And I discovered what is basically a Hallmark Channel movie in print form. It is a fizzy concoction of romance, adventure, librarianship, over the top stakes and outrigh This is a case of judging a book by its title. It is a fizzy concoction of romance, adventure, librarianship, over the top stakes and outright fun. This is light, escapist fiction that totally stretches the boundaries of reality from time to time, but really who cares.
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Reading the sequel in 3, 2, 1… Jul 08, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: I thought a fellow librarian recommended this to me, but no one would have, with the rampant library stereotypes and lack of sizzle between the main characters. Take away those issues, and the book is a gentle charmer that will appeal to research-loving romance readers who don't want a lot of detail. Aug 02, Meredith rated it really liked it. This is a satirical romance spy book - the perfect piece of summer fluff. It doesn't take itself seriously except for librarianship! It's the first in a new series and leaves on quite the interesting cliffhanger!
May 01, Jenny added it Shelves: This book was hilarious. I can't wait for the next one. I'm not even being biased because I'm a librarian dreaming of being a spy. The moment James Lockwood walks into Quinn Ellington's library, she's a goner! He comes in asking for her help and from there things get super exciting for Quinn!
Living as a librarian doesn't rank high on the adventure seeking job's list, but Quinn has an eye for research and quirky trivia facts, so she absolutely loves the library! James starts working side by side with Quinn to research artifacts for insurance, James claims. Little does Quinn know, James is really a spy and undercover trying The moment James Lockwood walks into Quinn Ellington's library, she's a goner!
Little does Quinn know, James is really a spy and undercover trying to get to the bottom of a mystery. Before we know it, Quinn is marked and James has to come clean in order to protect her. She's embroiled in the "op" and living a fast and crazy dream! Susan Mann has written a highly entertaining, fast-paced read in The Librarian and the Spy! I loved how their work relationship started and progressed to friends and progressed on from there!
Both characters were quite likeable! Quinn was so enthusiastic about the library and what it offers! She's top-notch, quick to remember things, and very determined to help James any way she can. She's also enamored with the suave James! James is quite the spy and instantly taken with Quinn, but he has a job to do. His cover as a British insurance agent has Quinn wrapped around his finger. Quinn surprises James left and right and he's quite startled about that. He also becomes very protective of her.
Especially when she joins him on the op and has the potential to be hurt-it was really sweet and endearing! The book was so well written that I was immersed in the story in no time and read continuously! I had to see what was going to happen!! Plus Quinn and James chemistry was heating up! I love the story that was crafted, but he only thing I would have liked would've been a bit more spiciness to the story!
I don't necessarily mind a clean read, but I like them just a little bit dirty at least! That being said, I highly recommend this book! I loved it and I look forward to further adventures of my favorite librarian and spy duo!! The review and rating are solely my own opinions. Dec 02, Melissa Kay Williams rated it really liked it Shelves: Quinn Ellington can't believe her luck when an attractive British insurance agent comes up to the reference desk at the library where she works, and commissions her help on a long-term research project.
Quinn is glad to have an excuse to interact less with her overbearing boss for a few weeks, and even more glad to get to know the enigmatic James Lockwood. The two continue to get closer as they conduct their research, and things seem to be going great when James finally asks Quinn out on a date. Things get a bit messy, though, when the date ends with Quinn's apartment being broken into and James shooting her in the back with a tranquilizer dart.
And her week only gets weirder from there. This book was adorable, sweet, and a great quick read. The characters were easy to root for, and by giving James and Quinn a mystery to solve together, the author made the love story much stronger. I also loved that although the book is a romance novel, just as much attention was paid to the puzzle they were trying to solve as to the development of their relationship; it didn't feel like two attractive people were just being attractive together, it felt like the beginning of a relationship, albeit in abnormal circumstances.
The plot was entertaining, and I enjoyed that so much of it hinged on niche librarian skills. This book would appeal to those looking for a sweet romance that includes a decent mystery along with it. The story has some sex in it, but is definitely fade-to-black, and is more of a slow burn in that respect than a lot of romance novels. Most of the story takes place in Los Angeles, specifically in the Santa Monica area, and the details are accurate enough to appeal to anyone who lives there or likes reading books set in the city.
The story also includes a lot of details about being a reference librarian, and I was delighted to read the author bio and find out that she was a librarian herself. Nov 08, Janet Robel rated it it was amazing. Loved the entire set-up and protagonists. This is a breath of fresh air on contemporary romance. I've already bought book two, and can't wait to read more about Quinn and James. Jun 13, Vicki Sylvia rated it liked it. I mean, what's not to like?
Certainly a fun summer read. Sometimes a girl just needs some wish-fufilment fluff: Apr 27, Caroline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, so five stars might be an overstatement, but this was a very fun read as a librarian. Solving a case via reference interview and research? And, I mean, it was nice to actually read a semi-realistic description of a librarian's job and skill set.
I would definitely recc this to most of the librarians I know. Jul 14, Anela rated it liked it Shelves: Not nearly enough sex for my preferences in a romance but a really fun story. I very much enjoyed this.
Dec 04, Stacy rated it really liked it. Aug 15, Erica rated it it was amazing. A slow start and some plausibilities but a cute story and sweet romance. Apr 04, Leigh Kramer rated it really liked it. This was such a fun read! Let me tell you a story to illustrate my point. Many years ago I worked at a bookstore and employees could send brief messages to one another through this archaic system.
Our boss monitored this system so we would send each other ISBN numbers. Sometimes we'd string together ISBNs to make a full sentence or even a paragraph. You can imagine then how much I loved it whe This was such a fun read! You can imagine then how much I loved it when this very idea showed up in the plot of this novel! And it may not be a likely scenario for a CIA operative you definitely have to suspend disbelief but it's worth it but I sure did adore that dashing James.
Oct 16, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: A cute, sweet romance that is just fun to read. Bonus points for the nerdy librarian clues and a leading man that avoids toxic masculinity and comes out pretty human. Mar 15, Lady Heather marked it as to-read Shelves: A copy of this book has been provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed Quinn being a librarian and the quirks to her character that results from that. The concept was interesting and the ending was well done. This book took a long time to get started. I nearly stopped reading in the first three chapters because it was so slow.
Once it got going, I was intrigued and the plot kept me reading until the end. While I enjoyed Quinn for the most part, the characters just didn't jump off the page, and the romance I wasn't at all interested in their romance, and honestly, I felt that it weighed down the plot throughout the book. Once the book gets going, the plot and pace speed up, but that takes about four chapters. The romance doesn't ignite and that weighs on the plot.
However, if you like books starring librarians and spies, and like a nice twist at the end of your books, I do recommend giving this one a try. I will be looking for book two, and may give that try since the ending left me intrigued to see what happens with that certain plot development. Aug 09, Nancy rated it really liked it. My sister and mother recommended The Librarian and the Spy to me in other words I saw them reading it and we tend to have similar tastes so I picked it up.
While it was a good book, it reminded me why I tend to not read modern fiction. The title is pretty self-explanatory but the basic plot is a normal spy novel.go here
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An innocent, but smart and capable protagonist gets swept up in intrigue and politics of spy work. The refreshing change is that the protagonist is a woman My sister and mother recommended The Librarian and the Spy to me in other words I saw them reading it and we tend to have similar tastes so I picked it up. The refreshing change is that the protagonist is a woman and while the spy is her love interest, she proves herself just as smart and capable of him, drawing on previously unused sources of knowledge and ways of coding things.
The explanations of various resources that librarians know of and can access were fascinating. The other pleasant aspect of the book were the different settings it took place in. Starting in LA and then moving over to London, the author truly brought the feel of both locales into the text. It really felt like I was in Santa Monica and in London with the various details that she provided, including the modern culture references.
With that, I will go into why I enjoyed the book, but it reminded me as to why I tend to not read modern fiction.
The other aspect that stuck out to me was the lack of diversity. I am making a point to try to read and promote books that have diverse casts, or casts that anyone could project on because the author does not go into many physical details of the characters. Mann however goes into very specific details that Quinn is blonde and blue-eyed while James, the love interest, is also blonde and blue-eyed. I am being a bit nit-picky, but after reading so much of Seanan McGuire and Tamora Pierce and actively looking for those books, it was a bit disappointing.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Over the years, she's worked in public, academic, and special libraries. She loves books, libraries, dogs, and sports. She and her husband, Ken, have one college-aged daughter, Sarah, Susan Mann was born in Modesto, California and is living the dream in Boulder, Colorado. The boy wizard's dealings with the forces of adolescence and evil have sold more than million books in 65 languages.
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