Saturday, 18 June 2016

Review: Ready to Fall (Lovestruck Librarians #4) by Olivia Dade

Elementary school teacher and part-time librarian Sarah Mayhew has the perfect plan: show off her cycling skills at her school's bike retreat and attract her oblivious coworker in the process. Her end game? Fall in love. Only one problem: she needs to find someone to teach her how to ride a bike pronto. But when she catches sight of Chris Dean's gorgeous physique, her best laid plans are about to go off track . . .

Chris is not looking for a girlfriend. He's getting over his last one by focusing on his bike repair business. So when a feisty, sexy schoolteacher urges him to help improve her cycling skills, he does it strictly for the money. He vows he won't repeat history, even for a blonde bombshell like Sarah. But when the two find themselves alone on the road, they can't help taking a detour straight into each other's arms . . .

ebook, 85 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2016 by Lyrical Shine

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is June 21st, 2016.

This story is the fourth instalment in the lovestruck librarian series.  While I have not read all the stories, I have read most.  That being said, it would not be necessary to read them in order as this can be read as a standalone.

There are two things that I really liked about this story.

One...the length.  I don't always have the time to invest in a long story and the short length of this ensure that I could get some reading enjoyment in without the time commitment.  This is perfect when I am having a crazy week at work yet feel like I am neglecting my reading time (which I have been).  Perfect solution.

Two....Sarah.  I loved her sense of humor.  The way she described a bicycle as a death trap had me in stitches.  Her strong sense of who she was and her attitude when she wanted something is something we all could learn from.  I loved that she was so feisty yet so tiny (height). 

I will not divulge any plot details, the synopsis does a good job.  This story came to me a good time when I was looking for something short and it did not disappoint.  Dade does a good job of creating characters which are more "real life" than a lot of stories in this genre which makes it enjoyable.  I will continue to follow her group of librarians as long as she keeps writing about them.

About the Author

(From Dade's Goodreads profile.  I will continue to put this bio in here every time I read her work as it is one of the best IMHO that I have come across)

While I was growing up, my mother kept a stack of books hidden in her closet. She told me I couldn’t read them. So, naturally, whenever she left me alone for any length of time, I took them out and flipped through them.

Those books raised quite a few questions in my prepubescent brain. Namely: 1) Why were there so many pirates? 2) Where did all the throbbing come from? 3) What was a “manhood”? 4) And why did the hero and heroine seem overcome by images of waves and fireworks every few pages, especially after an episode of mysterious throbbing in the hero’s manhood?

Thirty or so years later, I have a few answers.

1) Because my mom apparently fancied pirates at that time. Now she hoards romances involving cowboys and babies. If a book cover features a shirtless man in a Stetson cradling an infant, her ovaries basically explode and her credit card emerges. I have a similar reaction to romances involving spinsters, governesses, and librarians.

2) His manhood. Also, her womanhood.

3) It’s his “hard length,” sometimes compared in terms of rigidity to iron. I prefer to use other names for it in my own writing. However, I am not picky when it comes to descriptions of iron-hard lengths. At least in romances.

4) Because explaining how an orgasm feels can prove difficult. Or maybe the couples all had sex on New Year’s Eve at Cancun.

During those thirty years, I accomplished a few things. I graduated from Wake Forest University and earned my M.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I worked at a variety of jobs that required me to bury my bawdiness and potty mouth under a demure exterior: costumed interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, high school teacher, and librarian. But I always, always read romances. Funny, filthy, sweet—it didn’t matter. I loved them all.

Now I’m writing my own romances with the encouragement of my husband and daughter. I found a kick-ass agent: Jessica Alvarez from Bookends, LLC. I have my own stack of books in my closet that I’d rather my daughter not read, at least not for a few years. I can swear whenever I want, except around said daughter. And I get to spend all day writing about love and iron-hard lengths.

So thank you, Mom, for perving so hard on pirates during my childhood. I owe you.

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