The Librarian’s Rake by Z. Allora

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-librarians-rake-by-z-allora-8873-b

Blurb

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….

Review: A cute and different take on the geek/jock theme ☺ Tristan is a somewhat inexperienced librarian, while Phillip is a very experienced hairstylist. Both men have somewhat ‘friendly’ grandfathers☺, (I’d love to know their story), who support their grandsons. When Tristan and Phillip meet, (at Phillip’s granddad’s place), the granddads, with little subtlety, throw the two men together. Both have their issues due to past experiences – Tristan is reserved, a little gun-shy from his last break-up, but wants to break out of his shell; Phillip is a commitment-phobe, partly due to a past relationship. As the 2 men get to know each better, they can’t help but act on their attraction to each other … and have to deal with not letting their fears and issues ruin what could be a good thing.
This is a deceptively simple story that packs a punch. It has insta-lust, humour, friendship, mild angst and love. There are only a few characters in story but most of them are fun, especially Granddad and Monique. All were integral to the story, even the ones on the phone to Phillip.
I enjoyed reading, definitely liked how the story developed.

4 stars out of 5

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