Broken Resolutions by Olivia Dade #AfternoonDelight

Posted February 14, 2016 by Shari in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 6 Comments

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Broken Resolutions by Olivia Dade #AfternoonDelight
Broken Resolutions

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Series: Lovestruck Librarians #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Lyrical Shine
Released on December 8, 2015
Pages: 85
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Librarians! Oh, my, I don’t remember librarians being like this when I worked in a local library during college. I think I would have loved to work with these ladies!

Broken Resolutions is the first book in the Lovestruck Librarians series, but really feels like it was an introduction book that should have been a .5 instead of #1. Why? Well the story takes place over one night for the most part. See Penny Callahan is the children’s librarian. She’s ready to settle down in solitude to ring in the New Year and her resolution to not date for a year. Wanting to get her head on straight, she vows to leave men alone. Her boss calls and now she is in charge of the singles event they are hosting at the library. There goes the hamburger and fries she so wanted to enjoy.

Author Jack Williamson just thinks he is driving his mom to the a singles event at the library only to learn she signed him us as well. Jack doesn’t want to be there and is very protective of his daughter so he doesn’t give his author name out to just anyone. Grumpy at first to be thrown into this situation, he finally wakes up as he becomes very aware of the librarian and her sensual delights. But he can’t trust even her after finding out he is one of her favorite authors.

The games through the night draw them closer to the point that the stuffed giraffe is turned somewhat into a pervertable object. But what causes the biggest issue is that Jack doesn’t tell Penny he is the author she loves. And she finds out, of course and the book takes a huge turn where the two don’t see each other for a month over a lie of omission.

The problem I really have is I read the books out of order and I know that these two meet on New Year’s Eve, skip a month and see each other again in February. The second books starts a little before Valentine’s Day and by then the two are engaged. See, it is a quick book and these two are even quicker to be together forever.

I guess I don’t really trust Jack’s judgement. He’s already divorced and falling back into a relationship so quickly. I understand wanting to protect your child and from the media, but I guess I haven’t seen an author that popular that their life becomes a hiding game. Maybe I just haven’t seen it, but authors haven’t been rock stars. Not that they aren’t in my eyes, just not what I see on the cover of magazines and on EW.

So while I enjoyed these two, I think it moved way to fast for my taste and would have preferred that in the second book they were still dating. Penny is likable, but what I really liked was she put herself first after all the bad things that happened to her. Jack was also a gentleman, but I wanted more from him. I would have loved to find out more about them than could be found in this short story.

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Literary Pickers: Male/Female
Books ‘N Tunes: What If I by Meghan Trainor

About Olivia Dade

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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Oh, I remember when you reviewed the other one. Wow, yeah, one night and then engaged not long after with a separation in there, too. That would be tough to wrap your mind around even if you like them together.

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5 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I can handle quick romances, but when you separate after one night for a month over something you feel is a betrayal, then getting engaged so fast seems unreal. I liked the story though and love this series, just wish there wasn’t so much angst and fast love together.

5 years ago

I would fear that it was a rebound

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5 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

Rebound and ending in divorce is what I would foresee in their future.

5 years ago

Sounds like it would’ve worked well as a #0.5 book indeed. It can be fun when the story takes place over such a short amount of time, although they can also feel a bit rushed and like things happen quickly. Sounds like this book went a bit too fast, it’s always hard to really feel the relaitonship whe it develops so quickly. It sounds fun how he is her favourite author, although I am not a fan of secret keeping for that exact reason, it always comes back to bite them later. Great review!

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5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

If they just had agreed to date and the first full book they were still dating, then I would have been ok. But in the next book they are engaged so it just felt too rushed even if they felt each other was the one.