Mar 31 2010
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.
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.