Title: My Reckless Valentine
Author: Olivia Dade
Series: Lovestruck Librarians #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Jan 19th
TEMPTATION FROM A TO Z
Library manager Angie Burrowes is in trouble again. Her superiors have never approved of her unconventional methods, but the latest warning is serious—another complaint from the administration or a patron, and she’s fired. With a steamy Valentine’s Day contest to conceal and her career on the line, the last thing Angie needs is a near-accident while driving home. At least, until she meets the tall, dark, and sexy stranger responsible for her very own spicy plot twist…
Straight-laced Grant Peterson has only one thing on his mind: making a good impression as the new Director of Branch Services at the Nice County Public Library. On the eve of his first day, however, a lusty encounter with Angie unleashes a desire unlike any he’s ever known. Their tryst may be one for the record books, but when he learns he’s Angie’s new boss, will Grant need to check out on love?
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine (Kensington) via NetGalley
This fun and frequently naughty book starts with a bang, when lusty librarian Angie meets Grant on an isolated road and the two of them practically combust with attraction. It’s completely against Grant’s character to jump into bed with a woman he’s barely even met, and even for Angie it’s all moving pretty fast, but that’s all swiftly sorted out when it turns out that Grant’s technically her new boss – and things become awkward.
It’s all pretty absurd, but plenty of fun as the pair of them try to avoid each other and keep finding themselves thrown together. Angie is impulsive and seems to be doing everything in her power to sabotage her career, while Grant is a straight-laced, rule follower except when Angie’s around, then he becomes someone completely different.
I’ll admit there were times when I just wanted Angie to grow up and stop pulling stunts because someone told her not to, while it was all very well to keep telling the reader how shy and sweet Grant was, but his behaviour constantly undermined that, and it did get a bit repetitive. The book also dragged a touch in places, but I did appreciate how their instant-attraction was forced to slow down and let them get to know each other a little better – even if only by a couple of weeks.
On the whole, though, this is a light, entertaining read that definitely shouldn’t be taken too seriously. It makes the most of Angie’s erotica fixation and makes plenty of inappropriate uses of work place and time, but it’s definitely more fun than soul-searching, even if there is a bit about acceptance and finding balance and happiness. If you’re looking for something silly that will make you snicker and chuckle, with a sexy and flirtatious edge, then this will likely do the trick.
My Reckless Valentine is out January 19th!
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