — which appear alot in categories.

    I want to read this book simply because I myself am a librarian and I want to find out all the fun I’m missing! I see by the cover she is garbed in “Traditional Librarian Attire”. You never see a librarian wearing faded jeans and a T-shirt like me.

  116. anon1001
    Apr 02, 2010 @ 19:04:35

    I like categories because there’s no fluff (and a well-written one focuses on the story.

    But I hate the titles!! Please count me in for a print copy if I win.

  117. Bella F
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 00:49:12

    what’s funny is I know the cover & title are cheesy but I’m drawn to anything about librarians/librarian stereotypes b/c of work, lol
    I’d prefer paperback if drawn, pls :)

  118. Deb B.
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 08:40:36

    I haven’t read many categories as the titles alone drive me nuts half the time, but this one sounds great. If selected, I’d like a paper copy please.

  119. Brenda B. Hill
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 10:38:08

    Have not read many categories but this story about librarians/librarian stereotypes sounds wonderful. I love HEA..LOL..

    Should I win I would like a print since I do not have a reader.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  120. joykenn
    Apr 05, 2010 @ 12:29:27

    Me, Me, Me. I so want a digital copy of a neat sexy librarian book. I actually like category books when I’m not feeling energetic enough to read a long and involved book. Nice, somewhat superficial romance instead of something emotionally demanding. Face it, that is really what they are designed to be and I’m fine with that. Now and then one surprises me by really engaging me emotionally but categories aren’t really know for that.

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