Author: Olivia Dade
Series: Lovestruck Librarians #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Passion Between The Stacks
Helen Murphy loves her supportive family, her close-knit circle of friends, and her part-time job at the library. What she doesn’t love: the fact that she’s a thirty-six-year-old near-virgin who lives in her parents’ house. Eager to move out and reclaim her independence at long last, she’s determined to get the library’s new Community Outreach Coordinator position. Even if that means working side-by-side with the one man she desperately wants to avoid–Niceville’s ambitious mayor Wes Ramirez, who happens to be her only previous lover, and the source of her greatest humiliation…
Wes needs to make up for his disastrous one-night–actually, make that one-hour–stand with deliciously nerdy librarian Helen. As they plan the city’s upcoming May Day celebrations together, he’ll try to prove he can do better, in bed and out. It may take every bit of his creativity and determination, but their budding romance has already gone down in flames once . . . and he’ll be damned if he’ll let Helen go a second time.
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine (Kensington) via NetGalley
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a lot of fun, has plenty of sex, a couple of characters with self-esteem issues and has way too much fun with the phallic symbolism of maypoles and springtime festivals. It’s light and fluffy and admittedly is more about sex than romance, but I still really liked it.
Which is a bit strange, because if I think about it too deeply there are rather a few holes that I can pick. Not least Helen’s insistence on independence, while refusing to move away from a job working with books, even though that means she has to live with her parents, which she desperately wants to stop doing… but won’t get a job away from a bookstore or a library. Hm, so maybe not that desperate, after all. Then there’s her whole virginity issue at the beginning, which really doesn’t play any part in the rest of the book, despite how big a thing it was at the start. Add in Wes’ dreams and the baleful influence of his parents, which he fails to recognise…
Yeah, okay, it’s not perfect. Wes wants to “win” Helen, but does it purely through sex rather than romancing her, his self-doubts can get a bit much and there’s a definite lack of communication when it comes to the future. However, I almost don’t care, because this book was so easy to read, made me smile a lot and just made me feel good from almost the beginning all the way to the end. I loved the small town organisational nightmares of the Mayday celebrations, I loved seeing the other librarians (especially Angie, smut queen that she is) and there was even a glimpse of Pretend Pirate Clarence!
If you’re looking for something sexy and quite a bit silly, with a down-to-earth heroine and a confidence-challenged hero, facing fairly everyday problems in familiar and understandable ways, then give this a go. Don’t think too hard about it, just read and enjoy, and hopefully you’ll like this as much as I did. It’s sexy, flirty and fun, and my favourite of the series so far. I look forward to seeing how things turn out next.
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