Broken Resolutions

Olivia Dade
Broken Resolutions
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Release Date
December 2015
Contemporary Romance


Romance has never had a happy ending for librarian Penny Callahan, who could write the book on cheating, heartbreaking liars. So she's made a resolution: no men for the next twelve months. If she can just get through the library's New Year's Eve singles night, she can return home to her pajamas and a good book. But when she finds herself checking out a hot hunk with an irresistible smile, an evening in the stacks becomes a lot more tempting…

Reclusive author Jack Williamson never should have trusted his mother. Even though he's trying to avoid being recognized, she guilts him into attending a dating meet-and-greet—where an adorable librarian makes him question his lonely lifestyle. Is this just a fleeting, flirty scene? Or could love be the next chapter for them both?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 08, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
71 people found the following review helpful
BROKEN RESOLUTIONS made me want to check if my library has the same fun events and if not, to suggest them! I applaud the author on her ingenuity and creativity in coming up with the library games.

Penny Callahan has been cheated on twice, by men who didn't think she was enough. So, she feels she's making the wrong judgement calls when it came to men, and so she's making a New Year's resolution not to date men for a year while she gets her head on straight. Then in comes Jack Williamson during the library's singles event, to whom she's wildly attracted. But is he the one for her? Or will his secret drive them apart?

***spoiler alert (maybe)***

***I normally don't include spoilers, but it's hard to get my point across for this review if I don't add some necessary details, but no conflict resolution or ending details are given***

***so be warned***

Penny is an interesting woman. I admire that she's strong enough to take stock of her life, decide what needs to be done and to do it. Her decision not to get involved for a year is understandable, in light of the way she's been hurt by men to whom she'd given her trust. That's why I don't quite understand why she'd make the move to sleep with Jack so soon. For me, it's a bit out of character for her, considering 1) her past, 2) the fact that they met for the first time only a few hours ago, and 3) despite Jack's resolution to convince her that she's a woman worth something and that her judgement is not flawed, I didn't really see any convincing being done because they didn't talk much or had no chance to, and seriously, to be convinced deep down of one's own worth, enough to trust another guy, doesn't happen in a few hours.

***end of spoiler***

I like though that they bonded over Jane Eyre, and it's such a rare thing to see main characters where the hero is a writer and the heroine a librarian.

There are some stories that fit a novella length and some that need more page time in order to grow. I think this story would have been better if things had not been rushed between the two main characters, and more time given to make their decisions and actions more believable. I realize this is a holiday story, so perhaps there's the pressure to keep the events happening during the holidays, but I think this shouldn't be a reason to compromise the story.
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