Published: 28 October 2019
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 55 pages
My Rating: 2 Stars
The most recent addition to New Bedford’s crack team of small-town librarians is Ben, a mysterious, tight-lipped recluse who prefers cataloging in the basement to interacting with his eccentric coworkers.
Poppy, the intrepid circulation clerk, is content to let him brood alone…at first.
As Christmas Eve approaches, Poppy braves Ben’s prickly demeanor—and the spooky basement stairs—with offerings of hot chocolate and friendship. What she discovers at Ben’s dimly lit desk is an endearing, complicated man who always expresses exactly what he wants.
Or would, if not for the constant interruptions that keep him from touching her.
When an unexpected snowstorm traps the potential lovebirds in the library overnight, Poppy and Ben finally have a chance to explore the energy that crackles between them.
Is it just epic sex? Or is it love in the stacks?
Like all novellas, it’s challenging to fit a decent plot into a short amount of space. With erotica, the focus is on the sex scenes and this book does have them in spades to the detriment of any plot, character development or compelling storytelling.
Apparently Ben is on the autism spectrum or some other form of neuro-atypical condition. This is not evident in the story at all, and if the author intended this, then she should not have had his coworkers calling him the Troll in the basement. That’s workplace bullying and not what you want to find in erotica.
This is a definite miss for me, I can’t recommend reading it.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.