By Pamela Morsi
August 7, 2013
Meet Dorothy Jarrow: devotedly unsexy librarian
Buttoned-up book lover DJ is all sensible shoes, drab skirts and studious glasses. After an ill-advised spring-break-fueled fling left her mortified, she's committed to her prim and proper look. When she's hired by a rural library in middle-of-nowhere Kansas, she finally has the lifestyle to match-and she can't wait to get her admin on.
But it's clear from day one that the small-town library is more interested in circulating rumors than books. DJ has to organize her unloved library, win over oddball employees and avoid her flamboyant landlady's attempts to set her up with the town pharmacist. Especially that last part-because it turns out handsome Scott Sanderson is her old vacation fling! She is not sure whether to be relieved or offended when he doesn't seem to recognize her. But with every meeting, DJ finds herself secretly wondering what it would be like to take off her glasses, unpin her bun and reveal the inner vixen she's been hiding from everyone-including herself.
I loved the librarian thing in this book! I loved DJ and if she was a real person, I would want to be her friend. We would probably bond over coffee or tea and have an endless discussion about our favorite books! I love that even though she was a bit of an introvert, she wasn't scared to be uprooted from her old job to move to a small town in Kansas. It didn't seem weird to me at all that DJ was looking for someplace she could call her own and where she could actually belong.
As for Scott, he's a total sweetie! I don't want to give up much of the story so I'll keep this short. The fact that he was so devoted to his first love was adorable, but I guess they were just not meant to be. Besides, it's DJ's gain so what the hell?
Another thing that I really appreciate about this story is its band of side characters. I love the dog, I love Scott's mother, I even love James! I really appreciate the fact that even though this is predominantly a romance novel, the side-characters were given time to grow on the reader. It makes everything all the more vivid.
Story-wise, I would have to say that the twist was a little predictable, but I actually like it. I like how the great twist was at the very end, and wasn't revealed until the two leads were already into each other. I felt that the ending was rushed, but since it took a lot of time to get there, I actually felt okay with it.
All in all, this story is great read! I would recommend to everyone who wants to read about a seemingly unsexy librarian and how she found the man to bring out the sexy in her.