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What the Librarian Did

af Karina Bliss

Serier: Rock Solid (0.5)

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Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past she's kept hidden for years. It's up to this librarian to find out firsthand just how "bad" he really is. Because her secret--and her growing feelings for a man who claims he's bent on redemption--depend on his turning out to be as good as he seems. Which is really, really good.… (mere)
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I gave What the Librarian Did 3 stars (I would have given it 3 and half if I could), because it was an entertaining book that kept me hooked until the end. It was like a tightly wound television series with layer upon layers of secrets and ulterior motives that threaten to burst from the characters' mouths at any moment.

Rachel Robinson is an academic librarian who wound tighter than a drum and is emotionally distant because of upbringing and a mistake she made in her teens. She feels unworthy of love. Devin is a recovering alcholic rock star who has left the business to his health, and decides to enroll in University to get a business degree. He is immediately attracted to Rachel because she doesn't know who he is; has a quick wit; and lucious lips. Devin's problem is that he can't trust anyone because for the last 15 years people have only used him for his celebrity. Finally, there's Mark. He's a brooding teenager who enrolls at the university to find out the identity of his birth mother--she works at the school. When their three paths intersect, it is immediate chemistry. Tricky and tenous relationships develop, and it all goes well until they find out that neither one of them were never playing on the level.

This is an engrossing read. It was an entertaining yet light relationship drama. Besides the sexual chemistry between Rachel and Devin, there really wasn't any romance between them. They fought and mistrusted each so much that it is hard to believe that there will ever be a happyily ever after between them. As a matter of fact, the story is more about her discovering Mark is her biological son and trying to tell him then it is about her falling in love with Devin. The epilogue promises a life long committment between these two, but it feels tacked on and underdeveloped. This is a good book but just don't call it a romance. ( )
  RakishaBPL | Sep 24, 2021 |
Me: "I don't have much to say. No review, like two sentences here from my phone. I'll just mention it's funny, but kind of oddly...

Oh okay."

*Sits up, opens laptop, writes semi-coherent review*

This book was pretty funny. The characters were multi-dimensional. We were introduced to hero of the next book, Zander, and I'm not sure why anyone wanted his book. But I like this author, I think she's talented. A book of a recovering alcoholic ex-rock star (Devin), and a librarian (Rachel) who's never known love and hasn't been able to commit or accept it in her life. It was a sweet story when it focused on these two.

When it didn't....ehhh...it stumbled. I think maybe it fell flat on its face. A hefty plot line featuring a closed adoption from the teenage years, featuring teenage offspring was distracting and overly angst-making. I thought that could have used a bit lighter touch. The final 20% was really bogged down in that drama, and it was too much for me. In fact quite a bit of that felt oddly judgmental, and really kept me from sinking into the characters and rooting for them.

there was some seriously funny stuff. And an answering machine. Who uses those anymore?? Say it with me: Voicemails. (I know this is from 2010, but I think still?) ( )
  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
Picked this up at a library conference...couldn't resist! A New Zealand librarian and American rock star fall for each other, lol! Standard romance fare but at least she wasn't a total stereotype and her dark secret added dimension (wasn't hard to figure out her secret, duhhhh). ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
All in all, I enjoyed reading this book, but after that last page was finished and I closed the book, a few things bothered me.

So Rachel Robinson is a librarian at a university in Australia. She's kind of a mother-hen type who cooks Sunday dinner for students that need a home cooked meal (exchange students, freshmen, etc) and she's a nice person. She likes to wear vintage clothing (think Dita Von Teese but less sexy) and she looks younger than her 34 years.

Then there's Devin Freedman. He was a guitarist in a famous band (his brother was the lead singer) and he availed himself of the booze...to the point a doctor told him if he drank anymore he'd die. So he's cleaned himself up and he's decided to straighten his act up. In his sobriety, he's noticed there's something screwy with his royalty payments and he's decided to take accounting at the small university where Rachel works to discover the root of the problem.

And finally there's Mark. He's come to university to find his mother. You see, Mark just discovered that he was adopted, and his parents didn't tell him. So knowing what he knows (his mother is 34 and works at the university) he's decided to find her and confront her. He's under the assumption that his mother didn't want him...and he wants her to feel that same pain, to reject his birth mother.

So three people, how are they all tied together? It's pretty easy to figure out the relationship between Rachel and Mark. When Rachel figures out Mark is her son, she doesn't come clean with him right away. She wants Mark to get to know her and see her as a friend before she reveals the truth. She hopes that way he'll give her a chance.

And Devin from his first day of school has been sucked into Rachel's sphere. She has no clue he's this famous guy and even after she learns about it, she doesn't care. She doesn't care until she realizes her young son is hanging around him and she's worried that Devin will rub off on Mark in a bad way. She doesn't know Devin is sober and she assumes he's into drugs and sex and all other sundry rock star vices. And then she realizes that these two are friends and so decides to hang out with Devin to get to know Mark.

And that's where I'm kind of meh about the book. Rachel's motivations toward Devin at first aren't about the attraction between them. She's using him. And then when push comes to shove at the end of the book, she uses Mark as an excuse to push Devin away. Frustrating much? And then I feel like she kind of went overboard in regards to Mark.

Despite all that, I enjoyed the book. The attraction between Devin and Rachel is my favorite kind. They don't like each other at first and yet they can't stay away from each other. LOL And with that comes the witty dialogue I so adore. ( )
  ames | Sep 30, 2013 |
I picked it up after Super Wendy blogged about it but just now read it. It was really good. Once again the heroine skirted the line - she may have even dipped a tow over it now and again - but in the end I think she made up for it. I love that it was a Librarian and an ex-Rock Star. The combination was perfect. ( )
  cranberrytarts | Sep 22, 2013 |
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Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn't know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll." Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past she's kept hidden for years. It's up to this librarian to find out firsthand just how "bad" he really is. Because her secret--and her growing feelings for a man who claims he's bent on redemption--depend on his turning out to be as good as he seems. Which is really, really good.

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