Title: The Little Library
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 26th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 300 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Elliott Thompson was once a historian with a promising academic future, but his involvement in a scandal meant a lost job, public shame, and a ruined love life. He took shelter in his rural California hometown, where he teaches online classes, hoards books, and despairs of his future.
Simon Odisho has lost a job as well—to a bullet that sidelined his career in law enforcement. While his shattered knee recovers, he rethinks his job prospects and searches for the courage to come out to his close-knit but conservative extended family.
In an attempt to manage his overflowing book collection, Elliott builds a miniature neighborhood library in his front yard. The project puts him in touch with his neighbors—for better and worse—and introduces him to handsome, charming Simon. While romance blooms quickly between them, Elliott’s not willing to live in the closet, and his best career prospects might take him far away. His books have plenty to tell him about history, but they give him no clues about a future with Simon.
Sweet, low angst romance.
Told entirely from Elliot’s third person POV, the story is a pleasant journey about opening up to new experiences and letting go of a past that’s holding you back.
I liked Elliot, and appreciated how much he grows during the course of the story. I liked the progression of his and Simon’s relationship, and loved when Fielding interjected some humor (I loved their first date – it was hysterical) into the story.
However, I found the pacing was slow and the story was predictable at times.
All in all, while I didn’t find many surprises here, this was a sweet, uncomplicated, gentle romantic read that left me with a smile as I finished.
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