To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.
After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.
But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.
Mark is living his dream – but it’s hanging by a thread. He’s running his own bookstore in the little town he lives in, but by a very slim margin. Any bad luck could cause him to lose the store – and the store is his life right now. He wants to find some way to bring in more customers so he plans for a local author book signing event.
Shepherd is a local author with terrible social anxiety. He’s been in Mark’s store and loved it – but when Mark approaches him about the book signing he’s an asshole and blows Mark off – at first.
Luckily – Shepherd changes his mind and agrees to help Mark. Partly because he wants to help the local shop and partly because he’s been crushing on it’s owner.
This is a tremendously sweet and sometimes very sexy (first sex scene over a book table – WOWZA!) story. It moves along at a brisk pace, so we don’t get as much couple time as I’d like – but the relationship builds in a way that feels real and definitely leaves us in a happy place.
I loved how Shepherd was such a dirty talker in comparison to his initial impression- it’s quite the juxtaposition.
Since this is the first in the series I look forward to seeing some of the characters we meet here again in future books.
This is highly recommended to fans of sweet, small town romance and fans of MCs who are bibliophiles and writers. (I loved the NaNoWriMo plug!)
4.5 of 5 stars
Copy Purchased for review