Title: A Love for the Pages
Author: Joy Penny
Published Date: June 15th 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Kiss. Marry. Kill. Nineteen-year-old June Eyermann has always known exactly which of her favorite Byronic heroes goes where. She’d kiss moody and possessive Rochester from Jane Eyre and marry prideful but repentant Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, leaving obsessive and spiteful Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights to be chucked off a cliff—but no. She couldn’t leave any of her heroes behind. She lives for her favorite fictional worlds.
But June is about to get a serious wake up call when she returns home for the summer after her college freshman year. Stuck somewhere between feeling like a kid again under her parents’ roof and being forced to start acting like an adult with worries about her future career, June looks at the library volunteer position offered to her as a way to keep her sanity for the next few months before she can go back to school.
What June doesn’t expect to find at the library is her favorite romantic heroes brought to life—all in the same man. Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn’t exactly be “dating material,” even if June’s heart rate accelerates whenever she’s near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can’t help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she’s going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there’s one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it’s that they don’t always end happily ever after.
June Eyermann is the everyday girl. She is going to college but doesn’t know exactly what she wants to major in, so her stepfather thinks a business degree would help in the long run (even though she doesn’t really want to major in that.) Her favorite books are Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre and she owns every classic movie retelling of those books too. When her two friends, twins Margot and Deana go on a trip to Paris, (and don’t even consider bringing her or even telling her they are going until it accidently slips) June takes over Margot’s volunteer job at the library along with her sorta-but not exactly-ex Sinjin. Everything seems to go ok until she literally runs into one of the owners Everett Rockford in a disastrous way. They try to stay out of each other’s way after that until they are put together to figure out a special reading and activity time for the children at the library. Sometimes Everett can be rude and hurtful like Heathcliff and then other times can be sweet like Darcy then back to moody and complicated like Rochester. The more time they get to know each other though, are when the sparks really start to fly. However after learning some shocking secrets about Everett will June be strong enough and willing to be with a man like him? And what about her sorta-but not exactly-ex Sinjin? They went to a few dances together and hung out a lot and June cares about him, but how much does she care? More than her growing feelings for Everett?
I thought the story was very good. It has really strong and believable characters. It’s not too long so if you’re looking for a quick, cute, and easy read then I’d definitely recommend this.
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