Review: What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

Posted January 2, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 4 Comments

Holly‘s review of What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn’t know who Devin Freedman is? No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel’s refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention. Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past she’s kept hidden for years.

It’s up to this librarian to find out firsthand just how “bad” he really is. Because her secret — and her growing feelings for a man who claims he’s bent on redemption — depend on his turning out to be as good as he seems. Which is really, really good. 

First, I have to say: I love that cover. Yes, the librarian is dressed a little too stereotypically (though she actually reflects the character in the book) but the t-shirt and tattoo against her more formal wear…totally hot. 

I picked it up after Super Wendy blogged about it. It was really good. I love that it was a Librarian and an ex-Rock Star. The combination was perfect. 

Rachel Robinson is harboring a secret – one that has made her do her best to be a good girl all of her adult life. She had a teen pregnancy and gave up her child for adoption. And now that child is attending he university where she works. When ex-rockstar Devon Freedmon starts taking classes, she’s immediately suspicious of him. And it only gets worse when she realizes he’s spending time with her son. 

Devon is looking to clean up his life. He got into the music industry young and did his best to emulate his old brother – to the detriment of his health. Now he just wants to take his classes and remain anonymous – and maybe get under the skin of a certain uptight librarian. 

Rachel skirted the line for me. One minute she was level-headed and practical. The next she was acting silly and jumping to conclusions. While she frustrated me, Bliss did a good job of keeping her just this side of TSTL. I wanted to see her loosen up and set her preconceived notions aside. In the end I felt she was redeemed. 

Devon was a great hero. He had a spotted past, but he was doing his best to make a fresh start. I loved his strength and how easy he was in his own skin. He wasn’t perfect, but he was doing his best. His relationship with his mother was touching. I like that he stood up for himself with his brother, too.

This is a strong, emotional story. I’ve already re-read it several times.

4 out of 5

This book is available from Harlequin SuperRomance. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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4 responses to “Review: What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

  1. Anonymous

    I liked and disliked this one. Karina Bliss sometimes has too much going on in her books, considering they’re shorter. That said, she has a fantastic writing style that always draws me in.

    The heroine was a bit strange, but I loved when she made an idiot of herself trying to bond with her son!

  2. Wendy

    Yeah, on the “jumping to conclusions” thing. After a while that started to wear on me. BUT, I did enjoy it – and oh look, our grades match 🙂

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