Title: The Little Library
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 300 pages
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
A little library brought them together: college history professor Elliot who is a bit of a hermit, teaching online classes, ordering way too many books online, and very rarely venturing out – and former cop Simon recovering from a gunshot and re-evaluating his career.
Simon also struggles with coming out to his close-knit Assyrian family. As for Elliott, there’s a reason he teaches online only involving a disastrous relationship with a manipulative ex-boyfriend. The two men begin a relationship (after a cringeworthy / hysterically funny first date) that is free of expectations – Simon is still in the closet and Elliot may be moving to another state to teach – but also very sweet and low-angst.
The story is told in Elliot’s POV and I would have liked to gotten Simon’s as well, and the subplot with the crazy neighbor is a bit of a caricature, but all in all, this is a sweet story about two men who deserve happiness together. 3.5 stars.
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