Off the Clock

As I stated in a previous post, I don’t read a lot of romance. I don’t necessarily have anything against the genre, but my feeling has always been that it is hard to find “good” books in the genre. Having said that, I was very happy when my reading group chose romance for our genre study 2018-2019 because it has given me the opportunity to explore this genre thoroughly and hopefully find some titles that I enjoy as well as books and authors I would feel comfortable recommending to patrons. This month’s theme is erotica and the first book I read is “Off the Clock.” It took me a while to find a book that a) sounded interesting and had good reviews and b) I could find in a library somewhere. Erotica is still a genre that makes many libraries uncomfortable. This book has a pretty good rating on Goodreads and Roni Loren has a good reputation in the romance community so I was excited to read it. Overall, I enjoyed this book, even though I had some issues with the plot and the writing.

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Comsumed

This was my first J.R. Ward book so I had no idea what to expect from this.  I had heard good things about her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, so I decided to try this book, the first in a series, to see if I liked it and her writing style.  She is also a very popular author at my library and I am trying to become more familiar with the authors and genres that fly off our shelves.   Overall, I enjoyed the idea of the story but had some issues with the characters and the pace.

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A True Cowboy Christmas

Ugh.  There were things that I really liked about this book.  And then there were things that infuriated me.  Let me start by saying that there wasn’t much Christmas in a book with it in the title.  I was expecting this to feel like a holiday novel and it didn’t.  Yes, one of the turning points in the relationship between Gray and Abby involves her love of Christmas and his disdain for it but I wanted more holiday romance and less romance novel tropes.

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The Perfect Fit

I am going to say honestly that I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I don’t read a lot of romance or chick lit but as a new librarian, I am trying to expand my reading and explore genres that I am not familiar. Right off the bat I enjoyed the writing and characters, Becky was instantly likable and the supporting characters were given enough story to be important but didn’t take away from the main love story.

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