Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Librarian's Rake by Z. Allora

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…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This book had potential, but didn't hit the mark for me. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. I just didn't really feel the connection between Tristan and Phillip. I loved their grandfathers, and I would have liked to see more of them in the book because I think they could have added so much more to the story and given it some life. The book was just a little bit boring to me and I felt a little let down when I was done reading it.

Really good story that I completely enjoyed! It started off a tad slow with a bit of filler and inane details but picks up nicely. The characters round out and become very interesting and the story begins to fly by easily.

Tristan is a buttoned up, prim librarian. He's been told he’s boring by past lovers. He doesn't do hookups and hardly ever takes chances. Philip is just the opposite. He's the hookup king. The two meet through their grandfathers and begin a relationship with Philip teaching Tristin how to loosen up. Thing is, Tristin only wants to loosen up WITH Philip. I really enjoyed the funny banter of Philip's friends and coworkers. There was steam when the two finally paired off and there's also very tender moments. The book was all around a good, fun read.

This is a fun and fluffy and sexy read. There is more than a nod to classic romance in this contemporary story but there is also a hint of cheeky self awareness that I absolutely loved.

Tristan is a buttoned up librarian who is resigned to people thinking he’s more than a bit boring. Until his grandfather sets him up with Phillip, a motorcycle riding hair stylist with a serious Grindr habit. These two are perfect opposites and I loved the way they were drawn to each other from the start.

This is a quick and easy read, but I did fall in love with both Phillip and Tristan. I love the way Phillip gets Tristan to come alive in the bedroom and I love the way Tristan gets Phillip to open up emotionally.

Beyond Tristan and Phillip, I couldn’t help but love their randy grandfathers and Phillip’s friends made me smile.

Z. Allora thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and she makes sure they get one. Her stories are about love and romance and are tied together with erotic sex. She utilizes her time overseas and travels to bring you to places you've yet to visit. She introduces you to cultures you've yet to explore. But with every word she writes she tries to convey love is love.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Librarian's Rake by Z. Allora to read and review.


  1. I'm not sure, speaking for myself mine all died when I was quite young. But in a story it may be really fun to read about.

  2. All of my grandparents have passed, so it would be pretty freaky if they set me up on a date. But, even when they were living, I would have to say, "No."

  3. My grandparents have passed. But even so, I don't even let my parents set me up, let alone my grandparents

  4. My grandparents never knew me well enough to do so, but weren't those kind of people anyway.

  5. Even if I was open to anyone setting me up, none of my grandparents know me well enough to do so. I'd probably go to be polite, but it would be no different than me meeting a stranger on my own, lol.

  6. I would never let my grandparents set me up on a date. My grandfather was emotional abusive to my grandmother and neither of my grandmother's knew me well enough. My other grandfather died when I was little.

  7. I only have one of my grandma's alive and knowing her... I rather not, lol. Our taste is too different.

  8. I wouldn't let my grandparents set me up on a date.

  9. My grandparents have all passed now but even when they were alive, hell no.


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