- File Size: 3019 KB
- Print Length: 137 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076892Y1R
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to say, character development is not very strong and I never understood where Phillip’s issues stemmed from. Tristan was confusing, as a two-year relationship was mentioned but he barely had even vanilla sexual experience, from what I read anyway. The secondary characters, Phillip’s friends, did add some interest. Plot is minimal and I think the aim was for a romantic comedy feel, so it was occasionally amusing. It’s not overwhelmed with sex scenes, by any means, which I appreciated, however, it’s almost insta-love. It’s cleanly written and edited well.
* An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review with Hearts On Fire Reviews*
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise?
Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to find quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free.
Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever afters. Experience has taught him not to hope for more—until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night.
With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might find the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives….
I really enjoyed this story. Phillip definitely does his best to not let emotions get into his sex in order to guard his heart. Tristan has never really had a great relationship or great sex and hopes that Phillip will help him learn to be more adventurous. Both of these men just need a little push from those around them to open up to some new things.
Phillip has been trying to convince himself that he is happy with everything in his life but Tristan causes him to re-think how he has viewed sex and relationships. Tristan decides to bide his time when it comes to Phillip, he knows what they have is special he just needs to come to terms with it. I felt for Phillip and how he hurt himself while trying to protect himself from the pain of rejection. I can’t say that he is quite the rake that Tristan thought he was. However, when Phillip decides to admit his feelings he jumps in with both feet.
Cover art by Anna Sikorska is great and I love the visual of the two characters together.
Phillip is supposed to be a bad boy hairdresser on a motorcycle who has no interest in relationships. Tristan is a librarian who is said to be boring and bookish. When the two first interact, Tristan is more a stuck-up snob. Their grandfathers seem to be developing a relationship and decide to push Tristan and Phillip together. The biggest problem these two men have is themselves. They have very set in stone notions about themselves and will have to grow up and come out of their comfort zones.
This novella was a little slow going, and I wasn't really a fan of either character. The grandfathers in this story seemed more interesting, and I would have loved to follow their story. ;) As I've said many times, novellas are difficult in my opinion. You have a limited number of pages to introduce characters and a relationship, especially when the two MC's don't have any prior knowledge or interaction with each other. For me, I would have liked more character development and relationship development and less time spent on getting naked **gasp**. Tristan did have his hang-ups in regards to sex, but I'd think those could have been fixed with the build-up of the relationship and getting to know each other. I just didn't get what I needed from the characters to have an invested interest in their relationship and where it was going.
This story was 123 pages and a quick read. The grandfathers in the story definitely were the highlight for me, just because they had so much orneriness on the page. I wish I had felt the same way for Tristan and Phillip! Tristan and Phillip did find love, so this had a HEA ending.
Rating: 3.5 stars
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In Z. Allora’s The Librarian’s Rake, Tristan is tired of being the boring librarian.Read more
noun: rake; plural noun: rakes
a fashionable or wealthy man of dissolute or promiscuous habits.Read more