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That said, this being a light hearted romance, the stakes never reach a point of "stuff got real" for which I'm glad. Quinn is just enough of my idealized version of the perfect adult that I didn't want her to be in serious harm's way. James meanwhile is alternately charming as the dickens and a few shades too mysterious, but honestly I'll forgive him anything, the man knows how to set aside ego and be impressed and supportive.
Another adventure awaits the duo and if the last line of this books and short excerpt for next is any indication it'll be just as much fun.
Twenty-six year old Quinn Ellington is a public librarian. She’s very proficient at her job but longs for action, the type of action her favorite hero, fictional character Edward Walker always finds in his spy adventures. Little does she imagine that her wish would come true after a British insurance agent, James Lockwood walks into her library and asks for her help in finding more information about an antique artifact.
“The Librarian and the Spy” has all the ingredients you would expect for an interesting romance story: a smart and resourceful young attractive protagonist, her handsome romantic interest, international locales, and a mystery to solve. Even though this book’s main goals are escapism and entertainment, I still found some parts of the story improbable such as Lockwood’s request and cash payment to Quinn’s boss so that Quinn would work exclusively for him during library hours. Also there are a lot of descriptions in the book. Some of them felt like they were just fillers. I think it would have been safe to leave some minutia of the characters’ daily life to the readers’ imagination.
“The Librarian and the Spy” is not an X-rated romance. Sensual scenes are handled with good taste. The main characters are likable, but there’s nothing that I felt makes them outstandingly special. Quinn outsmarts the bad guys using her librarian skills and tools though. But other than that, these characters faded from my mind as soon as I started reading a new book.
Quinn is a librarian and she's really good at her job. Finding answers and solving puzzles is her life, just like the characters in her books. But she'd rather be out experiencing the excitement than reading about it. So when James, a handsome stranger, walks into her library and asks for assistance researching mysterious ancient items, she jumps at the chance to help.
While Quinn and James try to track down the origins of the items, they develop more than just a working relationship. Yet, just when their budding romance starts to heat up, a surprise twist throws Quinn for a loop. Her new beau isn't who he says he is and now they're both in danger. Unwilling to give up before the mystery is solved, Quinn travels abroad with James to solve the case once and for all.
This book left me with conflicting thoughts. I'll start with what I liked. I loved Quinn from the moment I met her. She was spunky and quick-witted, ready for a challenge and able to go with the flow. I liked James, as well. He was charming and humorous. I even liked them as a pair. Their chemistry was adorable and I think they were a natural fit together.
When I started the book, I waited on pins and needles for the adventure to begin. While I was happy to see our couple getting closer, I was disappointed at the pacing. We're halfway through the book before anything substantial actually happens. I wasn't tempted to put the book down but did wonder why the story seemed stalled.
And just when the romance begins to pick up, we're thrust into the covert mission and the romance takes a hit and the sparks start to wane. I don't think we get a real moment of passion until at least three-quarters into the book and even that moment is short and left me wanting. It's mostly just clues leading to more clues and Quinn hiding her crush on James. The plot seems to take over and leaves our couple's developing relationship in the dust. This wouldn't be a problem in a mystery or crime novel but since this is a romance, I expected a bit more focus to be on the actual romance. Perhaps, the next book of the series will be more balanced.
Despite my gripes, there was still a lot to like about this book. Quinn was a great female lead with intelligence and courage to spare. She was loyal to James even when the odds were stacked against them. Even though the plot was slow to build, it did eventually pick up and there were a few mild action scenes. The ending was sweet and setup for more adventures in the next book.
A light read with likable characters. Four suns!
Full review on Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog
Quinn Ellington is a reference librarian who craves adventure and excitement. James Lockwood is an insurance adjuster cataloguing a client's valuable art collection that he purchased from Russia. The attraction between the two grows. One night Quinn and James come back to her apartment from her first date to find the light she left on turned off and her apartment in shambles along with two bad guys ready to hurt them. From there Quinn and James are on a mission to find out the when, wheres and whys.
My only issue with the book is that I thought sometimes it got a little more technical about library terms than most readers might like. This is coming from someone who has volunteered with libraries and friends of the library for the last twenty or so years. Other than that I found the story fast moving, quirky and uplifting. I really enjoyed the story and liked the fact that the characters got to know one another and the author didn't directly go to the horizontal tango like so many do these days!
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