Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: The Librarian’s Rake
AUTHOR: Z. Allora
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 123 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2017
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….
The Librarian’s Rake by Z. Allora was an extremely sweet and cute book. It was also nice and sexy. Phillip is a free spirit hairdresser who doesn’t believe in staying after he does his (or the other guys) pants back up and Tristan is the level-headed librarian who thinks he is too boring to have a boyfriend who loves him. When their grandfathers introduce them sparks fly.
There is a sweetness to their slow start together, they are uncertain even though the attraction is obvious. Phillip really pushes Tris to expand his horizons see the possibilities in letting his hair down. They are both really good characters who make you feel with them for the whole book. My favourite people are Tristan’s friends and the grandfathers who are so good to the too young men. Monique is pushy and right, which is good fun.
I would have loved to have seen the grandmothers who are mentioned in the book with more page time. They truly seemed like a hoot! Maybe if there is a sequel, there will be more of them.
While I understand this is a personal pet peeve, there is a use of a hospital scene in this book. It’s the point that makes Phillip really think about his life and what he wants. And I really dislike the use of hospitals to make the characters reassess their lives. It didn’t work for me, even though it is probably one of the best ones I have read.
Overall, I really did enjoy The Librarian’s Rake. It was good light hearted reading that makes you smile. I happily give this book 4 hearts of love and joy.